Writing Resources: The Business Of Being A Writer

Business of Being a writer

"Too few [writers] are open to the possibility that the business side calls for as much imagination as the artistic process itself . . . An open attitude toward business can provide focus, discipline, and, sometimes most importantly, self-awareness about what you want and expect from your writing career."--Jane Friedman, The Business of Being a…

Give Thanks for this Writing Season!

  While you’re accumulating your list of blessings to share around the Thanksgiving table, don’t forget to include these features that make up your writing journey. You can find many reasons to be thankful for it this season. Be thankful for… A never-ending amount of writing resources. No matter what part of the process you’re…

Writing from the Overflow of the Heart

overflow of the heart

"The good man brings good things out of the good treasure of his heart, and the evil man brings evil things out of the evil treasure of his heart. For out of the overflow of the heart, the mouth speaks."--Luke 6:45 (BSB) Our words and actions reflect what fills our hearts. As Christian creatives, we…

Have You Found Your Writer’s Voice? by Jarm Del Boccio

Jarm Del Boccio's Children's Lit Bookshelf

On one of my blog posts, where I shared a "Flash Fiction" piece, a commenter had mentioned that I had "a voice".  I can't tell you how thrilled I was with that revelation! I kept saying to myself, over and over: "I have a voice!  I have a voice!" as if I had received the…

3 Tips from “Self-Editing for Fiction Writers” by Karley Conklin

self-editing for fiction writers

"The secret to editing your work is simple: you need to become its reader instead of its writer."--Zadie Smith Write2Ignite's  2020 Master class with  Joyce Moyer Hostetter is only a month away. The Write2Ignite team has suggested checking out several chapters of Self-Editing for Fiction Writers by Renni Browne and Dave King as a way…

9 Tips for Writing Unforgettable Characters by Deborah DeCiantis

According to Elaine Marie Alphin (Creating Characters Kids Will Love p. 2) “Kids read because a magical closeness springs up between them and the characters in books and stories—the same magical closeness I felt as a child. They read because a writer has brought a character to life on the page for them.” Every great…

Our Publishing Dreams

Proverbs 13:12

We've all had longings or yearnings during our lives, especially when we were young. Having the whole world before us, we could dream about what our lives would look like as writers/authors. "If only I could publish a book" "I wish I could find the perfect literary agent" "If I could only have more sales"…

3 Editing Tips from a Woodcarver by Karley Conklin

editing tips form a woodcarver

“When you write a book, you spend day after day scanning and identifying the trees. When you’re done, you have to step back and look at the forest.” -Stephen King, On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft You've probably never thought to ask for editing tips from a woodcarver. I normally wouldn't, either. Yet this…

The Challenge of Interpreting Culture by Emily Babbitt

Some stories — even if written during a different time — are applicable to every generation of teens because they help with interpreting culture.   First published in 1967, The Outsiders, by S.E. Hinton, has inspired readers for more than 50 years. Hinton, just fifteen years old when she began writing the book, was inspired by…

Bird By Bird: A Timeless Writing Resource by Karley Conklin

bird by bird

"'So why does our writing matter again?' they ask. Because of the spirit, I say. Because of the heart. Writing and reading decrease our sense of isolation. They deepen and widen and expand our sense of life: they feed the soul." --Anne Lamott, pp. 237 Bird by Bird by Anne Lamott should be on every…