Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Writing Motive

Hi Everyone, Lynette here to say Happy Wednesday once again. And it’s March, too. HOW did that happen? Is time passing as fast for you as it is for me? Goodness, Christmas will be here before we know it. LOL.

Well, I have a real treat for you today. Since I’ve been working like crazy, I asked a friend if she’d like to step in and offer some excellent writing advice. Advice that I’ve taken note of and plan to incorporate into my own writing. Read on, friends, I think you’ll like what Kristen has to say. So let me introduce her.

Kristin Billerbeck is a CBA bestselling novelist of over 40 books, Her work has been featured in The New York Times, World Magazine, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution and on "The Today Show." Her love of romance and wit began with an awkward childhood crush on Mr. Darcy, which continues to this day.  She makes her home in Silicon Valley.

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Writing Quotes to Inspire

by Edie Melson @EdieMelson

Today I thought I'd share some of my favorite quotes about writing. They're arranged on memes and you're welcome to share each and every one.

"We are all apprentices in a craft where no one ever
becomes a master." Ernest Hemingway

Monday, March 2, 2015

Calendar Days—March's Crazy Holidays & Special Occasions—Idea Starters for Writers

by Edie Melson @EdieMelson

Last month I did a post listing all the crazy special days in the month of February. 
Many of you contacted me and requested I bring it back as a regular part of this blog. I thought it would be a fun addition, so I'm adding it back into the regular schedule.
Using the calendar for blog post or even article ideas is a great way to jumpstart your creativity. It's also a fun writing prompt idea. 

Sunday, March 1, 2015

Weekend Worship—What's Gonna Be Your Wake-up Call?

by Brenda McGraw @BrendaMMcGraw

I walked into the doctor’s office not knowing what to expect. After all, I was only 24. The waiting seemed like it lasted forever, as I flipped through a magazine anticipating the nurse calling my name. I thought to myself, I probably don’t need to be here. It’s probably nothing. 

When my name was called I met the nurse at the door and she showed me to my room. It was white, and seemed cold. But don’t most examining rooms? She asked me my name and why I was there to see the doctor.

I told her I had found a lump in my left breast. I said, “I am sure it’s nothing, but my mom wanted me to have it checked. You know how moms are, always worrying?” She took a few notes for the doctor and told me the nurse practitioner would be in shortly.

That day started the beginning of a year-long battle with breast cancer and reconstruction surgeries. Being so young, I really thought I would just be told “Don’t worry, it’s nothing.” No one else in my family ever had cancer.

To hear the words “You have cancer” is devastating, and pretty scary, to say the least. Thus started the “wake-up call” and the call on my life to follow Christ. What’s a wake- up call? It is a defining moment in one’s life when he or she realizes something needs to change.

My defining moment was cancer.

For Peter, it was the rooster crowing when he realized what Jesus had said was true. He had turned his back on Jesus. This broke Peter and he went outside (alone) and wept bitterly.

For some it was the writing in the sand, the healing of a disease, or sight for the blind. Thomas had to touch the holes in the hands of our Savior. It took Nebuchadnezzar seven years in the wild with the animals. And do you remember the forty years the Israelites wandered through the wilderness?

However, for Judas it was too late.

Twenty-eight years ago God started waking me up to His plans and purpose for my life. I wish I could say I never strayed, but I can’t. After my cancer was removed, I put God back into my little God box. I pulled Him out again a few years later when I realized I was lost and He had not quit searching for me. God’s never been back in my box again. I prayed and asked Him to show me who Jesus is and that He would never let me stray again.

Have you heard the wake-up call? Can you pinpoint that defining moment in your life where you said, “Less of me and more of You, Lord?”

He must become greater and greater, and I must become less and less. John 3:30 (NLT)

Brenda McGraw is an author and speaker who reveals how to discover joy beyond the clutter of life. She draws from her own life experiences in the #1 Amazon Best seller, “Joy Beyond, 28 Days to Finding Joy Beyond the Clutter of Life”. She is the founder of Ask God Today Ministries where she has a team of writers sharing truth and hope with others.

Brenda currently lives in South Carolina with her husband, Jeff and three of their five children. She is a survivor of breast cancer and a heart attack.. Despite the challenges she has endured, Brenda found peace through her relationship with Jesus Christ.

You can connect with Brenda at:

Saturday, February 28, 2015

Where do You Find Help when Things get Hard?

I'd love to know where you find help when things get hard.

God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble. Psalm  46:1
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

Friday, February 27, 2015

More Tips on How to Have a Successful Book Launch Party

by Lori Hatcher @LoriHatcher2

How to Have a Successful Book Launch Party – Part 2

Last month in From the Editor’s Desk – A No nonsense Approach to Non-Fiction, I shared three tips to help you preparefor a successful book launch party – enlist the help of friends, make a book cover poster, and print invitation postcards. This month I’d like to share two more tips for planning and executing a successful book launch party.

Thursday, February 26, 2015

For Writers—Giving Criticism

by Henry McLaughlin @Riverbendsagas

A look at 5 areas to take into account when criticizing.
There have been a ton of articles and blog posts on how to receive criticism. Receiving criticism is hard for everyone. It’s difficult to not view criticism of our work as personal criticism of ourselves.

I don’t recall too many posts on how to give criticism, whether it’s in a critique group or one-on-one. Today, I’d like to look at five areas the person giving the criticism should take into account.