Small Writings

Small Writings Do you despise small beginnings? When we fix our sights on a book contract, it’s easy to dismiss anything smaller as unworthy of our efforts. But doing so could be a huge mistake. I’m a big believer in the benefit of “small writings.” The first payment I received for my writing was a … More Small Writings

Motivating Metaphors

When you sit down to write, what metaphor do you visualize? In my earliest years as a writer, I attended a writing conference. One of the speakers shared a metaphor that hit me hard. “There is nothing to writing,” he said. “All you do is sit down at a typewriter and bleed.” Often attributed to … More Motivating Metaphors

What’s in a Name?

The gorgeous cover of her new devotional, Reflections on the Names of God, beckons us to open and discover the depth and breadth of God’s character revealed in His manifold names. … More What’s in a Name?

New Devotions on Prayer for a Vibrant Faith and Writing Journey: A review of Refresh Your Prayers: Uncommon devotions to restore power and praise

Deborah DeCiantis reviews Lori Hatcher’s new devotional, Refresh Your Prayers: Uncommon devotions to restore power and praise … More New Devotions on Prayer for a Vibrant Faith and Writing Journey: A review of Refresh Your Prayers: Uncommon devotions to restore power and praise

Think Like a Child by Guest Blogger, Terri B. Kelly

Terri B. Kelly encourages Christian writers on how to write devotionals that children will understand. … More Think Like a Child by Guest Blogger, Terri B. Kelly

Do Not Besmirch Research

I’m currently doing research for three historical fiction projects. And all three will utilize different types of sources. I apologize that this post will mostly be lists and is a little dry. And it won’t even been an exhaustive list. But it will show how a zealous researcher needs to be creative, and the blog … More Do Not Besmirch Research

Five Tips for Getting Your Devotion Published by Guest Blogger, Tez Brooks

Tex Brooks provides 5 tips on getting your devotion published. … More Five Tips for Getting Your Devotion Published by Guest Blogger, Tez Brooks

Slow Down and Discover Rich Details

Contour drawing slows us down and frees us up to explore details that breathe life into our story’s characters and settings. … More Slow Down and Discover Rich Details

On ‘Story Genius’ or . . . How to Avoid Wasting a Decade of Your Life

Ever feel as if your writing is a waste of time? That the entire universe is laughing at your paltry literary efforts? That’s one of my biggest fears, and it’s founded on reality. I wrote three unsuccessful children’s book series for David C. Cook in the 1990s. And by “unsuccessful” I mean the amount of … More On ‘Story Genius’ or . . . How to Avoid Wasting a Decade of Your Life

Writing Devotions: It’s More Than Just a Message

Writing devotions for children has an exciting caveat: we get to write lots of fun stuff to go along with the key message as well.