I started writing in a journal when I was in grade 3. One of my teachers took my parents aside on parent-teacher night and suggested that they get me a notebook so I could write my ideas down. I think this came about because I wasn’t paying attention in math class, but it in hindsight
What’s the best way to get 3 full days of advice on writing, publishing and promoting for $65? Attend the When Words Collide Conference for writers and readers in Calgary, Alberta! I attended When Words Collide (WWC for short) last year. It was my first-ever writers’ conference, and I was nervous, awkward and unsure right
Have you ever sought out feedback on your writing? While asking for feedback can be scary, in my experience, it’s almost always helpful, especially if you get feedback from the right person. Getting feedback is one of the fastest ways to improve your writing. It’s amazing how much we can’t see in our own writing.
I’ve always had a tenuous relationship with Facebook. I’ve deleted my account three times now (double-tap, fully deleted), and if you ask me if I like Facebook on any given day, I’ll tell you “No,” without hesitation. Why this hate of Facebook? Their ever-shifting security policies terrify me. But, despite my fear of the Facebook,
Welcome to Part 3 of my 4-part series about fighting back against spam! If you missed the previous two parts in this Tips for Fighting Spam Series, you can view them using the links at the bottom of this post. Twitter is one of my favourite places to fight back against spammers. Not only is
Writing can be a lonely pursuit. The nature of the job means that writers spend a fair bit of time alone with a notebook or a keyboard, slinging words onto the page. I usually find myself hoping that what I’m writing is ‘good,’ or at the very least, getting better, but I’m never sure; it’s
If you’ve ever checked your blog to find that you have 1,234,567 (or any other annoyingly high number) new comments, only to learn they’re all from spammers, this post is for you! Recently spam comments on my blog started to become a real problem. I was getting almost 100 new spam comments a day (which
It’s probably not a surprise to you to hear that spam is a reality of life online. If you’re using social media, running a website, or blogging, you’ve probably run into spammers. The bad news is that spammers are getting trickier all the time. The good news is that there are ways to avoid them.
Do you have trouble balancing your writing life, your online social life and your regular, everyday life? Do you ever find yourself wondering how you are going to get everything done and still get enough sleep to function without vats of coffee? I certainly do! Last week I confessed that my biggest challenge as a