Thankful for Silver Linings

By Ava Pennington

The writing life can be unpredictable. Times of joy interspersed with times of discouragement. Mountains and valleys. Successes and failures. Problem is, all too often, the discouragement and failures seem to outnumber the joys and mountaintop experiences. So what do we do when our visits to the valleys seem to morph into extended stays? When […]

Kick Out Christianese

by Ava Pennington

Last month, we talked about the importance of identifying and removing clichés from our writing. This month, let’s tackle Christianese. What is Christianese? Christianese phrases are Christian clichés. They form an insider language that is often overused, misused, and abused. Have you ever asked readers if they are saved? Or perhaps encouraged them to “ask […]

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Kick Out Clichés

by Ava Pennington

We hear them so frequently that we’re often oblivious to their presence. But if we want our writing to make an impact in this day and age, in the final analysis, we must think outside the box and avoid clichés like the plague or our writing will be behind the eight ball! What are clichés? Once […]

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Pilgrim’s Progress theme Part III

The Learning Curve Becomes the Teachable Moment

Write2Ignite Conference 2018 theme series – by Deborah S. DeCiantis  Following his escape from the Slough of Despond, Christian meets Mr. Worldly-Wiseman, who convinces him that an easier way to get rid of his burden is to turn aside from the path to the Wicket Gate and instead climb the hill to meet Legality and […]

Dual-Curriculum in Learning to Write for Children

by Darcy L. Hendrick

I am the mother of four grown sons. But they weren’t always grown. There were quite a few hectic years that could best be described as managed chaos. I would get a little one off my hip and onto his feet just in time to have another firmly attach himself. And honestly, who knew there were […]