Writing in a Wonder-Full World

Guest Post by Karley Conklin

“The world will never starve for want of wonders, but only for want of wonder.” -G.K. Chesterton When you see a mushroom in your yard, do you dismiss it? Or do you tap it with a stick to see it bounce? Do you think of fairies and smile? And when you see the little snail […]

Showing Christmas Using the Five Senses

by Ava Pennington

Show don’t tell. We hear it all the time. Don’t tell the reader, show the reader. Draw readers into your story. Make it easy for them to feel as if they are in the middle of whatever you’re writing. Prompted by a recent series of blog posts on the Hartline Literary Agency website,  I’ve been […]

Thankful for Silver Linings

By Ava Pennington

Silver Linings

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 […]


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 […]


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 […]

Keynote Speakers for 2018

Plan your agenda for Write2Ignite 2018!

Announcing Write2Ignite Keynote Speakers for September 21-22, 2018!   Jenny L. Cote Jenny L. Cote, author of two award-winning series, The Amazing Tales of Max & Liz, and Epic Order of the Seven, will be the featured keynote speaker at Write2Ignite Conference 2018! Cote specializes in adventure fiction with historical content and has just released the first book of her new trilogy, The […]