From Writing Wounds Come Wisdom

by Edie Melson @EdieMelson We writers wear our hearts on our sleeves, metaphorically speaking. We pour our inner selves out on the page, drawing on the highs and lows of life to interpret the world through words. This is an exhilarating journey. The highs are incredible, and the lows…well…they’re tough. If we don’t take time […]

Reviewing Reviews

What Are They Good For?

By Vincent B. Davis II @vbdavisii   “This was simply not a well-written novel”. My jaw dropped as I read the sentence. I was stunned. How could anyone think that? My book had been out for nearly a month and hadn’t received a single negative review. I had previously believed (if only in my subconscious) […]

My 15 Favorite Things About Being a Writer

by Edie Melson @EdieMelson We all know there are aspects of choosing to write for a living that can make life tough. It’s easy to get focused on just the negatives. Today I want us to celebrate the best parts of being a writer! We get to use our own experiences—good and bad—to impact others.I’ve […]

Use These Tips to Move Past Writing Rejection

by Cindy Sproles @CindyDevoted Rejection is not fun. I can’t think of a soul who lives for the next rejection, whether it be in our families, our jobs, or our writing career. These days when a child is told no, the next thing to expect is wailing . . . maybe a little kicking and screaming, and […]

Article Ideas: Get More Mileage Out of Your Writing Research

by Linda Gilden @LindaGilden Has it ever occurred to you to use your article research to write different types of articles once your original article is published? For most researched articles, there is always a file of information you have to cut in order to stay within your word count. Save it and turn it […]

Social Media Strategies for the Weary

by Edie Melson @EdieMelson I know, I’m supposed to be the cheerleader of all things social media. But let’s get real here. Some days—some weeks—it just makes me tired. Usually it happens when certain situations arise: I haven’t had any meaningful conversations in a while. My updates seem to be going into a black hole […]

Flex Your Writing Wings Before You Fly

by Edie Melson @EdieMelson A lot of newer writers I meet find themselves overwhelmed with the myriad of opportunities in the field of writing. They struggle, trying to decide between writing articles, devotions, fiction, non-fiction, etc. Writing is a big field, and if you didn’t study some aspect of it in college, the choices can […]

Find Time to Write—12 Tips to Make Writing a Priority

by Edie Melson @EdieMelson I think one of the biggest obstacles writers face is finding the time to write. It’s a common myth to think that time just magically appears. Truthfully, we never FIND time to write, we have to carve out time to write. That’s what separates the wanna-be from the professional. Make an […]

11 Tips to Get More Comments on Your Blog

by Edie Melson @EdieMelson Even today—with as many blogs on the Internet as there are—blogging is still a valuable part of building and maintaining an online community. But it’s rare for a blog to take hold and grow, if it’s not a place where comments proliferate. Almost no one likes to be lectured, and that’s […]