Are You Willing to Be Rejected?

by Ava Pennington

Nobody likes to be rejected. And when we’ve poured ourselves into a writing project, only to see it rejected by agents and editors, it’s easy to take that rejection personally. “My manuscript isn’t good enough.” “My writing skills aren’t good enough.” “I’m not good enough.” Is that true? Before you believe the lie that you’re […]

3 Ways to Celebrate Short Story Month

by Grace Geide

Woman reading an open book on a stone wall by water

“Short stories are tiny windows into other worlds and other minds and other dreams. They are journeys you can make to the far side of the universe and still be back in time for dinner.” ―Neil Gaiman May is here, and that means it’s National Short Story Month! Short stories may be—well—short, but if done […]

The Good, the Bad, and the Mediocre of Self-Publishing

Part V in the Write2Ignite Author Interview series on Self-Publishing

Kenneth G. Winters, author of the YA novel The Lost Crown of Colonnade, served as a Navy chaplain; a few years ago, he retired from full-time ministry. After investigating several Christian self-publishing companies, he published this first novel in 2011. He shares here, in the fifth of our Write2Ignite author interviews on self-publishing, what he […]

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 […]

Limitless Creativity

by Bonnie Rose Hudson

The creativity of God never ceases to amaze me. He created plants that grow underwater, He created diamonds and dandelion dust with equal ease, and He called a single woman with no children to write for the Christian homeschool market. I wasn’t homeschooled as a child. I went to a very small private Christian school. […]

Stories Matter

by Daniel Blackaby

“The universe is made of stories, not atoms.” —Muriel Rukeyser Once upon a time… … in a Galaxy Far, Far Away… … a young shepherd boy stood before the giant with only a sling. … a starship set out to boldly go where no man had gone before. … four reptiles stumbled upon green ooze […]

Making Mud Pies

by Kim Peterson

I’m told I was a particularly difficult baby and a challenging child. The family blames the first on colic; I blame the second on a vivid imagination. Whatever the cause, a series of photos seems to substantiate the claims of my parentals, aunts and uncles, and grandmother. One snapshot in particular comes to mind. Picture […]