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How to Stop Feeling Like a Failed Writer

As part of my “how to stop feeling sorry for yourself” series of articles, I realized that failing as a writer was one of my biggest sources of self-pity. And if I feel like a failure as a writer, I suspect there are other writers who feel the same way. Here are a few tips […]

How to Stop Feeling Like a Failed Writer

How to Write Faster and Better With Dragon Naturally Speaking

10 Ways to Write Faster and Better With Dragon Naturally Speaking

I quickly learned how to be a faster and better writer with Dragon Naturally Speaking; my only regret is I waited so long to use speech recognition software in my work. I was introduced to Dragon Naturally Speaking more than five years ago but I hesitated to invest in it because I didn’t think it would work […]


7 Best Pieces of Advice From Creative Writing Workshops

Prepare to be inspired, fellow scribes! The Artist’s Way was one of the creative writing workshops; the rest of this best advice comes from a variety of writers’ sessions I attended this year. Last night I attended a talk by Natalie Goldberg at the Vancouver Public Library. She’s the author of Writing Down the Bones. […]

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How to Write the First Draft of Your Book

7 Essential Tips for Writing the First Draft of Your Book

These tips on how to write the first draft of your book range from left to right brain strategies, and will help you start and keep writing. The first tip comes from a reader’s comment on my wicked old post on writing first drafts: “My favorite help (and salvation) for writing the first draft came from Randy […]


How I Became a Blogger – Laurie’s Story

The second best way to learn how to become a blogger is to discover other bloggers got started. The first best way to be a blogger is to simply start blogging! Here’s how I became a blogger, plus tips to get you started on your blog. This post is actually the first in my “This […]

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Editorial Calendars for Writers

How to Make an Editorial Calendar for Writers

How about increasing your writing productivity by 150%? Here’s how to make an editorial calendar for writers who want to write but get distracted by other tasks. If your writing is hit-or-miss, read A Writer’s Guide To Persistence: How to Create a Lasting and Productive Writing Practice by Jordan Rosenfeld. You’ll learn how to balance writing […]


Inspiration for Women Writers

Do you need inspiration to write? The five most important things women writers need are faith, energy, time, discipline, and freedom. Here’s a quick shot of each, to motivate and inspire you. If you struggle to write every day, read Writing Habit Mastery: How to Write 2,000 Words a Day and Forever Cure Writer’s Block by […]

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How to Become a Better Writer

How to Become a Better Writer – an Artistic Perspective

I’m always searching for ways to write better; these tips on how to become a better writer are inspired by a book for new, or busy, or hesitant artists. In Art Before Breakfast: A Zillion Ways to be More Creative No Matter How Busy You Are, Gregory offers short little exercises for every artist – […]


Practical Tips and Writing Inspiration for When You Can’t Write

When you can’t write, you need writing inspiration of a different ilk. These practical tips are inspired by the best writing quotes from famous writers – and by my experience as The Writer Who Didn’t Get Published. Yeah. More about that below. First, though, how invested are you in writing? If you don’t have regular […]

Practical Tips and Writing Inspiration

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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 Know What to Blog About

On my article about increasing blog traffic, a reader asked about reviving her blog. These tips will help you know what to blog about – especially if you want to take your blog in a new direction. When I was struggling with what to blog about, I read The War of Art: Break Through the […]

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How to Deal With Writing Distractions

How to Deal With Writing Distractions

These tips for dealing with distractions as a writer are inspired by a parable about James Joyce, and will help you develop the productivity of a writer like Stephen King. Learning how to deal with writing distractions isn’t just about turning off the internet or writing in pomodoros. In Writing Habit Mastery: How to Write […]