Wednesday, July 17, 2024

Become a Mentally Strong Writer with These 7 Tips

by Edie Melson @EdieMelson

Pursuing the craft of writing as a calling and/or a career can be an incredibly rewarding path through life. It can also be equally difficult. When we create something and then offer it up to the world, we open ourselves up to criticism and judgement. The painful things said about what we write is an inescapable part of being a writer. 

Navigating a world filled with criticism can be exhausting—if we’re not prepared. That’s what this post is about—strengthening our minds in regard to our writing. 

Tuesday, July 16, 2024

Use Your Travel Experience to Transform Your Writing and Inspire Your Creativity

by Katherine Hutchinson-Hayes @KHutch0767

When people travel, they often use their experiences for transformative creative inspiration. But is this realistic for writers? Is keeping a writing routine while exploring new places, vacationing solo, or with friends and family feasible? Two of my favorite things to do are travel and writing. I’ve found utilizing the following six tips helpful in keeping up with my writing routine.

Monday, July 15, 2024

Principles for Book Marketing

by Karen Whiting @KarenHWhiting

The American Marketing Association (AMA) defines marketing as “the activity, set of institutions, and processes for creating, communicating, delivering, and exchanging offerings that have value for customers, clients, partners, and society at large.”

Let's consider how we can apply them to marketing our books, webinars, and courses from a Christian perspective. The marketing world looks first at 4 principles of marketing as product, price, place, and promotion. What then are the principles of our writing?

Sunday, July 14, 2024

When the Writing Plate Fills

by Martin Wiles @LinesFromGod

“Taste and see that the Lord is good. Oh, the joys of those who take refuge in him” (Psalm 34:8 NLT)!

My wife and I faced a summer of three, but three at a time was all Meme and Pop could handle. However, we had to handle them quickly because things would soon change. 

The first three were grandboys who belonged to our daughter and son-in-law—ages eleven, nine, and three. What Meme was thinking when she said, “Let’s take them to the free movie,” I’m not certain. The older two, sure. But the three-year-old? After all, I was on a three-month vacation from teaching middle-school rug rats. I wasn’t seeking summer persecution. 

Saturday, July 13, 2024

3 Important Reason to be Proud You're a Writer

by Beth K. Vogt @BethVogt

I don’t know who needs to hear this right now—maybe it’s you.

Lean in and listen close:

I’m proud of you.

But Beth, you say, how can you be proud of me? You don’t know what my writing life is like. You don’t know what this week, this month, this year, has been like for me. You don’t know all the things I haven’t accomplished.

Please take a deep breath, my friend. Stop arguing with me while I say it again: I’m proud of you.

Friday, July 12, 2024

Four Habits to Improve Your Writing

by Lilka Raphael @Lilka_Raphael 

“The only way to learn to write is to force yourself to produce a certain number of words on a regular basis.” ― William Knowlton Zinsser

The desire to become a famous author, bestselling novelist, or see your screenplay displayed on a marquee are worthy goals. However, aspiration only gets us so far. Most writers occasionally question their worth. Do I have what it takes? Will anyone take me seriously? Our solitary endeavor and anguish over words is not for the faint of heart. However, the following habits can invigorate our writing and propel us toward success.

Thursday, July 11, 2024

Keeping Records for Your Writing Business: Three Files Every Writer Needs

by Julie Lavender @JLavenderWrites

I’ve been around the writing world long enough that my early notes on writing are stuffed into file folders, not computer files. Carefully labeled, but not filed in alphabetical order, because, well … that’s just my style, I have tons of file pockets lined up in drawers of a metal filing cabinet. 

May I share with those of you fairly new to the writing world three files that you need? Whether you choose to have them in an old-fashioned, metal filing cabinet or tucked away in computer files is up to you, but you’ll be glad you’ve kept these files when you add more writing credits and years to your writing journey.