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 […]

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 […]

Writers! Don’t Go Back to Normal

by Katy Kauffman @KatyKauffman28 After a conference, we try to go back to normal. My advice? Don’t. Once you have experienced BRMCWC for yourself, there’s no going back. Your “normal” has been altered forever.  Say good-bye to the old way of looking at yourself. You’re a writer now. Most likely, the call to write was […]

What to do AFTER You Get Home From a Writing Conference

by Edie Melson @EdieMelson I’m still coming down off the high of the 2017 Blue Ridge Mountains Christian Writers Conference, and while not all of you were there with me, I think there’s some info here you can use. We all need to know how to prioritize our time after an event where we’ve met […]

Writing – A Sacred Adventure

By DiAnn Mills @DiAnnMills We are on an adventure called life. From the day we are born until God calls us home, we are given special interests that define our purpose and mold our personalities. Writing is our sacred adventure. Writers share a special path because we’ve been gifted with the creative skill of releasing […]

Five Conferences and STILL Not Published

Why You Should NOT Be Discouraged!

by Lori Roeleveld @LoriSRoeleveld At one conference at Blue Ridge I had a turning point moment that might have derailed my work entirely. As I walked with an editor from dinner to the main evening event, she asked how many writing conferences I’d attended. “This is my third Blue Ridge conference so, five altogether, in […]

Returning to The Conference a Published Author

by Felicia Bridges @FBridges272 Seven years ago, I stood in the check-in line in Pritchell Hall at Blue Ridge Mountains Christian Writers Conference for the first time. My first writers conference, it was also the first time I took a step of faith to follow the calling God placed in my heart many years before. […]