Wednesday, November 30, 2016

A Writer's Life - Hard Choices We All Face

By Edie Melson  @EdieMelson


True confession time.

Writing is both the thing I love best and the thing I hate most.

When the words flow, it’s heaven on earth. When they stutter to a halt, the opposite is true. And the truth is, both of these circumstances are a regular part of the writer’s life.

Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Gift Yourself with Time to Write in the Coming Year

Gift yourself with time to write in the coming year.
by Edie Melson @EdieMelson

Most writers I know are part of a conflicted group. 

We’re driven to write—spending time composing poetry, writing books, researching articles. We doodle titles, character names, and plot ideas on scraps of paper. All the while feeling guilty about the time we spend pursuing our dream. I call it writer's guilt.

Monday, November 28, 2016

Get Your Social Media Ready for the Holidays

by Edie Melson @EdieMelson


I know November isn’t over yet, but December will be here before you know it, with Christmas right on its heels. 

It only takes a little advance planning to cut down on the marketing stress that can come during the holidays. 

Now is the time to get your social media ready for the holidays.

Sunday, November 27, 2016

The Power to Rejoice in Sticky Situations

The power to rejoice, even in the stickiest situations.
by Rhonda Rhea @RhondaRhea
  
How many batteries does it take to power the average American post-Christmas playtime? If I were to make a joke out of that question, it would probably include a clever play on words—maybe something about lithium ion versus lead oxide. No doubt we’d all get a big charge out of it. (A “charge”? Really? That’s all I could come up with there?)

Saturday, November 26, 2016

God is Always with Us, No Matter Where We Go

by Edie Melson @EdieMelson




I 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.

TWEETABLE
God is always with us, no matter where we go, Psalm 23:4 - @EdieMelson (Click to Tweet)

Friday, November 25, 2016

Top 3 Black Friday Finds for Writers

by Lori Hatcher @LoriHatcher2

“Since 1932,” Wikipedia tells us, “Black Friday has been regarded as the beginning of the Christmas shopping season in the U.S., and most major retailers open very early (and more recently during overnight hours) and offer promotional sales.”

Thursday, November 24, 2016

The Critique Group Leader

by Henry McLaughlin @RiverBendSagas

Leadership is tough work. It may look easy to the outsider but to the person in charge, challenges compete with, and sometimes threaten, success.

Leading a writers critique group is one of the hardest yet most rewarding places to be.

Wednesday, November 23, 2016

Tips to Add Depth to Your Writing Through Color

by DiAnn Mills @DiAnnMills

Writers are always looking for ways to deepen their writing. That’s who we are and what we do.

We explore the psychology of our characters to add tension and conflict to our projects.

We twist our plots and add dimension to narrative and setting.

When writers use color to establish emotion, the reader is able to experience the actions and reactions on a higher level. Emotions become vivid, and symbolism weaves into the storyline.

Tuesday, November 22, 2016

When You Write, Don’t Forget Rover & Whiskers

by Eva Marie Everson @EvaMarieEverson

As people, we have long been influenced by the pets in our lives.

My husband and I rescued our first cat in 1981 when “Ke Ke” showed up at our back door on a rainy night. I fed her … I didn’t know better … and thus we found ourselves owned by a cat. For a LOT of years. We rescued our first dog in 1990 when our oldest daughter took a summer “job” at the local shelter. “Come look, come look,” she said to her father when he went to pick her up on her first day. He looked. I looked. We “bought.” We had Aimee for nearly 17 years. Then there was Oreo … and Hope and Angel … and Poods. Pets have been a part of our day to day existence for 35 years. We have albums of photos to prove it. And these bits of fluff and fur are as much a part of our family as the kids and grandkids.

Monday, November 21, 2016

Recycle Those Blog Posts!

by Molly Jo Realy @RealMoJo68

Everyone loves a good repeat. Am I right? We buy DVDs to watch our favorite movies more than once. We keep leftovers in the fridge for the next dinner. We revisit our favorite coffee shop, public garden, and stores.

The same goes for social media and blogging.

Sunday, November 20, 2016

When the Vision Manifests Differently

by Andy Lee @WordsByAndyLee

I sat on the bed this morning talking to my husband about responses I’d received concerning my daily live Facebook broadcast. Despite my worries, I’ve been encouraged by many to continue.

