The Practice of Expert by Brenda J Wood

I have come across more than one baker who never shared the correct recipe. Oh, they will write out the ingredients, but they leave out an essential, like baking powder. They want to be the only expert in their puny field. (Luke 14:10) Over time, we learn not to trust that so-called expert. The same Read More

Stumbling into Expertise by Brenda J Wood

As a writer, I am always taking classes and trying to learn more about my craft. I examined the teaching list of a recent writer’s conference ad and laughed out loud. I know most of these folks. I know they probably don’t consider themselves to be experts. Still, someone else did and my friends simply Read More

Building Your Writing Community by Tracy Krauss

No writer is an island. Everyone needs some type of encouragement and writers are no exception. To build a supportive community, a variety of connections are needed to serve different purposes. Some are obvious choices, but I’ll start wide and then narrow the field as I go. Join one or more well established organizations. When Read More

Anxiety and Writing by Pamela Mytroen

Do you ever feel too unsettled to write? Is this just an excuse or is anxiety a silent enemy? Last year I couldn’t wait to begin teaching English to my immigrant students. I was expected to write my own curriculum,  my own tests, and to be evaluated on them by both the students and the 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

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. Read More

Keeping it All Together by Pamela Mytroen

Our grandson hopped up and down and pointed when he opened a game on Christmas morning. “Hungry Hippos,” apparently, is the most exciting thing next to hockey. However, we soon discovered marbles rolling everywhere around the living room, including under the couch, and a new game, “frustration,” began. We needed a plan to keep all Read More

The Not-So-Boring Essay by Pamela Mytroen

Boring. Be honest. That’s what springs to mind when I say, “essay”. But what if an essay gets you a raise at work? Or time off work to thaw out in Mexico when it’s minus thirty here? Is an essay boring then? Because that’s what an essay is: the ability to persuade and get what you 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

Consider These Writing Opportunities by Steph Beth Nickel

Consider These Writing Opportunities Today let’s look at five writing opportunities you may not have considered. Picture Books Whether or not you ever publish a children’s book, there are many skills to be learned from writing a picture book manuscript—or two or three. Check out a stack of picture books from your local library. I Read More

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