6 essential writing lessons from Kaia the goldendoodle

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My friend Taylor makes fun of me, because she says I think my goldendoodle, Kaia, is my real child. And I do love Kaia. A lot. She just makes me happy. If you have a dog, you know what I mean. It's not just that she's always excited…

How to Slay the 5 Monsters That Creep into Your Blog Posts and Leach Their Power

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Whether you're dating, making friends, or writing, there are always a typical cast of characters that make life difficult. In dating, it's the guy who wants to hear himself talk, the loser who still lives with his mother, and the guy who…

Learn to Write from the Best Bloggers (Without Spending a Cent)

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I have a confession to make. I love young adult romance novels. Sometimes, they involve werewolves. (Oy vey, I can't believe I just shared that with the world.) Anyway... When I was younger, that's all I read: romance novels. And…

Don't know what to write about? Start with a photo.

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One of my favorite places in the world to write is Stella's Coffee Haus in Denver, Colorado. Tables, dogs, and fire pits litter the front porch. I've sat there for hours, reading or writing, with my goldendoodle, Kaia, sitting near my feet. In…

50 Fantastic Ways to Make Your Writing Remarkable

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I've been writing for over 20 years. And, like children pick up beautiful shells on the beach, I've collected little bits of wisdom. Some of them come from the sunny Creative Writing classroom at Denver School of the Arts, others from…

Change This and Make Your Writing Way More Powerful

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Passive voice leaches power from your blog posts. When you write with passive voice, your sentences contain words like “were” “are” “is” “had” or “will be.” A sentence written in passive voice isn’t bad, but it doesn’t…

She helped hundreds of writers improve their craft. 4 ways you can bring her classroom into your blog

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I was in 10th grade when I met the Creative Writing teacher that would change my writing, and my life, forever. I had been writing for years, ever since I was 12, when I wrote a short story about a girl who falls off of a raft, is dramatically…

The 5 Steps You Must Take to Shape Your Writer's Voice

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Let me just put it out there: I hate the term Finding your writer's voice. I've included it in a bunch of recent blog posts anyway, because so many people seem to use it. But I don't agree that you "find" your voice. That makes it seem like…

You Need These 5 Creative Writing Techniques in Your Blog (Especially #3)

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I've heard many people say that the best writers aren't necessarily the best bloggers. Blogging is supposed to be conversational. And all of the tools and tricks we learned in our high school English classes don't apply here. Well,…

The One Resource You Need to Claim Your Writer's Voice

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Listen to me read this 3 minute post. When I was 20, I shaved my head. I was in India, and I didn't tell anyone back home about it. My parents only realized what I had done when they were walking toward me in the airport. From afar,…

Nail These 4 Core Elements for a Powerful Blog Voice

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People always say, You have to have a unique voice for your blog to be successful. And you have to blog A LOT to figure that voice out. Which is good advice. But what if you want to define your blogging voice now? Can it be done? I think…

10 Questions That Will Help You Unearth Your Unique Voice

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How do you know if your writing is moving you toward unearthing your unique writer's voice? It isn't easy. I don't have a microwave-ready solution. But I can provide a few questions for you to ask yourself when you struggle with how…