Schedule Some Sanity by Tracy Krauss

Last time I talked about the importance of having a plan. Scheduling in time to write is possibly the most valuable thing a writer can do to increase productivity, and therefore, overall satisfaction. I recommend one hour of real writing each day. (For me, afternoons are best.) My schedule includes everything else that happens regularly,

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  Plan for Success by Tracy Krauss

Last year I retired from teaching public school full time and took a part-time position as an online teacher/consultant with a large distance learning school in southern BC. The advantages are that I can work from home, meaning I can pretty much set my own hours and never have to worry about my wardrobe. (Downside

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  I Need to Learn What? by Janice L Dick

Marketing. The bane of many if not most writers’ existence. Yet, without it, potential readers remain unaware of our work, and it loses its opportunity for influence. I presented a workshop for my local writing group last year on the subject of marketing, kind of the blind leading the blind! I thought I could get

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  But Then Something Happened by Janice Dick

I was ready to pack it in! I had committed to putting out the third and final book in my current series, and then maybe I’d just quit. Live an ordinary life. Not have to keep learning new skills and trends to keep up my writing career. I had learned many things: — How to

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  Hitting Our Stride by Steph Beth Nickel

Do you feel as if you’re juggling too many balls or spinning too many plates? Have you dropped a ball or two? Have a few Corelle plates fallen to the floor? Or maybe the fine china is taking a beating, lying in shards on the ground. (Not to worry! I’ll stop mixing my metaphors soon.

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  Is Quitting Right for You? by Steph Beth Nickel

This post is adapted from one that first appeared on Janet Sketchley’s blog, “Tenacity,” in March 2019. When should you set aside responsibilities? When should you press on? How do you decide? There are times we must ask, “Is this what God has for me going forward?” Over the past several months, I have neglected

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  Writing During the Most Wonderful Time of the Year by Steph Beth Nickel

Before ad agencies began to promote back-to-school as “the most wonderful time of the year,” the majority of people would say the phrase applied to Christmas. And while I do enjoy the Christmas season, to me, Easter is the focal point of the year for believers in Christ. What would Christmas be if it hadn’t

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  Read and Therefore Write On by Brenda J Wood

One of my great pleasures in life is reading, but guilt sneaks in whenever I sit down to imbibe in a gluttony of chapters. “A waste of time,” whispers the little voice in my head. “You must vacuum, dust, write something, or cook a meal … anything but read.” Such lies must be refuted instantly.

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  Let Me Make You Laugh by Brenda J Wood

Question: When are kids most likely to go to school? Answer: When the door is open. Question: What letter can you drink? Answer: T (tea) Question: Why did the sea monster eat five shops that were carrying potatoes? Answer: No one can eat just one potato ship! Question: What does a snail say when he

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  What Do We Know About Mrs F by Brenda J Wood

Mrs. F., as the sheriff calls her, that is Mrs. Fletcher of Murder She Wrote fame is not as mysterious as one would think. She eats like I wish I did, lots of fruit and veggies, preferring seafood over steak. She never eats a full dessert although she’s been known to have a bite or

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