Interviews With Writers


How to Decide if You Should Major in Journalism

If you want to be a journalist, you might consider becoming a journalism major. A successful writing career doesn’t depend on journalism school – but an education can be helpful! Here’s what to think about when you’re choosing a college major. I’m not convinced you need to go to college and be a journalism major to become […]


How 7 Successful Authors Got Their Start

Every writer has a different story about how they got started – and each story will inspire you in a different way. In this article, a guest author shares how seven successful authors started their writing careers… Whether you’re a budding writer aspiring get published or curious about the mind from which your favourite story came, […]


5 Tips for Getting Things Done Before the Deadline

Whether it’s a tax deadline, client deadline, or a “drop dead” date on your honey-do list – the benefits of getting things done before the deadline far outweighs the luxury of procrastinating. These tips for getting things done without panicking before they’re actually due are from Vancouver-based writer, Daphne Gray-Grant. “Do deadlines make you nervous?” […]


Writing a Shitty First Draft

6 Tips for Writing a Shitty First Draft

These tips for writing the shitty first draft of your magazine article, life story, or novel are from six writers and editors. I also wove in a few comments from readers, to bring life to the tips. In Wild Women, Wild Voices: Writing from Your Authentic Wildness Judy Reeves says, “If you want to find a story, […]


How Do I Write an eBook? 5 Writing and Self-Publishing Tips

Question from a blogger: “How do I write an ebook?” These writing and self-publishing tips are based on my experience – I wrote four Quips and Tips ebooks in six months. It’s easy for me to write, format, and self-publish ebooks. Marketing is the hard part! I know how to market them and I’m not afraid of self-promotion, […]


Courage to Write – Tips From an Anxious Bestselling Author

One of the best ways to find the courage to write is to learn from published authors. These tips are inspired by bestselling author Lionel Shriver, whose writing journey shows us that fear, anxiety, and perseverence aren’t earmarked for unpublished writers. Even bestselling authors have to convince their literary agents and editors that certain book ideas will sell! Even bestselling authors have to […]


Writing Product Reviews – A New Slant for Freelance Writers

Writing product reviews isn’t my bag ‘o books, but I recently discovered a new slant for freelance writers who do review gizmos and gadgets! A fellow Suite101 writer borrows products to review…when she returns them to the company, they lend them out to other freelance writers. This is news to me — I didn’t know products were loaned […]


Quips and Tips From a Published Writer, Medical Doctor and Flamenco Dancer

You don’t have time to write, you say? Check out this interview with author, doctor, and flamenco dancer Susan Biali. Her quips and tips will motivate you to write that book, send out those query letters, and build your blog beyond your wildest dreams! Here’s what Dr Biali says about how difficult it is to […]


Opportunity for Writers – Contribute to an E-Book About Overcoming Writing Obstacles

Hear ye, Hear ye! Here’s an opportunity for successful freelance writers, novelists, and bloggers to share what they know, motivate aspiring writers, and spread the word about their books, blogs, and businesses… I’m writing an e-book, tentatively titled Quips and Tips for Achieving Your Writing Goals, which will describe ways for aspiring (and experienced) writers to […]


How to Be Interviewed to Promote Your Book – Tips for Authors

Whether you’re appearing on a radio talk show or writing a guest post to promote your book, you need to know how to be interviewed! These tips for authors are from B. Lynn Goodwin, author of You Want Me to Do What? Journaling for Caregivers. Before the tips, a quip: “A boy has to peddle […]


JK Rowling’s Writing Advice – How to Write and Publish a Book

JK Rowling’s writing advice won’t just show you how to write and publish a book, they’ll also keep you motivated when you don’t wanna write – or think you can’t write! These writing tips will keep you motivated for the long haul. “It takes a great deal of courage to stand up to your enemies, […]

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7 Tips for Television Interviews for Writers

Whether you’re a writer preparing to do a television interview or still visualizing the day it happens, you can’t miss these seven tips for TV from freelance writer and blogger Susan Johnston! She recently appeared on ABC, discussing an article she wrote about job interviews. Before her tips, a quip: “To me, every interview, even if you […]