Tips to Help Writers Battle Creative Fatigue

by Edie Melson @EdieMelson We all have times when the well of creativity runs dry. Maybe it’s from too many writing deadlines, a family crisis or holiday madness. Whatever it is, it can leave us sitting in a desert thirsting for ideas. I’ve learned that these dry times often come when I don’t the luxury […]

What Do You Say to the Voices in Your Head?

By Deborah Clack @deborah_clack The black dress. The uncomfortable heels. The freshened make-up. And the hope that this was the night Lance Vernon Clack would propose to me. Twelve years ago, almost to the day, I sat across a table from my boyfriend in a restaurant at the top of Reunion Tower. Pulling out a […]

One Writer’s Annual Reading Plan

by Bob Hostetler @BobHoss At the recent (and wonderful!) Blue Ridge Mountains Christian Writers Conference, I had occasion several times to mention the fact that I compile and generally follow an annual reading plan every year. As a writer, of course, I afford reading a high priority in my life. I read not only for […]

Accept The Call

Expect an Adventure with God for Writers

By DiAnn Mills @diannmills Today begins our first Faith Friday post. For the next nine weeks, we’ll be exploring our relationship with God as writers for Him by using the acronym A-D-V-E-N-T-U-R-E Today, we want to dwell on the letter A: Accept the call from God as a personal invitation to follow Him. A writer […]

4 Ways To Keep Your Writing Inspiration

By Vincent B. Davis II @vbdavisii Writers, by nature, are adrenaline junkies. Artistic rush seekers. We might claim that it’s the coffee that keeps us coming back to the computer screen, but in reality, it’s that indescribable feeling that wells up within us when we create something of value. Unfortunately, this high isn’t always present. […]

5 Things You’ll Discover When You Write THROUGH the Tough Times

by Edie Melson @EdieMelson I’ve never met anyone who had an easy life. I’ve met a lot of people that looked like they did—from the outside. But once I’ve gotten to know them, I quickly learned that things were never what they seemed. This holds true for writers. Those who have the luxury of writing […]

Characteristics that Determine a Heroine

By DiAnn Mills @DiAnnMills How do you determine the heroine in your novels? Discovering who my female character is and what matters to her takes time and patience. She’s not a victim, although she might have been in the past. Because of that critical experience, she’s changed and grown into a survivor who’s strong and […]

When Do I Need A Writing Coach?

By DiAnn Mills @diannmills C.S. Lewis did not write behind closed doors and hide his manuscripts from the rest of the world. Rather he and other renowned Christian friends formed the Inklings, a group destined to encourage each other in spiritual and writing disciplines. They read their work aloud and met for almost twenty years. […]

7 Reasons Your Social Media Life is Busier Than It Should Be

By Edie Melson @ediemelson I’m just back home from several weeks of teaching at writing conferences. In spite of the fact that I’m a card-carrying introvert, I love getting to share what I’ve learning about publishing and marketing with other writers. One of the things I get asked over and over again is, “How do […]