The Not-So-Boring Essay by Pamela Mytroen

Boring. Be honest. That’s what springs to mind when I say, “essay”. But what if an essay gets you a raise at work? Or time off work to thaw out in Mexico when it’s minus thirty here? Is an essay boring then? Because that’s what an essay is: the ability to persuade and get what you Read More

Get Your Platform Moving Part 4 by Tracy Krauss

You’ve got your online hub, your email subscription provider is capturing emails, and you’re producing some great content. Now, in order to ‘move’ your platform forward, you will have to find ways to SHARE. I liken this to pedaling the bike. I have listed various methods of sharing in no particular order. Obviously, you should Read More

Get Your Platform Moving Part 3 by Tracy Krauss

We’ve got our frame and our two wheels – which are non-negotiable – but now it’s about choosing what mechanical parts or gears work best for you. In practical terms, this equates to ‘content’ – what you talk to your audience about. Examples of this are the content of your newsletter, blog posts, videos, podcasts, Read More

Get Your Platform Moving Part 2 by Tracy Krauss

Last time I introduced two key components that are necessary for every author platform: an online HUB like a website or blog, and building an EMAIL list with which to communicate directly with your audience. I realize that some people may argue the necessity of both, but let’s face it, riding a unicycle is a Read More

Get Your Platform Moving! by Tracy Krauss

Part 1: The Frame and the Wheels An author ‘platform’ is the method and tools used to reach and connect with your audience. It includes a lot of different components and can be both online and physical. Over the next few weeks I will be using a model I came up with a few years ago that uses Read More

12 Ways to Develop a Love for Prayer by Steph Beth Nickel

Some of my brothers and sisters in Christ spend a great deal of time in prayer. They love to dwell in the Lord’s presence. They faithfully bring their requests before Him—and the requests of others. When they say, “I’ll be praying for you,” you can count on them to do so.

And then there are those of us who want all these things to be true of us but … well, we’re not quite there yet. Read More

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Mrs. K’s Rules of Comedy by Tracy Krauss

Break the Tension

Humour goes a long way in writing and in life. There is nothing like it to break tension and make people feel comfortable. However, we’ve probably all been witness to a joke gone bad. Either the punch line wasn’t delivered correctly, the timing was wrong, or it was inappropriate for the setting. In any of these scenarios, instead of putting people at ease, the blundered attempt at humour created an awkward moment. Some people just seem to “have it” and some people don’t. Read More

Do Not Despise the Day of Small Beginnings by Jack Popjes

 

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.” Read More

Emphasis, Only When Necessary – Carolyn R. Wilker

There was once a writer who emphasized so many words in his text that it felt as though he was screaming at readers. His message was full of capital letters, underlines and italics, and so nothing important stood out, not even the writing. I closed the book and put it away, but I didn’t throw it out; I used it as examples in my teaching of what not to do when writing. Read More

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