Be Positive about Your Writing Goals

  Once October starts, I begin thinking about the goals I set in January. For years, I beat myself up over the goals I didn’t reach; the to-do items that remained undone. That changed in 2009 when I charged my online writing group with discussing their goals only in a positive light. No matter what […]

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Small Tricks for Overcoming the Scary Blank Page

When I signed up to post here today, I thought a big writing project would be well behind me. Instead, after having to set it aside twice to tackle other tasks–writing copy for my new website (coming soon!) and editing a women’s Bible study–I’m way behind. The pressure’s on, and it’s difficult–almost impossible, really–to think […]

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Introducing Stephanie Nelson

We welcome aboard Stephanie Nelson as the Write2Ignite! Teen Track Coordinator for the 2015 Conference. Below Stephanie shares her heart for teens.  Working with young people inspires me. They are asked, during a season that is physiologically fraught with hormones and emotionally mined with insecurity, to make some major life choices: “What do you want to […]

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Seasons of a Writer’s Life

We move through seasons of life as we parent babies and teenagers, experience empty nests and become caregivers for our own parents. Writing adds another layer to already full lives. So let’s talk about seasons in a writer’s life. Season 1: I Want to be a Writer You might have been in third grade or […]

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15 Tips for Writing Believable Kids’ Dialogue

Writing believable kids’ dialogue isn’t as easy as it sounds. After all, we’re adults trying to remember exactly what it was like to be a child of a particular age.  So here are some tips to keep in mind as you write realistic dialogue for children.  Eavesdrop. Listen to how kids talk and think. What […]

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