writing quips and tips


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 […]


Writing Techniques That Make Words Come Alive

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 Skills: Powerful Techniques for Mastering […]


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 – including writers like me, who […]

How to Become a Better Writer

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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, and Building a Year of […]


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 Artist: 10 Things Nobody Told […]

How to Find Courage to Write

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

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

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


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 they’re not alone. What is […]

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Writing Quotes From Famous Authors

20 Writing Quotes From Famous Authors – From Hemingway to Jong

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