Sunday, June 25, 2017

God's Math: Half and Half and Half

by Rhonda Rhea @RhondaRhea

Glass half full. Glass half empty. Doesn’t really matter so much to me. As long as mine is the full half. And also the glass should be a mug. Large. And also it should have coffee in it. And also both halves should be full. And it should all be mine.

I think I like my coffee with half and half. And at least another half. I might also need another side of math.

I saw a bumper sticker recently that said, “I want my coffee and I want it now.” I thought, “I want your coffee, too. And then after that, I’ll want my own coffee.” Judging from this alone, it’s obvious I can be pretty selfish when it comes to coffee.

Saturday, June 24, 2017

What Could Be...

by Edie Melson @EdieMelson

A Creativity Quote to Share
























As writers, we tend to look at things a little differently. Instead of hiding our unique point of view, we need to learn to embrace it as the gift it is. 

Be sure to share your thoughts in the comments section below.

I invite you to use this image any way you like online. Post it to your blog, share it on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, anywhere you'd like. All I ask is that you keep it intact, with my website watermark visible.

Don't forget to join the conversation!
Blessings,
Edie


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Friday, June 23, 2017

4 Things to Do When You Can't Go to a Writing Conference

by Lori Hatcher @LoriHatcher2


You’re about to die. Every second post that pops up in your Facebook feed is from a writer friend. They’re gushing about how excited they are to attend the writers conference—you know, the one everyone who’s serious about writing attends. The one where agents and editors and publishers gather. The one where relationships form that lead to book deals, contracts, and writing partnerships.

And you’re stuck at home.

Thursday, June 22, 2017

The Equipped Writer

by Henry McLaughlin @RiverBendSagas

God has a will, or a plan for each of us. Psalm 139:16 (NLT) tells us, You saw me before I was born. Every day of my life was recorded in your book. Every moment was laid out before a single day had passed.

Each of us is on this earth for a specific reason. We may not know it completely right now. We may be in a season of preparation to enter that calling. But God has a plan for me and for you.

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

5 Questions to Keep Your Writing on Track

by Katy Kauffman @KatyKauffman28

With time, I have become a better train conductor. Instead of jumping the rails to explore lush, green forests or majestic mountain peaks, I am better able to keep my train of thought on its intended course. Have you ever thought of yourself—a writer—as a train conductor?

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Book Launch Basics: How to Interview Yourself to Promote Your Book

by Lucinda Secrest McDowell @LucindaSMcDowel


Once your book is written, it’s now time to begin strategizing your launch. One way an author can be proactive is to prepare both questions and answers that can be used by publicity and marketing personnel, future bloggers, radio and television interviewers. Yes, it seems a bit odd to interview yourself, but it’s a great way be reminded of why you wrote your book and what you hope readers will gain from it.

Monday, June 19, 2017

Is It Possible to Have a Godly Marketing Strategy for My Book?

by Molly Jo Realy @RealMoJo68


It’s not wrong to want to be successful with our writing. Whether we’re writing devotions, Bible studies, fiction, or poetry, we want our words to reach others on a level that other writers can’t. Deep within us is a hunger to be recognized. But we also want to be recognized as His vessel, and humbleness comes with the territory. We should always desire to keep our followers’ focus on Him, not us. Maintaining a godly marketing strategy is a dichotomy we need to navigate.

Sunday, June 18, 2017

My Daddy Was a Traveling Man

by Edie Melson
@EdieMelson

Today is my second Father's Day ever without my dad. 

Daddy passed away on December 4, 2015, and I still miss him like it was yesterday. 


Today, in honor of him, I thought I'd share a short video with you. 




Friday, June 16, 2017

Blogging Dos & Blogging Don'ts

by Edie Melson @EdieMelson

Learn the basics of successful blogging
I love to blog, and I try to share my love of blogging when I teach at writing conferences.

I also know that many of you aren’t such fans. Many try to love blogging because it’s a good way to connect with readers and build an online presence. Others, don’t even try to love it, but do it out of necessity. The rest are like me, and enjoy the process as well as the connections it brings.

Thursday, June 15, 2017

3 Best Things About Being a Literary Agent

by Cyle Young @CyleYoung


I love being a literary agent. The last 1.5 years has been a whirlwind of flurry and excitement. It’s also been jam-packed with thousands of hours of work for me and my team, but I wouldn’t trade it for the world.

