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.

Saturday, May 19, 2018

Writers Can Learn a Lot From the Etiquette of Amy Vanderbilt


by Emme Gannon @GannonEmme

I love rules. 

I love the smile that resonates from deep within when I reach beyond myself and live for others. It’s like escaping for a brief moment from the me generation to the otherworldly life of God, others, self. When I enter that enchanting world, I know that’s where I’m meant to be.

Friday, May 18, 2018

How Authors Can Build an Indie Empire—What Your Book Cover Looks Like Matters


by Traci Tyne Hilton @TraciTyneHilton

*disclaimer. This series is about following rules. I know that Indies don’t have to follow rules. That’s the whole point of being indie. But indies who pay attention to what rich and famous authors do, have a much better shot at fame and riches.*

What Your book Cover Looks Like Matters
1. Readers do judge a book by the cover. For $40 or less at times, you can get a professional quality stock cover. Unless you are experienced and trained as a graphic designer, do this. For $300 and up you can get a custom cover. Totally do that if you can afford it. It’s worth it.

Thursday, May 17, 2018

What is the GDPR and What Does It Mean for Authors?


by Cyle  Young @CyleYoung

On May 25th, 2018 the European Union’s new data privacy law goes into effect. The GDPR or General Data Protection Regulation applies to any person or business operating or storing information of EU citizens, and not only to EU-based companies and organizations.

Any author with an international following, fan base, or email subscriber list needs to take notice. The GDPR will change the way that you do business as an author. Most companies who service emails on the behalf of authors—think companies like MailChimp and ConvertKit—have taken steps over the last few months that will enable compliance to the GDPR.

Wednesday, May 16, 2018

When You Feel Overwhelmed with Writing, Keep Paving


by Katy Kauffman @KatyKauffman28

I like to take pictures of my shoes. I don’t have a shoe fetish, just a travel one. When I go somewhere new, I like to take a picture of my feet on the unique paths I discover—cobblestone streets, mosaic sidewalks, bricked walkways, and hiking trails. A path is a promise of adventure and discovery. When we write, we are paving a path for our readers.

Tuesday, May 15, 2018

I am a Writer of Hope


by Edie Melson @EdieMelson

Being a writer of hope is something I’m making a deliberate effort to become. I think it’s something we all should consider. There is so much in our world these days that can lead to hopelessness if we let it.

Because our business is words, we have the ability to affect how others interpret the world. I’m not suggesting that we slant our viewpoint to something untrue, but rather that we take an honest look at the hope around us no matter what situation we’re viewing.

Monday, May 14, 2018

Blogging Basics, 26 Tips for a Good Foundation


by Edie Melson @EdieMelson

Today I’d like to give you 26 tips for success with your blog. I’m calling this my ABCs of Blogging.

A is for Accessibility—Make sure your blog is easy to find, easy to navigate, and easy to read. And don’t forget to make it accessible to those who are visually impaired

B is for BasicsWhatever you’re doing, make it excellent. That means take time to check for typos and readability, in your posts. Also be sure you’re using giving accurate links. There’s nothing more frustrating than clicking on a link that takes you nowhere.

Sunday, May 13, 2018

Moms Matter


by Sarah Van Diest @SarahVanDiest

There are important issues coming forward these days. People are being brave, saying what needs to be said, and doing what needs to be done. On my mind today: Beth Moore talking about the treatment of women in Christian ministry. 

Saturday, May 12, 2018

Be Optimistic


by Beth Vogt @BethVogt

Helen Keller was an amazing woman.

Born in 1880,  an illness left her deaf and blind when she was all of 19 months old. Helen had limited communication with her family until she was 7 years old — when Annie Sullivan arrived and worked with her to teach her sign language. Fast forward to 1904, when Helen was 24 years old and graduated from college, the first deaf blind person to earn a Bachelor of Arts degree.

And yes, there’s so much more to her life story.

