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...

Sep 112014
 
How to Find Blog Posts Not Indexed by Google

Getting indexed by Google is easy. Harder is figuring out which blog posts are NOT indexed by Google, so you can tweak and tweet them. Here are five steps to finding posts Google hasn’t indexed, and helping Google do her job. Search Engine Optimization (SEO): An Hour a Day by Jennifer Grappone andGradiva Couzin is an excellent resource for bloggers and webmasters. I love how it’s laid out into daily and

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Sep 052014
 
How to Stay Focused on Writing

These aren’t the same boring old tips on how to stay focused on writing (eg, turn off your WiFi). This is better. Whether you’re writing an essay, blog post, magazine article or obituary, my key to staying focused will help you write until done. Finito. Cooked. Stick a fork in it. One way to stay focused on writing is to get inside your reader’s mind. If you’re writing an essay

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Aug 192014
 
How to Ask for Feedback on Your Writing

Writing feedback can be both invaluable and crushing. It’s crucial to get feedback on your writing, but it’s equally important to make sure you approach the right reviewer, in the right way, at the right time, with the right questions. In The Writing & Critique Group Survival Guide: How to Make Revisions, Self-Edit, and Give and Receive Feedback Becky Levine shares tips for developing your “editor’s eye” and analyzing writing like a

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Aug 122014
 
How to Write a Magazine Article

From pitching a query letter to submitting your invoice to the editor, these tips on how to write a magazine article will give you the inside scoop on freelance writing. I learned how to be a freelance writer by reading books such as The Art and Craft of Feature Writing: Based on The Wall Street Journal Guide by William E. Blundell. I gleaned a writing tip or two from websites about writing

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Aug 062014
 
5 Things You Need to Know About Writing for Magazines

These tips on how to write for magazines are from The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Publishing Magazine Articles. These tidbits jumped out at me as some of the most important things freelance writers need to know about writing for magazines. Sheree Bykofsky and  Jennifer Basye Sander’s Complete Idiot’s Guide to Publishing Magazine Articlesis a valuable book on getting articles published and writing for magazines. When was the last time you read

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Aug 022014
 
5 Ways to Become a Freelance Writer Who Gets Repeat Work

Here are five tips on how to become a freelance writer who keeps getting work from editors of print and online magazines. One thing I didn’t realize when I first started freelancing was that good writers don’t have to keep pitching articles. Editors need a stable good writers, and when they find a writer who is smart, professional, and easy to work with, they keep that writer busy. Writer’s Market Deluxe Edition:

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Jul 292014
 
7 Ways to Prevent Carpal Tunnel for Writers

If you rely on writing – longhand or keyboard – for your livelihood or pleasure, you need to know how to prevent carpal tunnel syndrome. Writers, don’t set yourself up for unnecessary health issues in the future! The best way to prevent carpal tunnel is to wear a wrist brace regularly, such as the PerfectFit Wrist Support pictured. I wear a wrist brace when I’m walking my dogs, doing non-soapy housework, and driving.

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Jul 252014
 
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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