Being an agent is not for everyone. Daily doses of rejection have become the norm and for many people that level of disappointment would do them in. I’ve just decided to accept every rejection as another opportunity to sell my clients manuscripts to a different publisher! 

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Find New Markets by Writing Different Types of Articles

by Linda Gilden @LindaGilden

Once I received an assignment to write an article of 2000 words on family reunions. I wrote the article and had lots of additional information. So I pitched another article to a different magazine about “Ways to Entertain the Children at a Family Reunion.” And another called “Best Plans for a Family Reunion.” I probably could have come up with a few more had I not moved on to something else. But since I had already done the research, it was a win-win for both me and the magazine editor.

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

6 Things to Remember When Words of Encouragement Wane

by Cindy Sproles @CindyDevoted

Meet writing discouragement head on!
Writing is hard. Even worse, to most of our friends and family, it’s a fleeting dream and unimportant in their busy worlds.

It’s a mystery why the average Joe doesn’t see writing as a career. They consider it . . . a hobby.  We get the occasional pat on the shoulder or a “That’s nice,”  followed by an inquiry about our day job and questions on how we get paid.

Monday, June 12, 2017

Creative Nonfiction: The Power of Story, The Love of Truth

Edie here. Today I'm excited to introduce you to an author whose work I love. I've been after Marcia Moston to share her insight and instruction regarding creative nonfiction here on The Write Conversation and she's finally agreed. I know you'll be as inspired as me! Be sure to give her a big TWC welcome!


Creative Nonfiction: The Power of Story, The Love of Truth
by Marcia Moston @MarciaMoston

Sunday, June 11, 2017

On the Horizon

by Sarah Van Diest @SarahVanDiest


“Do you sense there are places Jesus might want to lead you where you would rather not go?”
40-Day Journey with Dietrich Bonhoeffer by Ronald Klug

I have known this was coming.

Friday, June 9, 2017

Save Valuable Time on Social Media & Blogging with These Tips

by Edie Melson @EdieMelson


So often we make things more difficult than they have to be. That’s especially true with social media. 

Many writers have the idea that social media is difficult and time-consuming. But the truth is it doesn’t have to be. So today I’m sharing how to save valuable time on social media and blogging.

I’ve broken my tips up into two categories. The first pertains to time-saving tips for you. The second is time-saving tips for those reading your blog—making it much more likely that your post will get shared by others.

Thursday, June 8, 2017

Giving our Characters More Attitude (and Less Backstory)

by Todd Allen @ToddAllenAuthor


Take your manuscript to the next level when
you add characters with attitude!
Creating memorable characters is one of the biggest challenges facing writers. Readers often forget the specifics of plots, but they always remember well-drawn characters. Jack Reacher, Hannibal Lecter, and Tom Sawyer will live forever in our memories because they share one common element: an unmistakable attitude.

Wednesday, June 7, 2017

Step Out of Your Writing Comfort Zone

by Edie Melson @EdieMelson


Add life to your writing
by stepping out of your comfort zone!
As a whole, writers consistently struggle with self-confidence. Part of that comes, I believe, from working alone. Another contributing issue is the fact that writing is creating. We bring something tangible out of nothing and it carries our creative DNA. Both of these factors make it hard for us to have accurate perspective, so we err on the side of negativity. We tend to think less of our writing—and our abilities—than we ought. 

Tuesday, June 6, 2017

Describing Your Fictional World

by Cynthia Owens @EfficiencyAdict

Become a travel guide for your readers!
One of my weaknesses as a writer is adding sensory details. I tend to start with the dialogue, add the critical action items, and toss in just enough deep point of view (POV) to help the reader connect to the character. Description and sensory details are the last things I consider. Part of this is because I can see my characters’ world. It exists in my head in vibrant detail, but as my critique partners frequently remind me, I’m not always letting the reader in on the action.

So today, as I’m reviewing a manuscript, trying to add all those worldview details I didn’t include on previous edits, I’m reminded of the last time I traveled.

Monday, June 5, 2017

The Magic of Price Control for the Indie Author

by Traci Tyne Hilton @TraciTyneHilton

Keys to making price control work for the Indie Author!
It’s no secret by now that to make a living as an indie mid-lister, you have to write, write, write, and write more, and then invest in advertising like it’s an addiction. Indie authors have a magical power called “price control” that sets us apart from traditional authors. It comes with a cost, of course (one I call bookstore invisibility) but price control is what elevates the indie advertising experience. While we can speak at events, sell paperbacks at book tables, hand out bookmarks, and other traditional advertising stuff, we can also say, “Hmmm! I think it’s time to have a sale!” and drop the price of our books.