“You’re crazy,” he lovingly said.

He’s right, I am. I had fought this public Facebook broadcast for a year, yet here I was going live on my personal timeline everyday.

Saturday, November 19, 2016

Taking Time to Remember I Have a Purpose

by Edie Melson @EdieMelson

It's easy to lose sight of the fact that each of us has a specific purpose here on earth. Today, take time to remember...


For we are God's handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works,
which God prepared in advance for us to do. Ephesians 2:10
Be sure to share your thoughts in the comments section below.

TWEETABLE
Take time to remember that we God's handiwork, created for a purpose - @EdieMelson (Click to Tweet)

I 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, November 18, 2016

Why an Indie Author Needs a Slush Pile

by Traci Tyne Hilton @TraciTyneHilton

Do you know the number of terrible books I have written in the last six years? (No! It is not easy to find via an Amazon search of my name!)

It’s a lot. I have started books and scrapped them on several occasions. I have finished and abandoned books, too.

Thursday, November 17, 2016

It's Okay to Take Time to Flex Your Writing Wings Before You Fly

by Edie Melson @EdieMelson

A lot of newer writers I meet find themselves overwhelmed with the myriad of opportunities in the field of writing. They struggle, trying to decide between writing articles, devotions, fiction, non-fiction, etc. Writing is a big field, and if you didn’t study some aspect of it in college, the choices can be daunting.

My suggestion—take a deep breath—you don’t have to start out with a specialty. As a matter of fact, until you’ve tried several different types of projects, you probably shouldn’t limit yourself too much. Even those of us with formal training find ourselves morphing into a different kind of writer than we envisioned at the start of our career.

Wednesday, November 16, 2016

20 Reasons To Be Thankful We Are Writers

by Katy Kauffman @KatyKauffman28

With Thanksgiving and pumpkin pie just around the corner, are you thankful to be a writer? 

Even though so much hard work goes into writing and promoting, I would like to share 20 reasons why we can be thankful to be writers. (I was going to share just 12, but the list kept growing.) See if your reasons are the same as mine. Even if we write in different genres, we have a lot to be grateful for.

Tuesday, November 15, 2016

Streamline Your Writing Life with These 10 Tips

by Edie Melson @EdieMelson

10 Tips to streamline your writing life.
So often we make things harder than they have to be. Sometimes we do it because we’re used to doing things a certain way, or because it’s the only way we know how. But things change quickly these days, and it’s always a good thing to take a look at your routine with a fresh eye. Today I’m going to share some tips to streamline your writing life. Some you may already do, some you may not have ever considered. Just take a look at the list with an open mind and see if there’s anything on it that can make your life easier.

Monday, November 14, 2016

Finding Time for Social Media When You Also Have a Full-time Job

by Edie Melson @EdieMelson

Many writers I speak with are doing more than juggling writing and social media—they're also working full time. Others are torn between family responsibilities and industry requirement. All these individuals have my utmost respect!

Today, I'd like to offer some tips specifically for those in that situation.

Saturday, November 12, 2016

Thursday, November 10, 2016

Let Your Writing Wounds Lead to Wisdom

by Edie Melson @EdieMelson

We writers wear our hearts on their sleeves, metaphorically speaking. 

We pour our inner selves out on the page, drawing on the highs and lows of life to interpret the world through words. 

This is an exhilarating journey. The highs are incredible, and the lows…well…they’re tough. 

If we don’t take time to process the difficult experiences, those writing wounds can leave disfiguring scars. But when we do evaluate what’s happened, there is wisdom to be found in those writing wounds.

Wednesday, November 9, 2016

Article Writing Basics

by Linda Gilden @LindaGilden

As a fulltime freelance writer, people are often surprised when I say I love to write articles. “Articles?” they say. “How did you learn to do that? Why do you want to write articles?”

When I hear that I am amazed. I cut my writing teeth on articles. They were shorter therefore my research took less time. I could write on many different subjects and learn about things I never knew existed. In fact, when I started out the idea of writing an entire book was overwhelming.

