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...

Mar 102013
 
How 7 Successful Authors Got Their Start

Every writer has a different story about how they got started – and each story will inspire you in a different way. Here, a guest author shares how seven successful authors started their writing careers… Whether you’re a budding writer aspiring get published or curious about the mind from which your favourite story came, then huddle round as Christie Cluett tells you the story of how some of the world’s

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Feb 032013
 
10 Most Common Grammatical Errors – and How to Fix Them

A grammar mistake as “little” as its instead of it’s can stop you from getting published, or change an A paper to a B or even a C. Here are the most common grammatical errors people make, plus tips on how to fix them. This is a guest post from Honor Clement-Hayes, who is – among many other things – the Women’s Fashion Editor for an online culture magazine called

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Dec 212012
 
Will My Blog Be Popular and Can I Make Money With It?

A reader recently asked me if there is a market for her blog and if she can make money with it. I’m no fortune teller, but here are a few signs a blog will be popular and a few tips for making money with a blog idea. Before you start a new (or another) blog, you need to think about your purpose for blogging. Do you want a popular blog?

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Dec 172012
 
How Has Your Writing Changed Over the Years? 9 Q's to Think About

Look at the voice, content, and style of your writing. How has it changed over the years? Here are a few questions to help you assess your writing style – sort of a “before” and “after” look at yourself as a writer, blogger, novelist, or poet. My reason for writing this is a question from a reader. On What is Writer’s Voice? The Key to Writing a Good Story, Lesley

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Dec 062012
 
When Your Publishing Contract is Cancelled – How to Save Your Writing Career

As a writer, it’s devastating to discover your publisher wants to cancel your contract. In my case, I no longer wanted to work with my publisher. “There are three difficulties in authorship: to write anything worth publishing, to find honest men to publish it, and to find sensible men to read it.” ~Charles Caleb Colton. Colton couldn’t have been more right. Writing a book is tough; finding people to read

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Sep 152012
 

Q: I would love to write articles online as a supplemental income while I’m in school. I would appreciate any info on how to get started. Thank you very much! Writing for Online Markets to Earn Extra Money A: The most important thing to remember is that writing online and earning money isn’t easy. You don’t necessarily need strong writing skills, but you need to be able to write well.

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Jul 222012
 
The Writing Technique in 12 Easy Steps - From a Writer's Workshop

These steps to a flawless writing technique and how to make writing easy are from a writer’s workshop by Michael Gartner. They were shared by a reader who attended the workshop. If you want to be a writer, read How to Write Anything: A Complete Guide by Laura Brown. There’s only so much digging into the past of famous authors you can do…sooner or later, you have to learn how to

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Jul 222012
 

How many articles do you have circulating? That’s the first tip for writing articles that editors will buy and publish! If you don’t know what it means to have “articles circulating”, check this out: “C. Hope Clark has a great rule of thumb to keep her submissions in the hands of editors and not on her hard drive,” writes Christina Katz in Writer Mama: How to Raise a Writing Career

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Dec 062011
 
How to Find Guest Bloggers to Write Good Articles for Your Blog

I’m hiring editors to run Quips and Tips, and want to help them find guest writers. So, I gathered the best ways to attract good-quality guest writers and articles – ranging from MyBlogGuest to digging up your past sources. “The whole idea of guest blogging or guest posting is to get high-value backlinks pointing to your website,” writes James Martell in Cheat Sheet For Guest Writers. “Google sees backlinks as

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