Friday, September 18, 2020

Compilation Books—Why and How to Write Them


by Crystal Bowman

Compilations books are a collection of stories written by a variety of writers. Even though Jack Canfield and Mark Victor Hansen struggled to get their first book published (like having 144 publishers say “no thank you”) the success of the Chicken Soup for the Soul Series—with more than 500 million copies sold internationally—has proven that they have a place in the world of publishing.

Thursday, September 17, 2020

Marketing for Writers - Create a Facebook Group Campaign


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

Have you created a Facebook group yet for your readers? I discussed this in the blog, Connect With Readers Through Closed Facebook Groups. My Facebook group, 7 Steps to Get Off Sugar, Carbs, and Gluten, has grown to 1500 members in the past two years. These people are my ideal readers who continue to purchase my books, courses, and digital products.

Wednesday, September 16, 2020

When Should We Start Editing?


by Katy Kauffman @KatyKauffman28

I can’t turn off my internal editor. Thoughts like these often zip through my mind:
  • Those praise music lyrics are missing punctuation. (Does that drive you crazy, too?)
  • I’m writing compound sentences in my e-mails without commas. (And feeling guilty about it.)
  • I can’t send this text until it’s perfect. (Half the time I’m missing something.)
My internal editor is always on. Posting on Facebook takes five extra minutes because I’m worried I have a typo, and my voice-to-text feature frustrates me because it doesn’t capitalize properly. Doesn’t it know you have to capitalize book titles?

Tuesday, September 15, 2020

Watch Your Words!


by Lucinda Secrest McDowell @LucindaSMcDowel

The next six weeks in our country will be full of words. Promises. Taunts. Pledges. Boasts. Truth. Untruth. Mockery. Threats. Loyalty. Division. Hope. Despair. Fear. Faith. Unity. Encouragement. And, did I mention, Hope?

Monday, September 14, 2020

SPEAK UP WITH CONFIDENCE Guide for Authors


by Yvonne Ortega @YvonneOrtega1

I read Carol Kent’s revised and updated edition of Speak Up with Confidence from cover to cover. Her passion to speak words of eternal value and bathe every step of the process in prayer spoke to my heart. I hope it speaks to yours, too.

Sunday, September 13, 2020

When Rejection Comes


by Martin Wiles @LinesFromGod

He was a washed-up shoe salesman, caught up in a town-gossiping war. 

In the Andy Griffith episode, Those Gossipin’ Men, Aunt Bee and a friend sat in the local drug store, enjoying a cool drink on a hot day. While spreading a little gossip among themselves, they were startled when a stranger came in and tried to sell them a pair of shoes. Surprised because he didn’t try extremely hard. In fact, they labeled him as the “tamest shoe salesman” they’d ever seen. He offered once, they said no, and he went on about his business. Little did he know a gossiping war between the ladies of the town and the men who hung around at Floyd’s Barber Shop would soon engulf him.

Saturday, September 12, 2020

Choosing to Give Ourselves Some Credit


by Beth Vogt @BethVogt

As I write this blog, we are three days into September. Most people who I talked with reacted to the turn of the calendar page with, “I can’t believe it’s September already!”

Friday, September 11, 2020

When I Fail God in My Writing


by Joshua J. Masters @JoshuaJMasters

Despite my good intentions, I’m often faced with how to respond when I fail God in my writing. That sounds harsh, doesn’t it? We might not say it aloud, but many of us in the writing community feel that way in the pit of our stomachs right now.

Thursday, September 10, 2020

Be Willing to Heed the Advice of Publishing Professionals …. And Be Patient


by Julie Lavender @JLavenderWrites

In less than two months, my parenting book, 365 Ways to Love Your Child: Turning Little Moments Into Lasting Memories, will celebrate a book birthday. My labor of love really is a labor of love … four labors to be exact and is a collection of many ideas and activities I carried out with my four children as they were growing up.

Wednesday, September 9, 2020

Learn from Other Writers


by Linda Gilden @LindaGilden

“Read widely in the genre that you want to write!” 

I have heard this over and over in the last thirty years. But until recently I didn’t fully understand what that meant.

Tuesday, September 8, 2020

Writing Truth in Fiction - 4 Tips

 


by Cindy K. Sproles @CindyDevoted

Thumbing through social media crushes my writing soul. These days, an innocent joke among friends leads to accusations of social injustice, racism, or politics. It makes writing a difficult thing. We now have to pour more critically over our work and that makes getting the message out, hard. Given light to highly publicized social injustices, innocent lines of dialogue are now taken as offensive and for Christian writers, the use of God or religion in anything is increasingly difficult. We can hardly allow characters to work through conflict and issues without strong social scrutiny or being tagged insensitive.

Monday, September 7, 2020

Blog Formatting Tricks


by Edie Melson @EdieMelson

Almost daily I get emails from bloggers who have run into seemingly insurmountable formatting problems. Truthfully there’s not much more frustrating that to finish writing a great blog post and then spend hours trying to get it formatted like you want.

Sunday, September 6, 2020

Peter, the Shameless Witness


by Audrey Frank @AudreyCFrank

“Salvation is found in no one else, for there is no name under heaven given to men by which we must be saved.” When they saw the courage of Peter and John and realized that they were unschooled, ordinary men, they were astonished and they took note that these men had been with Jesus (Acts 4:12-13).

Peter was a shameless witness who boldly declared who Jesus was. How did this rugged, coarse-mouthed fisherman become so fearlessly eloquent?

Saturday, September 5, 2020

Do You Feel Like a Phony Writer?


by Tim Suddeth @TimSuddeth

When I quit my job to stay home with my son, I had to decide what I wanted to do, who I wanted to be. I needed a label. Something to give me an identity both when I met someone and had to answer that question that is always asked when you’re introduced to someone. The one right after what’s your name, what do you do? And I needed the label when I looked in the mirror in the morning. I knew I wanted to be a writer.

Friday, September 4, 2020

5 Tips Guaranteed to Make an Editor REJECT Your Story (before they even read it)

Edie here and today I'm over-the-moon excited! My good friend (author, editor, tech GENIUS) has agreed to come on board as a regular columnist for The Write Conversation. Please give Amy C. Williams (A.C.Williams) that warm TWC welcome!


5 Tips Guaranteed to Make an Editor REJECT Your Story (before they even read it)
by A. C. Williams @Free2BFearless

Got a manuscript to pitch at your next conference? Want to be remembered? Of course, you do. But will the editor remember you as a creative professional or as an unteachable, self-entitled know-it-all? 

Thursday, September 3, 2020

Check on Your Writer Friends


by Lynn H. Blackburn @LynnHBlackburn

If you spend any time on social media, I’m sure you’ve seen the memes that begin with “Check on your ________ Friends.” 

Check on your extrovert friends. We are not okay.
Check on your friends with toddlers. We are not okay.
Check on your friends with strong-willed daughters. We are not okay.
Check on your friends with curly hair. We look like alpacas.

Wednesday, September 2, 2020

Using Character Traits to Plot Your Book


by Sarah Sally Hamer @SarahSallyHamer

Characters are like people. Each of us has "good" traits --courage and resilience and intelligence, for instance. But we also have traits that get us into trouble--foolhardiness, stubbornness, and being "too smart for our own good" come to mind. Same with our characters. We create strong traits, on both sides of the spectrum, and watch as our characters stumble through the story.

Tuesday, September 1, 2020

What Does Every Writer Need?


by PeggySue Wells @PeggySueWells

What does every writer need?

That was the question on the test in my university writing course.