Tuesday, November 8, 2016

I Want to Be a Writer

by Cindy Sproles @CindyDevoted

My first writers conference was . . . well . . . intimating. I attended alone. It was the days prior to GPS and maneuvering my way through the one-way streets of downtown Asheville was a little disorienting. Those were the days before Google maps and you had to do your best to follow poorly devised instructions on Rand McNally.

Monday, November 7, 2016

10 Beginner Blogging Mistakes to Avoid

by Edie Melson @EdieMelson
(The Winner of the $25 Amazon gift card is listed at the bottom of the post!)


Blogging can be a great way to build a platform and connect with our audience—if we do it right. 

Doing it wrong can often do more harm than good. 

Today I’m going to go over some beginner blogging mistakes we all need to avoid.

Sunday, November 6, 2016

Do Thou For Me

by Danetta Kellar @DanettaKellar

There is a beautiful blessing in one of the languages of Africa that is traditionally bestowed upon children. It essentially says, “May God undertake for you. May He do whatever is needed on your behalf”. It is a gentle and loving blessing that is spoken generously to children young and old. I have often wanted to speak it over children I meet along the way in my home culture, but then I sadly remember that far away language is not spoken or understood here.

Growing up is a difficult task. It is fraught with challenges, and children need help along the way. They need to know there is a God who longs to undertake for them, to do whatever is needed to help them. As followers of Christ and children of God, we all, no matter our ages, need to know this truth as well.

Friday, November 4, 2016

It's Release Day for ALONE

Today my very first novel releases. To join the fun, Leave a comment here or on my FB post that you shared the info about my book on social media and I'll enter your name in a drawing to win a $25 Amazon gift card!!!

Amazon Link: https://www.amazon.com/Alone-Edie-Melson-ebook/dp/B01LWSJ7X3/

Facebook Personal Profile: https://www.facebook.com/edie.melson

Facebook Professional Page: https://www.facebook.com/Edie-Melson-212307145501921/?fref=ts

Twitter: https://twitter.com/EdieMelson

TWEETABLE
Celebrate with @EdieMelson as ALONE releases. enter to win a $25 Amazon gift card (Click to Tweet)

Writing Education - A Never-Ending Story

Writing Education - A Never-Ending Story
By Bruce Brady @BDBrady007

Get all the advice and instruction you can, so you will be wise the rest of your life. You can make many plans, but the Lord’s purpose will prevail (Proverbs 19:20-21 NLT).

Writing is continuing education.

In research science and academia there’s a saying, publish or perish. May I be so bold as to coin a phrase? Learn or burn.

Thursday, November 3, 2016

A Great Book For Writers - The Chunky Method Handbook

by Lynn H Blackburn @LynnHBlackburn


Any book with the words “Your step-by-step plan to WRITE THAT BOOK even when life gets in the way” in the title was guaranteed to grab my attention.

Because life *always* gets in the way.

Of course as a professional, I know what I’m supposed to do.

Write anyway.

I try to grab a few minutes to write in the middle of the day, but part of my brain says, “Why bother? You’ll barely get started before you have to stop.” So I try to write in the evening, but then my body says, “Are you kidding me? I need some sleep.”

Wednesday, November 2, 2016

Great American Novelist, Warren Adler, Looks at the Election

by Warren Adler @WarrenAdler

The true test of talent for a fiction writer is the ability to imagine pain, angst, despair, discouragement, frustration as well as joy, ecstasy, elation and pleasure. This is the power that runs the machine of character creation that lies at the very heart of storytelling.
    
As we fiction practitioners understand, craft can be learned, but without the innate power of the imagination the characters that power stories become merely stick figures in a charade bereft of emotional content, a pallid portrayal of clichés that offer the reader no window into the search for truth that is the bedrock motivation of the serious fiction writer. 

Tuesday, November 1, 2016

Putting the Joy Back in Writing

by Edie Melson  @EdieMelson

Have To, Need To, and Want To!
I have a love/hate relationship with lists. They definitely keep me organized and on track, but they also highlight just how many commitments I have. 

To combat the downside, and keep me moving forward, I’ve found a way to categorize my writing tasks through a 3-tiered approach.

I call it my Have To, Need To, and Want To system. It’s the definitions of the writing tasks that determine where they fit in this. Today I’m going to share those definitions with you, along with examples.