Best Types of Blogs for Writers Who Want to Make Money

A fellow writer asked how my “She Blossoms” blogs (formerly “Quips and Tips”) are doing financially. I have no problem talking about making money as a blogger and writer – especially now that I’m a published author! Writing books for traditional publishing houses is a great experience, but definitely not […]

What Types of Blogs Earn the Most Money

Inspirational Speech Sample for a Charity Ball

Sample Speech for a Charity Event or Nonprofit Fundraiser

Making a speech for a charity or nonprofit organization can be difficult. Many charities need money, support, and resources! My sample speech below includes tips for fundraising and speaking at charity events, inspired by my experience at a fundraising gala with Big Sisters. I spoke in Vancouver with my Little […]


How to Stay Focused on Writing When You’re Easily Distracted

Lack of focus is one of the biggest obstacles to succeeding as a writer. These four simple, effective tips on how to stay focused on writing when you’re distracted by little shiny things will help you Blossom into the writer you want to be. At the very least, you’ll learn […]

How to Stay Focused on Writing When You're Easily Distracted

Writing for the Online Magazine Suite101.com

10 Reasons I Loved Writing for the Online Magazine Suite101

Writing for online magazines is interesting, instructive, and potentially profitable! Here’s why I loved writing for Suite101.com, including how the job taught me SEO (search engine optimization) and connected me to a an awesome group of web writers. First, a writing quotation from Natalie Goldberg – one of my favorite authors: “Writing […]


6 Essential Personality Traits That Make Writers Succeed

According to Stephen King, it’s not talent that makes a writer successful. Talent is cheaper than table salt! These “writers’ personality traits” are essential for success in the writing world. If you’re an aspiring writer – or even a published author who wants to stay in the game – you […]

Personality Traits of Authors and Working Writers

4 Examples of Sensory Details to Fire Up Your Writing

4 Examples of Sensory Details to Fire Up Your Writing

Good writing – like a slab of rich dark chocolate – activates all your senses: ears, eyes, nose, fingers, and even your taste buds. Here are four concrete, specific examples of how to use your senses and sensory details when you write. “If there is a profound secret to good writing, it lies […]


5 Key Tips for Writers on How to Overcome Setbacks

Setbacks in your writing career are inevitable; giving up as a writer is optional. These tips for overcoming setbacks when you’re writing your book will take you beyond the proposal. It’s time to venture into the wonderland of signing a publishing contract, writing towards a manuscript deadline, and working with […]

How to Overcome Setbacks When You’re Writing a Book s