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Writing to Publish: Relationships are Key by Pamela Mytroen

Though writers may live a solitary life clacking away at their keyboard, healthy relationships are vital if they want to be published. At the core of a writer’s relationships is trust. First, I must prove myself trustworthy to my editor. She gives me assignments with a specific word count and depends on me to submit… Read more »

Anthony Ray Hinton: An Example of Perseverance by Pamela Mytroen

Death Row. Where darkness and despair crush all hope; where the stench of fear, rats, and roaches permeate every breath—this was where Anthony Ray Hinton had to make a choice. Would he continue to boil with hatred and strangle the guard before him or would he choose to accept the 5’x7′ space that contained his… Read more »

Make ’em Laugh by Brenda J. Wood

One of the best songs in the movie Singing in the Rain is “Make ’em Laugh,” written by Arthur Freed and Nacio Herb Brown especially for Donald O’Connor. You might watch this film just for the dancing, but I also enjoy the comedic words and actions of Donald O’Connor. By the way, it’s said the… Read more »

Life as Inspiration Part 2 by Carol Harrison

Searching for the ideas that surround us can be like a treasure hunt. We may find something in nature that inspires a blog post, devotional, or gives us a setting for a story. Our people-watching can provide characters in our stories. Our Bible reading gives us a grounding for our lives in living the way… Read more »

Life as Inspiration by Carol Harrison

As a Toastmaster, one of the frequent questions asked by those I mentored was, “What should I write a speech about? How do I choose a topic?” Topics for speeches, like ideas to write about, are all around us in everyday life. Yet often we don’t feel inspired or with so many ideas floating around,… Read more »

My Writing GPS by Lynne Collier

Doing Versus Being Have you ever found yourself lost and don’t have a GPS or a map? How did you respond? Quite often we drive frantically around in circles, hoping for a familiar landmark or road sign. If all fails, we stop and ask for directions. In his book do less, be more, Christian author… Read more »

Storytelling in a Nutshell by Lynne Collier

Why I Wrote a Short-Form Story Instead of a Novel It was a long process, but I finally concluded that my NaNo (National Novel Writing Month) writing for 2021 would be four shorter stories of around 13,000 words each instead of the usual 50,000 words for a single novel. Of course, that earned me the… Read more »

Write What You Love Part 2 by Tracy Krauss

It’s the month of love and we’re focusing on just that—writing what you love. Last time I talked about following your own calling when it comes to what you write. Today I want to be a bit more specific and talk about romance and see how it applies to any other genre. (It is February!)… Read more »

Write What You Love Part 1 by Tracy Krauss

Since it’s Valentine’s month, it seems fitting to focus this month’s posts on writing what we love.What does that look like exactly? If I am passionate about a subject, I want to dig in order to find the truth. I seek out those with more experience. I research, interview, read, and watch. If I am… Read more »

The Importance of Silence by Steph Beth Nickel

Perhaps you’re a creative who loves to work in silence—or just sit and let it wash over you. As an extrovert, interacting with others charges my batteries. But that doesn’t mean I’m not beginning to grasp the value of silence. Many people work with music in the background—or a familiar TV show or a podcast… Read more »