Writing

Why You Should Get Your Kid to Handwrite

Annette Poizner | Posted 08.28.2015 | Canada Parents
Annette Poizner

Recent research confirms that those bringing pen and paper back into daily life are on the right track. A study performed at the UCLA showed that jotting notes by hand improves a student's ability to conceptually understand material covered in a lecture, as well as to recall facts, compared to students who took notes on a laptop.

11 Problems All Writers Face

Cheryl Muir | Posted 08.12.2015 | Canada Living
Cheryl Muir

Writing saved my life. And it's not a dramatic or a grandiose statement. You see, when I was at the darkest point in my life -- when I was 15-years-old and in the midst of two years of intense bullying at high school -- writing was my respite.

Don't Ask for a Raise, Go Get it as an Entrepreneur

Charlotte Ottaway | Posted 06.10.2015 | Canada Business
Charlotte Ottaway

I've always had an entrepreneurial drive. I still hold vivid memories of picking pears from the large tree that grew beside the trampoline in the backyard of my childhood home. I remember packing them into plastic grocery bags (we weren't all that environmentally conscious back then) and loading them into my little red wagon.

Writing Happy

Allyson Eamer | Posted 06.08.2015 | Canada Living
Allyson Eamer

Can I write happy? I don't know that I can. Everything that I've ever written and been proud of came from intense sadness, overwhelming disappointment...

Try This Novel Approach to Business Reading

Jen Lawrence | Posted 06.02.2015 | Canada Business
Jen Lawrence

As a business writer, people often ask me what books they should read to become better leaders. For years, my answer has been the same: read good fiction. If you want to learn how people think and behave, read a novel, a short story, or a play. Think of how effective we could be as leaders if we used our understanding of people to better empathize with our employees, clients, and boards.

Getting Married at 25 Is the Best Decision I've Ever Made

Charlotte Ottaway | Posted 05.26.2015 | Canada Living
Charlotte Ottaway

My husband is my greatest fan in life. He is constantly encouraging me to chase my dreams, pushing me to face my weaknesses. He inspires me; he balances me. He supports me in everything I do. When you have someone standing beside you, ready to nudge you forward and catch you when you fall, it feels like anything is possible. I'm 27 now, and I still have a lot to learn about married life. But I already know the choice to wed my husband was the greatest decision I've made so far. Being a wife has changed my life in ways I hadn't ever considered.

Being a Travel Writer Isn't All Luck

Kathy Buckworth | Posted 05.20.2015 | Canada Travel
Kathy Buckworth

"You're a travel writer? Lucky!" I think most travel writers I know have heard this at some point in their careers. And while there is certainly some truth to the fact that trying out a five star hotel, evaluating a hot stone massage seems like a better place to be than in an office cubicle, luck has little to do with it.

After a Year of Being Sober, I've Learned to Slow Down

Keeley Milne | Posted 06.12.2015 | Canada Living
Keeley Milne

I celebrated a year of sobriety in February. That first year is selfish in many ways--and necessarily so. After all, without sobriety, I am no good to anyone--to my child, my family, even strangers. In fact, I'm the flat out opposite of good, without sobriety. But now, almost 14 months in, there is space in my life to help others.

Writing Helps Me Cope With My Son's Suicide

Lynn Keane | Posted 04.24.2015 | Canada Living
Lynn Keane

Reading non-fiction and personal memoirs was also an important part of the healing process for me. Reading allowed me to set aside my own emotions and be absorbed in someone else's life. It provided an escape and a road map to writing my son's story.

The Best Cloud-based Productivity Tools for Travel Writers

Parmjit Parmar | Posted 03.10.2015 | Canada Travel
Parmjit Parmar

Travel writing is certainly a profession that has benefited greatly from cloud-based tools in recent years. Every day, my business runs smoothly thanks to a number of cheap or free cloud storage applications and tools that didn't even exist a few years ago. Here is a rundown of the best cloud-based tools for writers I can't live without.

What My Child With Autism Has Taught Me

Kathleen O’Grady | Posted 12.17.2014 | Canada Living
Kathleen O’Grady

It was an ordinary summer day. People were milling on the main thoroughfare, bikes zig-zagging through traffic, cafés and pubs spilling onto the sidewalk, patrons sipping their way through a lazy Friday afternoon. We were ordinary that day too. Just another family, managing the hectic jumble of kids' lessons, bills, our careers, endless streams of birthday parties, too little sleep and the occasional date night out. But it was all shattered with a single word: autism.

Remember: At the End of the Day, It's Yourself You Answer To

Elizabeth Hawksworth | Posted 07.30.2014 | Canada Living
Elizabeth Hawksworth

I try to remember to admire the things I love about myself, to flirt if I want to, to smile for no reason at all. I remember that, like Dr. Angelou said, "I have a certain way of being in this world, and I shall not, I shall not be moved." I remember that in the end, always in the end, it's myself I answer to at the end of the day.