Sunday, June 4, 2017

Writing for My Own Soul

by Danetta Keller @DanettaKellar

Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you. 1 Peter 5:7

When did I begin to write for an audience? I have wondered long about this in recent days.

For as far back as I can remember, words have rushed forth in my soul like the Kenyan monsoon rains in April. Writing has been my companion, my comforter, my patient listener. The paper of the early years has given way to an unlimited supply of digital pages. The expression of words through writing has brought comfort and clarity to my noisy heart.

Saturday, June 3, 2017

Resources for Those Writing Books for Children

by Tim Suddeth @TimSuddeth

Recently, through my writing group and the Blue Ridge Mountains Christian Writers Conference, I’ve had the opportunity to meet several writers who are working on writing a children’s book. 

In my conversations with them, I learned the they often chose to write for the younger reader for several reasons.

Friday, June 2, 2017

Why Networking at a Writing Conference is SO Important

by Bruce Brady @BDBrady007

For years, I’ve been saying the most important reason to attend writing conferences is networking. Today, I’ll give you a real-world example that supports my stance.

Unlike the business world, I define networking as establishing new friendships, and renewing old ones—regardless of any potential monetary benefit. It’s taking a genuine interest in others, simply for the joy of getting to know them.

Thursday, June 1, 2017

From First-timer to Faculty, a Unique Look at Writing Conferences

by Lynn Blackburn @LynnHBlackburn


When I started writing for The Write Conversation in 2010, I had just attended my very first conference—the Blue Ridge Mountains Christian WritersConference.

In the years since, I’ve gone from conference newbie to conference regular to published author to . . . conference faculty. This year I’ll be serving on the faculty of three different conferences ranging from small and intimate to huge.

I consider myself to be a faculty newbie so I thought it might be fun to pull back the curtain on the faculty experience.

Wednesday, May 31, 2017

5 Steps to Becoming a Devoted Writer

by Jacob Cavett @JacobCavett

I used to find it difficult to call myself a writer. In many ways, I felt guilty giving myself a label I hardly earned while others had shelves crammed with their published works. I knew I had to start somewhere, but couldn’t help but be discouraged that I didn’t yet have an agent or book deal. Although I might need to have an inventory of works to be established, I don’t need any experience to be devoted to my craft. 

Monday, May 29, 2017

And the Winners Are... Christian Publishing Professionals Shine at BRMCWC

by Edie Melson @EdieMelson

We want to extend our sincere congratulations to everyone who entered these contests. You are all winners because you were willing to put your writing out there!

Sunday, May 28, 2017

To Make a Long Story Pie

by Rhonda Rhea @RhondaRhea


Isn’t it great when someone says, “to make a long story short,” because then you know to cancel your plans for the rest of the day.

I know what you’re thinking. You’re thinking I’m not one to talk about long stories or the people who tell them. I’m known for being more than a little on the wordy side. And still, even in a personal conversation, I sometimes have trouble listening to others whose presentations are longer than three minutes. Especially if they don’t have visual aids.

Friday, May 26, 2017

What’s the Big Deal about Sans Serif Fonts?

by Lori Hatcher @LoriHatcher2

As long as I’ve been blogging, I’ve heard the warning, “Never use anything but a sans serif font on your blog.”

I’d nod my head and look solemn, because, apparently, the use of sans serif fonts is a serious thing. Inside, I’m clueless. What in the world is a sans serif font? And, horror of horrors, is there such a thing as a serif font? Dare I even ask?

Thursday, May 25, 2017

Feeling Burned Out?

by Henry McLaughlin @RiverBendSagas

Have you ever felt tired and worn out? Burdened with obligations and things to do? Like there’s never enough time?

Have you ever felt like “Help!” is all you can pray?

I have. I think we all have. In my writing, my own writing competes with obligations to my coaching and editing client, and to my writing partners. Then comes responsibilities to my family. Add church to all this, especially in serving, and you’ve got the recipe for a perfect storm of frustration and burn out.

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

3 Ways to Add Punch to Your Story

by DiAnn Mills @DiAnnMills

In the boxing ring of every story’s aim to receive five-star reviews and thousands of sales, some novels emerge as winners, rightfully claiming a “golden glove” award in fiction. We all want to be there and not just for one novel but every one we create.

