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  • Is This the Reason You Haven’t Written Your Book Yet?
    Are you tired of beating yourself up for not writing your book? Maybe you have a story you’ve been trying to write for months, or even a chapter you should’ve written years ago. What if not outlining your book is the reason why you’re struggling to write your book? Good news! Here you’ll find the most powerful way to overcome that obstacle.
  • 5 Ways to Keep Writing After Multiple Rejection Letters
    Good news! If your writing has been rejected multiple times by magazine editors, book publishers and literary agents, then you’re a real writer. You’re in the game! The bad news is that you may feel too discouraged, disappointed and disheartened to keep writing. You’re tempted to kick yourself out of the game.
  • 6 Quick and Easy Tips for Heart Map Writing
    Heart map writing is surprisingly effective — and fun! These five tips for writing with a heart map will kickstart your writing (or help you maintain the momentum you already have going). Here’s how I mapped my heart and why I use it to make my writing more interesting for both me and my readers.
  • 10 Things You Need to Know About Writing for Magazines
    Of course you want to get your article published – who wouldn’t? And why else would you be searching for tips on how to write a magazine article? These tips for writing better feature articles will improve your query letters, pitches, proposals, and publication possibilities.
  • Sample Marketing Plan for a Christian Nonfiction Self-Help Book
    When I met with my nonfiction publisher and book marketing team, we discussed these nine ways to promote my first Christian self-help book for women. My marketing plan will help you launch and promote your own nonfiction book.
  • 6 Tips for Submitting Your Sample Chapters to a Book Publisher
    Unless you’re famous or somehow remarkable, your sample chapters are the only chance you have to get your book published. Therefore you must submit the best example of your writing that you can — even if it requires writing, editing, revising, and even throwing out everything you wrote only to start fresh.
  • Things You Need to Know About Co-Blogging (Blog Partnerships)
    If you’re thinking about blogging with another writer – not guest posting, but starting a new blog together — this advice will help you partner with another blogger.
  • The Query Shark’s Best Advice on How to Get a Literary Agent
    Here’s how to write a query letter that is good enough to get a literary agent’s (The Query Shark Janet Reid’s) attention. These 15 tips for pitching your book idea or manuscript are from the agent who created a whale of a blog called Query Shark.
  • 11 Most Popular Types of Magazine Articles – Print & Online
    You’ll be surprised by the variety of these different types of online and print magazine articles! This comprehensive list includes feature length articles, roundups, personality profiles, research shorts, human interest puff pieces, and “how to” articles. Whether you’re an aspiring freelance writer or an established author you’ll find lots of ideas in this list.
  • How to Stop Hating What You Write
    Do you hate writing because you think you’re a bad writer? These tips on how to love what you write are inspired by quotes from famous published authors who once hated writing, too. The first step to stop hating what you write is learning how to love the act of writing itself. If you enjoy […]
  • 6 Freelance Writing Tips From Published Writers
    How many query letters and articles do you have circulating? If your answer is 13, then you’re probably already a successful freelance writer. If you’re sure what that means or how to sell your articles because you don’t have any query letters circulating, then you’ve come to the right place! Here’s what “keep your magazine […]
  • 10 Tips for Writing Relationship Articles
    Writing for relationship advice websites is profitable and interesting – but only if they’re good articles! These tips on how to write relationship articles will help you publish better blog posts, improve your website traffic, and (most importantly) give your readers good relationship advice. If you’re serious about working with relationship advice websites, read Ann […]
  • Jeremiah the Prophet and Jesus Christ
    I just finished a course called BIBL 634: Jeremiah and Lamentations – Prophetic Writings for Crisis Times at Regent College in Vancouver, BC. One of my favorite assignments was to compare the lives of Jeremiah the Prophet and Jesus Christ. If you’re interested in learning more about Jeremiah the Prophet — or you’re taking an […]
  • How to Stop Being Jealous of Writers Who Succeed
    How do you deal with feelings of jealousy when you meet successful writers, hear about a fellow writer’s book publishing contract, or learn that yet another author won a writing prize, short story contest, or even a Pulitzer? Learning how to deal with feeling jealous is part of everyday life. We seem wired to compare […]
  • Sample Old Testament Exegesis Paper – Jeremiah 10
    Understanding the Old Testament – especially the “prophet books” like Jeremiah – can be challenging. This exegesis of Jeremiah 10 will help you understand not only what’s happening in prophetical literature, but also how to write a paper for seminary or Bible college. I’m currently a Master of Divinity student at Regent College in Vancouver, […]
  • Jeremiah and Judah’s Kings: An Example of a Historical Review Paper
    My first assignment as a Master of Divinity (MDiv) student at Regent College was for on Old Testament class. The prophet Jeremiah was the focus; the assignment was to write a historical review paper describing how the kings of Judah affected Jeremiah’s life and ministry. I’ve never written a historical review paper for a biblical […]
  • 7 Tips for Writing for Publication
    The chapters of my book are due to a publisher in one week; these tips for writing for publication will make those chapters lively, concrete, and strong! These writing tips focus on the craft of writing (not the mechanics, such as grammar, spelling, or sentence construction). You’re here, which means you want to get published. […]
  • 7 Things You Need to Know About Starting a New Blog
    These seven tips contain everything I wish I knew when I first started my “She Blossoms” blogs. I know how hard it is to find free blogging advice that is actually good. I’ve been writing online, going to blog mentoring workshops, and listening to SEO (search engine optimization) podcasts for 10 years. I’ve learned a […]
  • How Get Your Articles Published in Reader’s Digest
    These four tips on how to start writing articles for Reader’s Digest are based on my experience with my column pitch. I’d just started my freelance writing career when I got my first article published in Reader’s Digest.  It was awesome; I wrote an article about going green on Valentine’s Day. Getting that article published went […]
  • 7 Ways to Keep Blogging When You Want to Quit
    I’m celebrating my 10th year as a full-time blogger – and believe me, there were times I wanted to quit blogging! But I loved writing too much to stop. And the money I made blogging was too good. I bet you never thought you’d hear a self-employed blogger (or any type of writer) say that! […]
  • How to Start and Sustain a Popular Christian Blog
    If you’re starting a Christian blog, write like you have a message from the King…because you do! Blogging for Jesus involves humility, courage, and faith-based boldness. Christian bloggers also need a thick skin, a steady stream of wisdom from Ruach (the Holy Spirit), and a close relationship with God.
  • How to Start Writing Your Life Story
    “I want to write the story of my life but I don’t know where to start,” says one of my She Blossoms readers. Below are four tips on how to write your life story, from published author and literature professor Allan Hunter. I also share my own Blossom Tip at the end, plus additional resources […]
  • 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 as financially lucrative as blogging. […]
  • An Inspirational Fundraising Speech for a Nonprofit Organization
    This isn’t just an example of an inspirational speech for a charity; it’s the actual talk my Little Sister and I did at a Big Sisters Fundraising Gala in Vancouver. We received a standing ovation and raised more money for our charity than even planning committee expected!
  • 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 start the essay, […]
  • 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 is elemental,” writes Goldberg in […]
  • 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 need to make your personality […]
  • 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 in the engagement of the […]
  • 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 editors on your traditionally published […]
  • 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 […]
  • The Nonfiction Book Proposal That Won Me a Publishing Contract
    Are you writing a Christian nonfiction book? Then you need to write a book proposal that appeals to literary agents, acquisitions editors, publishing boards, and the marketing staff at publishing houses. And – if you want to get your Christian book published – then you need to read sample book proposals until you learn how […]
  • 7 Signs Your Blog Will Be Popular and You’ll Make Money With It
    One of the most important questions for bloggers who want to make money online, with their blogs: “Will my blog be popular, and can I actually earn money blogging?” Yes — if you treat your blog like a business, and actually learn how to make money blogging as a professional writer. Here, I share several […]
  • 7 Ways for Extroverts to Increase Their Writing Productivity
    Writers with extroverted personality traits tend to spend more time with friends and family – especially when compared to introverts! Here are seven tips for increasing writing productivity for extroverts (although writers with introverted personalities are welcome to use these tips, too 🙂 ). “Write only if you cannot live without writing. Write only what […]
  • 7 Tips for Starting a Writers’ Group – Writing Alone, Together
    Of course you should start a writer’s group – what are you waiting for?! A writers’ group can increase your productivity, inspire you to write more, and motivate you to send your writing to literary agents, magazine editors, and book publishers. When I mentioned my writing group on Twitter, and received several “I wish I […]
  • 5 Books to Help You Blossom Into the Woman God Created You to Be
    It’s not easy to find the “best self-help books for women” because we all need different things! Here are some of the books that helped me Blossom into the woman God created me to be. I was inspired to write this article by one of my Blossomy readers, who emailed me, saying… “I have been […]
  • 8 Things You Need to Know About Succeeding as a Freelance Writer
    Yes, you can earn more than $5 per article as a writer for magazines and online websites! And yes, you can succeed in the field of freelance writing. These practical tips will help you nudge your dreams closer to reality. My inspiration for this article came from a reader who asked a question about article writing for beginner […]
  • How to Decide if You Should Go to School to Become a Writer
    Do you need an English Literature, journalism, or writing degree if you want to become a writer? It depends. These tips for deciding if you should go to school, college, or university to learn how to write in a formal setting, as well as a few tips about what type of writer’s education you should pursue. […]
  • 4 Tips for Dealing With Discouragement After a Writing Conference
    You’re completely normal if you feel discouraged, disappointed, and even depressed after a writing conference! Writing a book and getting published is a long, difficult process — not to mention the hurdles of getting a literary agent, writing a solid book proposal, and even writing your entire novel if you’re a fiction writer. These seven […]
  • The 5 Most Helpful Blogging Workshops at Writers’ Workshops
    Should writers’ workshops and conferences offer classes or seminars on starting a blog for writers? Yes! Here are the best blogging workshops for writers who want to use their blog to reach a wider audience. Truth be told, I often leave writers’ workshops and writing conferences feeling a bit deflated. Disappointed, because the road to […]
  • 7 Ways to Get the Most Out of a Writer’s Conference
    These tips for a successful writer’s conference will prepare you to get the most out of your publishing, editing, and writing workshops and seminars! Here’s a roundup of things I learned in my three days at the Surrey International Writers’ Conference in British Columbia, Canada. First, though, here’s what one writer said: “Writers are introverted and insecure.” – best-selling author […]
  • How to Write an Author Bio When You’ve Never Been Published
    Learning how to write your author bio – even if you’ve never been published – may be easier than you think. It’s a classic writer’s conundrum: you can’t sell your articles to magazine editors because you haven’t been published yet, and you can’t get published because you haven’t sold any articles yet! I get it. I’ve […]
  • How to Write a Good Ending to Your Article or Essay
    Some writers believe ending well is more important than starting strong. These five tips on how to end an article, essay, or chapter will help you find the right way to say “The End” without coming out and saying…ahem…The End. “It is always important to know when something has reached its end,” writes Paulo Coelho in The […]
  • Before You Search for Online Writing Jobs – Help for ESL Writers
    These tips on how to find online writing jobs are specifically for English as a Second Language (ESL) writers. I wrote this article for a reader who asked if she could write a guest post for my blog… “Hi, I am really proud to have visited your website,” says PS on How to Write a Query […]
  • How to Write a Query Letter and Get Your Article Published
    How do you get an article published in a magazine? By learning how to write a query letter to a magazine editor, of course! That’s your first step – because without an excellent pitch, you’ll never sell your articles. Here’s what one beginning freelance magazine writer says: “I have a brilliant idea for an article, […]
  • 8 Creative Valentine’s Day Article Ideas for Writers
    You need to write an article for Valentine’s Day, and you don’t want to publish the same old ideas as every other writer, blogger, and content creator. My creative tips will take you beyond the usual “romantic gift ideas” and “how we met” articles.