Friday, May 11, 2018

A Writer's Mighty Metaphor: Is Life Really “A Bowl of Cherries?”


by Marcia Moston @MarciaMoston

“Metaphors hold the most truth in the least amount of space”—Orson Scott Card

Metaphors. Poets use them. So do special arms of U.S. intelligence. Aristotle said mastering them was a sign of genius. He also said they couldn’t be learned from others. Far be it for me to take on Aristotle, but I think there are ways we can hone our skills to incorporate this powerful literary element into our writing.

Thursday, May 10, 2018

Healthy Writer Tips: Clarity of Mind

Edie here. Today I'm thrilled to introduce you to a woman whom I greatly admire and respect. Not only is she an amazing writer, she's also incredibly gifted in helping someone like me learn how to take care of myself. Her encouragement has meant the world to me and her most recent book, 7 Steps to Get Off Sugar and Carbohydrates is never far from my side. I'm thrilled I was able to convince her to share some of her wisdom with us.



Healthy Writer Tips: Clarity of Mind
by Susan Neal @SusanNealYoga


Being tired and foggy brained was not what I needed the day I finished my submission to the BRMCWC contest. As I muddled through the contest directions, I contemplated what could have caused my lack of mental clarity. It was the delicious tiramisu I ate yesterday. Dairy, wheat, and sugar—not a good combination for my brain.

Wednesday, May 9, 2018

Using Articles to Build Your Writing Platform


by Linda Gilden @LindaGilden

I continually am amazed when I mention writing articles I get so many blank stares. It is like nobody ever thought about writing articles.

Tuesday, May 8, 2018

The Value to a Writer of Learning Difficult Lessons


by Cindy Sproles @CindyDevoted

You’ve heard it—bloody knees. Some use the phrase in regards to prayer while others share it as hard life experiences. In the world of writing, it’s a tool for guidance and growth.

Monday, May 7, 2018

A List of Apps to Make Your Writing Conference Experience Better


by Edie Melson @EdieMelson


The writing conference season is in full swing. While everyone knows the value of attending writing conferences, many be not be aware of the benefits gained with a few simple apps added to your mobile device(s). This month I’ll share some of my favorites, and how they help keep me on track.

The first thing you need to know is that the value of an app isn’t dictated by the cost. Many of my favorites are free, and the others are all quite reasonable.

Sunday, May 6, 2018

The Writer's Path


by Audrey Frank @AudreyCFrank

The path of the righteous is like the bright morning light, growing brighter and brighter until full day. Proverbs 4:18, NET

Saturday, May 5, 2018

Don't Let Fear Stop Your Writing


by Tim Suddeth @TimSuddeth

Whenever I go to a writers’ conference, workshop, or critique group, I get to meet writers at all points in their writing journey. It always surprises me the doubts and the lack of confidence that many, if not most, of us have. No matter how successful I would label them. And the amazing thing is, they don’t have to say a word. It can be read in their facial expressions and body language. (See, show don’t tell.)

Friday, May 4, 2018

Three Final Ways to Live Your Best Creative Life, Part 3


by Cathy Baker @CathySBaker

Today, let’s close out this three-part series on specific ways to combat resistance and maximize our creative power. If you missed the previous installments of this series you can read the first Three Ways to Live Your Best Creative Life Part 1 and Three More Ways to Live Your Best Creative Life, Part 2

“Most of us have two lives. The life we live, and he unlived life within us. Between the two stands Resistance.” – Steven Pressfield, The War of Art

Thursday, May 3, 2018

A Writer's FOMO—Fear Of Missing Out


by Lynn Blackburn @LynnHBlackburn

Have you heard this term? It stands for 
Fear OMissing Out
And if you’re a writer, you probably have it. 

I know I do.

Wednesday, May 2, 2018

The Triangle of Structure for Writers


by Sarah Sally Hamer @SarahSallyHamer


Ah, structure. A word that strikes fear in many a pantster’s heart. 

What IS structure, exactly? 

Maybe it would be better to talk about what structure is not.

Tuesday, May 1, 2018

Book Launch Teams – What Authors Need to Know, Part 1


by Cynthia Owens @EfficiencyAdict


I love it when I get to talk with people who are a few steps (or many) down a road I want to travel. Last month I had the privilege of interviewing four authors about their experiences with book launch teams, and over the next few posts, I’ll be sharing their top insights with you.