We writers analyze the hows and whys of bestsellers while incorporating new techniques into our writing. So here’s my challenge—Slip into a pair of writer boxing gloves. Get the adrenaline going and maybe a little caffeine. The following are three of my favorite ways to move closer to a championship title.

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Giving Yourself Permission to Rest

by Eva Marie Everson @EvaMarieEverson

“Even God rested, Eva Marie,” a fellow writer exclaimed to me.

True, I reckoned. But is God a Type-A personality, I mused …

You know … constantly driven with a sense of urgency, always up against the clock with a tendency to overbook or overlap in the booking, able to leap tall buildings at a single bound, unable to do only one thing at a time?

Wait … yes. God is a Type-A. Which means He gets me.

Monday, May 22, 2017

Keeping Social Media Personal

by Bethany Jett @BetJett

Have you ever gotten excited when someone you admired friended you on Facebook, retweeted you on Twitter, or asked to be a connection on LinkedIn? For at least one millisecond, that person knew your name.

There were times I was so thrilled that I printed out screenshots for my smash book, which is simply a fun way to scrapbook without trying. It’s a nice feeling.

Unless the only reason they followed you, liked you, or friended you was to spam you.

Sunday, May 21, 2017

My Momma’s Best Advice: How to Keep Going when You Lose

by Andy Lee @WordsByAndyLee


I was in fourth grade, and the opening day of the Tillman County Fair grew closer by the minute. Excitement kept me up at night as I tossed and turned and day-dreamed in the dark of winning blue ribbons.

Competition didn’t pump through my veins on the basketball court or baseball field. An athlete I was not. But give me a sewing machine, recipe, or a speech contest, and I could win with the best of them—humbly of course.

But this county fair was different. My offerings to the contests did not fare as well as the year before. The chocolate chips in my famous chocolate chip cookies melted into the batter turning the golden delights into brown ones, but there was no time to bake another batch. Those would have to do. I hoped their taste would overpower their looks.

And my Thanksgiving table cloth with appliqued napkins and stuffed pumpkins was not perfect. Sewing a straight line never was my strength. Yet, it was creative. I thought.

So needless to say, after the judging was done, the ribbons adorning my entries were not blue. One was red and the other white. First place would not be mine to attain that year. My ten-year-old competitive heart crumbled. Disappointment hung thick in the car as we drove home down highway seventy passed Rhonda Rollin’s daddy’s Dairy Freeze. Not even an ice cream cone could make me feel better.

Wisely, my mom gave me time to grieve. She didn’t impart her advice until we pulled into our driveway. The blue Ford slowly rolled up to the house. Mom braked gently, put it in park, turned the ignition off, and turned toward her pouting, freckled face daughter. That’s when she gave me the advice that stuck with me for the rest of my life.

No rebuke.
  
No “You’ll do better next time.”

Just.

“Andy, in life you have to be a teeter-totter. You can’t always be on top. Others win. That’s just the way life is. Sometimes you’re on top, and sometimes you’re not.”

Time and time again that wisdom has softened the blow of defeat granting me grace for myself and the one who won. It even helped me recently when I learned that I had not won a writing contest. My initial disappointment wasn’t graceful. The loss stirred up that ten-year old girl who decided she would never enter another contest.

I even thought, Maybe I’m done writing! Maybe I should do something else.

I began second guessing everything I’ve written.

But after a short-stack of pancakes with a lot of butter and syrup, the memory of a my mom’s advice drifted through my mind.  It lessened the disappointment, silenced the doubts, and placed it all in perspective.

Andy, you have to be a teeter-totter.

Such wisdom. Her words reminded me that life is not about blue ribbons or being an award-winning writer. No, life is about using our gifts and passions for the Kingdom of Light.

And taking turns.

If my turn on the ground gives someone else the chance to be in the air, I’ll take my turn. Honestly, God didn’t tell me to win an award-winning book. He just told me to write a book.

And I did.

What was the best piece of advice your mom gave you?

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Andy Lee is a Bible teacher, blogger, and author of A Mary Like Me: Flawed Yet Called (Leafwood, 2016) and The Book of Ruth Key Word Bible Study: A 31-Day Journey to Hope and Promise (AMG Publishers). Visit her site, www.wordsbyandylee.com where Andy digs deep to live fully and join her daily with hundreds of viewers on her Bite of Bread Facebook Live broadcast at 8:20 AM ET to start your day in the Word.