Thursday, December 8, 2016

Writers & Word Count - A Love/Hate Relationship

by Edie Melson @EdieMelson

Sometimes our lives seem governed by word count.
As working writers, our lives sometimes seem governed by word count. We use these numbers to set goals, define projects and sometimes even determine our victories. But it’s important to also view these numbers as a guide to show us how far we’ve come.

I remember in high school—the anguish I felt when an English teacher assigned a 500-word essay. Pulling together that many words in an original sequence seemed an almost impossible task. I spent hours looking for places to add the words that, the, and of course and. Of course back then, essays were written long-hand. No quick check in MS Word or an easy way to add in extras here and there.

Tuesday, December 6, 2016

Creating Life-like Characters

by Kathy Neely 

If you’re a writer, you are familiar with the story elements that keep readers turning the pages. 

Characters, plot, setting, conflict, resolution. You can simplify or expand the list, but the building blocks are basically the same. 

While none can survive exclusive of the others, there’s something crucial about creating life-like characters. Your readers need to love them, hate them, and think about them when they close the book. No matte` how gripping the plot, it’s nothing if readers don’t relate to your characters.

Monday, December 5, 2016

A Social Media Quiz for Christmas

To make sure you stay off Santa's Naughty List!
by Edie Melson @EdieMelson

I know, nothing like a pop quiz to get us all in the holiday spirit. But don't click away too soon. This quiz is designed to help you evaluate where you are with building an online platform. 

I hope you enjoy my impromptu quiz. To stay on Santa’s nice list, no cheating allowed. 

Take the quiz first, then look at the answers below.

Sunday, December 4, 2016

When Grief is Your Holiday Guest

When grief is your holiday guest...
by Danetta Keller @DanettaKellar

The Lord is close to the brokenhearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit. (Psalm 34:18)

Everyone said to make a different plan for the holiday. To go somewhere new, to occupy my mind with a new tradition. So I could forget about the one who was absent from our table this year. The passing of my father-in-law, he who was a father to me, was fresh and recent. The holidays loomed like dread.

Saturday, December 3, 2016


By Edie Melson @EdieMelson

Will you recommend The Write Conversation as a Top 101 Writing Blog?
This year I'm doing something different. I'm asking for a present from you—our loyal blog readers. It won't cost a thing—I promise! 

The team and I here at The Write Conversation are working hard to provide information to help equip you to follow your writing dream. We have a dream too, it's to be listed in the Writer's Digest top 101 Writing Blogs in The Write Life's 100 Best Websites for Writers.  

You can help us achieve that dream, and here's how:
For Writer's Digest
All you have to do is send your comments and nominations to with "101 Websites" in the subject line. It would help to add a brief sentence or two telling them why you are recommending us. 

For The Write Life
Go to this page and add your nominations and comments. 

If you've found this blog helpful, nominating us would mean a great deal. If there are other writing blogs you visit regularly, please nominate them as well!

Many Thanks & Blessings,


Friday, December 2, 2016

When Writing Isn’t Easy

by Bruce Brady @BDBrady007

In his kindness, God called you to share in his eternal glory by means of Christ Jesus. So after you have suffered a little while, he will restore, support, and strengthen you, and he will place you on a firm foundation (1 Peter 5:10 NLT).

Many of you know I’m dealing with the ups and downs of cancer. As always, God allows me to suffer for a while, then steps in to comfort me and show me how my suffering can be used to help others.

Thursday, December 1, 2016

Every Good Endeavor - A Book for Writers (and Anyone Who Works)

by Lynn H Blackburn @LynnHBlackburn

I have a handful of friends whose book recommendations I take very seriously. And by very seriously I mean that if they say I should read a book, that book will appear on my doorstep within 48 hours. (Thank you, Amazon Prime!)

That’s what happened with Every Good Endeavor by Tim Keller and Katherine Leary Alsdorf. I’m a fan of Tim Keller, but I don’t think I would have chosen this book if my friend (thank you, Tina Parker!!) hadn’t told me how amazing it was. This writing thing was a hobby for so long, the fact that I actually get paid to do it, that I have an agent and an editor and contracts and readers . . . Somehow I just kind of forget that IS work (until I sit down to write and then it all comes crashing back down on me).