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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 »

Scheduling the SMART Way by Tracy Krauss

Last time I mentioned the importance of creating some kind of schedule if one wishes to be a productive writer. This includes creating SMART goals for various projects. More on those in a bit. I recommend blocking out time that is specifically for writing – not social media, not marketing, not checking emails… Just writing…. Read more »

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… 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… Read more »

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