Friday, May 14, 2021

3 Ways to Encounter God at Your Next Writing Conference


by Joshua J. Masters @JoshuaJMasters

The hurried pace of a writing conference can rattle the most seasoned author—after all, we want to get the most out of the experience. But with so much to do and learn, it’s easy for the Christian Writer to leave God on a shelf at home.

You can’t actually do that, of course. God is going to be at the conference whether you want Him there or not. The real question isn’t whether He’s present but how present you’re willing to be with Him. 

Thursday, May 13, 2021

Add Videos to Your Book Launch Campaign


by Julie Lavender @JLavenderWrites

When it came time to create a book launch campaign about a year ago for my upcoming book, 365 Ways to Love Your Child: Turning Little Moments into Lasting Memories, published by Revell, I recalled several faculty members of recent conferences, namely Blue Ridge Mountains Christian Writers Conference and Florida Christian Writers Conference, touting the popularity of videos on social media. 

“Engage followers with brief videos,” they said, “and give them some great content.”

Wednesday, May 12, 2021

The Importance of Copyediting for Writers


by Linda Gilden @LindaGilden

“We just published a similar article.”

“The subject doesn’t meet our editorial needs.”

“This article is not a good fit for our publication.”

Those are phrases you often hear from editors as you submit manuscripts to their publications. But the one thing you don’t want to hear from an editor is, “Your manuscript is not well-edited so we will have to pass.”

Tuesday, May 11, 2021

Digging Deeper into Four Common Writing Tips


by Cindy K. Sproles @CindyDevoted

We’ve heard them—writers, who offer all the best tips for writing. Is there ever anything new? Well, new isn’t always best. There’s validity in what works, but do you fully understand what lays below the surface of each tip? 

What’s not to understand about love your story or don’t tell readers everything you know? Seasoned authors do their best to share their knowledge, but there are times it seems the reader is hearing the same ole, same ole. Let’s dig deeper into a few writing tips we hear continually and see what we are missing.

Monday, May 10, 2021

Speaking Tips from Keynote Speakers at the Speak Up Conference 2021


by Yvonne Ortega @YvonneOrtega1

The Annual Speak Up Conference will be virtual again in 2021. The Speak Up Conference runs July 14-16, 2021 and includes a pre-conference day on Tuesday, July 13, 2021. Several speakers will facilitate breakout sessions, take appointments, and host virtual meals. Only the keynote speakers are highlighted here. 

Sunday, May 9, 2021

When the Plans Change


by Martin Wiles @LinesFromGod

I want you to know, dear brothers and sisters, that I planned many times to visit you, but I was prevented until now. I want to work among you and see spiritual fruit, just as I have seen among other Gentiles. Romans 1:13 NLT

Transverse lie. I had never heard the term before. 

Breech I had heard of, but not transverse lie. “It’s when the baby is sideways and facing up,” my wife explained. And this was the condition of our fifth grandson, Silas.

Saturday, May 8, 2021

How Being Grateful Helps Us Be Better Writers


by Beth K. Vogt @BethVogt

I’m sitting down to write this blog post on Wednesday, May 5, which just happens to be my birthday.

I’ve developed a tradition for my birthday: Throughout the day, I take time to count my blessings. I think about all the reasons I have to be grateful—often people come to mind, as well as events from the past year. I’ve found it to be the best way to celebrate my birthday.

Through the years, I’ve also come to realize that gratitude is a vital character-quality for writers.