"There are two kinds of people in the world. 

Those who think they can and those who think they can't.

And both are right."

Henry Ford

"If you want to
change  the world,
pick up your pen
and write."

Martin Luther

Create stories, articles, and books
your target audience can't wait to read

A note from me

I'm currently coming back after a year spent dealing with breast cancer. Before that, I was busy writing books as well as editing 5 Hot Apple Cider Books. Details here. All that to say I haven't been keeping this site up for several years. However, I still feel there are useful posts on it, and I'm slowly updating it. 

N. J. Lindquist

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Explore a couple of my most popular posts below


I’ve been writing since I was tiny. And over the years, I’ve probably made every mistake possible. Okay, maybe not every mistake. But a whole lot of them! Plus I have a medal in English, and I taught English in a high school. So I know a little bit about good writing and grammar and (Continue Reading)


Honestly, if all we had to write with were notepads and typewriters, I’d be the most frustrated writer alive. I love technology and all the things it helps me do! So here are the 10 tools I’d have great difficulty living without. 1. Multiple computer screens I’ve only had two screens for a couple of (Continue Reading)

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Where to Find IDeas


I’ve been talking about how to organize your ideas. Now I want to talk about where those ideas originate. You might ask, “Don’t ideas just come?” For some of us, the answer is a loud, “Yes.” There are people who are overwhelmed by a constant flood of ideas. I’ll talk about that problem later. I


Have you ever found yourself in a position where you could overhear things that were supposedly private? You might have been standing in a check-out line while a mother and her young son had a long, heated argument about buying a certain kind of candy. The mother may have been embarrassed, but so were you.



Don’t let your readers get lost! A couple of weeks ago I mentioned that many writers sort of assume that the reader knows who is telling the story, especially if it’s telling a true story. If you haven’t read that post, you might want to read it first. As I said then, assuming your readers


A friend of a friend contacted me recently wanting to know how to turn her life story into a book. Since I realized there might be other people with the same question, I decided to post my reply here. In general, there are 4 options: 1. You write out your story so that you can



In this webinar, I share some key elements I’ve learned over the years that will help writers or aspiring understand the big picture. In the future, I’ll be going into a lot more detail on all of these things.   Download a free 2-page pdf that will help you remember the 10 Essentials Note: These


Before you send a manuscript to an editor, an agent, or the person who does your layout, there are some things you can do to make sure that everything is as it should be. Many new writers and even some more experienced ones aren’t aware of things like hidden characters, using one space between sentences

About This Website


I'm  N. J. Lindquist

I'm the award-winning author of various kinds of books, short stories, personal experience stories, newspaper columns, blogs, and more.

I'm also the editor and co-publisher of the Hot Apple Cider Books.

Since 1992, I've been teaching workshops for writers across Canada and occasionally in the US. I created this website so I could pass along some of my thoughts on writing.

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  • Excellent handouts!
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  • Fantastic! This workshop could easily have been a continuing class, very helpful material, encouraging, inspirational!
  • She was quite thorough and gave out very good hand-outs. I appreciated her input from her own experiences and organizational techniques.
  • Her straightforward way of presenting ideas and tips gained from her experience was the best!
  • You are a great writer and teacher!

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