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 a journalist – but you […]


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, then huddle round as Christie […]


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?” she says. “Instead of dreading them, […]


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, write about a scar. Every […]

Writing a Shitty First Draft

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, but I’d rather be blogging. […]


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author Lionel Shriver, whose writing journey shows us that fear, anxiety, and perseverence aren’t earmarked for unpublished writers.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 write through fear, doubt, and […]


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 to writers for review purposes! Fascinating. It certainly […]