Saturday, May 26, 2018

Writing: Love You, Love You Not

by Cathy Fyock @Cathy Fyock

I have a love-hate relationship with writing. I’m sure that might seem odd coming from someone who has written eight books and works as a book coach. 

But it’s true. I hate to write. Yet, I love what writing does for me and my readers.

Friday, May 25, 2018

3 Steps to Advance your Writing Career When You Can't Attend a Conference

By Lori Hatcher @LoriHatcher2

If you’ve been a part of the writing community for long, you know the value of attending a writers conference. Writer after writer sings their praises, testifying that if they hadn’t attended a writers conference, they’d have never gotten their first book contract, met their agent, or networked with someone who knew someone who knew someone who changed their writing life forever. 

Thursday, May 24, 2018

Is 'Write What You Know' Really Good Advice?

by Henry McLaughlin @RiverBendSagas

“Write what you know” is a piece of advice that just about every aspiring writer has heard. At first glance, it sounds really wise and profound. Until we try to apply it.  If we adhered to this maxim, very little would get written that would be worth reading. Because, when we get right down to it, we don’t know very much.

A much better way to put it is to know what you write, but even this doesn’t go far enough.

Wednesday, May 23, 2018

Why a Writer Needs Relationships

by DiAnn Mills @DiAnnMills

Writers spend hours perfecting their manuscripts. The time, sweat, and tears that go into a remarkable writing project can’t be measured because our ability to create is always working in us. We live and breathe the words filling our mind and transfer them onto the page.

Some say writing is an isolated profession, and the process appears solitary until we consider what all we need to be successful. 

Tuesday, May 22, 2018

Monday, May 21, 2018

Big Social Media Numbers Aren’t Always Best

by Molly Jo Realy on @MollyJoRealy

It’s nice to be noticed, isn’t it? It’s fun when you get that little “ding” on your phone that tells you someone shared your post, or tagged you on Twitter. The best is when someone subscribes to your blog or email . . . Or is it? 

Sunday, May 20, 2018

How to Receive & Give Critique with Grace

by Andy Lee @WordsByAndyLee

I sat around the table with my critique group sharing our prayer needs concerning our writing. Open, honest, and vulnerable, I told mine. We’re like minded. Women of faith, and kindred spirits who’ve heard the call to write, so it seemed to be a safe place.

But it wasn’t.