Thursday, August 16, 2018

Tips to Organize Your Writing Life

I don’t care if you’re a freelance writer, nonfiction writer, novelists or something of a hybrid. The truth is that you have to wear a lot of hats to find publishing success. You have to be able to write on a deadline, plan marketing campaigns, utilize social media, and of course, write.

Wednesday, August 15, 2018

Tips for Creating Meaningful Takeaway for Your Reader

by Katy Kauffman @KatyKauffman28

We buy books because we’re hungry—hungry for a good story, hungry for an encouraging message.

When I consider buying a nonfiction book, I read the back cover and flip through the pages looking for the takeaway. What good things can I “take away” from this book? What message, hope, or practical advice does the author share? I also find out whether the author has a conversational voice and good lead-ins. (For that last one, it’s the writer in me kicking into gear.) But I care the most about the takeaway. Do you?

Tuesday, August 14, 2018

What You Can Do for Writing Conference Faculty

by Cindy Sproles @CindyDevoted

I’m tired. Really tired. But it’s a good kind of tired. Conference season is over for me. After eleven conferences (and 12k logged miles), some back-to-back, my suitcase is finally emptied and stored in its place. As I climbed the ladder to store the suitcase, I found myself a little sad that it’s done for the year.

Monday, August 13, 2018

Plotting Your Social Media Course: Know Where You Are & Where You Want to Go

By Edie Melson @EdieMelson

When I teach social media, I encourage people to relax and not take on too much at once.So today I want to back up and start at the very beginning. Because social media can reach millions, it’s way too easy to think of it as mass marketing. In reality it’s about one-on-one relationships.

That is the beauty and the dichotomy of the medium. It can be overwhelming—this building relationships with millions—especially when our goal is writing, not advertising. Now the good news: social media is not as difficult as it seems.

Sunday, August 12, 2018

Go. Write. Love.

by Sarah Van Diest @SarahVanDiest

Do you know that what you do matters? 

Do you understand that the way our Father speaks through you is unique? That there is no one else who can carry his message and his love like you can? 

I want you to hold that idea in your mind as you read today’s story. What you do makes a difference. 

Saturday, August 11, 2018

Take Another Look

by Beth Vogt @BethVogt

My husband and I delved into photography the past few years. You can credit our interest to a couple of different things.

The first would be my personal blog. Yes, that blog is all about quotes, but I pair the quotes with images, preferably my own. And now, whenever my husband Rob goes snowshoeing or backpacking or fishing, he takes along a camera and promises, “I’ll bring back some photos for you!”

Friday, August 10, 2018

Stealth Words: A Writer’s Overlooked Weapon

by Marcia Moston @MarciaMoston

The title did it. Compelled me to halt the project I was intent on and head straight to the library. I was familiar with The Secret Life of Beesand The Secret Life of Walter Mitty, but The Secret Life of Pronouns?What on earth could these unremarkable little words be doing behind the scenes that warranted such attention? 

Thursday, August 9, 2018

How Drinking Enough Water can Impact Your Writing Life

Edie here. Today I'm super excited to introduce you to a woman who inspires me. Not only is she inspiring me to move into a healthier lifestyle, she's an incredible writer. Her latest book,
7 Steps to Get Off Sugar and Carbohydrates, is already dog-eared and well-loved. I asked her to come on The Write Conversation and give us some tips to write healthy. So give her a warm welcome (and check out her book).

How Drinking Enough Water can Impact Your Writing Life
by Susan Neal @SusanNealYoga 

It is hot this summer, so it is essential to stay hydrated. However, we shouldn’t appease our thirst with sugar-sweetened beverages because they fog up the clarity of a writer’s mind. Instead, we should drink the fluid God gave us—water. Our bodies desperately need water to flush out the toxins and prevent dehydration. Also, you will have more energy to write when you consume an adequate amount of water. 

Wednesday, August 8, 2018

Fleshing out Article Ideas – One at a Time

by Linda Gilden @LindaGilden

When pondering one great writing idea what’s the best thing to do? Turn it into many ideas!

Last month I talked about choosing ideas form the millions that are constantly circulating around us in Swimming in a Sea of Article Ideas. But once you “grab” one of those ideas and decide that will be your next writing topic, why not turn it into multiple articles.

Tuesday, August 7, 2018

Book Launch Teams –10 Activities to Keep Your Team Engaged

by Cynthia Owens @EfficiencyADict

All summer we’ve been talking about book launch teams—how to choose members, design your team, and stay sane in the process. With pumpkin spice lattes just a few weeks away, it’s time to wrap up. But now that you have this fabulous book launch team, what do you do with it? How do you motivate your team members, sell your books, and create raving fans in the process?

Monday, August 6, 2018

How to Find Your Social Media Easy Button

by Edie Melson @EdieMelson

Social Media—so vital and yet so frustrating.

As of this moment, there are 200+ social networking sites out there. If you do a search for the top sites, you’ll get listings of anywhere from 7 to 20.

And none of those numbers is manageable when it comes to building a viable online presence.

Sunday, August 5, 2018

Words in the Windstorm

by Audrey Frank @AudreyCFrank

Have windy words no limit? Or what provokes you that you keep on talking?(Job 16:3, NRSV)

The wind along the shore was relentless. We were vacationing on a narrow barrier island off the shore of North Carolina, a wild and uninhabited place, its rustic cabins offering a view of the sea in front and grassy inlets behind. The constant, untamed wind gave our getaway a sense of thrill and adventure for the first two days. By the third morning, however, we were battered and weary. We could not hear each other speak over the howling. We could not easily walk along the beach against its pummeling. We certainly could not build a fire or grill out. We could not relax outside. Discouraged, we withdrew indoors while the wind howled on relentlessly.

Saturday, August 4, 2018

Writing From Challenging Times

by Tim Suddeth @TimSuddeth

Last month, I wrote about the different means available to us for telling a story. My post last month is How Can I Tell My Story?

This time, I want to look at sharing a story that comes from pain, from the heartbreaks in our lives. Whether it’s Alzheimer’s, divorce, loss of a loved one, etc., life is full of times that challenge us. And it is often these stories that we feel compelled to share.

Friday, August 3, 2018

How the Batching Method Inspires Writing Creativity

by Cathy Baker @CathySBaker

Batching is simply a form of time management that allows a person to maximize concentration and decrease distraction. As a result, it increases your productivity, creativity, and mental sharpness, while decreasing fatigue, procrastination, and stress. Batch processing is the grouping of similar tasks that require similar resources in order to streamline their completion. – Michael Hyatt

The method of batching is relatively new to me so perhaps together we can learn a few ways to give it a try.

Thursday, August 2, 2018

The Connection Between Rest & Word Count

by Lynn Blackburn @LynnHBlackburn

Take a break.

As you read these words, I will be chilling out on a beach enjoying a long-anticipated, and—dare I say it—much deserved vacation.

Wednesday, August 1, 2018

The Art of Writing Intimacy, Part 1

by Sarah Sally Hamer @SarahSallyHamer

Intimacy. What a suggestive word. It immediately brings up images of satin sheets, steamy love songs and sweaty bodies.

But that’s not all of it. In fact, love-making is only one aspect of intimacy and may even have nothing to do with it.