How to Become a Thought Leader

Andrea Lekushoff | Posted 03.26.2014 | Canada Business
Andrea Lekushoff

This Forbes article is spot on with its four tips to becoming a thought leader, as outlined below. But from a PR and social media perspective, let's look at how these recommendations fit.

The Work-Life Balance Myth

Kate Hilton | Posted 03.14.2014 | Canada Living
Kate Hilton

Some days I feel that I've succeeded in my work. Some days I feel that I've succeeded as a parent, or a spouse, or a friend, or a daughter. But I rarely feel as though I've succeeded on all fronts in the same 24-hour period. Do I have work-life balance?

Life Begins at 40

Kate Hilton | Posted 03.13.2014 | Canada Living
Kate Hilton

Life may not begin at 40, but it's an excellent time to consider a second (or third, or fourth) act. Is there something you've always wanted to do? Something you were scared to try, because you'd be devastated if you failed? Take a deep breath and go for it. Trust me: it's way more satisfying than buying a convertible.

The Accidental Social Media Guru

Kate Hilton | Posted 03.10.2014 | Canada Living
Kate Hilton

Here is what I learned from my year-long immersion course (which, now that you know I'm an imposter, you can take or leave): the true magic of social media is not that it mimics real-life behavior, but that it produces social ties in the real -- not merely the online -- world.

Your New Year's Resolution in Six Words

Larry Smith | Posted 02.25.2014 | Canada
Larry Smith

If you had exactly six words to describe your life, what would they be? That's the question I've been asking people across the world for more then...

As a Man, I No Longer Feel the Need to Apologize For Crying

Lawrence D. Elliott | Posted 02.04.2014 | Canada
Lawrence D. Elliott

I recently contributed a personal story to a book titled 101 Awesome Things To Do For Someone Who's Sick. Created by actor and award-winning author El...

What Depression Really Feels Like

Elizabeth Hawksworth | Posted 02.03.2014 | Canada Living
Elizabeth Hawksworth

To many people with depression, Sadness is a physical place, and I'm someone who lived there for many years and was able to make the journey back. That's why reading this book, by Anne Theriault of The Belle Jar Blog, resonates with me so much. Everyone's experience is different, but the depths of depression are pretty much the same no matter how you get there.

Creative Ideas Need to Be Nurtured

Deborah Kimmett | Posted 02.01.2014 | Canada Living
Deborah Kimmett

New ideas need to be held in sacred hands. They need incubation. They need good wishes and time to be able to learn to breathe on their own. New ideas are about gut feelings, intuitive and mysterious processes. So don't rush the process, let your ideas grow and take your time.

Rejection, Hollywood-Style

Tim Sandlin | Posted 01.23.2014 | Canada Living
Tim Sandlin

If you plan to work in the movie business you must accept that everyone lies and it's normal behaviour and your job is to figure out what they really mean. Richard Price once said, " 'Thank you,' in Hollywood, means 'You're fired'." It is my experience, the studios said "Thank you," but the producers said nothing.

The Writer's Writing Place

Vicki Murphy | Posted 01.23.2014 | Canada
Vicki Murphy

Apparently most writers have a special place to, you know, write. George Bernard Shaw had a hut that he could rotate so he was always in the sun. Roal...

Why I Write Books

Tim Sandlin | Posted 11.26.2013 | Canada Living
Tim Sandlin

There are four things I keep nearby at all times, generally in my pocket. 1) A photo of my now six-year-old daughter taken when she was one and in a Chinese orphanage. 2) My Food Stamp card from 1973. 3) A card Julie Sheppard from Wichita, Kansas, gave me after a reading. And 4) this letter.

Generation Y Is Ambitious, Not Unhappy

Elizabeth Hawksworth | Posted 11.17.2013 | Canada Living
Elizabeth Hawksworth

Wild ambition is the fuel for the engine, but the engine is represented by hard work. You can't get anywhere without both, and that's something that I've taken from living as a Gen Y'er. We've all made our own happiness. That's what life is about.

Does Being a Woman Make Me Less of a Writer?

Anne Theriault | Posted 10.13.2013 | Canada Living
Anne Theriault

You will always be a woman first and a writer second. When people refer to you, they will call you a "woman writer," or "feminist writer," or some other variation on that theme. There will always be some kind of qualifier added. When a man says flattering things about your writing, you will always be left wondering whether it is your work that interests him, or the fact that you are young, conventionally attractive and female. Most frequently it will be the former, but still, you can never shake off the fear that you are not so much talented as you are naïve and pretty. You often feel as if you are only valuable in so much as men desire to sleep with you.