  • 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 […]
  • Need Motivation to Write? How to Stop Procrastinating
    “Begin to weave and God will give you the thread.” Here’s how to stop procrastinating and start writing words that matter – even if you don’t have a needle yet. “I am working on a thesis in, ironically, how to analyze a Shakespearean sonnet,” said Evan in response to Overcoming Procrastination for Writers. “The irony is that I’m […]
  • How to Get Good Story Ideas for Ezines and Print Magazines
    Yes, you can be 100% sure that your pitches will pique the editor’s interest! Here’s how to get good story ideas to write for ezines, popular blogs, online journals, and even print magazines. “This is a great article on creative ways to find story ideas for articles, but I have two more tips to add,” says Joan […]
  • Social Media Manager for Blossom Blogs – Job Description
    Do you have experience working in social media for bloggers? I need to hire a Social Media Manager for my Blossom blogs; below is the job description and responsibilities. I’ve been thinking about hiring a Social Media Manager – or a Community Manager – for almost a year. I hesitated because I hired blog writers […]
  • How to Stay Motivated When You’re Starting a Blog
    Starting a blog can be daunting for even the most experienced writers – and staying motivated to keep blogging is even harder! These tips on how to start and sustain your blog are inspired by a reader. “I’ve been told I’m a good writer by several people, judging by my lengthy Facebook posts,” says Jerry on […]
  • How to Use the Power of Storytelling When You Write
    Here, you’ll find five tips on how to tell stories when you write articles, newsletters, reports and other types of writing. Learn how to tap into the creative power of storytelling… “People don’t want more information,” writes Annette Simmons, author of The Story Factor: Inspiration, Influence, and Persuasion Through the Art of Storytelling. “They are […]
  • How to Get Your Magazine Article Published in a Niche Market
    These five things you need to know about getting your magazine article published will help you break into the niche market of your dreams. I’m featuring an awesome new book on how to get published – it’s called Selling Your Writing to the Boating Magazines and Other Niche Mags by Michael Robertson. First, know this: […]
  • 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 […]
  • 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. […]
  • How to Write Powerful Words That Grab Attention
    When you’re writing for readers easily distracted by the common ground squirrel, you need to know how to write powerful words that grab – and keep – their attention. Your readers’ attention, that is. Not the squirrel’s. I’ve recently been mesmerized by The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Power Words by Scott Snair, PhD. Almost every […]
  • How to Start Freelance Writing at 40 – and Make Money
    These tips on how to start a freelance writing career at 40 are screaming to get out of me! Why? Because I’m taking this epic Artist’s Way writing course, and the facilitator told us it’s never too late to start writing. Even at 40, or at 50, or 60. That was the good news. Yes, […]
  • 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 […]
  • Writing a Novel? How to Stay Motivated
    I found a great article about writing a novel on The Independent. Here’s the best of the tips on how to stay motivated – I tweaked them to apply to writers who need a boost. If you’ve ever felt rejected by publishers, literary agents, or even your writing group, you need to learn ways to keep your […]
  • 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. […]
  • 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 […]
  • SEO Tips for WordPress Blogs
    Search engine optimization (SEO) is challenging for bloggers who want to rank high in search results. These SEO tips for WordPress blogs are inspired by a WordPress MeetUp I’ll be attending tonight. Search Engine Optimization All-in-One For Dummies offers comprehensive SEO tips for all blogs, including WordPress. I find print books easier to learn from because […]
  • Writing Techniques That Make Words Come Alive
    These writing techniques won’t make your words come alive unless you actually apply them to your writing. That is, you need to edit your work by looking for each technique in your writing. The only way to write better is to rewrite your work. If you’re serious about learning how to write better, read Improve Your Writing […]
  • How to Get Published
    Whether you want to publish a short story, article, novel, or nonfiction book – you’ll need to write a query letter. These tips on how to get published revolve around the single most important letter you’ll ever write. Do you know how to write a query letter? Learn from the experts in Writer’s Market: The Most […]
  • 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 to Write an Article – Test Your Story Idea
    The most important part of learning how to write an article for a magazine, periodical, or newspaper is recognizing good story ideas. No matter how skillfully you write, an editor won’t publish an article on a topic that’s been covered gazillions of times. In The Complete Guide to Article Writing: How to Write Successful Articles […]
  • 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 – […]
  • 10 Tips to Help You Start Your First Online Magazine
    Are you a writer who wants to go beyond blogging and freelance writing for magazines? Here are several things you need to know about starting online magazines. In Writing Online: Write Your Dreams To Reality, Sean Platt describes how to teaches you how to write content that attracts readers. He also describes selling, marketing, blogging, […]
  • Creative Gifts for Artists – Inspired by Picasso
    Painters, sculptors, cartoonists, potters, and sketch artists  will love this list of creative gifts for artists. I also share a short parable by Picasso – it’s both inspirational and realistic. It offers insight into the painter’s life, and that’s one of the best gifts you can give an artist. Picasso (the book cover is pictured) is Philippe Dagen’s […]
  • Blogging Tips From the Most Popular Blogs
    What makes the most popular blogs sizzle? These blogging tips aren’t the secret sauce; they’re the meat and potatoes of how bloggers attract traffic and keep readers. Search engine optimization is the prime rib of the most popular blogs that make money. Read SEO 2016: Learn Search Engine Optimization by RL Adams to learn how Google […]
  • How to Become a Freelance Writer
    Writing for a living is awesome! These tips on how to become a freelance writer are inspired by reader’s questions about pitching query letters, waiting for magazine editors to respond, writing for your blog, and starting out as a writer. If you want to make money writing, read Secrets of a Freelance Writer: How to […]
  • 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 […]
  • 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 […]
  • 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 […]
  • 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 […]
  • How to Earn Extra Money Blogging
    Five years ago, I shared my favorite affiliate programs for writers who want to learn how to earn extra money blogging. Now that I’ve more than doubled my income as a blogger, I thought I’d update my bloggy quips and tips. Sarah Morgan’s The Badass Blog Planner: Your Guide to Defining Your Purpose, Creating Clarity, […]
  • How to Find the Courage to Write
    Successful writers know how to find the courage to write – especially when they’re scared! These tips are inspired by William Faulkner’s famous writing quip about killing your darlings, and by The Parable of the Mountain Climber. I’m not saying you’ll find courage to write if you steal from other writers – but from Steal Like an […]
  • Writing Motivation for Struggling Writers
    The Parable of the Poor Farmer is the perfect storm of writing motivation for writers who are struggling to write a book, chapter, page, or even a sentence. My tips on how to stay motivated to write are inspired by this parable – and by Natalie Goldberg. The True Secret of Writing: Connecting Life with […]
  • 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 […]
  • How to Become a Photojournalist
    These five tips for becoming a photojournalist (or a travel writer, truth be told) are inspired by the parable of the Tiger and Strawberries, and based on an article called “10 Tips for Selling Your Travel Writing.” There is no way any article can teach you everything you need to know about how to become […]
  • 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 […]
  • 10 Careers for Writers Who Want to Make Money
    Not all writers are starving! This list of writing careers will help you find the right niche and show you how you can make money as a writer. Finding the right career can be challenging for a beginning writer, but there are a surprising number of options to explore. The Well-Fed Writer: Financial Self-Sufficiency as […]
  • 7 Writing Strategies for Beginners
    These tips and strategies for beginning writers are from a published writer, world traveler, and blogger of rants, reviews, and writing advice. How do I know Jim Heskett is the right person to offer writing strategies for beginners? Because his voice and personality shines through his writing. His writing is fun. Interesting. Quirky. About these strategies […]
  • Get Paid to Blog for Quips and Tips
    If you want to get paid for blogging, I have a job for you. I’ve been blogging since 2008, and created seven “Quips and Tips” blogs. I can’t write for them all – I can barely keep up with the comments from readers. Help! I want to pay bloggers to write articles that show readers […]
  • How to Predict if Your Novel Will Be Popular
    There’s a big difference between getting your novel published and writing popular novels. This research shows how to predict popular novels. If you can convince literary agents and publishing houses your writing will be popular, you’re more likely to get your novel published. In Outlining Your Novel: Map Your Way to Success, K. M. Weiland helps authors choose […]
  • 10 Ways Blogging Pays Writers
    Does blogging pay? You better believe it! These benefits for blog writers start with money, and include recent research findings about how blogging pays financially, emotionally, and socially. If you want blogging to pay your bills, you have to approach it like you would any small business. That means you need to be disciplined, professional, […]
  • 10 Tips for Dealing With Rejection as a Writer
    If you’re working towards your goal of getting published, you need these tips for dealing with rejection – for your writing will be rejected. Rejection is a sign you’re in the game! Deal with setbacks properly, so you can bounce back and query again. As a full-time freelance writer and blogger, I apply these tips almost every […]
  • How to Find Blog Posts Not Indexed by Google
    Getting indexed by Google is easy. Harder is figuring out which blog posts are NOT indexed by Google, so you can tweak and tweet them. Here are five steps to finding posts Google hasn’t indexed, and helping Google do her job. Search Engine Optimization (SEO): An Hour a Day by Jennifer Grappone andGradiva Couzin is an […]
  • How to Ask for Feedback on Your Writing
    Writing feedback can be both invaluable and crushing. It’s crucial to get feedback on your writing, but it’s equally important to make sure you approach the right reviewer, in the right way, at the right time, with the right questions. In The Writing & Critique Group Survival Guide: How to Make Revisions, Self-Edit, and Give and […]
  • How to Write a Magazine Article
    From pitching a query letter to submitting your invoice to the editor, these tips on how to write a magazine article will give you the inside scoop on freelance writing. I learned how to be a freelance writer by reading books such as The Art and Craft of Feature Writing: Based on The Wall Street […]
  • 5 Things You Need to Know About Writing for Magazines
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  • How 7 Successful Authors Got Their Start
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  • 10 Most Common Grammatical Errors – and How to Fix Them
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  • How Has Your Writing Changed Over the Years? 9 Q’s to Think About
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  • When Your Publishing Contract is Cancelled – How to Save Your Writing Career
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  • How Do I Earn Income by Writing Articles for Online Markets?
    Q: I would love to write articles online as a supplemental income while I’m in school. I would appreciate any info on how to get started. Thank you very much! Writing for Online Markets to Earn Extra Money A: The most important thing to remember is that writing online and earning money isn’t easy. You […]
  • How to Stop Making Excuses and Start Writing
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  • How to Find Guest Bloggers to Write Good Articles for Your Blog
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  • How to Get Your Poetry Published – 5 Tips for Poets
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  • Need to Hire Managing Editors for Quips and Tips Blogs
    I need to hire a managing editor (or 7!) for my Quips and Tips blogs, but I don’t know how much to pay. I’m thinking payment per 100 page views, but I’d love your feedback… Here’s the scoop: For the past four years, I’ve been writing and blogging full-time — I started the Quips and […]
  • Want to Make Money Writing? Build Relationships With Editors
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  • How to Manage an Unpredictable Cash Flow – Tips for Freelancers
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  • 10 Steps for Writers Who Want to Earn More Than $15 Per Article
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  • 5 Reasons Writers Should Not Outline Articles or Essays
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  • 20 Writing Quotes From Famous Authors – From Hemingway to Jong
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  • 5 Writing Secrets From William Shakespeare
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  • How Can I Improve on This Query Letter to Literary Agents?
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  • Best Ways for New Freelance Writers to Start Selling Articles
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  • Lost the Ability to Write? How Writers Find Their Grooves
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  • Lost Interest in Writing Your Novel? How to Love Your Characters
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  • 6 Best Writing Tips – Besides “Read Lots” and “Show Don’t Tell”
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  • How to Improve Your English – Speaking, Reading, Writing
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  • How to Improve Your Blog – A Quick Website Review
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  • 6 Tips for Inspirational Bloggers
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  • 5 Alternatives to Google Adsense Ads for Bloggers
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  • 5 Tips for Overcoming Discouragement and Rejection for Writers
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  • When to Ask Magazine Editors About Article Pay Rates
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  • Can’t Decide on Your Blog’s Focus? Tips for Baffled Bloggers
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  • Overwhelmed by the Thought of Selling Your Writing? Help is Here
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  • 5 Ways to Find Flow for Stuck Writers
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  • 5 Tips for Building an Online Business While Traveling
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  • 5 Tips for Disorganized Writers
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  • Margaret Atwood on Writers’ Childhoods and Getting Published
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  • Waiting for Publishers and Editors to Decide Your Writing Fate?
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  • Tips for Turning Your Blog Into a Business – Not Just a Hobby
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  • 5 Tips for Getting Things Done Before the Deadline
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  • 6 Most Important Reasons Your Blog Isn’t Earning Money
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  • 7 Health Tips for Writers Who Don’t Get Enough Exercise
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  • Why I Stopped Hiring Bloggers to Write for Quips and Tips
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  • How to Increase Your Energy to Write
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  • 10 Writing Tips for Science and Math College Students
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  • Writing Obstacles Be Gone! 3 Ways to Keep Falling Forward
    Writers, no matter what your genre, you will face obstacles to writing. Use these tips to keep falling forward. In fact — say it out loud right now: “Writing obstacles, be gone!” And check out one of my all-time favorite quips: “It’s a sad day when you find out that it’s not accident or time […]
  • How to Write a Query Letter to Publishers – Fiction Manuscript
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  • Write More Creatively by Dodging These Creativity Killers
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  • 8 Freelance Writing Habits That Will Get You More Work
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  • How J.K. Rowling Followed Her Heart to Fame and Fortune
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  • Example of a Query Letter to Literary Agents for a Nonfiction Book
    Here’s the query letter for my “Quips and Tips” nonfiction book series, which I sent to a couple dozen literary agents five days ago. So far, I’ve received six positive responses and many rejections. I’ll post some of the agents’ responses soon — some of them are really interesting! Fellow scribes, how’s your writing coming […]
  • Best Blogs About Writing – From AW Forums to Writing World
    On What Are the Best Writing Websites and Blogs? Why?, I asked for the best blogs about writing, and you answered! Here are a few writing blogs suggested by writers, plus a few reasons why those bloggers have something we all want: a ringing endorsement from a fellow scribe. Before the tips, a quip: “Writing is […]
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  • 9 Reasons Your Blog Isn’t Attracting or Keeping Readers
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  • Getting More Links to Your Blog – Things That Make People Link
    What blogger doesn’t want to get more links to her blog? I know I do, so I asked my Quips and Tips writers what makes them link to blog posts, spread web articles, and keep visiting a blogger’s space. Here’s a great tip, right off the bat: “I really like clean cut minimal looking blogs […]
  • Can’t Get Published? Freelance Writers, Stop Doing This…
    If you can’t get published, you’re making mistakes. Freelance writers, here are the top reasons I don’t assign articles – and sometimes don’t even return emails from writers. These tips will help you get your articles (and perhaps books) published…but only if you take a cold, hard look at your own writing. Before the tips, […]
  • What Are the Best Writing Websites and Blogs? Why?
    I’m compiling a list of the best writing websites and blogs – including the reasons why those sites are great for writers. So, tell me which writing site you can’t live without, and give me at least one reason why. Is the website motivating, informational, funny, interesting, or quirky?  Is the writer a published author, […]
  • How to Pitch a Query Letter to Magazine Editors
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  • Character Sketches for Writers – How to Bring Characters to Life
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  • Got Fiction Characters? How to Use a Character Web to Track Them
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  • Email Bloopers! Funny Mistakes Writers Made When Emailing Editors
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  • 5 Ways to Market and Sell Your Poetry Book
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  • Becoming a Freelance Writer? 10 Keys to a Busy Writing Career
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  • How to Write Historical Fiction – A Book Set in the Past
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  • 6 Ways to Promote Your Book for Free Online
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  • 10 Blog Post Ideas for Mommy Bloggers
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  • Promoting a Book – Should You Hire a Book Promotion Company?
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  • Need Writing Experience? How to Get Clips and Get Published
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  • Got Article Ideas? 6 Best Ways for Writers to Remember Ideas
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  • 5 Traits of Top Writers
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  • Need Writing Focus? 5 Tips for Focusing Your Magazine Ideas
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  • A Paid Blogging Job – Writing Quips and Tips Articles
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  • 5 Travel Writing Tips for Writers
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  • How to Write Chick Lit for Women – 5 Writing Tips for Female Readers
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  • Do You Need a Writing Degree to Make Money as a Writer?
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  • Is Writing for Suite101 Worthwhile? It Depends…
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  • Job Security for Freelance Writers – Tips for a Steady Income
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  • Margaret Laurence’s Problems – And How She Wrote Books Anyway
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  • 10 Good Writing Habits – Tips From a Publication Coach
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  • 4 Examples of a Professional Writer’s Goals
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  • How to Proofread and Edit Your Writing
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  • Nonfiction and Fiction Writing Tips – Keep Readers Hooked!
    These nonfiction and fiction writing tips will keep your readers hooked; they apply to fiction books or nonfiction magazine articles, creative writing or technical business reports, blog posts or tweets… And it’s all because of a Quips and Tips reader’s question: “I like the tip about the teaser,” says Marla on 6 Query Letter Tips […]
  • Web Writing Tips – How to Write Articles Online and Make Money
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  • 8 Ways I Make Crazy Money With My Blossom Blogs
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  • How Writers Find Ideas for Magazine Articles and Blog Posts
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  • How to Sell eBooks – 7 Tips That Make Selling eBooks Easy
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  • Need a New WordPress Theme? Tips for Choosing Blog Themes
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  • Writer’s Style Vs Good Writing – Examples of Style and Substance
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  • How to Write a Query Letter to a Literary Agent
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  • Want a Blogging Job? Quips and Tips is Hiring Bloggers
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  • 10 Most Common Writing Mistakes, Plus 10 Remedies
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  • Examples of Good Writing From Published Writers
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  • Basic Writing Tips – 6 Ways to Improve Your Writing Skills
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  • 8 Gift Ideas for Bloggers – From the Adventurous Writer
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  • 6 Tips for Writing a Fast First Draft
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  • Nonprofit Writing – How to Write a Donation Letter to Raise Money
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  • 6 Tips for Staying Motivated to Write From Successful Writers
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  • Courage to Write – Tips From an Anxious Bestselling Author
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  • How to Start Writing a Blog
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  • Business Writing Jobs and Rates – How Much Do Writers Make?
