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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 […]

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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 […]


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 […]

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Learning to Write Without Fear and Trembling

Here’s why you shouldn’t learn how to write from popular bestselling authors such as Stephen King and Anne Lamott. You’ll learn more about writing if you search for lesser known authors such as Tara Moss and Neil Gaiman (maybe not the best examples because they’re quite popular, but work with […]


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 […]

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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 […]


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 […]

How to Know What to Write About

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7 Tips for Writers Jealous of Other Writers

How do you deal with the jealousy you feel when you listen to authors at writers’ conferences or read Pulitzer-prize winning magazine articles in the New York Times? If you’re not a writer jealous of other writers, I need your advice. One surefire tip for dealing with jealousy is to […]