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3 Reasons Writers Should Connect with Publications

Come write with Publishous! You are a writer and you want your work to be noticed. It’s hard to do when you’re just starting out. You work hard to craft the best piece possible and hear crickets in return. It’s disheartening and many writers quit just before they are...

How to Avoid Being Ordinary In A World of Automatons

I’m trying to do my life different now. I've spent most of my career working with the same organization, International Students, Inc. It’s been a fantastic experience. The people and experiences I’ve enjoyed as a result of this decision two decades ago have colored my...

10 Reasons Why Writing Is Therapeutic

“You’re going to need to find a way to exercise your mind. Pain is zapping all your mental and emotional energy and you’re going to need to work at keeping your mind sharp.” These were the words of my pain management doctor when I was first diagnosed with Reflex...

The Critic

My editor recently became outraged at a writing critique I privately received from a person involved in a book club. This person was critical of my book, A Good Bunch of Men, because of a bathroom scene. She was incensed, couldn’t believe it. She asked, “Do you know...

How and Why We Need to be Part of Jesus’ Story

How God Can Speak Through Art Challenge: My art challenge (thank you Meg Konovska) is to draw with only 33 dots to start. Eyes closed I put 33 dots on the page. I open eyes and draw a contour — without crossing any lines. And then see what I can see. Outline of the...

Getting it Right: Technical Advice for Novelists

Police and detective stories have withstood the test of time, and they are not going away anytime soon. When writing crime novels, you should consult experts so that you write it correctly. Most crime writers have no personal experience with the crimes about which...

Do You Want to Expand Your Readership on Medium?

Yesterday was my last day of posting 30 days in the 30 Day Challenge by Tom Kuegler. How did I do it? How did I post for almost 30 days straight? 7 Strategies for Consistency in Posting on Medium Join a Free Email Course I joined a Free Email Course by Tom Kuegler....

How a Writing and a Painting Challenge can Speak Truth

How to Push Beyond Reality to See the Truth A challenge to write and a challenge to paint. This is my last day of a 30-day writing challenge with Tom Kuegler. Check out his post about this challenge. My Powerful 1 Hour Routine for Quick Success on Medium. I did it. I...

3 Simple Ways to Boost Your Read Ratio on Medium

Get people reading all the way to the end It’s no fun to write to nobody, is it? If you’re like me, you get excited when you see the little green circle light up on your Medium stats. That means somebody is looking at what you’re writing. The evidence comes by: People...

Do This First and Your Ideas Will Spread Like Crazy

The key to content that gets tons of shares Zig Ziglar said this years ago, and it’s still applicable today: You can get everything in life you want if you’ll just help enough other people get what they want. First and above all else, be helpful. That sounds simple...

Why You Should Keep Writing When You Just Want to Quit

You could be 3 feet from gold I almost gave up writing back in 2011. My blog was full of musings I’d published for five years. It felt good to do it. And I hoped someone would care. Outside a handful of friends, no one did. So I quit. It bothered me all night every...

What This Painting Taught Me About God

The challenge to write — the challenge to paint. This is day 24 of a 30-day writing challenge with Tom Kuegler. Check out his post about this challenge. My Powerful 1 Hour Routine for Quick Success on Medium. As for painting, I have been challenging myself by trying...

The Most Powerful Motivator You’ll Ever Find

How Motivation Really Works Every New Year’s Eve my brother-in-law throws a party — outside. Sometimes it can get pretty cold. Knowing that, he builds a bonfire. If you’ve ever built a fire, you know it takes work. It takes more work to keep the fire going. If you...

How Does the Creative Process Begin with You?

This is what I think “Everything that’s created comes out of silence. Your thoughts emerge from the nothingness of silence. Your words come out of this void. Your very essence emerged from emptiness. All creativity requires some stillness.” Wayne Dyer CREATIVITY AT...

How One Person’s Words Can Change Everything

Encourage others to be remarkable with your words Mrs. McClure was my favorite teacher in high school. She was short, always wore a warm smile, and had an enduring love for English that was completely contagious. I grew up loving words. I spent my leisure time playing...