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  • 10 Blogging Guidelines to Set Before Getting Paid to Blog
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  • Freelance Writing Pay Rates – Newspaper and Magazine Articles
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  • Examples of SMART Goals for Writers
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  • What Should You Blog About? 5 Ways to Find Ideas
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  • How to Ask for More Money – Tips for Freelance Writers
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  • How to Write a Business Thank You Letter
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  • 5 Practical Tips for Improving Your Writing Skills
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  • How to Fix Writer’s Block and Make Your Writing Sparkle
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  • The Best Affiliate Programs for Writers Who Blog for Money
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  • How to Become a Professional Writer, and Earn Money Writing
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  • 6 Ways to Update and Republish Your Old Blog Posts
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  • You Want to Be a Writer? How to Get Started
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  • Writing Tips From Famous Authors – How to Become a Writer
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  • Mind Mapping for Writers – How to Mind Map a Story or Article
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  • Interview Request – People With Jobs Needed for Quips and Tips Blog
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  • Business Books for Writers – A Writing Career Vs “I Want to Write”
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  • Niche Writers – 5 Reasons to Specialize as a Freelancer
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  • Job Boards for Freelance Writers
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  • When You Get a Freelance Writing Assignment – Steps for Writers
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  • How to Let Go of Your Past – A “Quips and Tips” eBook
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  • How to Edit Another Writer’s Writing – 7 Editing Tips
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  • 10 Book Writing Tips From Published Book Authors and Freelancers
    These book writing tips are from published book authors, freelance copywriters, and bloggers. Fellow scribes, don’t yawn because you’ve heard these tips before! Instead, I challenge you to actually apply each tip when you’re writing your book. Before the tips, a quip: “Writing a book is a horrible, exhausting struggle, like a long bout of some painful illness.  […]
  • The Best Freelance Writing Job for Writers – Blogging for Dollars
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  • 4 Reasons Writers Don’t Write – Goal Setting Tips for Writers
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  • Top 10 Traits of Successful Freelance Writers
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  • Essay Writing Tips – How to Write College Essays and Term Papers
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  • College Writing Help – 5 Ways to Write Better Essays
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  • How to Write Interesting Newspaper Articles
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  • 5 Tips for Writing About a Boring Topic
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    These tips for personal blogging and emotional healing are from a blogger who survived depression and a serious head injury. Steffani Cameron spoke at Mental Health Camp at UBC in Vancouver; she’s been blogging since 2004. Why is it better than okay to share your personal trauma and drama with the masses? “The good writing […]
  • Living on a Writer’s Salary – 5 Money Tips for Writers
    I’ve been living on a freelance writer’s salary for two years – and if I can do it, so can you! These money tips for writers can change the way you think about making money writing (and let’s not forget about blogging! But here I focus on freelance writing. Next week, blogging). If you yearn to […]
  • 5 Mistakes New Freelance Writers Make
    New freelancers make mistakes that can easily be avoided – especially if they’re armed with these tips for successful writing from a professional writer! Here, Chris Brantner of HELP! Copy & Design doesn’t just reveal the biggest mistakes new writers make, he explains how to prevent them. “What is written without effort is in general read […]
  • Freelance Writing Help – When You’re Between Assignments
    The old pros may appreciate this freelance writing help, but it’s really for new writers between assignments. The key to a successful writing career is riding the freelancing rollar coaster without upchucking — even when you’re facing a stomach-twisting dearth of assignments. These five tips will help! But before the tips, a quip: “As a profession, freelance writing is notoriously insecure,” said Gloria Steinem. “That’s […]
  • 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 […]
  • Writing eBooks – 10 Tips to Make eBook Writing Easier
    Ah, writing ebooks. I love it! These tips will make ebook writing and publishing easier, especially if you want to write a nonfiction ebook (but these tips apply to writing fiction ebooks, too). I’ve written two ebooks about writing and making money blogging, and have learned a lot along the way. Here’s an excerpt from a […]
  • Writing for Magazines – How to Get Published for New Writers
    Writing for magazines is a snap when you tap into the right freelance writing brains! I attended a “how to get published for new writers” workshop, and even though I’ve been freelancing full-time for almost four years, I learned a lot from experienced freelance magazine writer Daniel Wood. The background: The BC Association of Magazine […]
  • The Biggest Mistake Writers Make? 5 Tips for Writing More, Writing Better
    The biggest mistake writers make isn’t ignoring the rules for good writing! These five tips for writing more and writing better are about cultivating a laser beam-like focus. As a writer, the biggest mistake I make is multitasking. I careen wildly from Twitter to writing blog posts to researching my latest health article to packing up […]
  • 5 Fitness Tips for Writers
    Physically and emotionally healthy writers are happy writers (creative, productive, and resilient). These five fitness tips for writers range from the unusual to the simple — and all but one are tested by moi. I can’t stress it enough: the healthier and happier you are as a writer, the easier it’ll be to flow with the ups […]
  • 5 Tips for Creating Passive Income for Freelance Writers
    The more streams of passive income freelance writers have, the happier and wealthier they’ll be! These tips for creating passive income are inspired by Thursday Bram’s recently released The Freelance Writer’s Guide to Passive Income. “It’s a simple truth for freelance writers that, most days, someone else is making more money off our work than […]
  • The Make Money Blogging eBook – and My Top 10 Tips
    Writing my “make money blogging” eBook changed my approach to blogging! I learned that most bloggers don’t have the time, energy, or desire to be a six figure blogger — and so Quips and Tips for Successful Bloggers is for us bloggers who want to earn a few hundred (and eventually thousand) dollars a month. A few hundred dollars a month is realistic and […]
  • Where Are the Best Writing Tips? In the Best Writing Quips, Of Course!
    The reason I’m sold on “quips and tips” is because the best writing tips are found in the best writing quips! These 21 quotations from successful published authors range from dealing with despair to finding the most inspirational place to write. I’ve quoted authors such as Ernest Hemingway, Anne Lamott, Anne Tyler, Erica Jong, John Updike, Julia Cameron, Walt Whitman, and more. […]
  • 5 Ways to Write Way Better Sentences and Paragraphs
    It’s an upward spiral: knowing how to write better sentences will help you write better paragraphs. This will help you write better chapters and stories, magazine articles and blog posts. See? Simple! To paraphrase Shakespeare, “the sentence is the thing.” That’s where you start learning how to be a better writher. The sentence is the […]
  • How to Get Help With Blog Problems, Crashes, and Blips
    If you blog, you’ll have problems sooner or later! Don’t worry – here’s how to get help with blog problems like crashes, broken WordPress plugins, and misplaced code… Before the tips, a quip: “Making money from blogging requires you to do only two things: drive a lot of traffic, then maximize the income from that […]
  • 5 Ways to be a More Confident Writer, Blogger, or Freelancer
    I’m a full-time freelance writer and blogger who needs these ways to be more a confident writer more than anyone! My husband and I just bought an expensive house in Vancouver (like, over a million buckaroos, my friends). You know how unstable a freelance writing career is – especially if you’re a writer like me, who chooses to earn the […]
  • My 12 Favorite WordPress Plugins for Bloggers
    What are the best WordPress plugins for bloggers? It depends on the blogger’s niche, preferences, and readers. Here’s a list of my favorite plugins for WordPress – most of which I use every single day… Before the tips, a quip: “Many great bloggers are ‘learning’ blogs – the author writes about what she is learning, […]
  • Writing for Online Magazines – How to Find Work on the Web
    Writing for online magazines can be profitable and interesting, especially if you know which sites are hiring! These tips for finding work on the web are inspired by a fellow writer’s questions about online writing jobs… To learn more about maximizing your income as a writer, read My So-Called Freelance Life: How to Survive and Thrive as […]
  • Writing Articles for Niche Markets – How to Freelance Write
    Some writers believe writing articles for niche markets isn’t the best way to learn how to freelance write, while niche market writers believe specialized markets are the only way to go! These tips for freelance writers will help you figure out if you’re a niche market writer… One of my readers recently pointed out that making […]
  • How to Be a Productive Writer
    What are your writing goals – finish the novel, pitch more magazines, contact the best literary agent on Twitter? Knowing how to write productively will help! Here, freelance writer Thursday Bram shares five tips for finding your own system. Writers write differently, and what works for one doesn’t necessarily work for another. If you’re still struggling to […]
  • How to Edit Your Writing – 5 Ways to Prune and Polish Your Words
    Why do you need to know how to edit your writing? Because editing will improve your writing more than anything else (even chocolate, coffee, cigarettes, and wine).  “Most writers can’t edit,” says freelance book editor Jason Black. Does that mean most editors can’t write? No matter…if you want to learn how to edit your writing, […]
  • New Writers, Start Freelancing! 10 Tips to Make Money Writing
    Yes, new writers can start freelancing and successfully break into the market. These ten tips to make money writing will help writers establish and maintain good freelance career habits and keep the bucks rolling in. Before the tips, a quip: “For every writer who makes a good living, there are 50 or so who simply […]
  • How to Find Your Blogging Voice – 8 Tips for Bloggers
    Knowing how to find your blogging voice – who you are as a blogger – is the first step to loving your blog! These tips for bloggers will help you answer these types of questions: What kind of blogger are you? Do you advise and instruct, or are you sharing your journey? These tips for finding […]
  • How to Write a Google Adsense Ad to Sell Your eBook
    Writing an ebook is a great way to earn passive income…if you can sell it! Google Adsense advertising can be an effective way to promote and sell your book, especially if you’re armed with tips. Here’s what I learned from writing my Google Adsense ad for 73 Ways to Fire Up (or Just Fire) the Muse… Before […]
  • 5 Ways to Be the Writer Who Gets Hired
    Some freelance writers have a steady stream of work — more writing gigs than they can handle! — while other freelancers are always job hunting. These five tips will help you be the writer who keeps getting hired… Before the tips, a quip: “The three things that are most essential to achievement are common sense, hard […]
  • 4 Ways to Get Creative and Motivated to Get Your Children’s Book Published 
    As a children’s book writer, you can and will get published — but you must stay the course! These ways to increase your creativity and motivation will give you the edge over thousands of writers also trying to get published…they’re from Sue Douglass Fliess, who refused to give up until she found a publisher for her children’s picture books. “If you are at […]
  • What’s the Best Web Host Provider for Your Blog? How to Choose
    How do you choose the best web host provider for your blog? These tips will help you decide – and I learned firsthand yesterday just how important this decision is! My biggest blog crashed (rather, was suspended by HostGator because of script errors), and was down for two hours. Even if you already have a web host for your […]
  • Motivation for Writers – Fire Up (or Just Fire) the Writing Muse
    Finding the motivation to write is a constant struggle, even for writers who earn a living from writing! What roadblocks do you face? Fear, doubt, uncertainty, lack of time, rejection sensitivity, perfectionism, procrastination, self-criticism, impatience? You’re not alone, my friend. “Everyone has talent; what is rare is the courage to follow the talent to the dark […]
  • How to Find Online Writing Markets and Write for the Web
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    Hear ye, Hear ye! Here’s an opportunity for successful bloggers, web writers, and ezine writers to share what they know, motivate writers who want to make money blogging, and spread the word about their blogs, books, and businesses… I’m writing an eBook, tentatively titled Quips and Tips for Monetizing Your Blog, which will describe ways for aspiring (and experienced) […]
  • 7 Reasons Writers Are Fools if They Don’t Tell Stories
    Don’t be a foolish writer! Here, a publication coach describes the reasons writers need to tell stories, and explains why story-telling is “the most important job for writers.” “Telling stories – and telling them well – is probably the single most important job facing any writer,” says the Publication Coach, Daphne Gray-Grant. “And guess what? Stories […]
  • 8 Ways to Build a Better Freelance Writing Career
    A successful writing career isn’t (just) about struggle, poverty, and clawing your way up the freelance ladder! Writers can make good money, if they heed good writing advice. These eight ways to build a better freelance writing career will help you find — and keep — your place in the writing world… Before the tips, a quip: “The secret […]
  • 10 Tips for Making Money Blogging – How to Monetize Your Site
    These tips are based on the “Make Money Blogging” course I was planning to teach at Simon Fraser University (SFU) in Vancouver. The course didn’t run because of low enrolment. Why waste good information? These tips will help you monetize your site effectively. “One problem that I see a lot of bloggers…do is simply writing […]
  • After Writing an E-Book – Pricing, Marketing, and Landing Pages
    What do writers do after writing an eBook? After all, writing eBooks isn’t just about researching, editing, and making money! Successful authors also need to know about pricing, creating landing pages, marketing, and selling their eBooks. Here’s what one successful writer says about his line of eBooks: “Since writing my first eBook, I’ve learned better formatting […]
  • 6 Tips for Freelance Writers and Authors Who Can’t Pay Their Income Taxes
    If you’re a writer who can’t pay your income taxes, you’re not alone! These ways to deal with unaffordable taxes may help freelance writers, published authors, and even bloggers who are struggling with financial debt. According to the Internal Revenue Service, U.S. residents filed more than 131 million federal income tax returns in 2008. Last […]
  • Best Books on Writing Fiction and Creative Nonfiction
    This summary of the best books on writing fiction and creative nonfiction are divided into different categories: Getting Published, Writing Despite Fear and Doubt, How to Write Better, and the Writers’ Dreaming Process. Before the tips, a quip: “One must be drenched in words, literally soaked in them, to have the right ones form themselves […]
  • 5 Tips for Sitting on a Blogging Panel at a Writer’s Conference
    Participating in a blogging or writing panel is my favorite way to attend conferences for writers! If you’ve been invited to sit on a writing or blogging panel, these five tips will help you prepare and improve your experience. And here’s a bonus for the non-panelists in the crowd: the top three takaways from the last blogging […]
  • Are You Ready for a Writing Career? 4 Tips for Freelancers
    These tips for a successful freelance career are from a working writer, who admits that freelancing can be frustrating and nerve-wracking! If you’re curious about running a freelance business – or want to kick your career up a notch – check out Anna Miller’s four tips for successful writers… Before her tips, a quip: “…everything in life […]
  • 5 Signs of Bad Writing You Should Never Ignore
    It’s easy to see problems and mistakes in another writer’s work, but spotting your own “bad writing” (mistakes and weaknesses) is a whole different story. These signs of bad writing will help you improve your written words. If don’t know how to edit your work, read Fix Your Damn Book! How to Painlessly Edit Your Novels […]
  • 6 Editing Tips for Writers From Copywriters, Editors, and Freelancers
    To improve your writing, you need to edit yourself mercilessly. These six editing tips are from copywriters, editors, and freelance writers; they’ll help you clean up your articles and chapters, and increase the chances of selling your work to an editor or publisher. Before the tips, a quip: “It is perfectly okay to write garbage – as long as you […]
  • Working Freelance Writers – 5 Tips for Staying Busy Writing
    Surviving the freefalls when you’re riding the freelance roller coaster is easier if you treat your writing career like a business — not a hobby. These tips for working freelancers can make the writing life easier, more successful, and more profitable. Before the tips, a quip:“Any man who keeps working is not a failure,” said Ray Bradbury. “He […]
  • How the Law of Attraction Can Help You Become a Better Writer
    Can visualization and vision boards help writers get published? Yes, say some successful writers. Here’s how writing and the law of attraction can make you a better writer. Here’s what one the teachers in The Secret says: “The law of attraction is really obedient. When you think of the things that you want, and you focus on them […]
  • Developing a Writing Plan in 4 Easy Steps
    If you develop a writing plan, you’re more likely to stay motivated and disciplined to write. These steps to developing a writing plan are from published author Laura Cross, of NonfictionInk. In The Complete Guide to Hiring a Literary Agent: Everything You Need to Know to become Successfully Published, Laura Cross guides writers through the process of […]
  • Self-Publishing Your Book – 6 Tips for Print on Demand Publishing
    Self-published author Gang Chen describes how he earns $30,000 a month with “print on demand” (POD) publishing, and why he’ll soon self-publish his third book with Outskirts Press. He’s a primo example of self-publishing success! “The economy wasn’t so bad when I started thinking about self publishing my first book, Planting Design Illustrated,” says Chen. […]
  • Writing More, Writing Better – 6 Ways to Find More Time to Write
    Do you wrestle with the “I have no time to write” beast – and wish you could be writing more, writing better, and achieving your writing goals? These six ways to find more time to write are from published author and poet, Emma Lee…and they’ll help you write even if you have a full-time job, […]
  • How Do Bloggers Get Readers to Comment on Posts?
