free writing workbook
Free writing workbook to save yourself

Everyone needs to write. Everyone. This is true even if you hate writing. My nine-page free writing workbook gets you started. See your badass self through fresh eyes. Make sure you’re avoiding the mistakes that wrecked me — until writing saved my life. 

 

How to use hyphens and dashes to look smart

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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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How writing saved my life: Part 2

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Note: Welcome to Part 2 in my 3-part series about how writing saved my life.  My father’s fatal heart attack brought a weird peace to our Chinatown apartment. Yet, the tough-love patriarch still lived on in my head. I was 19, and clueless about making my own choices. There was only one thing to do. I decided to become an …

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How writing saved my life: Part 1

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This is Part 1 of a 3-part series about me, writing and how writing saved my life. Everyone needs to write — everyone. By the time we get to Part 3, you’ll know why your words are so important, too. Okay. Here we go… My Chinese immigrant parents expected my birth to make them lucky. Instead, they felt cheated. They …

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Inspiration from Anne Lamott’s “Bird by Bird: Some Instructions on Writing and Life”

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Lately, life has been about Too Many Things To Do & Feel. But today brings calm. I’ve come full circle and back to a bit of inspiration that saves me. It’s a helpful gift that I’ve shared with many friends, students and readers. So here it is again, for you…. The passage comes from a classic memoir, the bestselling Anne Lamott’s …

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Linkedin tips to feel more successful

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I’ve watched so many students and friends set up LinkedIn profiles. They go from resistant, to fascinated. By the time they’re done, they’re sporting a success glow that’s better than a suntan. The resistance to dealing with LinkedIn is totally understandable. Still, it might be time to get over it. My college students no longer groan when I help them …

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Who is first- and second-generation American?

Are you first- or second-generation American?

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I am SO ANNOYED. When will people get this straight??! If you’re an immigrant to this country, then you’re first generation. If your kids are born here, then they are second generation. So who are you — first- or second-generation? This is really important because of the hating on immigrants. Most people wrongly assume that the American-born child of immigrants …

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