About Laurie

My name is Laurie Pawlik-Kienlen and I no longer update Quips and Tips for Successful Writers. My new mission in life is to encourage women who are going through the pain of a relationship breakup to Blossom. How? By changing your story so you can change your life! See below for details. I’m a Christian, full-time writer, entrepreneur, and artist who started blogging in 2008.

Random Stuff About Me

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  • I lived in Kenya, East Africa for three years. I taught Language Arts and Journalism at Rosslyn Academy – an American school in Nairobi.
  • My degrees are in Education and Psychology from the University of Alberta, in Edmonton.
  • Until recently, I was a full-time grad student at the University of British Columbia (UBC), in Vancouver. I earned my MSW (Master of Social Work), and I now work on contract with Big Brothers and North Shore Crisis Services Society.
  • I was a volunteer Big Sister through the Big Sisters organization for three years. I was a Little Sister when I was 10 or 11, in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan. I’m still in touch with my Big Sister, who lives in Toronto, Ontario.
  • As a freelance writer, I’ve written for a wide range of publications, including Reader’s Digest, Woman’s Day, MSN Health, Natural Health, Spirituality & Health, and sometimes More. I also wrote monthly articles for BC Women’s Hospital in Vancouver.
  • I earn a pretty good income from my Blossom blogs and ebooks.
  • My dad was born, raised, and currently lives in Jerusalem, Israel. He’s Jewish. My mom lives in a group home on an acreage outside Prince Albert, Saskatchewan. She’s Christian, and has struggled with schizophrenia my whole life. I lived in foster homes as a child.
  • My husband and I can’t have kids because of azoospermia. We chose not to get in vitro fertilization or IVF, though we did try intrauterine insemination or IUI. We also chose not to adopt or foster kids. Instead, we’re focusing on the blessings and benefits of not having kids (and there are many many many).

If you have any questions about me, please feel free to ask below. However, I can’t give advice about love, relationships, marriage, dating, or anything like that.

My “Blossom” and “Quips and Tips” Blogs

Blossom in Love started out as Quips and Tips for Love and Relationships. I “rebranded” and am now Blossom. My purpose is to encourage and empower women who are going through relationship breakups by helping them change what they tell themselves. Read Help Getting Over a Breakup – How to Change Your Story to learn how it works.

Blossom in Life was originally Quips and Tips for Achieving Your Goals. It covers everything from overcoming career obstacles to making more money. Articles range from toilet training your cat to the best investments for your money. That blog was supposed to help readers achieve their personal, professional, and financial goals…but my most popular article is 40th Birthday Gift Ideas for Her – Creative and Thoughtful. Go figure.

quips and tips for successful writersI started When Love Bugs You to answer readers’ questions about relationships. I don’t give advice, but will sometimes share my thoughts in a blog post.

Quips and Tips for Successful Writers is the first blog I ever started, in 2008. I don’t update it anymore because I just don’t have the time. I love that blog, though; it’s all about writing, editing, getting published — and blogging! There, I combine quips from famous published writers with practical writing advice. My most popular article is 11 Types of Articles to Write for Magazines, and I write about everything from “how to grab your reader by the throat” to “reasons book manuscripts are rejected.”

Quips and Tips for Couples Coping With Infertility was the blog I started when we found out we can’t have kids. Infertility is a drag, but it doesn’t have to destroy our lives! My husband and I are riding the infertility roller coaster, but it hasn’t destroyed our dreams or crushed our spirits. I write articles about getting pregnant, dealing with childlessness, and even improving sperm count.

My “Quips and Tips” eBooks

The “quips and tips” in my ebooks are not the same as the “quips and tips” on my blogs! All my ebooks include information and advice from a wide variety of sources. My ebooks aren’t just my tips — they’re me tapping into the brains of smart, experienced, educated, helpful people, and sharing what I learned.

Letting Go of Someone You Love

75 Ways to Let Go of Someone You Love – to help people let go of the past and move on with their lives. Letting go is one of the most painful things you’ll ever do…but there are ways to make it easier.

How to Survive the Loss of Your Pet – for people who are struggling to cope with pet loss. I interviewed veterinarians, grief experts, and pet owners who loved and lost their animals. This ebook contains 75 tips for healing after pet loss.

