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Kristen Stieffel
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I just returned from teaching at the Speak Up Conference in Grand Rapids. It was a wonderful event, and I hope to be back next year. This conference started as one for speakers, but because speakers often need to write and writers often need to speak,…
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I spent nearly a year discussing the Elements of Fiction, with 92 posts altogether on the topic. Those of you who are writing nonfiction may have wondered when I was going to get to you. As it happens, I’m teaching Edit Like a Pro: Elements of Nonfiction…
I spent nearly a year discussing the Elements of Fiction, with 92 posts altogether on the topic. Those of you who are writing nonfiction may have wondered when I was going to get to you. As it happ...
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We all have time. Every week contains 168 hours, and they are yours to spend as you chose. The choices you make determine what you accomplish. Your schedule is packed. The question is, with what? Your calendar will reveal what your real priorities are.…
We all have time. Every week contains 168 hours, and they are yours to spend as you chose. The choices you make determine what you accomplish. Your schedule is packed. The question is, with what? Y...
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When we talked about flow, I mentioned Mark McGuinness’s advice to ring-fence your time. The question then is—how? Actually, your first question might be—as it was for one student who took my time management seminar a few months ago—what does that even…
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Regardless of your religious persuasion, I encourage you to take a sabbath. Give yourself one day off a week. Doesn’t really matter which day. In The Art of War for Writers, James Scott Bell recommends taking one day a week completely off and not writing…
Regardless of your religious persuasion, I encourage you to take a sabbath. Give yourself one day off a week. Doesn’t really matter which day. In The Art of War for Writers, James Scott Bell recomm...
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One time management practice I advocate is this: When you do a thing that wasn’t on your to-do list, write it down anyway and cross it off. This helps you assess what you actually did. Often when we get to the end of the day, we feel as if we haven’t…
One time management practice I advocate is this: When you do a thing that wasn’t on your to-do list, write it down anyway and cross it off. This helps you assess what you actually did. Often when w...
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Before we can start editing our nonfiction, we need to know what kind of nonfiction we’re dealing with so we can meet the expectations of the genre. In fiction editing, we have to keep in mind, for example, the different needs of contemporary women’s…
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Regular readers know I’m a little spreadsheet crazy. I’ve offered you a spreadsheet for time and motion studies and another for tracking your productivity. And I’m not the only one, because you’ll notice that Michael Hyatt’s ideal week is plotted on a…
Regular readers know I’m a little spreadsheet crazy. I’ve offered you a spreadsheet for time and motion studies and another for tracking your productivity. And I’m not the only one, because you’ll ...
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My NAF post this week is about the new science fiction anthology, releasing July 12, that includes by novella "Flight."
Back when Percival Lowell was first mapping out canals on Mars, whether life existed there was unknown. Edgar Rice Burroughs, Jules Verne, and C.S. Lewis, among many others, imagined what life migh...
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I'm guest blogging today at Reedsy about one of my favorite topics—viewpoint!
We have the chance to work with some exceptionally talented and experienced editors at Reedsy. Kristen Stieffel is one of them: a writer, editor, and writing coach, she specializes in speculative...
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We talk a lot about scheduling time for writing. But here are some other things to consider building into your schedule so you can save time and increase productivity: Morning devotional or meditation. All my life I have risen regularly at four o’clock…
We talk a lot about scheduling time for writing. But here are some other things to consider building into your schedule so you can save time and increase productivity: Morning devotional or meditat...
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The tricky thing about choosing the “right” time management tools is that the right tool for me may be the wrong tool for you. And the tool for one task may be inappropriate for another. So I’ll give you some options. Test them out and keep looking for…
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Writer, editor, and writing coach
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    2010 - present
  • Orlando Business Journal
    News Assistant, 2001 - 2011
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    Graphic Artist & Admin Support, 1991 - 2001
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Everyone has a story…I can help tell yours.
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  • Dos Pueblos High School
  • Santa Barbara City College
    Creative Writing
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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.
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reviewed 8 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. ;)
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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. :)
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