Sunday, August 18, 2019

Truth in Love

by Tammy Karasek @TickledPinkTam

When we say we are speaking truth in love we need to pause and think that through. Are we really, speaking truth? Are we really speaking in love? Scripture does teach us that in order to have unity in the Body of Christ, this is what we must do:

Saturday, August 17, 2019

Parting From Our Characters Is Such Sweet Sorrow

by Emme Gannon @GannonEmme

In Shakespeare’s illustrious play, Romeo and Juliet, he pens these words as Juliet bids goodbye to her lover Romeo, “Sweet, so would I, yet I should kill thee with much cherishing. Good night. Good night. Parting is such sweet sorrow.”

Friday, August 16, 2019

Why & How to Step out of Your Writing Comfort Zone

by Edie Melson @EdieMelson

As a whole, writers consistently struggle with self-confidence. Part of that comes, I believe, from working alone. Another contributing issue is the fact that writing is creating. We bring something tangible out of nothing and it carries our creative DNA. Both of these factors make it hard for us to have accurate perspective, so we err on the side of negativity. We tend to think less of our writing—and our abilities—than we ought. 

Thursday, August 15, 2019

Author Income Diversification

by Susan U. Neal RN, MBA, MHS @SusanNealYoga

Income diversification is prudent in any business. Writing is a business. As an author, there are many facets to obtain multiple streams of income including, book and digital product sales, articles, courses, coaching, and speaking. 

Wednesday, August 14, 2019

Publishing As a Second Language - A Publishing Glossary

by Linda Gilden @LindaGilden

When I first began writing there were times I felt like I was in foreign language class! What did these new words mean? 

Wasn’t a clip something you put in your hair when you were going out? And felt needs? Aren’t all needs felt? What about a slush pile? Things that are slushy aren’t easy to pile up. 

Tuesday, August 13, 2019

Extrovert Tips for Introverted Writers

by Cindy K. Sproles @CindyDevoted

I stepped to the podium. “Raise your hand if you are an introvert?” Conferees began to glance over their shoulders, waiting for that first person to be brave enough to raise their hand. It took a minute, but hands began to reach into the air. My first thought was to laugh. Over half the room of writers considered themselves introverts.

Monday, August 12, 2019

Facing Exhaustion in Ministry: When You Can’t Do More

by Yvonne Ortega @YvonneOrtega1

You and I will face exhaustion in ministry when we can’t do more. Then what?

First, remember that God is with us.
I suffer from sleep apnea and use a CPAP machine (Continuous Positive Airway Pressure) to sleep better. Before my trip out-of-state to visit family and attend the SpeakUp Conference, I noticed a leak in the machine’s hose. I called the doctor’s office, but they had closed early for the United States Independence Day weekend. 

Sunday, August 11, 2019

Thoughts on Being Used by God

by Edie Melson @EdieMelson

For the past few months I've been sharing some of my photographs on social media along with a short devotion. Today I'd like to share one of them with those of you who are part of the Write Conversation community. 

Thoughts on Being Used by God

I’ve always been fascinated by bees. Now that I have a daughter-in-law who’s a beekeeper, I’m even more aware—and a lot more educated—about this amazing insect. 
I was surprised to learn that bees have relatively short life spans. And that the worker bees we see gathering the nectar can travel up to seven miles and sometimes make close to one hundred trips a day. And the amount each bee has to show for her work? About one-twelfth of a teaspoon. 
Taken individually, it seems like a lot of work for not much gain. But if we look at what bees as a species accomplish, the result is mind-boggling.
Truthfully, our food source would be in serious jeopardy if it weren’t for the pollination of bees. It’s estimated that at least one-third of our food source relies directly on pollination—and the vast majority of that is done by bees. Without bees, we would be facing a world-wide famine of epic proportions.
Sometimes I feel like this tiny worker, accomplishing so little for the kingdom of God. But the truth is this, each of us matters. Our obedience makes a difference—whether it seems that way or not. There is a purpose for my life and for yours. We may not realize the importance of our contribution this side of Heaven, but we can rest assured that if God can feed the world using these tiny insects, He can use us too. 