75 Ways to Make (More) Money Blogging – to help writers and bloggers make money doing what they love! If you spend time and energy on your blog, you deserve to earn a few bucks for your efforts. This ebook isn’t just about making money blogging, it’s about building a better blog.

73 Ways to Fire Up (or Just Fire!) the Muse – to help writers and bloggers overcome fear, self-doubt, criticism, and uncertainty. After all, who wants to read age 95 and wish they had written that bestselling novel? Who wants to die with unfulfilled dreams and desires? Not me.

80 Ways to Say “I Love You” – was to help people like me, who struggle to find the right holiday, anniversary, and birthday gifts for their partners! This ebook is about more than gifts, though — it’s about saying “I love you” and building a more meaningful relationship in small, incredibly important ways every day.

That’s me in a nutshell! I’d love to hear from you – feel free to comment below.

Blessings and Blossoms,


23 Responses

  1. Laurie Pawlik-Kienlen says:

    Thank you, Michael, I’ve emailed you.

  2. Hi Laurie, I am writing a writing book and would like to run some quotes from your blog by you, quotes that I want to use in my book. Please contact me ASAP. I thought I put a comment like this here before, but didn’t hear from you and don’t see it now. Going to print very soon… Thanks! Michael

  3. Latayne C Scott says:

    What wonderful, helpful information. Thank you so much!

  4. Laurie Pawlik-Kienlen says:

    Hi Latayne,

    Thanks for your question – it’s a great one! I answered it in
    because I had too many thoughts to put here :-)

    The short answer is that I’d wait for at least 2 months, if not longer. Reader’s Digest gets hit with tons of pitches, and it can take editors a long time to go through them all. Since you’re a published author, you might have better chances of getting published.

    If you have other magazines to pitch the same article, you might start sending those out in a couple of weeks. It’ll take other editors a long time to respond, as well….and the worst part of freelancing is waiting for a response!

    Be patient, and know that God will do what He intends in your life and with your writing. You are in good hands, my friend. So whether you wait for three months or three more days, know that He is guiding you and the editors, and He will do what He plans. While you’re mulling over your next steps, ask God what He thinks you should do. Ask Him if you should wait longer, or proceed.


  5. Latayne C. Scott says:

    Laurie, I very much appreciate your insights. I, too, am a Christian writer (17 books) and have published in quite a few magazines (Guideposts, Writer’s Digest, others). But I’d really like to sell to Reader’s Digest. I was encouraged that you got your first article with them through the slush pile. That’s the way I sent my first query a couple of weeks ago, but I haven’t heard anything. How long would you advise me to wait for a response? I have another high-profile article I’d like to pitch to them, too.

    Thanks so much for all your helpfulness!

  6. Joan Webb says:

    I found your information about query letters and your sample letter helpful. However, in the finale sentence of your sample letter you ask, “Can I write this article… Shouldn’t it ask, May I write this article….?

  7. Laurie says:

    Hi, thank you for your comments! I’m so glad you found Quips and Tips for Successful Writers :-) I’ve emailed you directly, md ashraf hossain and Kelli.

  8. I am new of freelance market. I have learn new things from this post. Thanks!!

    Do you know of any sites that have some work available?

  9. Kelli Faulkner says:


    My name is Kelli Faulkner and I was wondering if there was a way to submit a copy of an eBook called “Sweet Surrender” to you? I am not looking so much for a review on it but I am trying to get a very strong message out that was written within it and possibly get others to help pass it around? Even if you are not able to do it due to your schedule is there a way you can direct me towards others who might be able to read it and possibly speak about it on their blog?
    Please feel free to email me with your reply or whomever you may feel might be a better fit.

    BTW…I love your site!

    God bless,

    Kelli Faulkner

  10. Jinbei says:

    Hi Laurie,
    I also want to become a freelancer.
    Love your blog!

  11. Laurie Pawlik-Kienlen says:

    Hi Julie,

    Thanks for your request! If you’d like to share that article online, then I ask you only share the first 2 tips, and link back to Quips and Tips for Successful Writers. If you share it in print, feel free to publish the whole thing, with credit to Laurie Pawlik-Kienlen.


