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Free workbook: What’s your next step?

If you’ve got decisions to make, your own words might offer the best advice. Your words are a source of power, insight and confidence for your badass self. My free, nine-page writing workbook can help you see yourself in a fresh, creative light. Even reading through the pages might spark new ideas. For sure, you can avoid the mistakes that wrecked me — until writing saved my life. 

 

How to use hyphens and dashes to look smart

betty ming liu Writing how-to's 7 Comments

A lot of smart people worry about how to use hyphens and dashes. Sadly, their insecurity makes them nervous about writing. I’d say 60%-80% of my college students need help with this issue. But once they learn the basics, they find such freedom in expressing themselves. So let’s figure out how to use hyphens and dashes. It’s time to boost …

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Accepting my dad for who he is

betty ming liu Relationships 5 Comments

This year, I’m giving my dad a very special Father’s Day gift: unconditional love. So what if he’s been dead for 41 years. Remember, parents never really die. Besides, it’s never too late, right? My father crushed his family — Mom, my kid sister, me — with tough love. As a cranky Vietnamese-Chinese immigrant struggling with survival issues in America, …

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Let’s share immigrant stories as #MoreThanALabel

betty ming liu Inspiration, Relationships 16 Comments

I’m thrilled that America’s future social workers have asked me to join their campaign against immigrant discrimination. To stop the name-calling, abuse and violence, they are using a very 21st century weapon: the hashtag. #MoreThanALabel is the brainchild of social work graduate students at Simmons College. They want us to attach #MoreThanALabel to anything we post on social media that refers …

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Summer clean-up with my blog subscribers (that means you)

betty ming liu Writing how-to's 8 Comments

I owe you all huge thanks. As my blog readers, you’ve just made two big dreams come true. Those of you who subscribe — or who plan to subscribe after reading this post — are super-special. The ability to reach you personally via email is blogger gold. Your loyalty makes you royalty. So to treat you right, I’m here to …

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Last minute madness before the trip to France

betty ming liu Art, Travel 11 Comments

I spent the morning packing, which means I am currently in full-bloom panic. I have about 40 pounds of art supplies; doesn’t leave much room for nice clothes. Oh, well! Can hardly believe that the 10-day painting trip to France is about to begin. Monet’s garden is calling to me… Going into pre-departure mom mode has me especially frantic. I …

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Taking on NaNoWriMo

betty ming liu Inspiration 23 Comments

During November, I plan to write every day until I churn out 50,000 words. I will do it along with writers around the world who have set the same goal for themselves. The official name for this month-long creativity marathon is National Novel Writing Month. Better known as NaNoWriMo, it was founded in 1999 by some would-be novelists from the …

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