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Coming Up With Blog Topics

March 18th, 2019

The most important consideration when coming up with blog topics is to offer something of value to the reader. Some people just wanted to be entertained whereas others want to learn something. As a writer, you have the ability to satisfy at least one of those criteria but preferably both. So, what should you blog about? It needs to be something you know more about that the average person; a l ...

Should You Blog? Pros and Cons...

March 12th, 2019

Should you blog? That is a question almost everyone ponders at one time or another. After all, most of us have something to share whether it's our knowledge, details about an extended trip, or how-to tips.
Blogging has numerous advantages:

- Convenient and low-cost way to promote and market yourself and your writing.

- Increased exposure for yourself and your writing.

- Helps you find and/ ...

To Blog or Not to Blog?

March 1st, 2019

What is a blog? Think of it as a diary you post on the Internet. People who can e-mail have the technological ability to host a blog.

Chris Bubny, Director of Community Development for Blogging Systems, shares his thoughts, “New media marketing tools such as blogs are being used to share information, attract search engines, and demonstrate expertise. Blogs provide a low-cost, high-results to ...

Back From Unplanned Hiatus!

February 24th, 2019
I am horrid! It has now been over a year since I wrote a blog post. Not acceptable! That fact seems especially bad because I am a writer. To absolve myself for this atrocity, I am committing to doing one blog post per week from now until the end of the year. Yes, I am going to make that happen! My first few posts are going to be about blogs to get me back into the groove of posting blogs. I d ...

Writer's Wishes

February 4th, 2018


I've spent a lot of time recently pondering which direction I want my writing future to take. To that end, I consulted fellow writers to find out what wish they have in mind when it comes to their writing and their writing future. To help those of you on the same mission, here's what some of those writers shared with me:

Jana Rieger, a researcher by day and writer by night, recently complete ...

Top 10 Reasons Not to Burn Your Work

December 3rd, 2017

We’ve all been there. You’ve written something that you believe is so crappy that you want to start a bonfire and toss the whole pile of papers into the middle of the flames. Before you dig out the lighter fluid, think twice.

- It’s probably not as bad as you think it is.

- Chances are there is something salvageable amongst the crap.

- You may be able to use sections of it in future work ...

My Favorite Writing Books

August 19th, 2017


 I just read an awesome book - How I Write: The Secret Lives of Authors. With contributions from sixty writers that chronicle how they write and what inspires them, this book makes you think about your own writing life. This book is just one of my many favorites. I also highly recommend:

The Write Track: How to Succeed as a Freelance Writer in Canada by Betty Jane Wylie - Geared for us C ...

Internet Denial

July 16th, 2017

One prolific writer finds he works best when he hasn’t been online. He declares his writing days “No Internet Access” days and won’t go online until he is done with his ‘creative and productive’ time.  Another writer is adamant about this. “If you use a computer, turn off your Internet. I know that is hard to do but you also know you will get twice as much done that way.”

As a writer, the In ...

Top 10 Traits Writers Need to Have

May 31st, 2017
Being a writer isn't for everyone. In my humble opinion, the more of these characteristics you have, the greater your chances of success as a writer will be.

Perseverance - to keep you going when all you want to do is quit

Thick-skinned - so rejection letters and disappointment don’t undercut your confidence

Stubborn - it can be a good thing sometimes to ‘stick to your guns’

Time manageme ...

Find Your Best Writing Environment

March 29th, 2017


Not clear what your ideal writing environment is?
Think back to when you first started writing. Arguably the most challenging time for each writer is when they are first starting to write; they haven’t had time to establish a supportive routine. Beginners do what feels right to get to a place where they can get the words out; the circumstances they are drawn to a ...

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