    Since only 1% of readers comment on blog posts (1 in 100, as per ProBlogger Darren Rowse), bloggers need lots of traffic to get lots of comments! But, there are other ways bloggers can get readers to comment on posts…as revealed by these eight tips for bloggging…   Here’s a great question from one of my readers: “I follow my stats and […]
  • 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 […]
  • Taxes for Working Writers – Getting Organized for Income Tax Season
    The downside of making money as a writer or blogger is paying income taxes; to ease your pain come April, here are eight ways for working writers and bloggers to get their taxes organized. This is important, fellow scribes, because the sooner you treat freelance writing like a business, the more money you’ll earn as a writer (and the […]
  • How to Make Really Good Comments on Blog Posts
    Leaving good comments on blog posts can help increase traffic to your own blog. These 7 tips for making good comments will help when you want to comment on a post, but all you can think of is “Uhhhh…..good blog post, dude!” Here’s what ProBlogger Darren Rowse says about comments and blogging: “I think commenting is the […]
  • Starting a Magazine Writing Career – How to Make Money as a Freelancer
    A reader asked several important questions about starting a freelance magazine writing career on my Ask a Question About Writing page. Since money and successful writing are two of my favorite topics, I turned my answer in to a post about making money as a freelance writer… Here’s what she said: “I recently left Corporate America to return […]
  • 51 Over-Used Adverbs, Nouns, and Clichés in Writing
    Do you want your writing to get noticed – in a good way? Ditch these over-used adverbs, nouns, and cliches when writing articles, stories, and books. If you’re serious about learning the mechanics of writing, check out Mignon Fogarty’s The Grammar Devotional: Daily Tips for Successful Writing from Grammar Girl — you’ll learn a new […]
  • Writing Quips and Tips From John Irving
    What can writing advice can we absorb from American best-selling novelist John Irving? Here are several writing quips, from which I’ve teased tips about the definition of a “real” writer, the importance of action in writing, and how to be brave enough to live the life you love. First, a quip from The World According […]
  • 11 Signs It’s Time to Give Up on Your Dream of Getting Published
    How do you know if it’s time to give up your dream of being a published author – especially in this economy and era? These signs it’ s time to give up your dream of being a writer will help you shake off unachievable goals and set new, better ones. Sometimes, giving up on your […]
  • 6 Ways to Keep Your Blog High in Google’s Search Engine Results
    If you’re a writer who wants to make money blogging, here are six tips for optimizing your blog posts to ensure they’re on Google’s first page of search engine results (or as close to the coveted number one position as possible!). Search engine optimization may be the primary way of attracting readers to your blog […]
  • 5 Ideas for Earning Money Writing – Tips From Experienced Writers
    According to reader response on my articles about bookkeeping and finances, writers and bloggers are hungry for ways to earn more money! These ideas for making a living as a writer are from experienced freelancers…with a sprinkle of suggestions from yours truly…. Before the tips, a quip: “A writer should say to himself, not, ‘How can I get more money?’, […]
  • Should Freelance Writers or Bloggers Hire Bookkeepers or Accountants?
    You don’t need to earn a full-time income from freelance writing or blogging to hire an accountant or bookkeeper! Investing in your writing career by hiring someone to do your taxes and keep your income and expenditures organized may be the best move you make this year. Here are a few ways to know if you […]
  • 6 Bookkeeping Tips for Freelance Writers and Bloggers
    These bookkeeping tips are for freelance writers and bloggers who make money writing. If you’re earning an income, you need to keep accurate records of your income and expenditures. These bookkeeping tips for small businesses are simple yet important, and they’ll save you time and frustration at tax time… Before the tips, a quip: “Writing is turning one’s […]
  • 5 Ways to Overcome Fear of Success for Writers
    These tips for overcoming fear of success for writers are a follow up to my article called Signs of Self-Sabotage in the Writing Life. There, I describe what being afraid of succeeding looks like for some aspiring and established writers….and here I share ways to overcome fear of success. “You just have to work with what God […]
  • Fear of Success for Writers – Signs of Self-Sabotage in the Writing Life
    If you think fear of failure or rejection is the only thing holding you back from being a successful writer, think again! Fear of success can be just as paralyzing as fear of failure. Here’s a brief definition of “fear of success” as it relates to writing, plus a few signs of self-sabotage for writers… […]
  • 10 Tips on How to Get Vacation Discounts for Bloggers
    I don’t often write or blog about traveling, but when I booked my third overseas vacation in a year, I decided to learn a few secrets of the travel writer trade! Here are ten ways to get vacation discounts for bloggers and writers (or what I learned as a travel blogger)… The Travel Writer’s Handbook: […]
  • How to Avoid Carpal Tunnel Syndrome for Writers
    Repetitive strain injury or carpal tunnel syndrome is caused by the repetitive motion of typing on a keyboard. Writers, bloggers, anyone who uses a computer every day — if you recognize the symptoms of carpal tunnel, you can (and should!) prevent it. Here’s one way to avoid carpal tunnel for writers and bloggers: if you daydream, think, write, or […]
  • How to Use Harvest Time Management Software for Writers
    Writers need to manage their time effectively – and knowing how to use Harvest Time Management Software can be just what writers need. In fact, time management can make or break a writing career. These tips for writers are based on project software called Harvest, which is designed to help writers use their time well. “As a freelance copywriter, […]
  • Making Your Blog Posts Popular – 5 Web Writing Tips
    These tips for marketing your blog posts are from experienced Suite 101 writer, Mark Solomon. He uses over 70 marketing techniques to make his blog posts more popular – and here he shares five big ones! Before the tips, a quip: “Next to doing the right thing, the most important thing is to let people […]
  • Blogging Goals – 7 Types of Goals to Set for Your Blog
    It’s time to set blogging goals – new year or not! Here are seven types of goals to set for your blog, to solidify your intentions and help you be a successful blogger. First, here’s a quip about writing that can be applied to blogging: “That’s the essential goal of the writer: you slice out a […]
  • 5 Easy Tips for Better Writing
    The key to better writing – whether it’s a school essay, business proposal, book manuscript, feature article, or blog post (phew!) – is using clear and effective words and sentences. “There are no dull subjects,” said H.L. Mencken. “There are only dull writers.” Yikes, that’s a lot of pressure for writers! We can’t blame the topic…we can […]
  • Signs It’s Time to Hire a Webmaster for Your Blog
    Hiring a Webmaster for your blog can be a great way to invest in your writing or blogging career. But, how do you know it’s time to hire a Webmaster to work on your blog? What does a Webmaster do? And, how do you know which Webmaster to hire? Phew! If you can’t afford to […]
  • 6 Ways to be a More Productive Writer or Blogger
    The more productive you are as a writer or blogger, the more writing gigs you’ll win, the more books you’ll write, and the more money you’ll earn! One of the keys to earning a great living as a writer is to increase not just the number of words you write every day, but to figure […]
  • 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 […]
  • 6 Ways to Promote Your Blog or Books With Your Email Signature
    Many successful writers use their email signatures to promote their books or blog links – but that can get a little ho-hum. Here are a few creative ways to add pizzazz to your email signature to increase book sales and blog traffic – whether you’re an aspiring author or a busy blogger (or both!). Before the tips, […]
  • 4 Examples of Evergreen Articles and Blog Posts
    Evergreen articles are my favorite to write for both magazines and my Quips and Tips blogs because they’re never “not trending.” These examples of evergreen articles include definitions, several categories of evergreen content, and specific examples of my most popular evergreen blog posts. Knowing what evergreen articles are will help you find ideas to pitch to editors and blog about – […]
  • 5 Creative Ways to Find Ideas for Articles for Magazines
    These creative ways to find ideas for articles for magazine writers to pitch to magazine editors will help you get published. If you can master the craft of finding the best article ideas, you’ll earn a good living from writing! “I learned that you should feel when writing, not like Lord Byron on a mountain top, but […]
  • How to Write Effective Titles for Magazine Articles
    Before you can capture readers with your words and voice, you must write an effective title! Whether you’re writing magazine articles, blog posts, school essays, or a book – your best title makes readers drool with anticipation. In this guest post, Sara shares three ways to write effective titles for articles, blog posts, essays or any type of writing, really. To delve even further […]
  • 4 Signs You Need to Reevaluate Your Writing or Publication Goals
    To be successful, writers need to step away from their career goals (whether that’s getting a book published, maintaining a personal blog, or freelancing for national magazines) regularly. We need to jump off the merry-go-round of pitching ideas, researching books or articles, and blogging our hearts out to figure out where our career is going! […]
  • Writing Quotations from Famous Published Authors
    These writing quotations from famous published authors are from my friend, fellow writing group member, and blog partner Gini Grey. Here, she quotes authors such as James Michener, William Faulkner, Aldous Huxley – and she adds her own “food for writers’ thought” at the end of each gaggle of quotations. First, one of my favorite […]
  • How to Fail and Bounce Back as a Writer, Blogger, or Freelancer
    Feel like a failure as a writer, blogger, or freelancer? You’re not alone. Use these tips for failing and bouncing back as a writer to help you overcome rejection, criticism, and hard knocks. I’m driven to write this because I’ve recently received criticisms on both this website and Quips and Tips for Couples Coping With Infertility. Criticisms […]
  • How to Diversify Your Online Writing and Earn More Money
    Don’t be a starving writer! Learn how to diversify your online writing and earn more money. These tips are perfect for online writers, bloggers, web copywriters – they’re from writer Helen Smeaton. But before her tips, a quip from the late great Henry James: “With the proceeds of my last novel, I purchased a small handbarrow, […]
  • New Suite101 Writers – How to Stay Motivated to Keep Writing
    If you’re new to writing at Suite101, you may feel unmotivated by the first few months of low income. These tips for staying motivated are from Prerna Malik, who just finished her first six months as a Suite writer. Before her tips for new “Suitees”, a quip: “I don’t believe in writer’s block,” said Elmore Leonard. “I don’t know […]
  • Why Write for Suite 101? 10 Benefits of Online Writing
    Suite 101 writer Rosemary Gemmell answers the question I’m often asked: “Why do you write for Suite 101?” Here, Gemmell shares ten benefits of online writing from her own experience. Before we jump into the reasons she loves writing for Suite, I gotta say that three out of four members of my writer’s group have written […]
  • 5 Things To Do Before Publishing a Blog Post
    Whether you’re a new or experienced blogger (problogger!), you’ll find these five things to do before publishing a blog post helpful. These tips are from freelance writer and blogger Susan Johnston, of The Urban Muse — one of my most regular guest bloggers. Before her tips, a quip: “Put down everything that comes into your […]
  • Search Engine Optimization (SEO) Tips for New Writers
    An experienced web writer shares her search engine optimization (SEO) tips for new bloggers and online writers, and encourages you to learn from her mistakes. In SEO 2016: Learn Search Engine Optimization, you’ll learn just how age, authority, content, and relevancy affects Google’s search results, and just how you can best optimize your site and content to […]
  • Editing Help – Tips for Revising Articles, Essays, and Short Stories
    Even the most successful writers need editing help! These tips for revising articles, essays, and short stories will help clean up your copy and make even your pickiest readers (and editors) happy. Before the tips, a quip: “Being a writer is like having homework every night for the rest of your life.” – Lawrence Kasdan. […]
  • Example of a Query Letter for Unpublished Writers
    This example of a query letter for unpublished writers (writers who don’t have magazine clips yet) will help writers land their first magazine assignment – I hope! I’m posting this because a reader asked for an example of a beginner’s query letter on my Tips for Improving Your Query Letters article. Before the query letter […]
  • Ideas for Writers Who Travel, But Who Don’t Write About Traveling
    I’m a writer who travels often, and I’m ashamed to say I don’t write about traveling for magazines or websites. In fact, travel writing is my least favorite type of writing (and reading, really) – but, luckily, there are other things to write about while traveling! Before my “travel” writing tips, a quip: “For my part, I travel […]
  • Web Writing Tips From the Type-A Mom Blogging Conference
    Angela England shares her web writing tips from the Type-A Mom Blogging Conference – where she was a speaker. This blogger is one of my fellow writers at Suite101 (an online magazine). Before the tips, a quip: “A blog is a tool that lets you do anything from change the world to share your shopping […]
