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Kristen Stieffel
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Attended Dos Pueblos High School
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When you’re faced with a long to-do list, it’s easy to feel overwhelmed. Narrow down your list by understanding that there are four choices for any task: do it now, delay it, delegate it, or drop it. If it will take less than a couple of minutes, like…
When you’re faced with a long to-do list, it’s easy to feel overwhelmed. Narrow down your list by understanding that there are four choices for any task: do it now, delay it, delegate it, or drop i...
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Everyone in every field complains about not having enough time, even though we all have the same amount. But for creative types often struggle with time management more than others. That’s mainly because organizational systems are designed by analytical…
Everyone in every field complains about not having enough time, even though we all have the same amount. But for creative types often struggle with time management more than others. That’s mainly b...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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A time management coach gave a seminar. As a visual aid, he put a giant jar on the table. Then he filled it with rocks. Big rocks. As big as your fist. He stacked them in there until they reached the rim. “Is the jar full?” “Yes,” someone said, “you…
A time management coach gave a seminar. As a visual aid, he put a giant jar on the table. Then he filled it with rocks. Big rocks. As big as your fist. He stacked them in there until they reached t...
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I just returned from the PENCON Christian Editors conference in Austin, where I taught time management. I want to share with you a little of what I talked about, because time management is as important to writers as to editors, if not more so. For most…
I just returned from the PENCON Christian Editors conference in Austin, where I taught time management. I want to share with you a little of what I talked about, because time management is as impor...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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Writer, editor, and writing coach
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  • Writing Coach
    2010 - present
  • Orlando Business Journal
    News Assistant, 2001 - 2011
  • Orlando Business Journal
    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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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
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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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