5 Lessons from a Young Writer

By Hannah Howe Note: Hannah Howe interned with me this spring during her final semester of college. She did a fine job and offers these lessons gleaned through her college and internship experiences.  During the past several years, I’ve pursued a BA in writing and interned with both Breathe Christian Writers Conference and AB WritingContinue reading “5 Lessons from a Young Writer”

Apples to Apples: Surprise at the Core of Three Great Books

My daughter Abby has the unique gift of comparing humans to animals. She studies a person, then comes up with the best animal comparison ever. She’s spot on every time, sending us into howls of laughter. Sometimes I come across two or three wildly different books that have one or two similarities worth comparing. ThisContinue reading “Apples to Apples: Surprise at the Core of Three Great Books”

Author Talk: Q&A with novelist Mesu Andrews

Mesu Andrews (pronounced mee-sue) is well known for her fiction based on biblical figures. Her novel Miriam was a Christy Award finalist and her newest novel, Isaiah’s Daughter, will be released in February. This accomplished writer talks about her fiction and her writing life. Q: What do your readers say they like about your biblicalContinue reading “Author Talk: Q&A with novelist Mesu Andrews”

Writing for the Books & Joanna Davidson Politano

2017 was a great year for novels with storylines involving writers. Four were on my reading list, and should probably be on yours if for no other reason than they are about writing. Rachel Hauck’s The Writing Desk is a luscious time-jump tale with a writing desk in the middle. Tenley Roth has one bestseller,Continue reading “Writing for the Books & Joanna Davidson Politano”

The Professional Writing Life by Intern 1 (Sarah Traill)

During my months with Ann, I’ve had time to see the professional writing life up close. Here are a few of her tips: First, have a master plan. Make sure to write down all your tasks and deadlines. If you don’t write them down, you’re liable to forget! Once you have everything written down, makeContinue reading “The Professional Writing Life by Intern 1 (Sarah Traill)”

What I Learned from a Summer of Not Blogging

I haven’t posted a new blog entry in months and I’m trying not to feel guilty about that. The summer was filled with writing two books which, frankly, took priority over blogging. One book was a co-writing project with Bill Blacquiere, soon-to-be-retiring director of Bethany Christian Services. The Call to Care helps focus readers onContinue reading “What I Learned from a Summer of Not Blogging”

The Benefits of Retreat

Last summer my writing group visited my parents’ cabin in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula. We scattered around inside and out in the mornings to work on our writing projects; in the afternoon we went on an adventure. In the evenings we talked and laughed. What a wonderful time away in a place that demands relaxation andContinue reading “The Benefits of Retreat”