  • The Best Ways to Invest in Your Writing Career
    Entrepreneurs – whether they’re successful writers or just launching a freelance career – need to invest financially in their business. Here are the best ways to invest in a writing career, ranging from getting organized to buying a Mac (but I’m not sold on Macs yet!). “Sometimes, you have to spend money to make money,” […]
  • A Top 10 Writing Blog – Quips and Tips for Successful Writers
    Quips and Tips for Successful Writers was chosen as one of the top ten blogs for writers – a first-time honor. Thank you Michael Stelzner for hosting this competition, which brings all sorts of writing blogs together, and for accepting Quips and Tips! Here’s a list of all the winners, first with Michael’s thoughts about each […]
  • 5 Over-Used Words and Phrases for Writers to Avoid
    Want to improve your writing? Avoid these five over-used words and phrases! These writing tips are from a successful writer who isn’t just my regular guest blogger – she’s a recent Top 10 Blogs for Writers winner. I’ve learned a lot from freelancer Susan Johnston – such as how to increase my blog readership, earn […]
  • Writing Quips and Tips From Annie Dillard
    Quips and Tips for Successful Writers regularly features “Writing Quips and Tips From Successful Published Author X.” Annie Dillard is here now; Truman Capote was featured last time.  Here’s why she created her own website, Annie Dillard: “I’ve posted this web-page in defense; a crook bought the name and printed dirty pictures, then offered to sell it […]
  • Networking Tips for Successful Writers – How to Get More Writing Jobs
    One of the best ways to land freelance writing gigs is to network with successful writers – and here are several tips that will help you do that, and get more writing jobs! P.S. None of them involve bidding on jobs or visiting Craigslist or exploring Elance (not that there’s anything wrong with that)… Before […]
  • Different Types of Magazine Writing and Editing Jobs
    Whether you’re looking for a magazine writing job or pitching an article idea, you’ll find this list of editors and writers helpful. Magazine editorial staff ranges from the editor-in-chief to the editorial assistant – and both jobs contain their share of joy and pain! Here’s a taste of what a magazine editor-in-chief can do: “Not […]
  • How to Write an Author Bio to Accompany Your Byline
    These examples of long and short author bios, plus tips for writers of magazine articles, book contributions, book proposals, or blog posts, will help you learn how to write your own author bio (biography) to accompany your byline. Just the other day I was asked how to write a bio by a fellow writer on Twitter. […]
  • 5 Essential Tips for Better Writing From a Publication Coach
    Publication coach Daphne Gray-Grant offers five tips for better writing, which range from writing in “dribs and drabs” to creating a mind map. She also explains why it’s crucial to separate writing from editing — and says this is her most essential tip for better writing! Here’s what Gray-Grant thinks about how schools teach writing […]
  • 6 Tips for Long-Term Success as a Freelance Writer
    Want to be a successful freelance writer? Think long-term! These six tips for long-term success were prompted by a reader who asked this question on my Overcoming Fear of Success article: “I have most of the ‘symptoms’ of Fear of Success listed in your article, but it is the idea of not believing that I can […]
  • Script Writing Tips for Screenplays and Screenwriters
    A reader asked for script writing tips on The Adventurous Writer, so I’ve pulled together some helpful advice for screenwriters. By the way, these tips for screenplays also work well for effective for writing articles, novels, and poems…. Before the script writing tips, a quip: “Scriptwriting is the toughest part of the whole racket… the […]
  • Writing Good Sentences – 5 Tips for Making Your Words Flow
    Knowing how to write good sentences and paragraphs will make writing easy, fun, and painless! Here are five tips for making your sentences flow, to ensure your reader doesn’t stop reading your article, book, or essay. For the best tips on how to write better, read Writing Tools: 50 Essential Strategies for Every Writer by Roy Peter […]
  • 8 Ideas for Blog Posts or Magazine Articles at Halloween
    Halloween can be a great source of blog traffic or article ideas – if you can think of things to write about. These eight ideas for blog posts or magazine articles at Halloween go beyond the same old same old costumes, craft ideas, scary movies, etc…these ideas should prime the old Halloween pump for unusual twists on the usual nightmares! […]
  • How to Start a Successful Magazine Writing Career – 6 Freelancing Tips
    These tips for starting (and sustaining) a successful magazine writing careeer are from published authors, freelance writers, bloggers, and editors. Even if you’ve been selling articles to magazines for years, I can almost guarantee you’ll learn something new here! Before the tips, a quip: “Almost anyone can be an author; the business is to collect money […]
  • 10 Tips for Interviewing Sources for Articles
    These tips for interviewing people as sources or experts for articles are from a panel of experienced journalists, who recently spoke at a Writer’s Craft Fair hosted by the BC Association of Magazine Publishers. Before the tips, a quip: “Writing comes more easily if you have something to say.” – Sholem Asch. One benefit of interviewing […]
  • Writing Quips and Tips From Truman Capote
    Every week, Quips and Tips for Successful Writers features “Writing Quips and Tips From Successful Published Author X.” Truman Capote is up to bat this week; on deck for next week is Annie Dillard. Truman Capote’s most famous works are Breakfast at Tiffany’s and In Cold Blood. And, speaking of cold-blooded murder, here’s one of […]
  • 5 No-Fail Ways to Write a Great Conclusion
    Learn how to conclude your article, essay, story or poem. These five tips for writing strong conclusions are from freelance writer Susan Johnston. “There are no dull subjects,” said H.L. Mencken. “There are only dull writers.” Are you a dull writer? Re-read Stephen King’s On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft. One of his writing tips […]
  • Writing for Trade Magazines – 7 Tips for Freelance Writers
    These tips for writing for trade magazines are directly from a panel of print trade publishers and editors. The good news? Not all trade print magazines are shutting down! I was part of a writer’s craft fair recently; these magazine editors and publishers said their readers don’t read online e-zines or use Google to find information. They read trade magazines — […]
  • Quips and Tips Might be a Top 10 Blog for Writers – It’s Up to You!
    Quips and Tips for Successful Writers has recently been nominated to be one of the “Top 10 Blogs for Writers”! Michael Stelzner of Writing White Papers has opened his 4th annual contest for top writing blogs…and I’m honoured that Quips and Tips was nominated. And even voted for a few times 🙂 Will you vote?   All you have to […]
  • 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, […]
  • Overcoming Procrastination for Writers – 5 Ways to Start Writing
    Is your novel, query letter, or book proposal waiting for you to read this article on overcoming procrastination for writers? These five ways to start writing will help you stay focused and productive, and achieve your writing goals. Before the tips, a quip: “Procrastination is the fear of success,” says American motivational speaker Denis Waitley. “People procrastinate because […]
  • Increasing Blog Readership – 8 Unusual Ways to Promote Your Blog
    You want to increase your blog readership, right? These eight tips for promoting your blog are unusual and effective! The more readers you have, the more you’ll enjoy blogging and writing…and the more money you’ll make as a blogger. If ProBlogger Darren Rowse was starting out in blogging right now, he said he’d use these five strategies […]
  • A Freelance Writer’s Invoice and Payment Spreadsheet – Example
    This example of a freelance writer’s invoice and payment spreadsheet is simple and easy. Working writers don’t need expensive software to track invoices and payment — this Excel spreadsheet has worked for me for years.  But, before the tips, a quip… “Almost anyone can become an author; the business is to collect money and fame from this […]
  • 6 Tips for Running a Successful Freelance Writing Business
    Yes, you can earn money writing – but you need to know how to run a successful freelance writing business. Use these tips to increase your chances of business success… “I hear people say they’re going to write. I ask, when? They give me vague statements,” says Natalie Goldberg, author of Writing Down the Bones: […]
  • 8 Tips for Maintaining More Than One Blog
    These tips for maintaining more than one blog will help you become a more organized, better blogger. Many of these tips are applicable even if you just have one blog – and they’re especially important if you’re considering starting a second or third blog. If you haven’t read The Huffington Post Complete Guide to Blogging by […]
  • How to Find the Best Free WordPress Theme for Your Blog
    If you’re like me, you’ll want to find the best free WordPress theme for your blog! Choosing a great theme is one of the biggest decisions you’ll make as a blogger — especially if you want to earn money blogging! I’ve created and maintain six blogs on WordPress; here are my tips for choosing the best […]
  • Online Writing Groups – 3 Tips for Joining a Writer’s Club
    Online writing groups offer support, accountability, and motivation. These tips for joining a writer’s club online are from guest blogger Aimee Cirucci; this writer and teacher describes how her writing group helps her sell her writing. Before her tips, a quip: “I think about Tolstoy, Flaubert and Dickens, and I’m jealous of what those authors […]
  • 5 Tips for Inviting Guest Bloggers to Write for Your Blog
    Hosting guest writers on your blog is a great way to give yourself a break from blogging and give your readers another perspective, says freelance writer and blogger Susan Johnston. But, guest bloggers don’t give you the freedom to take a total vacation from your blog… “I thought I’d have a break when I solicited […]
  • What is Writer’s Voice? The Key to Writing a Good Story
    Ask five writers what voice is in writing, you’ll get 15 different answers. Ultimately, a writer’s voice is the key to writing a good story. “Confident writers have the courage to speak plainly; to let their thoughts shine rather than their vocabulary.” ~ Ralph Keyes, author of The Courage to Write: How Writers Transcend Fear (one […]
  • 5 Tips for Making Old Blog Posts Popular Again
    These five tips for making your blog posts popular again will bring you – and them – to life! You can revive those old things that are languishing in the cellar, all dusty and cobwebby. In SEO Tips for WordPress Blogs I share that almost all my blog posts are tips-oriented. This makes them evergreen and thus easier to revive. […]
  • 5 Tips for Building a Strong Writers Network
    Connecting with other writers can help you sell your writing, increase your blog readership, and make you a successful writer! These tips for building a strong writers network are from George Angus of Tumblemoose – he’s one of the most community-minded scribes I know. Before his tips, a quip: “We cannot live only for ourselves. […]
  • 8 Tips for Breaking Bad Writing Habits
    To be a successful writer, you need to identify and break your bad writing habits. These tips will help you achieve your writing goals – whether you want to sign on with a literary agent or write more regular blog posts. Before the tips, a quip: “A professional writer is an amateur who didn’t quit.” […]
  • 10 Ways to Market Your Book
    These book marketing tips are for self-published authors, traditionally published authors, and writers not yet published. These ten ways to market your book will fire up your journey to the bestseller list. In The Well-Fed Self-Publisher: How to Turn One Book into a Full-Time Living, Peter Bowerman discusses book production, distribution, marketing, promotion, publicity (through one’s […]
  • How to Create a Blog Button or Widget for Your Website
    These nine tips on how to create a blog button or widget for your website include three reasons why buttons or widgets are so important. You don’t need to have a fancy blog button – it’s better to have a clear, instantly recognizable one. Before the tips, a quip about writing that applies to blogging: “Write […]
  • 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 […]
  • How to Make an Old Blog Post Popular Again
    Why let your old blog posts gather dust? Here are a few ways to make your old blog posts popular again – and not just by tweeting them. Highlight the best of the past and keep creating new content is the secret to attracting and keeping readers! After all, why waste the work you’ve already […]
  • Increase Your Blog Readership – 5 Ways to Get More Web Traffic
    Getting more web traffic is the first step to making money blogging! These five tips for increasing your blog readership are from freelance writer and blogger Susan Johnston, who has a strong blog following. Before her tips, a quip from a professional blogger: “Making money from blogging requires you to do only two things: drive […]
  • Should You Talk About Your Article or Book Ideas?
    Successful writers create new article or book ideas all the time – but do they talk about them before they’re written? Not according to Mario Puzo, Sidney Sheldon, or Ernest Hemingway… “Never talk about what you are going to do until after you have written it,” said Mario Puzo. Oops. I’m not only talking about my […]
  • Sell Your Books by Connecting With Readers – 5 Tips for Successful Writers
    To be successful, writers need to sell their books to readers and their articles to editors. Connecting with readers is one of the best ways to create and maintain an upwards momentum in a writing career — which is what these tips for selling your writing is all about! I discovered that some popular published authors (Jodi Picoult, for […]
  • Writers Dreams – How Do Dreams Affect the Writing Process?
