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”

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”

A Writer’s Give-Thanks List

This Thanksgiving weekend is a fine time to give thanks for the good things in a writer’s life. You may not have a published book or even a byline yet, but there are still a fair number of writerly things for which to be thankful. Reference Materials. Maybe a good thesaurus isn’t at the topContinue reading “A Writer’s Give-Thanks List”

The How-To: Build a Book Launch

Christine Bierma learned the ins and outs of using social media by researching and doing. She learned to boost her own speaking platform, then began working with author Lynn Austin to build her social media platform. “Lynn had limited reach on Facebook and an old-fashioned blog on which she was posting twice a month. ButContinue reading “The How-To: Build a Book Launch”

Lots of Us Are Annoyed with Christian Fiction—Part 3

In the last two entries posted here, I might have offered an opinion or two on what annoys me about Christian fiction (“I’m fine” and endless zings). Turns out a few other people are annoyed as well. Their comments here and on Facebook were interesting, funny, and pretty much spot on. This is the lastContinue reading “Lots of Us Are Annoyed with Christian Fiction—Part 3”

Stepping Away from the Usual Brainwork

This past weekend I painted picture frames purchased at Salvation Army, attached chicken wire to the backs, added embellishments, mini clothespins and binder clips, and came away with three new renditions of bulletin boards. My writer friends Sharron and Cynthia did freestyle acrylic paint projects that turned out beautifully; Cynthia recently got out her mom’sContinue reading “Stepping Away from the Usual Brainwork”

Sticking Point: Staying with Your Writing Dream

There is no doubt about it: Writing is hard work. Perhaps the hardest part is sticking with it through discouragement and juggling writing and the life you live. Your day job, children young and old, elder care, housework and volunteer duties all can sap the strength you have. But you write in the cracks—those fewContinue reading “Sticking Point: Staying with Your Writing Dream”