Blog on Writing

Ain’t You Tired, Ms. Hilly? by Brenda J. Wood


In the movie The Help, Ms. Hilly spent all her time trying to control her world and the people in it. You might say she was building her platform. I’m all for building platform, proclaiming our names, and selling our books, but there is a limit. A constant stream of messages tout this expert or that and each of them apparently knows more about platform (or may I say staging?) than we do. By the way, do you know the definition of the word "expert"? Is an unknown quantity and a spurt is a drip under pressure! I know this to be true because occasionally, even I am flaunted as an expert. (more…)

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Begin with a Brain Dump by Tracy Krauss


It has to start somewhere. Your next writing project, I mean. There you are, sitting in front of your computer with a lovely blank white screen, ready to start that epic novel, lyrical poem, or profoundly wise article. How do you begin? (more…)

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Do Not Despise the Day of Small Beginnings by Jack Popjes

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  Hearing that my wife and I had translated much of the Bible into a Brazilian indigenous language, a man asked me, “What was the first thing you translated?” He was astonished when I answered, “The story of the gingerbread man.” (more…)

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New Beginnings by Pamela Mytroen


Just like bringing a baby into the world, writing may be a painful process as you conceptualize worlds, characters, and projects into being. Expect the struggle. Plan on packing patience for the process. Sometimes it is the writing that is the struggle, and other times the writing is affected by life's surprises and hindrances. They may be severe, as in the loss of a loved one, the loss of a job, the loss of your health, or they may be merely annoyances such as a sinus cold. Whatever stage you are at in your "labour pains," whether it is those first twinges or the hand-squeezing, teeth-gritting phase, bite down on these realities and see if they help you endure: (more…)

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Sharpening Our Focus in 2016 by Violet Nesdoly

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This last December I kept bumping into goal-setting courses and e-books that promised to show me how to make 2016 the best year ever. You too? Though I’m usually a sucker for these things, this year I resisted. However, I am still using the first weeks of January to examine my life, evaluate, edit, and tweak. I often make these changes instinctively. This year, knowing I would be writing this blog post, I’ve thought about my process more than usual and even reread an old book. Many of the ideas below originate in How to Set Goals and Really Reach Them by Mark Lee (Horizon Books, 1978). So how do we examine our lives and activities to figure out what to spend our time on and what to omit in the coming year? It really only involves three steps. (more…)

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12 Ways to Make the Write Resolutions by Steph Beth Nickel

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The New Year is rapidly approaching and many of us will soon be setting our goals (aka resolutions) for 2016. Where is writing on your list? If you are reading this post, it’s likely close to the top. Here are a dozen writing and writing-related goals you may want to include and tips on how to do so: 1. Be on the lookout for inspiration. Some people record ideas, snippets of conversation, random words and phrases, etc. in a notebook or on their electronic device. Make it a habit to do so. Don’t simply trust your memory; it’s amazing how quickly “that perfect idea” can vanish. (more…)

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Christmas Greetings


May you have a wondrous Christmas and a New Year overflowing with rich and abundant blessings. And may we always make room for the Saviour.

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The Tuesday Experiment by Janice L. Dick


  I love a fresh start. It’s an opportunity to improve, to avoid pitfalls from the past, to review and make new plans. This past year I’ve poured a lot of my time and energy into writing weekly blogs on my website in an attempt to connect and gradually grow a following. Writing blogs was never something I thought I’d pursue. I’m a fiction writer. But surprise, surprise! I love it. (more…)

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The Memoir of Autobiography by Brenda J. Wood

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December 10 is the deadline for this page, the same day my son was born so many years ago. He came a bit earlier than expected, as I remember it. His version of the story is quite different. Pretty much every memoir we write is like that. You, the author, see it and write it from your perspective. Our participants, that is our readers, see it another. God help you if your reader happens to also be one of your relatives. Who is to be believed? The real truth lies somewhere in between. That’s why we call it memoir and not autobiography. (more…)

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Looking Back to Look Forward by Tracy Krauss


As 2015 comes to an end, it is natural to reflect on the year that has gone past. I’m one of those people who likes to set goals. I like making lists and checking things off as I accomplish them. This year was no different. Word count, publishing goals, marketing strategies, professional development … all of these categories made it onto my roster for 2015. This activity helps me stay motivated and also serves to encourage me when I feel like I’m not accomplishing anything. (more…)

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