Word of the Year by Brenda J Wood

The latest fad is to choose a word to define your coming year. While you can decide on one all by yourself, the internet will give you a million ways to pick one. Why you can even pay for the privilege.

Many of the sites I checked out suggest you choose your word based on yourself and what you think you need or want. Some sites even have the temerity to tell you what your word should be. Honestly; the nerve of some people’s kids! That hardly seems the Christian way to go about anything, especially when you want a defining word for the next 365 days. Read More

A Premise is a Promise by Pamela Mytroen

Every story hinges on the premise, which is the idea that drives the story from beginning to end. The premise is a short blurb, often found on the back cover. The author may or may not write it out, but it is always there, at the very least in the author’s mind before and during the writing process.

How do you write a premise?

According to Joe Bunting at The Write Practice, a premise must contain three elements:

1. The protagonist
2. The setting
3. What the protagonist wants and why he can’t get it. Read More

Accountability Accountable by Tracy Krauss

Accountability. No matter how I try to sidestep this particular word, it keeps coming to me as I ponder my goals for 2017.

A friend posted one of those “fun” activities on Facebook where people are asked to comment. I don’t often participate in these types of things, but this one sounded interesting. It asked readers to come up with a word for the year that started with the third letter of their name.

Accountability. It was out of my brain onto the Facebook page before I could even think about it. Read More

Start the Year with One Word by Violet Nesdoly

Happy New Year!

By now you’ve probably switched calendars, thought about—maybe even listed—a few resolutions and goals for the year, and caught yourself writing 2016 instead of 2017 a time or two. Plus, you may have chosen your one word for 2017. Read More