So, You Think You Know Books by Brenda J Wood

So You Think You Know Books 1. Who was the youngest author on the New York best seller list? 2. What are the pen names of David Cornwall and Alfred Wight? 3. Dr. Seuss had best sellers on the fiction and non-fiction NY Times’ list. (True or false?) 4. Who holds the record for the… Read more »

Find Your Why by Brenda J Wood

Find Your Why “Why do we write?” moaned my writing pal. “Why do we write when there is no market for our books?” She didn’t really like my answer and I guess I didn’t really like giving it either. “We write because God asks us to use our gift and our gift is writing.” You… Read more »

Free to Write Fearless by Violet Nesdoly

Chances are good if you are a writer or have ever considered writing as a career or avocation, you’ve had some of the following fears: People will see what a bad speller I am, and terrible at grammar to boot. What I write will show me up as simple, unsophisticated, boring, etc. I’ll work long… Read more »

Cool or Crisp by Brenda J Wood

Right now, it’s cool to have a platform, but has your writing taken second place? Is it no longer sharp and crisp? I ask this question. “Do you really trust God with your writing career?” You answer. “Of course I trust God.” I ask. “Then why do you spend hours every day jumping on the… Read more »

Summer Productivity All Year Long by Tracy Krauss

For many writers I know, summer is a time for slowing down, relaxing their schedules, or even taking a writing hiatus altogether. Not so for me. As a public school teacher, summer vacation is my time to ramp things up. Inevitably, I set pretty lofty goals for myself. While I don’t always meet every objective,… Read more »

12 Ways to Carve Out Writing Time by Steph Beth Nickel

Sometimes life gets crazy busy. I know. I know. That’s an understatement. However . . . If we’re going to actually write (and not just dream about “someday”), we have to carve out some time. Here are a dozen suggestions on how to do so:

Love Your Readers Passionately or Don’t Bother Writing by Jack Popjes

My wife and I occasionally have a cooking date. Instead of going to a movie or having dinner out, we spend our date in the kitchen, making a fabulous appetizer, preparing a fancy dessert, or cooking a meal so complicated and work intensive my wife would never cook it for the family on her own…. Read more »

Get Busy and Get It Done by Janice L. Dick

The Christmas season has come and gone and the New Year is upon us. My non-literary life has been busy, but I can’t come up with any more reasonable excuses to take time off from the hard work of writing, so I’ve been crafting guest blogs for various sites I’ve committed to. I thought I’d… Read more »

Writers Write by Brenda Wood

We just started a writers’ group, and more than half of the folks in attendance haven’t written a word. They don’t even journal. I’m not sure they even do a grocery list. However, in our breakout session, every one of them asked the same question. “How can I find a publisher for my book?” I… Read more »

Good Intentions — Brenda Wood

Does anyone else have a closet full of impulsive good intentions? I used to rush out to buy the materials for a new craft I wanted to learn, or fabric for another quilt. I signed up for a class or bought a novel I’d always wanted to read, but because I didn’t make time for… Read more »