Wednesday, May 4, 2016

But I don’t Have Time to Write! How to Beat the “Busy” Bully

by Lyneta Smith @LynetaS

There’s a bully on every block. Even writer’s block. We’ll call him “Busy.” He stands with arms crossed and a scowl on his face, daring us to open our laptops amidst a litany of other tasks that need our attention.

Between working other jobs, parenting, and taking care of the house, Busy Bully squeezes every hour until we don’t have time to write. Just like the scrawny 5th grader who refuses to give up his milk money to the burly 8th grader, we can take back our writing time.

Tuesday, May 3, 2016

The Writer’s Biggest Enemies—Time Thieves

by Edie Melson @EdieMelson

As writers, one of our most valuable resources is time—especially time to write. We dream about it, plan for it, even run away to find it. Yet it’s often ourselves who stand in the way of having the time we need to write.

Today I’d like to share some hidden—and some not so hidden—time thieves.

Monday, May 2, 2016

How to Add Personalized Social Media Buttons to a Blogger Site

by Edie Melson @EdieMelson

Today I'm excited to show you how to add personalized social media buttons to a Blogger site. You may notice this blog is sporting a new set of buttons right below my header. They were surprisingly easy to install and I couldn't wait to share how to do it. 

The screencast below contains step-by-step instructions for adding them to a blogger site. You can also add them to a WordPress site, but the process is slightly different. I will be sharing how to do that in a SEPARATE screencast on Friday, on my other site, So if you have a WordPress site, stay tuned and Friday I'll show you the process for your site.

Be sure to leave any questions or comments in the comments section below. 

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Sunday, May 1, 2016

You Were Made for Home

by Danetta Kellar @DanettaKellar

He who dwells in the shelter of the Most High will rest in the shadow of the Almighty. I will say of the Lord, “He is my refuge and my fortress, my God in whom I trust.” -Psalm 91:1-2

It took me several years after returning to the United States from Africa to get used to living in a secure home. Every time it rained, I would fight the urge to check all the windows, making sure nothing of value was in danger of being spoiled by rain. Our first house in East Africa was made of mud, and the walls literally melted a bit when rainy season came in all its torrential strength. Later we lived in a vast, ancient house that was constantly crumbling, a house that had a partially open courtyard and no glass windows. During the rains, we retreated into dry corners far from the constant wetness. It was not uncommon for household items to be damaged if we were not vigilant.

Saturday, April 30, 2016

Compelled to Write

Edie here. Today I'm super excited to introduce you to my friend who's a fellow blogger and author. Here newest book, A Mary Like Me, is taking the world by storm and I'm so glad I was able to convince her to stop by The Write Conversation. Be sure to give her a warm welcome!

Compelled to Write
by Andy Lee @WordsByAndyLee

Compelled to Write.
Authors are either audacious or brave or both.

What makes us think we have something to say?

Sometimes, as a writer, I wonder if I’m crazy. Doubts fill my mind. 

But as a blogger, writer and now author, I'm finding that my "job" is not about the blog, the books, or my wit or wisdom, or lack of it. It's about a compelling.

I am compelled to write. What started as a whisper from God seven years ago, an idea for a book, has become my life. It's 8:30 on a Thursday night, and I'm compelled to sit down and type a post for my blog. Nobody is forcing me. No paycheck waits in my mailbox at the end of the month. I just can't help it.

Friday, April 29, 2016

30 Days of Idea Starters for Writers - Calendar Days - May's Crazy Holidays & Special Occasions

by Edie Melson @EdieMelson

It’s time again for Calendar Days. These are just fun to read. They’re also a great way to jumpstart our creativity when looking for ideas for articles and blog posts. They’re also a fun writing prompt idea. 

In addition, calendar days are great conversation starters for social media sites like Facebook and Twitter, especially when two contrasting holidays fall on the same date. Here are some that tickled my funny bone this month:

Thursday, April 28, 2016

So You Want to Be a Writer...

by Henry McLaughlin @RiverBendSagas

So you want to be a writer...
So, You Want to Be a Writer?

For all you aspiring writers out there, I have a tip. Are you ready?

Here it is:  Put down your pen or pencil. Close your laptop.

And RUN.

To quote Dorothy Parker: If you have any young friends who aspire to become writers, the second greatest favor you can do them is to present them with copies of The Elements of Style. The first greatest, of course, is to shoot them now, while they’re happy.