Laurie

Hi, I'm glad you're here! My name is Laurie Kienlen; I'm a travel nut who has lived everywhere from Africa to Alberta. My husband Bruce and I are hunkered down in North Vancouver with our dogs Georgie and Tiffy, and our cat Nunki. We can't have kids, and have embraced the freedom! I have an MSW (Master of Social Work) from UBC, and degrees in Education and Psychology from the U of A. I hope to hear from you below...

Jul 252014
 
You Hate Writing? 6 Tips on How to Love Writing

If you hate writing, you’re in good company – whether you’re writing an essay for school, an article for Oprah, or a memo for your department at work. These tips on how to love your writing are inspired by quotes from famous published authors who – believe it or not – hated writing. I like to start every blog post with a resource for writers, so they have somewhere to

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Jul 222014
 
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 get deeper into your own writing. Use the exercises in books such as One Year to a Writing Life: Twelve Lessons

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Jul 182014
 
10 Reasons We’re Not Succeeding as Writers

My writing has easily paid my bills since 2008, yet I still struggle with my identity as a writer. Here’s my struggle – plus 10 reasons I feel like I’m not succeeding as a writer. Methinks they might apply to you, too. If you’re paying your bills – but not by writing – read The Productive Writer: Tips & Tools to Help You Write More, Stress Less & Create Success by Sage

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Jun 302014
 
10 Tips on How to Write Your Life Story

The first tip on how to write your life story is from John Irving, the next five tips are from the author of “Write Your Memoir”, and the rest are from my research on writing autobiographies, memoirs, life stories, or whatever you want to call them! For a step-by-step guide on writing the story of your life, read Writing the Memoir: From Truth to Art by Judith Barrington. A book like

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Jun 142014
 
15 Things You Need to Be a Freelance Writer

Ten of these tips are from a panel of BC magazine editors, and five are my things you need to know if you want to be a freelance writer. It was easy for me to sell my articles and earn a living as a freelance writer for two reasons: 1) I read all the books on freelance writing, and 2) I’m a good writer. The Wealthy Freelancer by Steve Slaunwhite, Pete Savage,

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May 312014
 
When to Hire a Webmaster for Your Blog

Are you the master of your domain? Here’s how to know when to hire a webmaster for your website or blog. I’ve been supporting myself with my Quips and Tips blogs for six years – and twice I hired a webmaster to poke around my domain. I’m a DIY girl, which means I read books like SEO 2014 & Beyond: Search Engine Optimization Will Never Be the Same by Dr. Andy

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May 182014
 
How to Think Like an Editor - 8 Tips for Writers

You need to think like an editor if you want to sell your articles, blog posts, and books. These tips for writers will help you get published – or at least see the idea-generating process in a different way. Finding article ideas that editors will actually pay to publish is the hardest part of freelance writing! I already knew this as a writer – but I’m seeing the problem in a

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Mar 152014
 
10 Ways to Get More Writing Gigs

You love to write, but you also love to make money writing. Right? Here are 10 ways to get more writing jobs, based on my success as a freelance writer. I earned over $40,000 in my first year writing freelance articles for magazines. There is no secret to making money as a writer, no special talent, no quality or personality trait that will help you succeed. What worked for me

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Mar 022014
 
5 Writing Tips for When Your Mind is Blank

Even the most successful writers have minds that go blank occasionally. These writing tips will help you overcome the paralysis that stops you from getting your words on paper. Writing when you feel like you have nothing to say is about training your mind to think like a writer. What does this mean? I don’t know, but author Sage Cohen does. She wrote The Productive Writer: Tips & Tools to Help You

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Oct 112013
 
6 Tips for Living Off the Feast and Famine of Freelance Writing

These money tips for freelance writers will help you cope with the unpredictability of not working for a steady, reliable paycheck. The hardest part of freelancing (or any self-employed home-based business) is managing an unpredictable cash flow. These tips for freelancers are from a financial expert (not me) and an experienced freelance writer (me!). First, here’s a cool quip from a writer: “Writing is turning one’s worst moments into money,”

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