Sunday, May 24, 2015

The Worry Room vs. The “War Room”

by Brenda McGraw @BrendaMMcGraw

When we worry, we whine. We whine about our finances, job, children and spouse. Then there is the worry that goes with aging parents who need us to assist them to the doctor or with household problems, or maybe they even live with us. What about the loved ones who are away serving our country, and we don’t even know where they are? We worry.

I have never had a nineteen-year-old son go into the military and leave the country, but many have, and I can’t imagine the worry that accompanies the fear of the unknown. 

Reasons for worry are everywhere. We wake up to daily concerns and go to bed with them every night. When we worry—and I venture to say we have all done this—we enter an area that, as believers, God has told us not to. He plainly says, “Do not worry.” 

Saturday, May 23, 2015

Little Seeds

Little deeds are like little seeds, they grow to flowers or to weeds. Daniel D Palmer
(Image taken during the 2015 Blue Ridge Mountains Christian Writers Conference at Ridgecrest Conference Center)
I spent this past week at the Blue Ridge Mountains Christian Writers Conference. There were some amazing people there who did some pretty amazing things. They went out of their way to bless others.

There were also those who let the stress of circumstances influence the way they treated others. 

As the co-director, I had the opportunity to see the fruit of seemingly small seeds spread by those attending. Some blossomed into beautiful flowers, and others, well, not so much.

Share your thoughts in the comment section below. 

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Blessings,
Edie

Friday, May 22, 2015

3 Ways I Save Money as a Writer

By Lori Hatcher @LoriHatcher2        

I was born into a frugal family. We reused, reduced, and recycled long before it was cool. When I embraced my inner self and came out of my writer’s closet, I quickly realized if I wanted to survive, I also needed to apply my family’s thrifty ways to my writing life. Today I’d like to share three ways I save money as a writer.

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Social Media ABCs

by Edie Melson @EdieMelson


Social Media doesn’t have to be difficult. These tips can take you farther, faster if you implement them into your social networking strategy.

A is for Answer. Think about the questions your target audience has and use social media to give them the answers. For instance, my followers want to learn how to use social networking efficiently, so I Tweet short-cuts, tips and easy solutions that take up very little time.

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

15 Questions to Help Writers Launch Their Summer

by Lucinda Secrest McDowell @LucindaSMcDowell

Summertime and the season for….. writers conferences, book conventions and intense writing sojourns! I have discovered that each time I return to an annual event, it is helpful to use it as an intentional time of evaluation and focus.

So, whatever your writing/speaking milestone is this summer (I will be returning to the Christian Bookseller’s Convention – ICRS and the Advanced Writers and Speakers Association - AWSA), may I encourage you to take some time and consider these questions?

Monday, May 18, 2015

Top Blogging Mistakes Made by Authors Online

by Edie Melson @EdieMelson

Blogging is a great way to connect with our online audience. And while  there are a lot more people out there doing it well, I still see some common mistakes. These things affect a blog, making readers click away before they finish a post and even unsubscribe altogether. 

Today I’m going to share the top blogging mistakes I see from authors.

Saturday, May 16, 2015

Let Your Words be Worth More Than Silence

Oh the power of words—to hurt, to heal, to help.
When have the words of someone else helped you? 


"Be silent or let thy words be worth more than silence." -Pythagoras
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