There’s a lot that goes into building a book launch team.

Monday, April 30, 2018

Conveying the Senses of Place to Our Readers

Edie here. Today I'm really excited to introduce you to another author friend of mine, Hope Clark. She writes wonderful cozy mysteries and has a new book releasing. I invited her to stop by and share some of her own writing knowledge and give us a peek at her new book, Newberry Sin. If you haven't read one of her novels, I encourage you to pick one up. You'll become as big a fan as me. 

Conveying the Senses of Place to Our Readers
by C. Hope Clark @HopeClark 


When I pick up a book, usually a mystery, I crave to mentally fall into place . . . literally. Where is this story happening? To not feel like I’m there keeps me distracted from the action, crime, or character distress on the page. I keep waiting to feel like I am present.

Sunday, April 29, 2018

The Myth of God & Math


by Edie Melson @EdieMelson

Math is not my strong suit.

I have to smile as I write these words. And I know my husband will be howling with laughter when he reads this. I’m so much NOT a numbers girl, I’m almost handicapped.

Saturday, April 28, 2018

A Tongue-in-Cheek Letter to All Article Writers


by Cathy Fyock @CathyFyock

First of all, thanks so much for writing content for my publication. Whether you know it or not, you are a lifesaver. My publication needs to be fed content on a regular basis, and you have been great about continuously feeding the beast with meaty content written in interesting and compelling ways.

Friday, April 27, 2018

Rainy Days and Mondays—How to Handle Writing Discouragement


by Lori Hatcher @LoriHatcher2


I just began a new year of blogging. Every Monday and Thursday for seven years I’ve posted a five-minute devotion for busy women on my blog, Hungry for God … Starving for Time. Subscribers receive an email in their Inbox.

In my Inbox, things look a little different.

Thursday, April 26, 2018

The Secret Life of a Pantser


by Henry McLaughlin @RiverBendSagas

I was talking with another writer one day and, from her first question, I knew I was in trouble. “How long does it take you to outline your novels?” she asked.

“I don’t,” I said.

She sputtered like a Volkswagen with a bad spark plug. Finally she said, “How do you even write? Do you just sit down and start typing? Don’t you have to do a massive amount of rewriting?”

Wednesday, April 25, 2018

The Dilemma of Too Many Characters in Your Novel


by DiAnn Mills @DiAnnMills

The novel is finished. The writer inhales a breath of satisfaction. Now is the time to begin the editing process. But midway through, a dose of reality hits hard. The story has so many characters that it’s difficult to keep track of their names and the roles they play. 

While the problem may look bewildering, there is a solution, and the story will be stronger by implementing the following suggestions. 

Tuesday, April 24, 2018

When Writers Work to Find the Right Words


by Eva Marie Everson @EvaMarieEverson

Good writers read the works of great writers. And, we typically have the ones we prefer over all others. If we can find a book written by our favorites, written for the sheer purpose of explaining their writing or reading life, we have then struck gold. 

Let me let you in on a little “secret:” I have a “thing” for bookstores. I can walk past a large chain with price clubs and the flavors of expensive coffee meandering through the stacks (although I rarely do), but I cannot—no, I will not—allow myself to miss the opportunity of stepping into an independent bookstore, usually narrow in structure with hardwood floors and rich with a select group of titles, and old, overstuffed chairs placed cattycorner to create reading nooks. The only coffee you’ll be offered there comes from a coffeemaker and is served entirely too strong in castoff mugs purchased for a dollar at thrift stores.

Monday, April 23, 2018

3 Powerful Words to Help You Find Time to Write


by Bethany Jett @BetJett

Time is a precious commodity. In fact, if you can find a way to save someone time, you’re likely to turn the person into a raving fan. 

For writers who have other responsibilities—is everyone raising their hand?­—finding the time to write seems problematic. However, the advice that great writers and bestselling authors give when talking about writing is usually the same: simply sit down and write, even if it means getting up early or staying up late.

