Profile

Cover photo
Kristen Stieffel
Works at Writing Coach
Attended Dos Pueblos High School
Lives in Orlando
300 followers|67,782 views
AboutPostsPhotosVideosReviews

Stream

Kristen Stieffel

Shared publicly  - 
 
Writing a novel is an incredibly complex task with so many moving parts it’s easy to lose track of them. That’s one reason editing is so important. You can’t—simply can’t, it’s physically and intellectually impossible—get it perfect in a single draft.…
Writing a novel is an incredibly complex task with so many moving parts it’s easy to lose track of them. That’s one reason editing is so important. You can’t—simply can’t, it’s physically and intel...
1
Add a comment...

Kristen Stieffel

Shared publicly  - 
 
There are mixed opinions about whether blogging is any good for novelists. As Caprice Hokstad noted on my post “Why You Should Be Blogging,” this kind of writing is nonfiction and doesn’t come easily to fiction writers. I myself struggled to blog…
There are mixed opinions about whether blogging is any good for novelists. As Caprice Hokstad noted on my post “Why You Should Be Blogging,” this kind of writing is nonfiction and doesn’t come easi...
1
Add a comment...

Kristen Stieffel

Shared publicly  - 
 
I wrote before about three of the most common style books: The Chicago Manual of Style, The Christian Writer’s Manual of Style, and the Associated Press Stylebook. There are two others worth considering if you do most of your work online. The Yahoo! Style…
I wrote before about three of the most common style books: The Chicago Manual of Style, The Christian Writer’s Manual of Style, and the Associated Press Stylebook. There are two others worth consid...
1
Add a comment...

Kristen Stieffel

Shared publicly  - 
 
Back in the day, amateur bloggers could often get away with sloppy craft. The novelty of the medium meant readers were very forgiving. Even today, the readers of someone’s personal blog may not care about slips such as using intrical to mean integral. But…
Back in the day, amateur bloggers could often get away with sloppy craft. The novelty of the medium meant readers were very forgiving. Even today, the readers of someone’s personal blog may not car...
1
Add a comment...

Kristen Stieffel

Shared publicly  - 
 
My fairly wonky NAF post for today has to do with the differences between poor countries and prosperous ones.
During the Lenten season, we’ve had a series of Wednesday night courses at church. I took a course based on a DVD series produced by a nonprofit called Poverty Cure. This series spends little time ...
1
Add a comment...

Kristen Stieffel

Shared publicly  - 
 
Writing a feature about someone in your business can be good for almost any blogger. Nonfiction bloggers can feature industry experts, and fiction writers can highlight other authors whose readership is similar to the one you want to reach. There are…
Writing a feature about someone in your business can be good for almost any blogger. Nonfiction bloggers can feature industry experts, and fiction writers can highlight other authors whose readersh...
1
Add a comment...
Have her in circles
300 people
PETROC JEFFERSON's profile photo
Janet Rockey's profile photo
Dan Walsh's profile photo
Andrea Merrell's profile photo
Nikki Songie's profile photo
Jonna Feavel's profile photo
Serena Schreiber's profile photo
Myung Lee's profile photo
Zoran Novakovic's profile photo

Kristen Stieffel

Shared publicly  - 
 
Finally, a writing guide for the 21st Century

Last time I taught my Edit Like a Pro: Elements of Fiction seminar, one of the students questioned the absence of The Elements of Style from my recommended reading list. “It’s a primer,” I said. “If you’re writing novels, you’re beyond Strunk and White.”…
Last time I taught my Edit Like a Pro: Elements of Fiction seminar, one of the students questioned the absence of The Elements of Style from my recommended reading list. “It’s a primer,” I said. “I...
1
Add a comment...

Kristen Stieffel

Shared publicly  - 
 
You may have noticed that almost every blog post you read has at least one picture with it. Often, the picture isn’t strictly necessary to understanding the topic. In fact, sometimes the images have a tenuous connection to the actual content.…
You may have noticed that almost every blog post you read has at least one picture with it. Often, the picture isn’t strictly necessary to understanding the topic. In fact, sometimes the images hav...
1
Add a comment...

