Sunday, July 24, 2016

Make a Name for Myself? Or Make a Self for My Name?

Edie here. Today I'm excited to introduce you to the newest member of our blogging team here at The Write Conversation. I've been a fan of Rhonda's for years and I'm so excited to also call her my friend. I'm sure you'll be as blessed as me by her wit and wisdom. 

Make a Name for Myself? Or Make a Self for My Name?    
by Rhonda Rhea @RhondaRhea

Life as an author has enough unabashed self-promotion connected to it to make most normal people blush. Or at least make them a little uncomfortable. Me? I’ve tried repeatedly to convince my publisher that a life-sized cardboard cutout of me would be a good idea. Of course, mostly I’ve wanted to have it at a book-signing sometime just so I could say something like, “I’m so happy to be here that I’m beside myself.”

Friday, July 22, 2016


By Edie Melson @EdieMelson

How do you find rest? Kirk and I live to retreat to the mountains- or sometimes the seaside.

Share your answers 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.

Don't forget to join the conversation!

Why You Won’t Submit Your Writing After a Conference

By Lori Hatcher @LoriHatcher2

You attended a writers conference recently and met with industry professionals. You pitched a book, an article, or a blog post, and someone said the words you hoped to hear, “Yes! Send it to me.”

Yet 70 percent of you won’t submit it.

This surprising statistic is why most wanna-be writers won’t make it. Not because they’re not good enough, but because they won’t try. And try. And try again.

Thursday, July 21, 2016

5 Ways to Write Using the Five Senses—Smell

by Cyle Young @CyleYoung

I don’t know about you, but every time I smell cinnamon rolls in the oven, I am transported back to 1980’s. My thoughts drift to waking up on Sunday morning to the sweet smell of breakfast baking in the kitchen. My stomach growls. My mouth salivates, and I can almost hear my mother rustling the dishes.

What a great memory from my childhood.

Smell has a powerful effect on our memories, and to be a great writer you must harness the power of smell along with your other four senses.

Wednesday, July 20, 2016

The Top 10 Elements for Writing an Effective Bible Study

by Katy Kauffman @KatyKauffman28

If you’re a Bible study author, you’re a messenger of hope and truth. You’ve most likely read a study that affected you for good, and you want to be that kind of writer for others. God’s Word has the power to change lives and heal hearts, revive the soul and break bondage. As Bible study writers, let’s depend on God for the understanding, wisdom, and warmth we need to write our studies, and remember to include the most effective elements in our writing.

Writing Bible studies doesn’t just involve seeing a treasure in Scripture and writing down thoughts about it. Writing is both science and art. There are good rules to follow, but there’s also room for personality and creativity. So what are the ten effective elements?

Tuesday, July 19, 2016

Why The World Needs Your Words

by Lucinda Secrest McDowell @LucindaSMcDowel

Every writer comes to the point where we ask “Why does the world need my words?”

As I look back at a lifetime of being a word girl—ever since my very first job out of college as editorial assistant of “Carolina Country” magazine—I have observed that the words we speak and the words we write do have power—for Change, Challenge and Courage.

Monday, July 18, 2016

What To Do With a Bad Review

by Molly Jo Realy @RealMoJo68

Have you experienced a bad review? 

I say experienced because that’s really what it is, isn’t it? You don’t just read it and move on. Not if it’s about your book. Am I right? 

A while back, I had such an experience, and was able to use it as a Cinderella moment. 

Grab yourself a glass of tea while I tell you a story.