Sunday, April 22, 2018

You Only Live Once...Yes & No


by Rhonda Rhea @RhondaRhea

YOLO? Well, Yes and No

Not that I’m big on throwing my time away, because I had plans for accomplishing something great today. But you have to understand, that video said I wouldn’t BELIEVE what happened next. “BELIEVE”—it was in all caps just like that. So it’s not like I had a choice anyway, but I could see that this video had a baby in it. And a puppy. Only a monster could just scroll down like it wasn’t a baby and a puppy.

Saturday, April 21, 2018

Writing Lessons From Joseph


by Emme Gannon @GannonEmme

What if, at this moment in time, God is calling you to be a quiet reflection of Himself. No best seller. No requests to speak or teach at conferences. No interest by the agent of your dreams. You receive encouragement. Then rejection. Your mind stirs from the present to a time when you knew God had called you to greater things. You knew it was He who had planted this dream deep in your heart. That was long ago, you reason. Maybe you heard wrong. For if this was God’s dream for you, wouldn’t success soon follow?

Friday, April 20, 2018

How Authors Can Build an Indie Empire—Building Your Newsletter Matters


by Traci Tyne Hilton @TraciTyneHilton


*disclaimer. This series is about following rules. I know that Indies don’t have to follow rules. That’s the whole point of being indie. But indies who pay attention to what rich and famous authors do, have a much better shot at fame and riches.*

In part two of this series, How You Advertise Matters I explained the importance of advertising. It is vitally important. What I didn’t explain was why those sites I recommend work so well. 

Thursday, April 19, 2018

Quit Writing From a Place of Fear and Find Your Joy


by Edie Melson @EdieMelson

A while back, I was having difficulties with a project I was working. As I tried to figure out why, it dawned on me that instead of writing with courage and faith, I was writing from a place of fear.

Fear of failure.

Fear of expectations.

Fear of others and how I might be perceived.

No wonder I was having such a difficult time. The revelation stunned me. If there’s one thing I pride myself on (and that should have been my first clue I was about to fall flat on my face), it’s the thought that I’m not afraid of anything.

Wednesday, April 18, 2018

A Checklist Before A Writer Hits Send


by Katy Kauffman @KatyKauffman28


There’s a little voice in our writer minds that likes to nag. Usually it acts as our friend, reminding us to double check our articles for typos. But sometimes this little voice becomes obsessive, causing us to worry that an editor will find something obviously wrong with our submissions even though we have no idea what the problem might be.  

Tuesday, April 17, 2018

When a Writer Can't Write


by Lucinda Secrest McDowell @LucindaSMcDowel

If you’ve yet to experience this, let me assure you that one day it may come. Just as it did for me. 

You will be sitting in front of your computer, or journal or notepad and the words will not appear. Panicked, you will realize that—at least for this moment in time—you simply have nothing to say! More accurately, you have plenty to say but a temporary inability to put your message into words. 

Monday, April 16, 2018

A Writer's Identity and Social Media


by Molly Jo Realy @MollyJoRealy 

If you’ve been doing this writing thing for a while, and you, like me, have grown oldermore maturechanged directions in life, it’s never too late to change your identity. You don’t even have to go into hiding to get it done! [A little Hoffa Humor, there.]

Sunday, April 15, 2018

Failure Is Not Forever


by Andy Lee @WordsByAndyLee

“Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Don’t be terrified; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go” (Joshua 1:9)

“Do you know how you get from one mountaintop to the other mountaintop?” a good friend asked one day as we chatted over afternoon coffee.

Saturday, April 14, 2018

Advise Me, Advise Me Not

by Beth Vogt @BethVogt

It’s easier to give advice than it is to take advice, isn’t it? And then again, whether we take advice at all is often dependent on who is offering us their wisdom, right?