Kristen Stieffel

Shared publicly  - 
 
Last time, we looked at the first two parts of PUGS, Punctuation and Usage. Today we’ll look at the others. Grammar In common speech, we often use “grammar” to encompass all parts of writing, including spelling and punctuation. But grammar really refers…
Last time, we looked at the first two parts of PUGS, Punctuation and Usage. Today we’ll look at the others. Grammar In common speech, we often use “grammar” to encompass all parts of writing, inclu...
1
Add a comment...

Kristen Stieffel

Shared publicly  - 
 
When writing your blog post, keep these three elements in mind. Attention-getting headlines are a must. Write your headlines with your reader in mind. Think about what sort of terms people would use on Google to find the subject you’re writing about. Put…
When writing your blog post, keep these three elements in mind. Attention-getting headlines are a must. Write your headlines with your reader in mind. Think about what sort of terms people would us...
1
Add a comment...

Kristen Stieffel

Shared publicly  - 
 
Research can be a great source of ideas. It can also be a huge time sink. If you’re doing research solely for a single blog post, set a limit on your time. Decide when you will stop researching and start writing. For most blog posts, an hour or two should…
Research can be a great source of ideas. It can also be a huge time sink. If you’re doing research solely for a single blog post, set a limit on your time. Decide when you will stop researching and...
1
Add a comment...

Kristen Stieffel

Shared publicly  - 
 
In my last post, I alluded to some different types of articles you might write for your blog. Every blog post doesn’t need to be instructional or inspirational, although those are two of the most popular types. Depending on your blog’s purpose and…
In my last post, I alluded to some different types of articles you might write for your blog. Every blog post doesn’t need to be instructional or inspirational, although those are two of the most p...
1
Add a comment...
People
Have her in circles
300 people
PETROC JEFFERSON's profile photo
Janet Rockey's profile photo
Dan Walsh's profile photo
Andrea Merrell's profile photo
Nikki Songie's profile photo
Jonna Feavel's profile photo
Serena Schreiber's profile photo
Myung Lee's profile photo
Zoran Novakovic's profile photo
Work
Occupation
Writer, editor, and writing coach
Employment
  • Writing Coach
    2010 - present
  • Orlando Business Journal
    News Assistant, 2001 - 2011
  • Orlando Business Journal
    Graphic Artist & Admin Support, 1991 - 2001
Places
Map of the places this user has livedMap of the places this user has livedMap of the places this user has lived
Currently
Orlando
Story
Tagline
Everyone has a story…I can help tell yours.
Education
  • Dos Pueblos High School
  • Santa Barbara City College
    Creative Writing
Basic Information
Gender
Female
Apps with Google+ Sign-in
The folks at Coggin's service department always take very good care of me and my Civic, even though I'm brutal to my vehicle. Had a bit of a wait the last time I came in to pick up my car, but not too bad. Better than at a lot of places. I was a little put off by the sign at the desk that said "See your adviser for assistance," because I'm thinking, how am I supposed to know where he is? Finally someone asked if I had been helped and I said no and gave her my adviser's name. Turns out it was his day off. So that sign was kind of useless. Still, she took care of me and got me checked out speedily enough, and my car is in great shape. There was a lot of work to do on it, and they did it in a reasonable amount of time and even threw in a car wash and new wiper blades, which I really needed but hadn't thought to ask for.
• • •
Public - 5 months ago
reviewed 5 months ago
Beautiful hotel. Courteous staff. The breakfast is fabulous. The only downside—hardly worth knocking off even half a star—was no 24/7 coffee service in the lobby. But there's coffee and tea in-room, so that's OK. I just wanted another cup when I was leaving at 4 a.m. The atrium was a great place to sit and work awhile. I even found a power outlet. ;)
Public - a year ago
reviewed a year ago
3 reviews
Map
Map
Map
I love it when there's a car rental desk at the hotel. So convenient. The folks at Enterprise were very helpful and friendly. I had the car for five days, but they recommended a weekly rate because it worked out to cost less than the daily rate. Also, they didn't charge me a drop fee even though I picked the car up at the hotel in Santa Ana and dropped it off at LAX. I am a very happy customer. :)
Public - a year ago
reviewed a year ago