Five Myths about an Agent’s Rejection

Tamela Hancock Murray,@Tamela_Murray   1.) The agent hates me. Unless you approached her and said something along the lines of, “You and your kids are ugly and you have lousy taste in manuscripts,” a rejection shouldn’t be personal. But if you are worried that you unintentionally offended an agent or other publishing professional, take action. […]

What I learned about #Writing from Rudolph the Red-nosed Reindeer

by Edie Melson @EdieMelson I love all the Christmas specials that come around every year during the holidays, and Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer has always been one of my favorites. I identify with his lack of self-confidence, his heart for his friends and especially his gumption when Santa called on him to step up and guide the sleigh that night.  And […]

Keep Your Writing Muscle in the Springtime of Its Life

Keep Your Writing Muscle in the Springtime of Its Life By D.L. Koontz, @DLKoontz In their terrific book, Younger Next Year, authors Chris Crowley and Henry S. Lodge, M.D explain that as we age, we send signals to our body to enter either the spring or the winter of our lives. It’s our choice. Spring […]

Five Steps to Revitalizing Your Writing Creativity

By Cindy Sproles, @CindyDevoted It happens. Sometimes the words simply dry up. It’s not writer’s block. You have ideas. There are sentences that hit the page – but when they say nothing . . . when words just don’t flow as they should. What then? Writers are abundantly creative and creativity draws from your physical […]

You Know You’re a Writer When You Procrastinate by…

by Lynn H. Blackburn, @LynnHBlackburn November is National Novel Writing Month. Thousands of writers all over the world have determined to write 50K words in thirty days. There are pros and cons to NaNoWriMo, but one very definite “pro” is that it demands you cease all forms of procrastination and get ‘er done. I’m not […]

Defining Creative Success

By Lindsey Brackett, @lindsbrac I majored in theater. Actually, I majored in Interdisciplinary Studies, which is a fancy way of saying I couldn’t make up my mind between theater, English, and education. So I studied all three and called it a secondary drama teacher’s major. I’ve never taught high school drama. Somehow I let my […]

Writing Through Tragedy

By Lucinda Secrest McDowell, @LucindaSMcDowel   Will we ever get used to hearing that there has been a mass murder of innocent people? That a hurricane has utterly destroyed an entire town or island? That in some utterly unimaginable way evil has been perpetrated on God’s creation? I hope not. I hope we remain horrified. […]

Does Your Writing Resemble Flabby Arms?

By DiAnn Mills @DiAnnMills While contemplating my next writing project, I took a critical look at myself, and I didn’t like what the mirror revealed. I had flabby arms. Some of you call these bat wings or fly-zones. I refer to them as dangling participles, nothing I want on me or in my writing. Now, […]

When the Writing Gets Tough, Just Keep Pedaling.

by Lynn H. Blackburn @LynnHBlackburn A few summers ago, our youngest son decided he was ready to try riding his bike without the training wheels. My husband removed the training wheels and we wrapped him in bubble wrap secured his helmet on his head and found some knee and elbow pads before letting him go on […]