writing creative nonfiction tips

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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. It was a dream for […]

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 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 up to their eyeballs in […]

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. Unfortunately she didn’t share her […]

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 page of my copy is […]

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 Ingermanson’s Snowflake Method,” says Delena […]