Congratulations to our new Member of the Week!

Member of the Week: Rachel Howells

“Enjoy the process and write every day, staying focused more on the quality of your writing than the quantity.”

Helium Member Since: June 2007

Articles on Helium: 220

About Rachel

What have you gained from being a member of an online writers’ community?

The support and encouragement of the Helium community has been hugely motivating for a procrastinator like me.

 What do you write about mostly?  Why do you write about this subject?  Do you consider yourself an expert in your field?

I mostly write creatively, but I also have an interest in social and environmental issues. I, however, have the most fun writing humor and poetry.

How do you promote your work?

Trying to get your articles read is almost as much work as actually writing the articles.  To do this promotion I use various social networking tools such as facebook, twitter, stumbleupon, my blog, linkedin, tumblr, dig and pinterest to name a few.

What advice would you offer new Helium members?

Do not obsess and fret about how your articles are rated because the rating process on Helium is fluid, but eventually it settles. Also, enjoy the process and write every day, staying focused more on the quality of your writing than the quantity.

What is the best life advice you’ve received?

My most recent best life advice came from a friend quoting Dan Millman: “Life has three rules: Paradox, Humor and Change.”

Articles by Rachel

Flash fiction: The frozen watch

Humor: House cleaning

The myth of sex addiction

Every Wednesday, Helium’s blog will feature a new Member of the Week. Member of the Week is chosen through a process of nominations and assessment by Helium community members and staff. If you know a great writer you’d like to nominate, send a link to that member’s About Me page along with an explanation of his/her accomplishments to