Metaphor is a Golden Thread by Pamela Mytroen

One of the biggest challenges I face as I write human interest stories is to weave the hundreds of little anecdotes and stories that a person, business, or concert provides into a cohesive piece.

I learned a strategy with the first piece I wrote for the newspaper—but not without some growing pains. The old gal was ninety-eight and fell asleep 15 minutes into the interview. After I rescheduled the visit, I came away with reams of fascinating but disjointed stories. What would I use for glue? Read More

Blogging to Further God’s Work by Jack Popjes

Few topics will generate more passionate, potentially divisive discussion among missionaries than money and how it is raised.

About 20 years ago, I was the president and executive director of a major faith mission agency. The board mandated me to “bring about needed change.” I soon realized that financially, the organization was in trouble and we needed to change the mission’s traditional fund raising policies. Read More

Different Yet the Same by Steph Beth Nickel

Whether we write full-time or simply devote a couple of hours a week to our craft, we are more than simply writers. We’re husbands and wives, students and teachers, executives and factory workers, income earners and volunteers, young adults and retirees. No stereotype will fit, but we do have many things in common. Read More

Fiction 101: Research by Janice L. Dick

When I began writing, I came across this statement: “Write what you know.” Wise, but severely limiting if you’ve led a sheltered life. I reversed the adage to read, “Know what you write.” Even if I don’t know something from firsthand knowledge or experience, I can find out about it. Read More