How to Get Started (and Enjoy) Using Twitter

Note: Originally published on HubPages, July 2012. What’s keeping you from using Twitter? Twitter is easy to use. Basically you type in text and hit send. You can do more, but you can get started with the basics and even skip a lot of the extras and not miss them. I’ve been using Twitter from the beginning. I like to try new things like Twitter and see how they work. I’m an explorer at heart. I’m assuming you have already joined and created an account at Twitter. If not, go ahead and do so. You can sign up for an … Read more

How to Start a Diary or Personal Journal

What to Write Any time you are not sure what to write or just can’t seem to get started – read back your last post to the journal and comment on it. Did you meet any goals, achieve something or did the day you expected turn out completely different from what you had written? Write with Pen and Paper Take a break from the computer, sit in a different chair and use a different table when you write your journal. Buy yourself a paper notebook with blank pages for you to fill. Pick a pen with a nice flow and … Read more

How to Keep from Getting Bored with Your Diary

If you’ve been keeping a journal. or diary, for awhile it can become a little stale just talking to yourself, the same monologue. Here are some ways to perk your journal writing back up and make it something you can look forward to again. Start with a diary you like. Shop for a pretty or interesting blank book or make a cover (and even pages) of your own. Or, you might use an online diary and begin on a site like Open Diary, LiveJournal or Blogger. If you really want to write every day, do it. Keeping a writing schedule is a great way … Read more

Creative Drawing and Journaling

Originally posted to SuiteU, part of Suite101. SuiteU is being removed from the site. I wanted to save the ecourses so this resource would not disappear. Drawing 101 By Joan Martine Murphy Introduction Most people would love to be able to draw what they see. Many people find enormous pleasure in the art of self-expression. Sadly the idea of learning to draw skillfully is quite daunting for a high percentage of people of the Western World. This is sometimes due to negative experiences that have come from early child hood. Drawing is a form of communication, which can allow us … Read more

Professional Writing

This was one of the ecourses offered at Suite101 University. The site is taking down this section, sometime soon. I wanted to keep the content available. It’s well worth keeping.

Professional Writing

By Sara Quest


Do you long to call yourself a professional? By taking this two-week course, you will be. This course will provide you with enough resources and contacts to keep your career as a professional writer going long after you’ve stopped reading.

The rewarding career is about to begin: you will be creating your own free websites, which will be nothing short of an online party for professional minded writers. The site will reveal the services you aim to offer future clients. This is an efficient and necessary avenue for displaying and updating services, and for allowing potential clients to view them.

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Keeping a Journal

I don’t know where this originally came from any more. I had it saved on a backup CD from March 2004. So it could have been written any time before then. Keeping a Journal By Anne Cassidy Why writing down your thoughts can do wonders for your well-being. The Write Stuff Discover the power of the written word. I’ve kept a journal nearly every day for three decades now. What began as a high-school English assignment has become my life story and now fills dozens of volumes. Onto these pages go my children’s funny stories and countless pep talks. My … Read more

Twitter Tweets #30ThingsAboutMe

Twitter bares their soul with the hashtag #30ThingsAboutMe. How far would you go with a post about yourself, something personal, on Twitter? I wouldn’t post this list to Twitter. Although I’ve posted personal thoughts before I wouldn’t want to make that many posts in a row there. Also, I do feel there is a line I won’t cross when it comes to how personal and in depth I want to go about myself, especially on Twitter. Writing this list is like coming up with 30 diary entires. Short, but to the point. So, here is my list: Soap operas turn … Read more

Dear Diary: Inspiration for Journal Writers

What inspires you to journal, write something personal about your life? People tend to write about the bigger events in their lives. But, when you actually read your old journal entries, the best are those written about an ordinary kind of day. Or a catch up entry which helps you remember everything that was happening at that time in your life. Things you had long forgotten but remember all over again with that little reminder. Found a new journal writing link: Journaling Saves – Inspiring prompts and creative guidance to jump-start your journaling.

One Journal Does Not Cover a Lifetime

One very silly thing about journals/ diaries used in film are the fact that although the person has kept this journal for decades it is all still enclosed in just one book. I know this is just not possible. My books are collected in a box. I’ve been writing them on and off since I was a kid. But, in a couple of years I can fill a journal, page by page, quite easily. Even if I skip a few months, or years, there is no way everything could be contained in just one book. Write about a real journal/ … Read more

The Back to Blogging Event (Belated)

What can you learn from the recent Back to Blogging event at The Secret is in the Sauce (SITS Girls)? Monday, September 13: Re-upload the first post you ever wrote on your blog. If interested, re-write that post, showing us a before and after look at the piece. Tuesday, September 14: Re-upload a post you wish more people had read and explain why it was important to you. Wednesday, September 15: Re-upload a post with a title that you are particularly proud of and explain why. Thursday, September 16: Write a new post about a woman who inspires you. (As … Read more