    Learn firsthand how writers’ dreams affect the writing process. Here, famous published authors describe how their dreams affect their writing, creativity, and storytelling skills. These quotations from published authors on the dreaming and writing process is a follow-up from my article, How Dreaming at Night Inspires Famous Writers. First, a writing quip: “There are two kinds of [successful] […]
  • Creating Multiple Streams of Income for Writers
    Financial expert Brandon Wilkins describes how successful writers can create multiple income streams – and why we want to! Before the tips, a quip: Never work just for money or for power. They won’t save your soul or help you sleep at night. – Marian Wright Edelman. The ideal way to earn money is to find […]
  • How Dreaming at Night Inspires Famous Writers
    Some successful writers believe that dreaming at night is the heart and soul of good writing – while others can’t remember their dreams at all!  Here’s a roundup of how dreams inspire some famous writers…and a dreamy question for you, fellow scribes. First, a quip from the great writer Isabel Allende: “You write a book […]
  • 5 Other Ways for Writers to Make Money – Besides Writing
    Writers don’t have to rely on magazine assignments and book advances to make money! Here are a few other ways to make money, ranging from selling photos to working at a library. This guest post is from freelance writer and blogger Susan Johnston, who created one of my favorite writing blogs, The Urban Muse. Before […]
  • 8 Tips on Starting a Book Club for Writers
    My two book clubs are very different from one other – and I love them both! Here’s what I’ve learned – my tips for starting and running a book club for writers. Thanks to Tumblemoose for prompting me to write this article! Before the book club tips, a quip: “The proper study of mankind is books.” – Aldous […]
  • 5 Ways to Salvage Writing Disasters
    Publication coach Daphne Gray-Grant shares five ways to salvage writing disasters – from poorly written articles to weak anecdotes. But first, as ever, a quip: “The process of writing has something infinite about it. Even though it is interrupted each night, it is one single notation.” ~ Elias Canetti. Writing is a long, fluid process – and writing well […]
  • Freelance Writers Who Submit Multiple Query Letters Are…
    Should freelance writers submit multiple query letters to magazines? I’ve been avoiding this topic on Quips and Tips for Successful Writers for months…and it’s time to ‘fess up! “Writing is not necessarily something to be ashamed of, but do it in private and wash your hands afterwards.” ~ Robert A. Heinlein. This is exactly how I feel about […]
  • 8 Tips for Writers Who Want to Blog Full-Time
    These tips for writers who want to blog full-time are based on my experience transitioning from full-time freelance writer to full-time blogger (but I’ll accept magazine assignments when assigned!). Here’s what I’ve learned so far… Got guts? Blog away, fellow scribes. Read Ruth Soukup’s How To Blog For Profit: Without Selling Your Soul for a detailed description about how […]
  • 5 Ways a Book Club Improves Your Writing Skills
    How can belonging to a book club improve your writing skills? O, let me list the ways… But first, a quip from Canadian icon, poet, and novelist Margaret Atwood: “They [the book club members] are ready to reveal…their own reactions, their own biases and doubts and convictions, and above all their own tastes,” said Atwood. […]
  • Common Writing Mistakes – Plus Tips for Strong Writing
    What are your most common writing mistakes? The more quickly you recognize them, the faster and better you’ll write! Here are several mistakes that experienced freelance writers, novelists, and writing instructors often make — plus several tips for strong writing.  Before the writing tips, a quip from Socrates: “Employ your time in improving yourself by other men’s writings so that you […]
  • Make Money Blogging for Writers – 5 Tips for Creating Passive Income
    Creating passive income is a great way to for writers to earn money! These tips for making money blogging will help writers monetize their blogs and earn a living with their words. It’s all about developing passive sources of writing income and finding your writer’s voice. Here’s what I recently learned about making money on my blogs — they are blogging tips I wish I […]
  • 4 Tips for Overcoming Perfectionism for Writers
    Writers who try to be perfect are less likely to get published because they never finish. Here’s how to overcome perfectionism for writers, from a full-time freelance writer who more often than not hits “send” before an article pitch is ready. I polish articles until they gleam, but am trigger happy with my pitches! Perfectionism for writers can […]
  • Advertising Amazon Products on Your Blog – Tips for Bloggers
    Are you ready to advertise Amazon products on your blog? These tips for bloggers stem from a Big Mistake I made on “Quips and Tips for Successful Writers” — I live to serve as a horrible warning to other bloggers and writers 🙂 . Making money blogging can help you fill in the financial gaps between your magazine writing assignments, […]
  • Example of an Invoice for Freelance Writers – Plus Invoicing Tips
    Freelancer writers, you must have a professional writer’s invoice. Here’s an example of an invoice for magazine articles, blog posts, or other writing jobs. I’ve used this invoice successfully for years, and have thrown in several invoicing tips for writers… “Writing is the hardest way of earning a living, with the possible exception of wrestling alligators.” – Olin […]
  • Reduce Freelance Writing Stress – Tips for Making the Writing Life Easier
    The sooner you reduce the stress of freelance writing, the easier your writing life will be…and the more money you’ll make as a writer! These six tips will help you flow through the ups and downs of a writing career — even if you’re not earning a full-time living as a writer. Before the tips, a […]
  • How Freelance Writers Track Article Pitches and Submissions
    How do freelance writers keep track of their article pitches and submissions? I’ve been using an Excel spreadsheet to track my magazine article pitches and submissions for over two years. Here’s how and why it works like a charm… Before the tips, a quip: “Work with yourself, not against yourself,” says Julie Hood of TheOrganizedWriter.com. […]
  • Improve Your Query Letters and Feature Articles – 5 Tips for Writers
    These tips for improving your query letters and feature articles apply to writers working on novels, book proposals, and pitches to literary agents, too! You need to make your writing as memorable as possible…because the more memorable you are, the more likely you’ll succeed as a writer. Here’s what one successful novelist says about memorable writing: “Tell the […]
  • 10 Tips for Eating Healthy While Working From Home
    This roundup of tips for eating healthy while working from home are inspired by my inactivity and fear of gaining 100 pounds! But, luckily, I’ve actually lost weight since I went fulltime a year ago. Before the tips, quip: “Sleep on your writing; take a walk over it; scrutinize it of a morning; review it […]
  • Writing Blog Posts That Readers Find – Keyword Optimization Tips
    To be successful, bloggers need to write blog posts that readers can actually find! These keyword optimization tips (search engine optimization, or SEO) are from author, copywriter, and web writing expert Jon Wuebben. He recently wrote a book about web writing, called Content Rich: Writing Your Way to Wealth on the Web. Here’s a brief […]
  • The Huffington Post’s Blogging Tips – How to Blog Better
    These blogging tips from the Huffington Post will help you blog better – and perhaps elbow your way into a HuffPost blogging job! At the very least, these tips will help you attract more traffic to your site. Remember, fellow scribes: the more you read and practice tips like these, the better you’ll write. The […]
  • 8 Habits of Highly Effective Writers – How to Write a Book
    These habits of highly effective writers will show you how to write a book; they’re based in part on a fantastic book called 101 Habits of Highly Successful Novelists. Some of these writing tips will give you something new to chew on…and others will make you cringe at how difficult good writing really is… Before the tips, […]
  • How to Write Faster – 7 Ways to Write More, and Write Better!
    Knowing how to write faster can help you get published. These ways to write more don’t just increase your writing productivity, they’ll help you write better. They’re great tips for  freelancers, novelists, columnists, poets, bloggers, and even students working on research papers. Before the tips, a quip: “All writers must go from now to once a upon a time; […]
  • 19 Editing Tips From a Senior Editor at MSN.com
    These tips for editing magazine articles are from an editor at MSN.com – they include some of the most frequent errors she sees in her freelance writers’ article submissions. Pay attention, fellow scribes, because even when you think you’ve got writing down to a fine art, there’s always more to learn! “It is perfectly okay to […]
  • Want More Article Assignments? Tips for Working With Editors
    To get more article assignments, you need to keep winning article assignments! These tips for working with magazine editors will help ensure you’re always working on either a feature article, a research short, or even just a sidebar. Either way, you’ll be making money writing. Before the tips, a quip: “Almost anyone can be an author; the business […]
  • How Freelance Writers Generate Article Ideas That Sell
    Pitching queries that contain article ideas that actually sell is a huge part of successful freelance writing – and luckily, it gets easier and easier all the time! Here are several tips for freelance writing and generating article ideas. First, a quip from the best-selling author Lawrence Block: “I suspect television is a great source for […]
  • How to Handle a Payment Upon Publication Offer for Your Article
    A “payment upon publication” offer from a magazine editor means writers get paid for article when it’s published. A “payment on acceptance” assignment, on the other hand, means the writer gets paid when the article is submitted. Which is preferable for working writers? Payment on acceptance, of course! But, even the most successful freelancers get a “payment on publication” […]
  • How to Sell Reprint Articles – Tips for Freelance Writers
    Selling the same article over and over – or different articles based on the same research – is what “selling your reprint articles” is all about. These tips for successful writers are based on info from freelance writer Gordon Burgett, author of Sell and Resell Your Magazine Articles. Before the tips, a quip: “To write what is worth publishing, to […]
  • 7 Chick Lit Writing Tips to Improve Your Writing Skills
    These “chick lit writing tips” will improve your writing skills, no matter what your genre, voice, or style is. Are you writing a romance novel or a personal life history? I’d love to hear what you’re working on; share below! 🙂 The source of these chick lit writing tips is See Jane Write: A Girl’s Guide […]
  • How to Get More Blog Traffic – 13 Blogging Tips for Online Writers
    Knowing how to get more blog traffic is the first step to making money blogging. These blogging tips will help online writers build a steady steam of readers — these tips include search engine optimization info from online marketing consultant Dan Lozano of WebVisible, Inc. His SEO tips are effective and easy, so if you want to increase your blog readership, keep […]
  • 8 Web Writing Tips From Bloggers
    Writing online can be tricky for writers who want to increase their readership. These web writing tips are from experienced bloggers; they range from effective search optimization to linking strategies. To learn more about web writing, read Content Rich: Writing Your Way to Wealth on the Web by Jon Wuebben. You’ll learn secrets to attracting online traffic from this book, which […]
  • Get Blog Traffic – 5 Best Ways to Increase Targeted Traffic
    If you’re asking, “How do I get blog traffic?”, you’re not alone! These five best ways to increase targeted traffic are from “copy writing queen” Michelle Salater — and they’ll help you attract more blog readers. Before her tips, a quip: “You can’t take something off the Internet – it’s like taking pee out of a […]
  • 6 Website and Blog Building Tips
    These website and blog building tips from established bloggers, writers, and website consultants will help you create a strong online presence as a writer. The better your website or blog is, the happier you’ll be, the more likely you’ll stay motivated to keep blogging, and the more readers you’ll attract. An upward spiral! Before the […]
  • 5 Ways to Decrease Errors in Your Writing
    If you want to sell your book on Amazon, you need write more tightly and decrease your writing errors. These tips for better writing are from Brent Sampson, best-selling author and CEO of Outskirts Press. Fellow scribes, great writing is in the editing, not the original writing…so get it all down and then go find your scissors! To learn how […]
  • How to Improve a Query Letter – Sample Pitch to a Magazine Editor
    This sample query letter includes several ways to improve it. It’s a pitch I sent to Child magazine two years ago; the editor didn’t assign the article, and here I explain why. These tips can be directly applied to your own query letters, to help you sell your freelance articles… Before the tips, here’s a quip from two experienced […]
  • Can You Make Money as a Freelance Writer? 7 Signs Writing is the Career for You
    Do you dream of earning money writing for magazines — making money as a freelance writer? These seven signs that writing is the career for you are based on characteristics of successful freelancers. If you say “yes” to most of these signs of successful writers, then perhaps you can make mony writing! First, here’s a tip […]
  • 10 Quick Ways to Recognize Great Article Ideas
    You think you have a fantastic idea for a magazine article, but will the editor buy it? Yes, if it meets the following 10 criteria. Here’s how to focus your pitches and land more assignments… “Editors frequently complain that freelance writers don’t study their publications before they submit unsolicited ideas and manuscripts,” write David  Sumner […]
  • Making Money Freelance Writing – 5 Ways to Support Yourself as a Writer
    Making money as a freelance writer is possible, even for new writers, even in a struggling economy! These tips for supporting yourself as a writer from professiona, experienced, employed writers, and they can catapult you from struggling wordsmith to professional writer! Before the tips, a quip: “In baseball, you get only three swings and you’re out,” says playwright Neil […]
  • Writing Tips From Published Author and Radio Producer, Lillian Brummet
    Here, published author and radio producer Lillian Brummet shares the highlights of her experience as a professional freelance writer for the past decade. She’s written three books, produces two radio programs, and manages both a blog and newsletter. Phew! Her husband Dave is a musician and photographer; he’s also the behind-the-scenes editor, graphic and website guy. First, one of Lillian’s favorite […]
  • 12 Reasons Writers Should Use Twitter to Promote Their Blogs and Books
    Is Twitter for writers? You bet! Here’s how tweeting can help writing careers; these Twitter tips are from freelance writers, book authors, and copywriters who share how Tweets have helped their writing careers. If you’re wondering if and how Twitter can make you a successful writer, look no further. “The time to begin writing an article is when you have finished […]
  • Interview With the Author of Query Letters
    In this interview, Wendy Burt-Thomas, author of The Writer’s Digest Guide to Query Letters, shares her tips for writers groups, writer’s block, and what it takes to be a successful freelancer. Her perspective will help you become a better writer – whether you’re a seasoned pro or a newbie… Before her tips, here’s one of her favorite writing […]
  • How a Writing or Publishing Co-Op Works
    Published author Iris Waichler, MSW, explains how a writing or publishing co-operative affects a writer’s platform – and describes the writing, publishing, and book marketing process. First, Waichler offers a writing tip from A Book is Born: 24 Authors Tell All (which she contributed to). “Don’t be afraid to contact people you feel may be out […]
  • 13 Tips for Writing More Confidently – Starting With Stephen King
    These tips for writing more confidently will help you get published. We start with Stephen King’s tips on writing, and move into a round up of advice from a variety of freelance writers and bloggers. Because one of these successful writers mentioned On Writing, here’s a quip from the Stephen King, the King of Horror: “You can approach the […]
  • How to Write Feature Articles That Sell
    These tips for writing feature articles that sell are from one of my favorite writing books, The Portable Writer’s Conference: Your Guide to Getting Published. In it, there’s a great article by Donna Elizabeth Boetig – and she shares her secrets to great writing!  Before the tips, here’s a writing quip: “Fiction writing is lonely in a way […]
  • 6 Tips for Publishing and Marketing Your Book
    These tips for publishing and marketing your book are from published author Iris Waichler. This is excellent and necessary writing advice for both new and professional writers! First, here’s a quip from one of Waichler’s writing colleagues: “May the grace of knowing how important your message is surround you always,” says Christine Louise Hohlbaum. If you […]
  • Want to Be a Writer? 10 Tips for Achieving Your Writing Goals
    If you want to be a writer, you can’t miss these tips for achieving your writing goals from guest author Mark Richard Webb. His tips apply to everything from writing your first novel to pitching article ideas to magazine editors…and they’ll help you become a published author. Before his tips, a quip: “Our greatest glory is […]
  • Writing Goals – 7 Ways to Be a Better Freelance Writer
    These examples of writing goals are based experience of achieving my goals in my first year of freelance writing – and I freelanced full-time for only eight months! You can be a better freelance writer and achieve your financial goals, fellow scribes. Before the tips, a quip: “Success is not an automatic function of individual talent,” says Malcolm Gladwell, […]
  • 5 Steps to Writing Success From Malcolm Gladwell’s Outliers
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  • Write for Print Magazines – Tips for Beginning Your Writing Career
    The beginning of your writing career sets the foundation for your future, so the sooner you implement these tips for for print magazines, the more successful you’ll be as a freelance writer! Some of these feature writing tips and hints for pitching to editors are directly from editors (thanks Reader’s Digest!)…and others are from my own experience as a full-time freelance writer. […]
  • Types of Copyright for Freelance Writers and Book Authors
