Social Media – a Writer’s Fresh Vision

By DiAnn Mills @DiAnnMills When a writer grows tired of social media and dreads creating a blog or post, it’s time to create new ideas. So how is this accomplished when a writer feels like she’s scraping the bottom of inspiration? Writers can’t find fresh vision while sitting in front of a computer screen. We […]

Tried and True Ways to Attract Readers

By DiAnn Mills @DiAnnMills We writers can become so involved with our stories that we forget we’re writing to attract readers—not agents, editors, marketing and promotion types, or sales staff. Entertainment is our aim, And writing is our game. There are 7.2 billion people in this world. We will never meet each person, but we […]

When Rejection Stings

dealing with rejection

by Alycia W. Morales     @AlyciaMorales If you’ve been writing for any length of time – and submitting, hopeful for publication – you are well aware of the sting of rejection. If you’re human, you know the sting of rejection. We’ve all dealt with it. When someone turns you or your writing down, they may have […]

Tips to Stay Safe Online While Building Your Audience

by Edie Melson @EdieMelson As writers we know the importance of developing an online presence, but is there such a thing as putting too much information out there? How do we know when we’ve gone beyond platform building into an area that puts us and our families at risk? The result of too much information […]

3 Ways to Create Margin with Your Time

aka...It's Time to Break Up with Life

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by Bethany Jett, @betjett Stressed? Overwhelmed? Spinning your wheels? When life gets too busy with looming deadlines and demands on my time, I tend to react in the one way that comes naturally. I hide. From life. Which incidentally, doesn’t work. Because in this game of hide-and-seek, life finds me every time. 3 Ways to Create […]

Fall Back in Love with Writing

by Edie Melson @EdieMelson Between deadlines, edits and rejections it’s easy to fall out of love with our writing. It can get so bad that we begin to dread sitting down at the keyboard. When that happens to me my mind begins to reprioritize my life. I can suddenly find a million things more important […]

What Colors are in Your Writing Kaleidoscope?

By DiAnn Mills @DiAnnMills Psychology teaches our emotions are affected by color. Each person responds to color according to personality, experience, background, and culture. Writers who create extraordinary prose provide a kaleidoscope of emotions to enhance the reader’s experience. When a kaleidoscope is rotated, colors and patterns blend to form a visual explosion. Our goal […]

Capture Those Elusive Writing Ideas

by Edie Melson @EdieMelson As a writer, I’ve come to realize the value—and the elusiveness—of writing ideas. They come and go like beautiful blossoms in spring. And just like flowers, if we don’t pick them and save them, we lose them. So today I’d like to share some tips for catching and storing writing ideas. […]

How to Add Text to Images with Canva

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Add Text to Images with Canva

by Bethany Jett, @BetJett Images are all the rage these days, so whether you’re creating a featured image for your blog post or a meme for social media, the job needs to be done efficiently. This can easily be achieved using a photo editing app or software like PicMonkey or WordSwag. Today, we’re going to […]

Debunking 5 Social Media Myths About Writing

By DiAnn Mills @DiAnnMills On January 24, I addressed the question, “Does Social Media Sell Books?” Click to read the blog. Now that you understand the value of establishing an active social media platform, let’s move on to another critical issue for writers. Misconceptions about the value of social media can paralyze the writer who […]