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...

Jan 142015
 
How to Become a Photojournalist

These five tips for becoming a photojournalist (or a travel writer, truth be told) are inspired by the parable of the Tiger and Strawberries, and based on an article called “10 Tips for Selling Your Travel Writing.” There is no way any article can teach you everything you need to know about how to become a photojournalist. I recommend Photojournalism: The Professionals’ Approach by Kenneth Kobre. He blends insightful interviews with

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Jan 082015
 
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 organized – in other words, like other people’s final drafts,”

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Jan 032015
 
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 to make writing part of your daily life because you’re serious about being a writer (as opposed to searching for

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Nov 102014
 
10 Careers for Writers Who Want to Make Money

Not all writers are starving! This list of writing careers will help you find the right niche and show you how you can make money as a writer. Finding the right career can be challenging for a beginning writer, but there are a surprising number of options to explore. One of the “secrets” you need to know about making money as a writer is that writing is a business. You

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Nov 052014
 
7 Writing Strategies for Beginners

These tips and strategies for beginning writers are from a published writer, world traveler, and blogger of rants, reviews, and writing advice. How do I know Jim Heskett is the right person to offer writing strategies for beginners? Because his voice and personality shines through his writing. His writing is fun. Interesting. Quirky. About these strategies for beginning writers: if your goal is to polish your own writing skills, read How

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Nov 042014
 
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 a problem you’ve faced, and how did you solve it? Write

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Sep 162014
 
How to Predict if Your Novel Will Be Popular

There’s a big difference between getting your novel published and writing popular novels. This research shows how to predict popular novels. If you can convince literary agents and publishing houses your writing will be popular, you’re more likely to get your novel published. In Outlining Your Novel: Map Your Way to Success, K. M. Weiland helps authors choose the right type of outline, offers guidance in brainstorming plot ideas, reveals characters, and shows

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Sep 162014
 
10 Ways Blogging Pays Writers

Does blogging pay? You better believe it! These benefits for blog writers start with money, and include recent research findings about how blogging pays financially, emotionally, and socially. If you want blogging to pay your bills, you have to approach it like you would any small business. That means you need to be disciplined, professional, business-like, and adopt a long-term mindset to blogging. Read books like How to Start a

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Sep 112014
 
10 Tips for Dealing With Rejection as a Writer

If you’re working towards your goal of getting published, you need these tips for dealing with rejection – for your writing will be rejected. Rejection is a sign you’re in the game! Deal with setbacks properly, so you can bounce back and query again. As a full-time freelance writer and blogger, I apply these tips almost every single day. “We think writers should stop placing so much emphasis on ‘rejections’,” writes Linda

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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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