Friday, April 13, 2018

Creative Nonfiction: 3 Ways to Bridge Gaps and Turn Facts into Narrative


by Marcia Moston @MarciaMoston

Stashed among the pages of my father’s genealogy chronicles, the faded photocopy of three men leaning on their 1885 era firearms begged a story. The trio had been commissioned to explore and map a portion of the newly acquired territory Alaska. One of them was a distant relative. By researching archives, genealogy records and old photos, I gathered facts. But how could I turn the historical facts of a report into an engaging narrative? Is it possible for a writer to suggest the motives of someone long dead and still remain true to the expectations of nonfiction?

Thursday, April 12, 2018

10 Ways to Rekindle the Joy of Writing


by Edie Melson @EdieMelson

I’m a member of several writing groups, and I’m always amazed at the different reactions people have to similar situations. For instance, one writer might leave a critique session in tears, questioning whether or not the call to write was real. Another writer might have just as challenging a critique and leave energized because she now has the insight she needs to improve.

I’ve begun paying attention to the way the writers I respect handle this writing life. I’ve noticed that even though life gets hard at times, they never lose their writing joy. I’m trying to take deliberate steps to guard my joy of writing and not let things and/or people steal it from me. Today I’d like to share what I’ve discovered with you.


Wednesday, April 11, 2018

Do You Have a "Writing" Goose?


by Linda Gilden @LindaGilden


I was sitting on my porch enjoying the inspiration of nature when the chickens started making a lot of noise. I looked toward the coop and just outside the fence was a goose. I had never seen him before and don’t know where he came from. Not only were myeyes on him to see what he was going to do, there were thirty-eight chicken eyes watching every move he made.

Tuesday, April 10, 2018

Finding a Writing Conference That’s Right For You


by Cindy Sproles @CindyDevoted


Christian Writers Conferences are popping up across the country. In addition to large multi-discipline conferences like the Blue Ridge Mountains Christian Writers Conference, choices for the writer have increased with the rise of conferences geared toward “specifics.” For example, Realm Makers (July 2018), is a conference suited toward the speculative fiction writer. Small retreats that gear toward very specific needs and offer small attendances for a more one-on-one attention are wonderful, i.e. Autumn in the Mountains Novelist Retreat (October 2018) is a novelist retreat for those specifically working on a novel.

Monday, April 9, 2018

Twitter Changes March 2018—It’s a Whole New World for Writers


by Edie Melson @EdieMelson

I know, the thought of yet another huge shift in an online network makes me tired too. But all these recent changes are in response to dissatisfaction of the network users. And I truly believe that once the dust settles, we’ll all be much happier with the way things work.

Sunday, April 8, 2018

Sweeter

Today Sarah is sharing a devotion from her new book, God in the Dark. I can’t recommend this book highly enough. In this book you’ll find light in the dark, hope in despair, and the comfort only God can provide. I know you’ll be blessed by her words today. There's also a cool giveaway you won't want to miss at www.GodintheDark.com



Day 18
Sweeter
Psalm 119:97-104

Mem.
O how I love Your law!
It is my meditation all the day.
Your commandments make me wiser than my enemies,
For they are ever mine.
I have more insight than all my teachers,
For Your testimonies are my meditation.
I understand more than the aged,
Because I have observed Your precepts.
I have restrained my feet from every evil way,
That I may keep Your word.
I have not turned aside from Your ordinances,
For You Yourself have taught me.
How sweet are Your words to my taste!
Yes, sweeter than honey to my mouth!
From Your precepts I get understanding;
Therefore I hate every false way.

Answers. Understanding. Insight. How we long for those! We want so desperately to know what is happening to us and what will become of us. When the days are dark and we feel overwhelmed by pain or sorrow or confusion, we beg for answers. We believe that if we could simply understand, then we would find peace. That relief would come in the same package as the answers to our questions. 

Saturday, April 7, 2018

Let Spring Thaw Your Writing


by Tim Suddeth @TimSuddeth

In our neck of the woods (don’t you love that expression), the temperature has risen and we’re enjoying some early spring-like weather. The flowers are so confused. The weather analysts remind us that winter isn’t over. But, for now, we can enjoy the sunshine, the early blooms (before allergy season hits), and the pleasant temperatures until we have to dig out the heavy coats again.