Saturday, March 28, 2015

How Does Writing Make You Feel?

Last weekend I had the opportunity to be part of the faculty at Weekend with the Writers. There I got to meet Kristen Heitzmann, an amazing award-winning writer. I sat in on her class and found my passion for writing reignited. Here's one of the quotes that reminded me of exactly why I write.


Writing Draws from our Imaginations the filaments to spin a web that
Snares & Captivates - Kristen Heitzmann
I'd love to know how you feel when you write.

Share your thoughts in the comment section below.

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Blessings,
Edie

Friday, March 27, 2015

Even More Tips for a Successful Book Launch Party

by Lori Hatcher @LoriHatcher2 


How to Have a Successful Book Launch Party – Part Three. 

For the last two months in From the Editor’s Desk – A No nonsense Approach to Non-Fiction, I’ve been sharing tips to prepare for a successful book launch party. 

If you missed the posts, you can read Tips for a Successful Book Launch Party Part 1 and More Tips for a Successful Book Launch Party. 
This month I’d like to share three more tips for planning and executing a successful event.

Thursday, March 26, 2015

Keeping It All in Perspective in Publishing

Edie here. Today's guest, Dianna T. Benson, is the award-winning and international bestselling author of The Hidden Son and Final Trimester. Persephone’s Fugitive is her third release. An EMT and a HazMat and FEMA Operative since 2005, Dianna authentically implements her medical and rescue experience and knowledge into all her suspense novels. She lives in North Carolina with her husband and their three children. www.diannatbenson.com. I hope you enjoy her insight as much as me!

Keeping it All in Perspective in Publishing
by Dianna T Benson @DiannaTBenson

Since writing is my full-time career, EMS only part-time (too intense for me for full time), I’m reminded that as an author of fictional suspense I’m just an entertainer. Unlike EMS crews and firefighters, I’m not saving lives as a writer. That truth dissipates the pressure of being an award-winning author and the expectation to produce as good (if not better) book with each new book. Sure, the pressure is there but I don’t allow it to be anything more than motivation to write my best. With my experience and time in EMS over the years, I’m able to keep my publishing career in perspective and remain grounded.

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Ten Questions to Ask Before You Decide to Become a Writer

by DiAnn Mills @DiAnnMills

I love to say I’m a writer.

I love to say I’ve written.

I love to see my name on a book cover.

But I really wish someone had asked me ten questions before I delved into the wild, zany world of a writer.

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Finding Time to Write is a Myth

Edie here. I know you've already seen several posts by this talented writer. But I finally persuaded Henry McLaughlin to become a full-time member of The Write Conversation blogging team. I'm certain you'll be as encouraged and inspired by him as me!

A Time for Every Purpose
by Henry McLaughlin @Riverbendsagas

Many times, people come up to me and say they want to write a book but can’t find the time. Aspiring writers, people who are making an effort to write, often say the same thing.

Both groups cite full time jobs, church obligations, family responsibilities and activities that prevent or hinder them from pursuing their desire to write. These are all legitimate undertakings that must be accomplished if we’re to support ourselves, raise God-centered children and contribute to our faith communities and neighborhoods.

I want to share one insight I’ve gained over the years of pursuing this writing dream: You’ll never find the time to write. You make the time to write.

Monday, March 23, 2015

Learn What You Can Legally Post & Share Online—Copyright 101

by Edie Melson @EdieMelson

Lately, I’ve seen a lot of discussion about copyright issues. Specifically, what is legal to use on a blog, social media or in a book. 

First, I want to state right up front that I am NOT a lawyer and none of what I’ve said constitutes any kind of legal advice. All I’m trying to do is share what I've learned how to be responsible online. 

That said, at the end of this post I’m going to give you some links to the places where I found my information so you can go check out the specifics for yourself.

Saturday, March 21, 2015

The Work of Spring

by Edie Melson @EdieMelson

Since Friday was the first day of spring, I thought I'd share a recent experience in the form of a photo.

Last weekend my husband and I had the opportunity to witness the shy blooming of an endangered wildflower, Oconee Bellsshortia galacifolia. These shy flowers only bloom for about two weeks in the early spring.
"Spring work is going on with joyful enthusiasm." -John Muir























What evidence of spring have spied recently?

Share your thoughts in the comment section below.

I also invite you to use this image any way you like online. Post it to your blog, share it on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, anywhere you'd like. All I ask is that you keep it intact, with my website watermark visible.

Don't forget to join the conversation!
Blessings,
Edie