The Lord will fulfill his purpose for me; your steadfast love, O Lord, endures forever. Do not forsake the work of your hands. Psalm 138:8

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Edie Melson is a woman of faith with ink-stained fingers observing life through the lens of her camera. No matter whether she’s talking to writers, entrepreneurs, or readers, her first advice is always “Find your voice, live your story.” As an author, blogger, and speaker she’s encouraged and challenged audiences across the country and around the world. Her numerous books reflect her passion to help others develop the strength of their God-given gifts and apply them to their lives. Connect with her on her website, through FacebookTwitter and Instagram.

Saturday, August 10, 2019

Be a Writer Who Dares to Write with Honesty

by Beth Vogt @BethVogt

“Writing has made me more honest.”

My statement surprised me, even as it rang true.

I was out on an impromptu date with my husband, Rob. The conversation had turned to my writing life—the ups, the downs, and the constant choice to trust God with this hard work of living my dream. 

And somewhere, in the midst of it all, came this moment of clarity: the reality that choosing to be a writer demands I live an honest life.

Friday, August 9, 2019

Blogging Dos and Don'ts for Writers

by Edie Melson @EdieMelson

I love to blog, and I try to share my love of blogging when I teach at writing conferences.

I also know that many of you aren’t such fans. Many try to love blogging because it’s a good way to connect with readers and build an online presence. Others, don’t even try to love it, but do it out of necessity. The rest are like me, and enjoy the process as well as the connections it brings.

Thursday, August 8, 2019

Newspaper Writing: Tips for Becoming a SuperStringer

by Julie Lavender @JLavenderWrites

EXTRA! EXTRA!      Read all about it! 

Who? You, that’s who.

What? Could earn valuable writing credits.

When? Every time your article is accepted.

Where? In your local newspaper.

Why? Because newspapers need fresh, up-to-date content every day!

How? With the help of freelance writers willing to seek and write current event, community articles and hometown human interest stories.

Wednesday, August 7, 2019

For Writers: Solving the Mystery of Deep Point of View: More Techniques for Deep POV – Part Three

by Sarah Sally Hamer @SarahSallyHamer

Still digging deep into deep POV!

Deep POV isn’t really a mystery, it’s one of many techniques to create your characters all the way “to the bone,” where their emotions live. It’s a way to drag your audience along on that journey. And, it’s a way to allow your characters to tell their stories. 

Tuesday, August 6, 2019

Freelance Writer Questions Answered

by PeggySue Wells @PeggySueWells

These questions came from a writer who is growing his career. 

Q: Should I propose an idea or a fully written story to a magazine or newspaper editor? I don't want to submit a completed story that does not fit what the publication's editor wants.

Monday, August 5, 2019

Writers Conferences: 10 Lesser Known Benefits

by Ralene Burke @RaleneB

Whew! Last month flew by faster than ice cream melts in the summer sun. As Marketing Director for Realm Makers, July is always a big month as we prepare for our annual writers conference and book festival. This year, I was doing just that—while trying to move! Yes, July was indeed a blur.

Sunday, August 4, 2019

Word Rehab

by Audrey Frank @AudreyCFrank

Your words have supported those who stumbled; you have strengthened faltering knees (Job 4:4, NIV)

The verdict was in: one snapped ligament, two torn ligaments, and one major fracture. My husband’s day on the ski slopes with our son’s Boy Scout troop had ended in disaster. Without the use of his knee, he would not be walking for some time. 

Saturday, August 3, 2019

Advice For Writers Who Are Also Caregivers

by Tim Suddeth @TimSuddeth

This summer has really been a strange time for me. I don’t know if it’s the summer doldrums or trying to shoehorn too much into a day or new distractions, but I’ve spent very little time at the laptop. Very little.

It’s worrying my wife. She’s learned that if I go without writing for too long, I tend to get a bit cranky. Maybe a smidge. Like Godzilla taking over Tokyo.

Friday, August 2, 2019

Tips to Stay Safe Online

by Edie Melson @EdieMelson

As writers we know the importance of developing an online presence, but is there such a thing as putting too much information out there? 

How do we know when we've gone beyond platform building into an area that puts us and our families at risk?

Thursday, August 1, 2019

My Editing Prayer

by Lynn H. Blackburn @LynnHBlackburn

If there is one part of the publication process that I have the most mixed feelings about, it would have to be editing.

Please note that I said editing—not to be confused with editors—my editors are amazing and I’m extremely thankful for them!

But as someone who thrives on words of affirmation, who has a deep (and wide) streak of perfectionism, and who avoids conflict at all costs, well, you can imagine how fraught with peril the editing process can be!