Friday, August 29, 2014

To Outline or Not—Which is Better?

by Bruce Brady @BruceDBrady

Two types of writers in this world, outliners and intuitive!
In the past year I’ve heard a lot of writer discussions, and passionate arguments, about whether to outline or not.

Some of you may be thinking, “Well that’s a no-brainer.” But is it? Those who have taught and argued that outlining is the best way to write range from beginning writers to editors to best-selling authors. The same is true for those who advocate in favor of intuitive writing.

There are two types of writers in this world. Those who map out their stories before they ever begin (outliners), and those who hear the voices (intuitive writers).

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Children’s Writing 101: Five Common Misconceptions

I wish I could explain how excited I am about today's blog. Having Michelle Medlock Adams as a regular contributor to The Write Conversation really is a dream come true. I had the opportunity to get to know her several years ago when we were both on staff at a writers conference. She has been a close friend ever since. She's also a fellow blogger on and I know you're going to learn so much from all that she shares.

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

How to Rock Your Character’s World

by +DiAnnMills @DiAnnMills

I’ve always wanted to rock climb. When I studied the skill, I realized rock climbing and scaling heights with my hero had a lot in common. 

Both require a struggle against odds, guts, stamina, techniques, and training. 

So I compared the two arts, and this is what I discovered.

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Indie Tuesday—The Positive Side to Receiving a One Star Review

by: @AuthorKeller

Most of us dream of that elusive publishing contract. Of having deadlines and planning a release party. Soon after our books launch we start checking our reviews. They tell you not to, but believe me, somehow, when you least expect it—you find yourself reading over some reviews. The first ones are great. Friend and family write sweet five star reviews that you want to share with the world. But one day you go back and look and there it is: the one star monster, staring you right in the eyes.
Now…take a deep breath and say this with me. Ready? A one star review is a good thing.

Monday, August 25, 2014

Social Media Monday—Why Blogging Numbers Drop During the Summer

by +EdieMelson @EdieMelson

I’ve had a number of similar conversations this summer. They always begin the same way, with an inquiry about how he/she can improve the numbers that are dwindling at an alarming rate. These worried bloggers are certain they’ve either done—or not done—something to cause the drop in views, comments and shares. And my answer is always the same.

A drop in blogging numbers is normal during the summer.

My one-sentence assurance is rarely enough to calm a blogger’s nerves. And that’s understandable from someone who’s seen consistent growth through out the first of the year. So today, I’m going to break down the normal ebb and flow of blogging numbers throughout the calendar year, to help you evaluate the health of your own site.

Sunday, August 24, 2014

Weekend Worship—God Takes the Scenic Route

Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not rely on your own understanding; think about Him in all your ways, and He will guide you on the right paths. Proverbs 3:5-6

My sister and I on vacation
I grew up during the 60s and 70s, in a family that loved to travel. Some of my earliest memories are of traveling across the united states, looking at life from the rear view window of a VW bug. When my sister was born, our family went from three to four and our parents traded in the VW Bug for a VW Bus.

Oh the places we visited.

I’ve been out west in a blizzard so fierce we had to scrape ice from the inside of the windows. I’ve cooked an egg on the pavement in Death Valley, and spent several nights camping on top of what used to be Mount St. Helens. But only a small percentage of our time on the road was spent on major highways.

Saturday, August 23, 2014

Social Media Image—Hummingbird Faith

by +EdieMelson @EdieMelson

I've always loved hummingbirds, and this past weekend I finally managed to catch some cool photos of one.

I admire the way these tiny creatures go at life full-blast. I think we can learn a lot from them. So often we're too timid, waiting for life to come to us, instead of being willing to go after what we want. 

So what dream are you waiting for? Today mimic a hummingbird and go after it!
"For to have Faith is to have Wings." J.M. Barrie
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