  12. Laurie,
    I’m wondering if it would be okay to share your 5 tips for getting rid of writing distractions came my way via Ragan’s daily update) with out City employees.
    We’re always looking for ways to improve our working efficiency, and your article makes an informative and memorable read.
    Do you provide permission to share this way?
    Looking forward to hearing from you.
    Thank you in advance…

  13. Laurie Pawlik-Kienlen says:

    Thanks for your interest, Sean! I’ve emailed you directly.

    Andrea, thanks for including Quips and Tips for Successful Writers in your list! I really appreciate it.

    All good things,

  14. Sean Platt says:

    Hi Laurie Pawlik-Kienlen,

    My name is Sean Platt and I run Ghostwriter Dad, a site aimed at helping struggling writers make more money for every word they write, by building a strong reputation based on quality content.

    I’d love to submit a guest post, if you’re interested. I’m a regular contributor at Copyblogger and have posted at ProBlogger, Write to Done, Zen Habits, and many other leading blogs.

    Please let me know and I’ll get something to you right away.


  15. Andrea McDougal says:

    Hi Laurie,

    I just posted the article, “Who’s the Boss?: Top 50 Freelance Blogs” ( http://mastersinprojectmanagement.com/whos-the-boss-top-50-freelance-blogs/ ) on my site. I’m happy to tell you that your website has been included in the list. I thought I’d email you about it in case you think your readers would find the article interesting enough to warrant you giving the article a quick mention on your site.

    Either way, hope you have a good week.

    Andrea McDougal

  16. Laurie Pawlik-Kienlen says:

    Hi Amy,

    Welcome to the world of freelance writing!

    I don’t know of any sites that have work available (do you mean e-zines? blog sites?) — but I have tons of tips for freelance writers!

    Learn as much as you can from successful writers. Read as many posts on writing blogs like these — and put what you learn to work.

    Here are two articles to get you started:

    Starting a Magazine Writing Career – How to Make Money as a Freelancer

    6 Secrets From Successful Freelance Writers

    And remember: freelancing is a business, and it takes time to learn and establish yourself as a writer. Like ANY career, it takes dedication and effort. But once you get the ball rolling, you’ll find that it gets easier and easier….

    Happy writing, and feel free to ask questions on any of my articles.

    Tally ho,

  17. Amy Shields says:

    I’m a beginning writer, looking for freelance work, and experience to do writing. Do you know of any sites that have some work available, or any tips on how I should get started?

    I hope to hear from you, any writing opportunities I would appreciate.

    Thanks, Amy

  18. Reed Fisher says:

    Right, Laurie, great post. It’s always difficult for writers to know how much time they spend on each project. I’ve tried time-capture products but never had any luck with those stopwatch-based systems; I always forgot to start and stop the timers so they were less than successful for me. Don’t you wish you had one that was completely automatic? One that would start and stop itself, and even know when you had several windows open and just time the one you’re working in? One that would recognize your idle time and then tell you how many minutes it was and let you assign the time to projects or just let it be idle time?

  19. Eremeeff says:

    Thank you! I would now go on this blog every day!

  20. Laurie PK says:

    Thanks, Tina, I’m glad you like Quips & Tips! If you have any questions or comments on anything here, please feel free to jump in.

    I’ve never been that far east; my dream is to take a road trip across Canada one day — from ocean to ocean. I’d LOVE to see the Maritimes.

    Take care of your end of Canada, my friend, and I’ll take care of mine :-)


  21. Tina L. Ray says:

    This is the best – and I mean THE BEST!!!! writing, kick in the pants, cry in my coffee, keep writing, site I have ever found…

    I don’t even know how I found it?!?!

    Thank you, keep it up.

    plus you are a fellow Canadian – I am so proud of us!!! :) Your out on Bowen Island – I am here on the opposite coast in Saint John, NB – we got the country covered lol!!


  22. Laurie PK says:

    Thanks, Doreen, I’m glad you’re here! And, I look forward to seeing more of you here on Quips & Tips :-)

  23. Doreen Pendgracs says:

    Love your blog! Have added it to my Blog roll.

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