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Big Dreams and Realistic Expectations by Steph Beth Nickel

The Importance of Big Dreams As a new year dawns, it’s natural to set goals for the upcoming 12 months. It’s also natural if some of those goals are fueled by our big dreams. This year I discovered it’s essential that I dream big. If I don’t, I lack the motivation to persevere with everyday… Read more »

Christmas Greetings

The InScribe pro blog team would like to wish you a Very Merry Christmas and a New Year overflowing with rich and abundant blessings. If there are topics you would like us to cover in the year ahead, please feel free to comment on this post. Colossians 3:23 is my (Stephanie’s) verse for 2022. “Whatever… Read more »

Insights and Inspiration from DS Martin Part 1 by Tracy Krauss

At the recent InScribe Fall Conference, keynote and poet DS Martin shared some profound insights that are the focus of the next couple of posts. I hope readers glean something of value, whether it’s a refresher for those who attended the event or whether it’s new information. As Christian writers, we need to overcome the… Read more »

Reasons or Excuses by Carol Harrison

My asthma flared up making it physically difficult to breathe or sleep which affected my capacity to do the daily functions of life let alone think, study, or write. I accomplished nothing on my to-do list of writing goals, but I had a good reason and not just a procrastination excuse. Family emergencies and many… Read more »

Accountability by Carol Harrison

My list of ideas I hope to accomplish some day and projects developing from them continues to grow faster than I can cross some of them off or mark as completed. It causes feelings of failure at times with negative voices chiming in my mind about how I haven’t accomplished very much today, this week,… Read more »

Gratitude in the Life of a Writer Part 2 by Lynne Collier

How Others Bless Me as a Writer I’ve been writing for a few years now. I thought I’d stop after my first book, but I was hooked. My first publication was a memoir about raising my son with autism. My side of the story, my son had published a few years earlier. And that was… Read more »

Gratitude in the Life of a Writer by Lynne Collier

I’m sitting here in my office, overlooking my gardens. The sun’s shining through the windows, offering warmth on a cool morning. Robins and chickadees serenade as I type. I feel very grateful. It’s so easy to take all the small blessings for granted on busy days. Small blessings … Are any blessings actually small? I’m… Read more »

So What? My Take on Creative Nonfiction by Pamela Mytroen

“So what?” asked a young friend of ours after he preached his first sermon. My head swivelled back to the front of the church. I thought our friend had finished his presentation. Now I was curious. Was he saying that his first tender thoughts spoken aloud were in some way trivial and meaningless? Was he… Read more »

Pressing On, Not Stressing Out by Pamela Mytroen

Olympic athletes need a strategy to gain that millisecond over their competitor. Dr. Mark Rosekind, Olympic athlete sleep specialist, says that sleep, or rest, is the edge that creates winners (Georgina Bernard, “Do Olympic Athletes Have Rest Days?” Feb2018). Rest days are precious to athletes because they are taken very rarely. There are three different… Read more »

Don’t Fear Failure by Steph Beth Nickel

As creatives, it’s important that we become resilient. Last time we talked about why we shouldn’t fear rejection. This time we’re going to talk about a related topic, the fear of failure. The two are intricately connected, but they’re not exactly the same. We must determine for ourselves how we define both failure and success…. Read more »