9 Benefits of Participating in NaNoWriMo

by Alycia W. Morales @AlyciaMorales November is quickly approaching! As we focus on pulling out our sweaters and boots, drinking all the pumpkin spice lattes we can handle, and photographing the changing of the leaves, several writers will be gearing up for NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month). For the month of November, we’ll be shooting […]

Writing Through the Chaos

Tips to Keep Moving Forward When Life Happens

by Edie Melson @EdieMelson There has been a lot of chaos in our world lately—catastrophic wildfires, Unprecedented flooding with Hurricane Harvey, and Hurricane Irma—one of the largest ever. Even if you were fortunate enough not to be directly impacted by these large-scale events, chances are you have people close to you who were. Events like […]

Jumpstart Creativity with 31 Fun Field Trips for Writers

by Edie Melson @EdieMelson Fall is my favorite time of the year. I could happily spend from September through November outside hiking, exploring, and road-tripping. In honor of my own personal wanderlust, today I’m sharing my list of places to explore. These are things that you can do by yourself, or get together with another […]

As Your Follow Your Writing Dreams, Are You Skydiving or Flying?

by Edie Melson @EdieMelson Now to Him who is able to do far more abundantly beyond all that we ask or think, according to the power that works within us, Ephesians 3:20 Sometimes (more often than not) I get caught up in the process of life. I’m an analytical sort of person, and I’m definitely […]

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 […]

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 […]

Faithful in the Little Things

By Martin Johnson @mtjohnson51 Wow, I can’t believe is been almost three months since the 2017 Blue Ridge Mountains Christian writers conference. It’s probably because I returned home overwhelmed by the week, both spiritually and creatively! If your experience was like mine, God has so many surprises planned for us. I don’t mean the big […]

12 Things to Store in Your Writer’s Vault for Times When Creativity Disappears

by Edie Melson @EdieMelson Saving for a rainy day isn’t just good financial advice—it’s good writing advice. We all have those times when inspiration doesn’t choose to shine on us. But if we’ve been storing valuable things, we’ll be able to continue to make progress. Ideas.Every single writer should have a system of keeping track […]

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 […]