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  • Radio Interview, Freelance Writer Laurie Pawlik-Kienlen
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  • Income Tax Tips for Freelance Writers and Bloggers
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  • 5 Tips for Building a Writer’s Platform
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  • 6 Tips for Successful Writers From an Editor-in-Chief
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  • How to Build a Successful Freelance Writing Business – 5 Freelancing Tips
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  • Interviewing Sources and Experts for Articles – Tips for Freelance Writers
    For freelance writers, experts and sources can make or break a magazine article — or even a query letter to editors! These tips for freelancers will improve your chances of getting published… But first, a quip: “A fact is like a sack – it won’t stand up if it’s empty. To make it stand up, first you have to […]
  • Writing an Article? How to Find Expert Sources for Magazine Articles
    Before you query an editor, you need expert sources for the magazine feature articles you’re writing! Leading your article or query letter with a “real” story is a great way to hook readers (and editors). People love reading about people – which means editors love articles that include compelling anecdotes. But in order to include anecdotes, you need sources. Before the […]
  • Managing an Unpredictable Cash Flow for Freelance Writers
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  • 3 Ways to Avoid Burning Out as a Writer
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  • Hearing the Voice of the Writer’s Muse
    If you’re struggling to hear the voice of the writer’s muse, check out this “Q & A” with author and writing teacher Mark David Gerson. He wrote The Voice of the Muse: Answering the Call to Write – and here, he shares a few writing tips. Before his tips, a quip: “It is good to have an end […]
  • How I Found a Literary Agent – the Irene Goodman Agency
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  • A Novelist’s Tips on Writing Leads to Hook Readers
    In this guest post, novelist William Meikle offers tips on writing leads (“killer opening lines”) – and keeping your readers hooked. But first, I have to share a quip from Annie Dillard on how to be a successful writer: “One of the few things I know about writing is this: spend it all, shoot it, play it, […]
  • Creative Gifts for Writers, Authors, and Poets
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  • Basic Ghostwriting and Copyrighting Tips
    In this guest post, writer and syndicated blogger Lisa Nichols offers several basic ghostwriting and copyrighting tips. “My first experience ghostwriting for someone else was some years ago” says Nichols. “I had to write quotes to be included in press releases, content for newsletters and a number of other communications as if they were written by members of senior […]
  • Improve Your Writing Skills – 5 Ways to Write Better
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  • 7 Writing Tips From Stephen King
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  • Become the Writer You Want to Be – 10 Tips for Successful Writers
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  • 10 Short Story Endings to Avoid at All Costs
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  • 7 Tips for Writing With a Chronic Illness
    These seven tips for writing with a chronic illnes are from Suite101 writer Barbara Melville. “Writing always poses challenges,” says Melville. “Having a chronic illness, disability, or indeed any circumstances that makes us housebound, can make the writing life seem overwhelming. I took a year out to write, but badly injured my back at the […]
  • Writers Personality Traits – The Key to Getting Published
    Do writers’ personality traits make a difference in getting published? You betcha! Here are the personality traits that help authors and professional writers succeed. These personality traits will help you figure out if you’ve got what it takes to be a successful writer… But first, writing advice from Anne Lamott: “E. L. Doctorow once said that […]
  • JK Rowling’s Tips for Writers – How to Write Young Adult Books
    Author William Meikle describes how to write young adult books, based on JK Rowling’s success. HIs tips for writers are inspired by JK Rowling’s characters, plot, and themes. “Fantasy fiction is big business, and many authors are trying hard to break in,” says Meikle, author of The Midnight Eye Files: The Amulet. “The burning question on […]
  • Writing Your First Novel? 5 Tips for Aspiring Novelists
    If it’s your dream to write a novel, then you need these five tips for writers! Here, writer Kelly Kirkpatrick shares several inspiring pieces of advice for writing your first work of fiction… In Novel Writing Mastery: Proven And Simple Techniques To Outline, Structure And Write A Successful Novel, S. Evans describes the top seven novel […]
  • Query Letter Example for a Magazine Article – A Health Pitch
    In this query letter example for a proposed magazine article, I pitch a health piece to the editors of MSN Health (who are fantastic to work with, by the way!). While there’s no “winning formula” to writing excellent query letters, it’s good to see how published freelance writers pitch their article ideas. So, here’s a […]
  • 6 Drawbacks of a Freelance Writing Career
    If you’re wondering about writing full-time, here are six drawbacks of a freelance writing career. These tips aren’t meant to scare you away from writing — they should prepare you to be a successful writer! Before the tips, check out this poem from Ray White, co-editor of How I Got Published: The Publication Blues I’ve […]
  • Get Your Book Published – Tips From Editors, Publishers, and Agents
    These tips for getting your book published are from a panel of writers, agents, and editors at the Surrey International Writers’ Conference. If you dream of being a successful writer, these answers to oft-asked questions about getting published are a must-read! First, a quip from a famous writer: “If the doctor told me I had only six minutes […]
  • Writing Tools and Habits for Successful Novelists
    These writing tools and habits for successful novelists are from New York Times bestseller Vicki Pettersson, who is working on her fourth book. She spoke at the Surrey International Writers’ Conference in British Columbia about writers’ self-sabotage, goals and habits. Outwardly, Pettersson looks like a writing success. But, like most writers, she struggles with motivation, time, and […]
  • 7 Ways to Attract More Readers to Your Blog
    Starting a blog is easy; attracting readers is the hard part! These tips for increasing blog traffic are from professional blogger and technologist Darren Barefoot, who spoke at the Surrey International Writers’ Conference in Vancouver, British Columbia. Before the tips, a quip: “Don’t say the old lady screamed — bring her on and let her scream,” […]
  • How to Write a Romance Novel – 8 Tips From a Published Writer
    These tips on how to write a romance novel are from a published author of many romantic books. Here’s what novelist Mary Jo Putney said at the Surrey International Writers’ Conference in British Columbia — these are her best tips on the writing, editing, and publishing business…. Here’s one of the things she stressed: “When your book comes […]
  • 17 Reasons Manuscripts are Rejected by Book Publishers and Editors
    Why are manuscripts and sample chapters rejected by publishers? This list of reasons is from a panel of book editors, literary agents, and publishers at a recent writing conference. They’ll help you get published…or at least see your manuscript and the publishing world with fresh eyes. If you don’t know what a book manuscript is and you […]
  • Blogging 101 – Key Tips for Web Writing
    These Blogging 101 key tips for web writing are from Vancouver technologist and writer Darren Barefoot, who just posted his 5,000th article on his blog. He spoke at the Surrey International Writers’ Conference in British Columbia about the fundamentals of blogging – and here’s what I learned! First, a quip about writing: “You don’t write because you […]
  • Bestselling Author Bob Mayer’s Writing Tips for Novelists
    Best-selling author Bob Mayer, who wrote The Novel Writer’s Toolkit, spoke at the Surrey International Writers’ Conference in British Columbia. Here are several of his writing tips for novelists, ranging from outlining a book to narrative structure. First, a great quip from Mayer: “Everything drives toward the climactic scene,” says Mayer. “Everything in a story […]
  • What Does a Book Doctor Do? Author Don McQuinn’s Tips
    A book doctor heals your words, sentences, chapters, and books – naturally! These writing and editing tips are from Don McQuinn, at the Surrey International Writers’ Conference. “As a writer, editing yourself takes cold-blooded analysis,” says McQuinn. He doesn’t show his writing to anyone until it’s completely ready to go. Only his wife sees it before […]
  • Earning Money – Tips for New Freelance Writers
    These tips for earning money for new freelance writers are from Ruth E. “I can write about anything!” (TM) Thaler-Carter — author of Get Paid to Write! Getting Started as a Freelance Writer. Here, she shares her thoughts about earning money as a magazine freelance writer.  Before the tips, a quip: “It is not hard work that is dreary; it is superficial […]
  • How to Treat Freelance Writing Like a Business
    To be a successful freelance writer, you need to treat writing like a business, not a hobby or pleasant pastime! Never forget that you’re an entrepreneur — someone who has to work hard to sell services or products – not just a hobbyist writer. Before the tips, a quip: “Publishing is a business, and aspiring writers who take the time […]
  • 3 Ways to Earn More Money as a Freelance Writer
    These three ways to earn more money as a freelance writer occurred to me during my massage the other day. I realized that my massage therapist could only earn money while she was actually working. But the best way to get rich is to earn money on something(s) while you do other things. For a […]
  • 7 Ways to Write Effective Leads or Introductions to Hook Readers
    These ways to write effective leads or introductions that hook readers are from a variety of editors, writers, and creative gurus. I’ve also included several examples of their writing tips in action. First, some good news from a professional writer: “Editors need freelancers,” writes Thomas Williams in Get Paid to Write: The No-Nonsense Guide to Freelance Writing. “They depend […]
  • 7 Things to Do When You Didn’t Win the Writing Contest
    If you wanna be a successful writer, you should practice different types of writing. Have you entered your writing in contests? Here are seven things to do when you didn’t win…  Before the tips, a quip: “To research this book, I entered exactly 80 contests in 18 months, but only achieved three First Prizes, one Second […]
  • Do Writers Need Literary Agents? Tips From a Bestselling Author
    Yes, writers need literary agents (in most cases). These tips are from bestselling author Maeve Binchy, who says writers can’t get published without agents. But, happily, there is an opposing viewpoint! At the end of this article is a link to a another bestselling author’s perspective — Lionel Shriver, who landed a publishing contract without an agent […]
  • 7 Magazine Writing Tips From Published Freelance Writers
    Want to write for magazines? These magazine writing tips from published freelance writers practically guarantee that you’ll get your article published! Here, you’ll find encouragement, practical advice, and hope for both newbie and professional scribes… Before the tips, here’s some magazine writing advice from a former executive editor of Working Mother magazine: “What we need most […]
  • Overcoming Writers Block – How to Start Writing, Keep Writing
    Lack of inspiration? No motivation to write? These six tips for overcoming writers block will help you find what works for you.  These writing tips are from experienced freelance writers, successful novelists, and writing coaches. If you need writing prompts, read The Writer’s Block: 786 Ideas to Jump-Start Your Imagination. The book is a treasure chest of […]
  • How to Make Money Writing – 6 Secrets From Successful Freelance Writers
    These freelance writing tips are from successful published authors, freelance writers, journalism professors and writing coaches. If you want to make money writing, just implement one secret a week… This article has been updated and moved to: 6 Tips for Writing Articles That Editors Will Buy and Publish 1. Use odd numbers. “Early on I learned to always write in odd […]
  • Tips for Editing and Revising Articles, Essays, and Research Papers
    The best way to write great articles, essays, and research papers is to edit and revise until you can edit and revise no more! These tips for rewriting apply to all types of writing — from nonfiction papers to short stories. Knowing how to edit and revise is the key to being a successful writer (or earning an “A” on […]
  • How to Write an Excellent First Draft
    Are you a writer faced with a blank page? Check out these tips for writing a first draft from a buffet of published authors, editors, and writers. These writing tips can decrease your fear of writing, and increase your motivation to write your first draft quickly and easily. Remember: “The best time for planning a book […]
  • Tips for Staying Motivated to Write From Successful Writers
    Six tips for staying motivated to write, from successful writers, freelancers, novelists, playwrights, and poets — because they know how to stay motivated to write despite rejection. In Wild Mind: Living the Writer’s Life, Natalie Goldberg tells you how to find time to write, how to discover your personal style, how to make sentences come alive, and how to […]
  • How to Create the Best Atmosphere for Writing
    Do you need to create certain conditions to be a productive, creative writer? It depends. Me, I can only write in complete silence. Or in a coffee shop. I must be like Virginia Woolf that way! “In solitude we give passionate attention to our lives, to our memories, to the details around us.” – Virginia Woolf. […]
  • 18 Tips for Writing Better From Authors and Freelancers
    Becoming a better writer involves learning from established freelancers and published authors, which is what these tips from successful writers are all about! Here’s a round-up of “the best writing advice I ever heard” from a wide range of scribes… Before the tips, here’s a quip from a bestselling author and editor: “Journalists know that short sentences step up […]
  • 12 Tips for Writing Fiction From Authors and Editors
    These fiction writing tips from authors and editors range from “put your characters in therapy” to “see stories as snakes.” I rounded up the best tips for writing fiction from a range of successful writers, including journalism professors, novelists, and screenplay writers. Every writer has different reasons for writing, but the bottom line is you have to write well. […]
  • Best Freelance Writing Books – Get Paid to Write for Magazines
    What are the best freelance writing books? Ones that teach you how to get paid to write for magazines, of course! This list of the best freelance writing books includes a brief description, and can help both experienced and new magazine writers haul their careers up a notch. These books about freelancing aren’t “one-time reads” — they’re solid […]
  • 9 Solutions to Common Problems for Writers
    Finding solutions to common problems for writers is what “Quips and Tips” is all about! Here are nine ways to overcome writing obstacles — ranging from increasing writing discipline to earning more money. Before the tips, a quip:  “Writing is elemental,” said Natalie Goldberg. “Once you have tasted its essential life, you cannot turn from it without […]
  • 10 Easy Ways to Make Your Writing Edgy and Quirky
    But of course you want to enchant your readers! These 10 ways to make your writing edgy and quirky will bring your manuscript, sample chapters, or magazine articles to life. Especially if you’re writing for people who tend to be easily distracted by chocolate, squirrels, and shiny objects. I’m embarrassed to say that several editors and […]
  • Tips for Revising and Editing Your Writing
    Revising and editing your work may be more important than the original writing itself. These tips for editing and revising your article or book manuscript apply to all types of writing: magazine feature articles, short stories, chapters, novels, scripts, essays, and even songs. Before the tips, a writing quip from Annie Proulx, author of The Shipping News: “The book […]
  • 52 Ways to Write Interesting Leads – Attract and Keep Readers
    Need good ways to start your article, essay, or book? Writing an interesting lead or introduction that attracts and keeps readers is one of the most difficult things about writing (next to finding the perfect title for your article, chapter, or book!). Your lead has to hook editors, publishers, and readers — and your introduction has to have pizzazz, razzle […]
  • 10 Tips for Becoming a Better Freelance Writer
    Here are ten solid tips for becoming a better freelance writer. You don’t need a four leaf clover to be lucky in writing – because you can create your own luck! First, here’s a quip from Thomas Jefferson: “I am a great believer in luck, and I find the harder I work, the more I have of it.” […]
  • How Freelance Writers Find Stories to Write About
    These tips on how to find a story angle to write about are for writers who are stuck for article ideas. Finding angles is about teaching your brain to generate ideas. “Once your brain has opened up to this kind of idea generating, you’ll be amazed by how much more perceptive you’ll become in general,” […]
  • 8 Stress Management Tips for Writers
    These stress management tips for writers are key for success, since stress can  impede creativity and trigger writer’s block. You’ll stay focused and creative with these tips for managing stress. Help! For Writers: 210 Solutions to the Problems Every Writer Faces by Roy Peter Clark (one of my favorite writers on writing) presents an “owner’s manual” […]
  • 10 Ways to Increase Your Writing Motivation
    If you aren’t motivated, you won’t write. These tips for writing more words than you can edit will increase your motivation as a writer, ramp up your productivity, and help you write more, better, longer, happier. If you’re struggling to blog consistently, read Blogging For Writers: How Authors & Writers Build Successful Blogs by Robin Houghton. […]
  • How to Make Money as a Freelance Writer
    Here are ten effective ways to make money as a freelance writer. Some are based on Kelly James-Enger’s Six Figure Freelancing: The Writer’s Guide to Making More Money. Others are based on my own experience as a freelance writer, plus other writing resources, such as The Renegade Writer. Before the tips, a quip for writers: “For many […]
  • 73 Writing Quips From Novelists, Authors, and Editors
