Don’t Wait for the Mood to Strike to Write!


by Edie Melson @EdieMelson I began writing like most of you did—as a creative outlet—a way to process the world around me. I kept diaries, started stories and books, played around with articles. But all of these efforts had one thing in common. They were written out of my own emotional overflow. When that overflow […] Read Free

All you Need is a Library Card


by Bethany Jett, @BetJett I’m obsessed with reading lately. It comes in spurts and dry spells, but this last week especially, I’ve inhaled one after another. As Stephen King says, to be a good writer, you have to do two things: read a lot and write a lot. Ergo, reading = working. 😊 Thanks to the […]

Social Media, Marketing & Branding

Twitter & Writers - A Perfect Match


by Edie Melson @EdieMelson I remember the first time I ventured onto twitter. It’s an intimidating site, full of unfamiliar terms and strange rules. Beyond that, the more people I followed, the more confusing the newsfeed became. To my untrained eye, all those 140 character bursts were just disjointed and disconnected chaos. I really didn’t […]

SOS – Settings on Steroids Part II


By DiAnn Mills @DiAnnMills Welcome to Part II of SOS – Settings on Steroids. A character who lives in the setting will not make the same observations as a visitor. A seasoned character’s emtions are different from a novice in a specific environment. The seven universal emotions, according to Tonya Reiman in The Power of […]

How Writing is Like Whelping Puppies


by Alycia W. Morales     @AlyciaMorales When we think about writing, puppies aren’t necessarily the first things that come to mind. Unless they’re the characters in a children’s book. Or their name is Marley. But really… Anticipation Cinnamon, my dog, was pregnant with her pups for three months. I watched and assessed and waited as her […]

What Does it Mean to Write Christian Books?


by Edie Melson @EdieMelson Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for human masters… It is the Lord Christ you are serving. Colossians 3:23-24 Even though I’m a Christ-follower, I must admit I’m struggling with a concept. I have a problem with the idea of Christian […]

These Two Tips Will Get you Far

by Bethany Jett, @BetJett There is a lot of excellent writing advice. Honestly, I could spend hours curled up on the couch scrolling through agents’ blogs, websites on writing tips, and scanning Pinterest pins on the subject. But there are two “writing” tips that have the ability to either help you excel in this business or crush […]

What Writers Can Learn about Marketing from National Chocolate Cupcake Day


By DiAnn Mills @DiAnnMills Today is October 18, National Chocolate Cupcake Day. Is your mouth watering? Before you grab your car keys and speed off to the nearest bakery, I want to talk about how we writers can market and promote like the creators of this tasty-treat day. Writers want their books to be mouth-watering […]

SOS – Settings on Steroids

Part I


By DiAnn Mills @DiAnnMills Ah, setting, the frail stepchild of fiction. How often we neglect this vital member of story, insisting character, plot, dialogue, and emotion are much more important. We dress her in rags, have her clean the chimney, then criticize her for lack of beauty. Setting is the physical environment where story takes […]

Can I Take a Break from Writing?

Break from Writing

by Alycia W. Morales     @AlyciaMorales There is a lot of advice about setting writing goals. And be sure you write every. single. day. Or else the writing genie bottle will dry up and you will lose your mojo. Be sure of that. Is there ever a time when it’s okay to take a break from […]