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8 Time-Tested Personality Traits of the Best Poets and Writers

First, the results of a research study about the writing habits of famous writers. Then, the personality traits of the best poets and writers that stand the test of time. Which aren’t based on research. Here’s what a reader asked about the personality traits of successful writers: “Is it possible to learn to become a top […]

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How to Write to Make a Difference

Whether you’re writing scripts, blog posts, articles or books – you need to know how to write to make a difference. Even more importantly, you need to know what “making a difference” means to you. Do you struggle to call yourself a writer? Read You Are a Writer (So Start Acting Like One) by Jeff Goins. […]


A Writer’s Quest – How to Write Creatively

These tips on how to write creatively are inspired by my recent meeting of CWEST (pronounced “Quest” and representing “Creative Women Expressing Soul Together”). CWEST is a group I started a couple months ago – and I daresay it’s the most interesting group I’ve ever created! We discussed The War of Art: Break Through the […]

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Learning to Write Without Fear and Trembling

Here’s why you shouldn’t learn how to write from popular bestselling authors such as Stephen King and Anne Lamott. You’ll learn more about writing if you search for lesser known authors such as Tara Moss and Neil Gaiman (maybe not the best examples because they’re quite popular, but work with me). If you want to […]


How to Journal – and a Bunch of Journaling Ideas

When I taught grade 8, my students had to journal every day. These journaling ideas and tips on how to journal are based on my experience with my students – and inspired by a beautiful new book about journaling alone, together. In Writing Alone Together: Journalling in a Circle of Women for Creativity, Compassion and […]

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Why You Can’t Write Causes of Writer’s Block

Why You Can’t Write – 5 Causes of Writer’s Block

Why can’t you write? Before you can overcome writer’s block, you need to find the source. Here are five causes of writer’s block and a Sioux Indian parable about awareness, to help you stay motivated to keep writing. One cause of writer’s block is perfectionism. “[A writer who is a perfectionist] expects her first drafts […]


How to Know What to Write About

It’s the bane of every writer or blogger’s existence: what do I write about? These four tips for finding inspiration as a writer are inspired by a parable about salt and light. It’s a Jesus parable, but you don’t have to be a believer to be encouraged. If you want to make writing part of […]

How to Know What to Write About

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7 Tips for Writers Jealous of Other Writers

How do you deal with the jealousy you feel when you listen to authors at writers’ conferences or read Pulitzer-prize winning magazine articles in the New York Times? If you’re not a writer jealous of other writers, I need your advice. One surefire tip for dealing with jealousy is to get deeper into your own […]


20 Writing Quotes From Famous Authors – From Hemingway to Jong

These quotations about writing will inspire you to write more – they’re from famous authors such as Ernest Hemingway, Anne Lamott, Anne Tyler, Erica Jong, John Updike, Julia Cameron, Walt Whitman, and more. To kick things off, here’s one my favorite writing quotes from Annie Dillard: “I don’t do housework. Life is too short and I’m too […]

Writing Quotes From Famous Authors

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Lost the Ability to Write? How Writers Find Their Grooves

If you’re sick of being a “wannabee” writer and tired of wondering where your writing ability went, check out these tips for getting your groove back. They’re inspired by a reader who is both sick and tired… “I have wanted to write ever since I can remember, and I used to write an awful lot […]


6 Best Writing Tips – Besides “Read Lots” and “Show Don’t Tell”

Just like one man’s trash is another’s treasure, my best writing tips may be your tripe. But can agree we’re tired of writing tips like “show, don’t tell” and “read voraciously”? Here’s a bit ‘o wisdom from a writer who just won the Richard C. Holbrooke Distinguished Achievement Award (formerly the Dayton Literary Peace Prize Lifetime […]

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Writing Confidence Tips

How to Increase Writing Confidence – Grow the Skin of a Rhino

What’s so great about the skin of a rhino? It’s tough as Teflon! These tips on increasing your writing confidence will help you toughen up and soldier through the moments of despair all writers face. If you lack confidence, work your way through The Confident Writer. It’ll change how you write and how you see your […]