    Here are dozens of writing quips and tips from famous novelists, authors, and editors. I’ve been collecting writing quips for a few years now – and love the idea of sharing them! Here’s a quip to get the ball rolling: “Every morning or afternoon, whenever you want to write, you have to go up and shoot […]
  • 10 Tips on Succeeding as a Freelance Writer
    To help you stay motivated, here are several tips on succeeding as a freelance writer! First, a quip from a published writer: “Teach yourself to work in uncertainty.” – Bernard Malamud, author of several novels and short stories – and a Pulitzer Prize winner. Malamud also said, “I write a book or a short story three […]
  • An Example of a Successful Query Letter
    Learn how to write a query letter that a magazine editor can’t refuse! This sample query letter was written by Diana Burrell, and resulted in an article assigned by the editors at Parenting magazine. Burrell earned $2,000 for this freelance piece. Diana Burrell is the co-author of The Renegade Writer: A Totally Unconventional Guide to Freelance Writing Success and […]
  • How to Write a Great Lead and Hook Readers
    Successful writers need to grab readers by the throat and keep them hooked! These writing tips describe the best ways to write a great lead or introduction. There are dozens of ways to hook readers with the first sentence…but only a few that work every single time… Before the tips, a quip: “It’s important to try to write when […]
  • How to Tell if Your Writing is Improving
    How can you tell if your writing is improving? Sometimes you’re so enmeshed in your writing, you can’t tell if you’ve improved, gotten worse, or are treading water! So, here’s a list of qualities of excellent writing, to help you measure your progress. For excellent writing advice, read A Writer’s Book of Days: A Spirited Companion and Lively Muse […]
  • Radio Interviews for Writers – 10 Tips for Giving Interviews
    Don’t let radio interviews freak you out, writers! These ten tips for giving interviews contain everything I wish I knew before I made a my guest appearances on the Kim Iverson show on Z99.5. Before the tips, a quip: “I’m one of those people that believes you should start writing before you think you’re ready,” said Joseph […]
  • 5 Tips for Coping With Writing Fears
    Here are five tips for coping with writing fears, inspired by a bestselling author. Lionel Shriver revealed that coping with fear isn’t just for new writers. Even successful published writers have to convince their agents and editors to that certain book ideas will sell!  Before the tips, a quip from Lionel Shriver:  “Fictional creatures are fragile. On bad days authors can’t […]
  • How to Stand Out in the Slush Pile
    Standing out in the slush pile is one of the key ways to get published as a freelance writer, novelist, or poet! When you send story ideas or book proposals to editors and publishers, you need to float to the top – and stay there. Do you want to know how to get published? New research reveals […]
  • 8 Freelance Writing Tips for Print Magazines
    These eight freelance writing tips for print magazines represent some of the best lessons I’ve learned from the “school of hard knocks.” As a successful full-time writer without a Journalism degree, I’ve learned a great deal about writers’ rights, contracts, editing, sourcing, and pitching and selling articles. Before the tips, a quip from Natalie Goldberg:  “A student in a workshop walked up to […]
  • How to Pitch an Article to Magazine Editors
    If you want to get your article published in a magazine, you need to know how to pitch an article to the magazine’s editors. Here’s an example of a very short query letter, plus pitching tips. Do you want to build a successful freelance writing career? Read Writer for Hire: 101 Secrets to Freelance Success by Kelly […]
  • Should Writers Blog? 7 Benefits of Blogging
    Yes, writers should blog! Here are the benefits of blogging for writers, which include improving writing skills, building a strong writing platform, networking, and getting more stuff published. Before the tips, a quip: “Write with no one looking over your shoulder,” says Barbara Kingsolver. “Don’t try to figure out what other people want to hear from you; figure […]
  • Self-Publish or Find a Publisher? 6 Benefits of Self-Publishing
    Should you self-publish your book or find a publisher? These six benefits of self-publishing will help you decide if you should tackle the publishing world yourself, or keep knocking on traditional book publishers’ doors…. But first, a quip: “I didn’t have time to write a short letter, so I wrote a long one instead.” ~ […]
  • How to Earn a Living as a Freelance Writer
    These tips will help you earn a living as a freelance writer — or help you determine if you can earn a living as a freelance writer! Getting paid to write depends on many factors, including how you define “freelance writer” and what you’re willing to do to succeed! Before the tips, a quip: “The first step to making a lot […]
  • Earn Money by Writing Articles for Magazines as a Freelance Writer
    These tips for earning money by writing articles are based on a reader’s questions about freelancing for magazines. Here, I discuss writing successful query letters, finding writers’ guidelines, researching magazines, and taking writing classes….and all my answers revolve around earning money by writing articles! Gotta love it. Before the tips, here’s a writing quip from Elmore Leonard:  “I […]
  • 10 Ways to Find Ideas to Write About for Magazine Articles
    Most freelance writers struggle to find ideas to write about for magazine articles. But you won’t – not with these tips! Here’s how to improve your chances of getting published and help you make money writing… To learn how a professional freelancer actually earns money writing for magazines, read Make a Real Living as a Freelance Writer: How to […]
  • 6 Ways to Make Your Writing Better
    How do you make your writing better? These tips range from “make every word count” to “reveal yourself in your writing.” Before the tips, a quip: “Of course, everyone who submits a book thinks it’s good and deserving of publication, critical accolades, and brisk sales,” writes Pat Walsh in 78 Reasons Why Your Book May Never […]
  • Margaret Atwood’s Writing Quips and Tips
    Canadian author Margaret Atwood shares her writing quips and tips, advice and thoughts in Negotiating With the Dead: A Writer on Writing. Here, she describes the process of writing, becoming a writer, selling stories, and more. First, of course, a writing quip from this famous published author: “All writers must go from now to once a […]
  • 5 Practical Tips to Help You Write More
    Don’t rely on the muse if you want to write more, because she’ll disappoint you every time! Instead, learn practical, effective tips for increasing your self-discipline and moving one step closer to achieving your writing goals. “As for discipline – it’s important, but sort of over-rated,” says Elizabeth Gilbert, author of Big Magic: Creative Living Beyond […]
  • 5 Tips for Writing a Strong Introduction
    Writing strong introductions will keep your readers reading, your articles selling, and your accountant happy (ah, if only freelance writers could afford accountants!).  These tips for writing introductions that grab your reader by the throat will help you keep your readers reading. Before the tips, a quip: “Other [writers] find excuses for not writing at the same time every day, balk at […]
  • 10 Habits of Successful Writers Who Earn Money Writing
    There’s no big secret to earning money as a freelancer — but there are certain habits of successful writers, which help them earn money writing. Here are ten tips for making money as a writer…tips anyone can do! Before the tips, a quip: “In the end, writing skills are mostly absorbed, not learned. Like learning to speak […]
  • Writing Tips and Quips From Julia Cameron
    These writing quips and tips from Julia Cameron are about avoiding writing, creating, producing, or otherwise evolving into the artist you’re meant to be. “Art is not about thinking something up,” said Cameron “It is the opposite – getting something down.” She wrote this funky little book called How to Avoid Making Art (or Anything Else You Enjoy). It’s a […]
  • Are You Scared to Write? 8 Ways to Overcome Fear of Writing
    If you’re scared to write, you’re not alone. Writing is scary stuff, my friend. These ways to overcome fear of writing will increase your writing productivity and improve your chances of getting published. Before the tips, a quip: “When I’m scared – and I’m always scared when I have to face an audience, when I have […]
  • How to Deal With Setbacks as a Writer
    If you’re trying to get published, you’re coping with writing rejections all the time. These tips for dealing with setbacks as a writer will help you bounce back and query again. As a full-time freelance writer and blogger, I apply these tips almost every single day! First, a writing quip from two successful writers and published authors: “We think writers should stop […]
  • 21 Writing Quotations From Famous Published Authors
    These writing quips from famous published authors range from the writer’s life to writing well – with a smattering of “how to write” advice. Authors include Ernest Hemingway, Erica Jong, John Updike, E.B. White, Julia Cameron, Walt Whitman, and more. To kick things off, here’s my favorite writing advice from Annie Dillard: “I don’t do housework. […]
  • 10 Tips for Starting a New Blog
    These ten tips for starting a new blog for writers are from my own experience; I created six “Quips and Tips” blogs on WordPress. Most of my themes were created by Solostream – they make great themes and offer fantastic support. To learn more about earning money with your blog, read ProBlogger: Secrets for Blogging Your Way to a Six-Figure Income by Darren Rowse […]
  • How to Write an Introduction – Examples of Leads That Hook Readers
    Knowing how to write an introduction will make writing easier! These examples of leads that hook readers are from published writers – they’re from Between Interruptions: 30 Women Tell the Truth About Motherhood. Before the tips, a quip: “Think of everything that happens at the very beginning of a story: The reader makes decisions about the […]
  • Getting Your Book Published – Rejection, Perseverance and Timing for Writers
    If you want to get your book published, remember that all successful published authors started out in the same place: a hopeful, aspiring, unpublished writer! This writing advice includes tips for rejection, perseverance, and timing — and great reasons why writers needn’t feel rejected if a book publisher doesn’t publish a manuscript or a magazine editor doesn’t assign […]
  • Sample of a Successful Query Letter to Reader’s Digest
    Here’s the query letter that landed me my first article in Reader’s Digest – it’s a sample of a successful query letter that you can use to win your own writing assignments. In The Renegade Writer’s Query Letters That Rock: The Freelance Writer’s Guide to Selling More Work Faster , Diana Burrell and  Linda Formichelli share their advice on pitching the perfect […]
  • How to Use Keywords and Optimize Online Writing
    Writing blog posts and web articles that attract readers is easier when you know how to use keywords and optimize your online writing. One blog post could never tell you all you need to know about SEO. Books like Letting Go of the Words: Writing Web Content that Works  – a very popular book about search […]
  • 3 Writing Tips From Diana Gabaldon – How to Be a Writer
    These writing tips from Diana Gabaldon, a bestselling author, will show you how to be a writer – especially when you’re discouraged and tired! Successful writers put their feelings aside and treat writing like it is: their work. Why? Because it’s a job. For instance, when emergency room doctors are discouraged, they can’t lie down for a snooze. […]
  • How to Find the Right Writing Mentor
    Improving your writing skills and discipline is much easier when you find mentors who are writers. Here’s how to find a writing mentor who can help you write and get published. Did you know a book such as Make Your Words Work: Proven Techniques for Effective Writing-For Fiction and Nonfiction by Gary Provost can be a “writing […]
  • Overcoming Distractions While Writing at Home
    These tips for overcoming distractions while writing at home will help you stay productive and efficient as a freelance writer or novelist. The most important tip for succeeding as a writer is knowing that you are running a business, not playing with your hobby. If you’re starting your freelance writing career, you’ll find Start & Run […]
  • 13 Ways to Find New Writing Slants for Articles
    As a freelance magazine writer, one of my biggest challenges is finding new writing slants for articles (because there aren’t many new ideas out there!). However – like any writing habit – once you learn how to think of old article ideas in new ways, it gets easier and easier.  Before the tips, here’s a writing quip from a bestselling author: […]
  • 3 Tips for Writing Better and Faster
    Want to write better and faster? One tip of writers is to get and stay organized. Here are three more detailed ways to write better and faster, from David Fryxell. Before the tips, here’s a quip for writers: “For many writers – professional writers – writing faster is simply a matter of survival,” says Fryxell in Write Faster, […]
  • Writing Inspiration From Anne Lamott
    If you need writing inspiration, come to Anne Lamatt! These writing tips are inspired by Lamott, who is one of my favorite published authors. “Write straight into the emotional center of things,” writes Lamott in Bird by Bird: Some Instructions on Writing and Life “Write toward vulnerability. Don’t worry about appearing sentimental. Worry about being unavailable; worry about being […]
  • How to Let Go of Your Writing
    Finding the courage to let go of your writing is a challenge for freelance writers, novelists, poets, and even bloggers. These tips for successful writers will open you up and help you expand your writing career. The Courage to Write: How Writers Transcend Fear by Ralph Keyes is one of my all-time favorite books about writing. Why? […]
  • How to Set Up a Blog – Tips for Writers
    It’s time. You’re a writer who is ready to start blogging. Here’s what you need to know; I learned these steps to setting up a blog the hard way – by creating a series of Quips and Tips blogs (which are now called Blossom). In Everybody Writes: Your Go-To Guide to Creating Ridiculously Good Content, Ann […]
  • What is a Writer’s Platform? 10 Tips for a Writing Portfolio
    First, you must learn what a writer’s platform is. Then, you must use these tips for building your online writing portfolio – because a writer’s platform will help you get published and increase book sales! These tips are for writers who want to reach more readers and show publishers their skill. Before the tips, a quip: “What […]
  • 10 Fast Tips for Creative Writing
    These ten fast tips for creative writing are effective and easy. The more creative you are, the more inspired you’ll feel, the more ideas you’ll generate, and the more productive you’ll be! It’s an upward spiral that may require a little extra effort at first – but creativity is a habit for successful writers. Before […]
  • For a Profitable Writing Career – 10 Steps to Making Money as a Freelance Writer
    Making a living as a freelance writer – building a profitable writing career – is possible, especially if you learn from successful writers! These are the steps I took to make money writing; I’ve been earning a solid living as a writer for three years (and I started out in the slowest economy ever!). Before the tips, a quip: “Imitation is the […]
  • 5 Ways to Find Writing Inspiration From Margaret Laurence
    These five ways to find writing inspiration are inspired by Canadian writer Margaret Laurence. These tips will help you create new ideas for both magazine articles and book ideas, and increase your writing productivity. Before the tips, a quip: “I’ve never been able to force a novel,” wrote Laurence in Dance on the Earth: A Memoir. “I always […]
  • Overcome Writing Rejections and Failures – Tips From J.K. Rowling
    All writers — no matter how successful — need to learn how to overcome writing failures and rejections. These tips for writers are based on J.K. Rowling’s Commencement Speech at Harvard, which was about failing in life, and succeeding as a writer. Rowling called this part of her speech “The Fringe Benefits of Failure.” “An exceptionally short-lived […]
  • 10 Solutions to the Most Common Writing Mistakes
    These ten solutions to the most common writing mistakes apply to all types of writing: fiction, non-fiction, poetry, technical, etc. Writing tips like this can make you a better writer and self-editor…which increases your chances of getting published! But first, a writing quip: “Don’t write down to your readers,” writes Jack Bickham. “The ones dumber than […]
  • When You’ve Written an Article Without a Contract
    Freelance writers, never write an article without an article assignment! These writing tips will help you recover if you’ve written an article without an editorial contract. Here’s the question a fellow writer emailed me: “Months after I sent a query, the magazine editor wrote me back and said, “Oh! We’d love your article. Go forth, have at […]
  • 8 Networking Tips for Writers
    These networking tips for writers will help you feel less isolated and alone – and they could help you earn more money as a freelance writer! Whether you love your isolation or not, you need to network if you want to be a successful freelance writer who actually earns her keep as a wordsmith. Before the networking tips, a […]
  • 10 Writing Tips From a Reader’s Digest Editor
    My Reader’s Digest editor taught me more about writing magazine articles and query letters than any other editor I’ve worked with. These writing tips are from Reader’s Digest, which is one of the most popular magazines in North America. For a more in-depth look at freelance writing full-time, read Writer’s Digest Handbook of Magazine Article Writing by the […]
  • Tips for Freelancers – Dealing With the Ups and Downs of a Writing Career
    No matter how successful freelance writers are, they’ll aways have ups and downs. The key to maintain long-term success is learning to ride those highs and lows without losing balance or momentum — which is what these tips are all about! Before the tips, a quip from Gloria Steinem: “As a profession, freelance writing is notoriously insecure,” […]
  • 10 Ways to Support a Family Member Who Wants to Write
    Do you love an aspiring writer? Here are 10 practical, effective tips on how to support a family member who wants to write. Before the tips, a writing quip: “I think marriage and writing books are very difficult to combine. If things don’t go well between you, then there’s a tendency for the partner to blame […]


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    Laurie Pawlik-Kienlen My name is Laurie Pawlik-Kienlen; I’m a full-time Master of Theological Studies student and writer. I created my She Blossoms blog family 10 years…
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