Your Audience: Who They’re Not by Steph Beth Nickel

You must niche down. Have you created an avatar? What are the demographics of those you’re seeking to reach? And … I’m ready to pack it in. I’m eclectically interested and eclectically involved. I can’t imagine writing for one specific woman who personifies my audience. Guess what. I don’t have to. Well, not really. I Read More

The Creator: A Devotional by Steph Beth Nickel

From the introduction to Nurture and Inspire Love … The Creator John 1:3 says, “All things were made through him, and without him was not any thing made that was made.” From John 1 we learn that God is the Word. We also learn that Jesus Christ is the Word—that He is, in fact, God. Read More

Overcoming Writer’s Block by Steph Beth Nickel

Last time, we talked about A Different Kind of Writer’s Block. This time, we’re going to discuss how each of the hurdles I mentioned can assist us in overcoming writer’s block. Skills Development Books How these books can help us overcome writer’s block seems self-evident, but there are steps we must take if this is Read More

A Different Kind of Writer’s Block by Steph Beth Nickel

We typically think of writer’s block as a mental state, fear of the blank page, concern that the words will never flow again. But today, I’d like to talk about a different kind of writer’s block, other things that keep us from getting words on the page. Don’t get me wrong. All the things on Read More

Twas the Day Before Christmas by Steph Beth Nickel

’Twas the day before Christmas and all through the land, The people were travelling, some hand in hand, No stockings were hung, no chimneys in sight, Just walking – keep walking – until it is night. Some people were nestled all snug in their beds While others had nowhere to lay down their heads, And Read More

6 Reasons to Plan Early for the New Year by Steph Beth Nickel

This post originally appeared on Janet Sketchley’s blog, Tenacity. Can you believe it? In a little less than a month, it will be 2020. Does that sound as futuristic to you as it does to me? (Maybe I’m just showing my age. <grin>) I like to make plans for the new year at the end Read More

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. Read More

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 Read More

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 Read More

The Other W Questions of Writing by Steph Beth Nickel

The Other W Questions of Writing Over the past three weeks, we’ve touched on what to write and why. Today, let’s delve briefly into the Who, When, Where, and How questions. Who? This may seem like a silly question. As a writer, you may say, “Well, d’uh! The answer is me of course.” But you Read More

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