Life Lessons from a Writing Career

By Alycia W. Morales, @AlyciaMorales   When we consider writing a novel, we think about things like plot, characters, story, dialogue, point of view, and so much more. Have you ever stopped and considered how these play out in your own life? This past week, as I’ve been thinking about my own novel, I’ve considered […]

5 Habits of a Successful Writer

By DiAnn Mills @DiAnnMills   Emulating writers whose careers have soared into bestselling status provides us with amazing role models. We look for a road map with precise steps and no detours to accomplish the same goals. But every writer is different, and the destination isn’t always achieved the same way. We can succeed like […]

Quit Your Day Job?

By Tamela Hancock Murray, @Tamela_Murray   Writers spend much time and effort creating books, and those who are serious about making a living — or at least supplementing household income — invariably reach the proverbial fork in the road when they must ask, “Do I have what it takes?” If you have reached this point, […]

Writing Lessons from Cancer

In Remembrance of a Friend too Soon Gone

All of us here at BRMCWC are saddened by the recent passing of Bruce Brady. There are very few of you who have NOT been touched by him. His encouragement was without end. And his wisdom and insight were always delivered with love and compassion. Below is a post he wrote for The Write Conversation […]

Word Count & Writers: Too Many or Too Few

by Edie Melson @EdieMelson As working writers, our lives sometimes seem governed by word count. We use these numbers to set goals, define projects and sometimes even determine our victories. But it’s important to also view these numbers as a guide to show us how far we’ve come. I remember in high school—the anguish I […]

Find Writing Gems when You Mine the Hard Times in Life

by Edie Melson @EdieMelson We all want what we write to matter—to touch hearts, change lives, challenge the status quo.  To that end we search high and low for the words that connect us to our readers. But what if the gems we’re searching for aren’t hidden in distant places, but instead are buried deep […]

Keep Your Writing Options Open When You’re Just Starting Out

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 […]

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 […]