Tuesday, August 11, 2020

Learning The Writer's Timeline


by Cindy K. Sproles @CindyDevoted

My publisher’s editors will tell you, I’m lousy at timelines. It’s become somewhat of a joke with them. A writer friend once told me the sign of a good author was when you could openly admit to your writing weaknesses. I recall asking if she had a couple of hours to listen but I digress.

Monday, August 10, 2020

Speaking Tips for Authors to Switch from Live to Virtual, Part 2


By Yvonne Ortega @YvonneOrtega1

Because I didn’t plan to add a Part 2, the first article doesn’t include Part 1 in the title. However, I attended the first ever Virtual Speak Up Conference July 8–10, 2020. One of my responsibilities was to facilitate virtual prayer sessions and a writers track session. With Plan A in place, I felt ready.

Sunday, August 9, 2020

The Need of Sabbath


by Martin Wiles @LinesFromGod

I told them the story and watched the confusion lines crisscross their faces.

One thing I love about teaching middle schoolers entails telling them stories about how things were when I was their age—and things differed greatly, especially on Sunday. Growing up in the 1960s and 1970s, I perceived Sunday as a different day. Of course, it would have been for me anyway since my dad pastored churches.

Saturday, August 8, 2020

Friday, August 7, 2020

Cope with Writing Stress Using These 12 Tips


by Edie Melson @EdieMelson

This current life lock-down where we find ourselves can trigger some stress for everyone. I've particularly noticed it in my writing friends. There are other things beyond the world situation that can bring out stress as well and can affect how we move forward. The reasons for the stress are as varied as the writers who suffer. This type of anxiety can be brought on by a series of difficult deadlines, an extended length of time with no forward momentum, exhaustion from a marketing push, or even a series of negative experiences.

The cause isn’t as important as recognizing the symptoms and dealing with them.

Thursday, August 6, 2020

When We Doubt Our Call to Write


by Lynn H. Blackburn @LynnHBlackburn

I recently returned from a vacation where for three days I didn’t do much of anything but read. It was glorious. I loved the books I brought with me. I inhaled them. I fell in love with the characters and the places and the ideas.