8 Nonfiction Author Conferences to Attend in 2018

Conferences geared specifically toward nonfiction writers are not always easy to discover. Sure, there are a plethora of general writing conferences, but most of these only offer a single breakout session on the craft. Let’s face it: fiction writers and nonfiction...

Write About the Mess

“It’s like you’ve been reading my mail,” a reader wrote. “How is it that you always seem to know exactly what to say to stir up my heart?” I love it when God does that…whether it’s a graphic I create and share on social media or a blog post on my website…I get excited...

Why You Need to Work With a Group

I read a cute story today about a group of hedgehogs who, during a bitter winter storm were very cold — so cold that they might die. They joined together to find warmth.  However, because of their quills they pulled apart. But the cold was so great that they joined...

What’s Your Name Worth?

What's Your Name Worth? I recently watched an interview with multi-million-selling music producer, David Foster. David tells the story of completing production on one of his first records and giving a copy to his mentor, Quincy Jones, (a multi-bazillion selling music...

Why Do We Write?

As a child, I loved to write. One of my first prized possessions was a diary…you know the kind, with a lock and key intended to keep your younger sibling from reading your deepest darkest secrets, but so flimsy a squirrel could probably open it. In that diary, I wrote...

5 Promises When Writing is Hard

Deadlines were looming, but the words weren’t coming. Sometimes, writing is hard. We’ve all heard about the debilitating “writer’s block.” Yet over the years, I think the dearth of words when we wordsmiths need them most can usually be attributed to fear, doubt, or...

3 Amazingly Powerful Ways to Make Your Blog Stand Out

The New Writer’s Marketing Manifesto According to Mediakix, there are more than 440 million blogs in the world as I write this. Worldometers has a running meter of blog posts per day. At just 9:30 am EST, this is what I saw: And the number increases like a spinning...

What Excuses Do You Have Not to Write

There is one big reason — but God can help us I think you all will agree with me that writers face many obstacles. As writers we tend to work in isolation. Unless you are a writer who is a journalist where you get to get out to interview real people, we writers tend...

The Secret Sauce of Irresistible Writing

Hook your reader from start to finish You pour your heart into every blog post. You wait for the crowds to come — but they don’t. Sure, you share your work. You post links on Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn. But still, you only get a ripple despite your best efforts....

Seven is Certainly the Number of Ways

Do you like your job? That question has a lot of answers. Do you like what you do, where you do it and with whom you do it? Do you like the commute there and back? Do respect those for whom you work? Can you the word whom into one paragraph three times? Answering any...

The Power of Words

A challenge I was doing this weird running challenge where you ran four miles every four hours for forty-eight hours and somewhere along the fourth or fifth one my mind started really drifting. I mean with the freezing cold weather we were having, between 0 and -7...

God, what are Your plans for this year?

A different look at goals for the coming year It’s a New Year and people start talking about goal setting. We hear, “What are your new year’s resolutions?” I think a better approach might be to ask God what are His plans for this year. Listen to Jeremiah 29:11–12 in...

When Santa Fails

An unexpected lesson in effective marketing Last week at work, we had a Secret Santa gift exchange. If you’re not familiar with how that works, I’ll explain. Should you choose to participate (if you don’t, people will think you’re Ebenezer Scrooge reincarnated),...

When the Test Comes: Your Moment in the Fiery Furnace

I opened my Merriam-Webster© Dictionary app today and the word of the day, CRUCIBLE flashed at me in psychedelic neon. (I made that last part up.) OK, it may well be in black and white, but the effect on my brain was the same. The definition, ‘a severe test,’ enhanced...

What I Have Learned in One Month About Being a Writer

“What do you do?” I hesitated for a moment, not sure how I wanted to answer. Seconds felt like several minutes. “I’m a writer.” Awkward pause. There, I said it. It’s out there. I’m exposed. Does saying it out loud make it real? True? I started blogging one year ago in...

The Scientific Way To Finding Your Creative Voice

Over a year ago, I was invited to a friend’s house. This friend is a creative arts teacher and was preparing one of her first big presentations. She wanted to test it on a couple of friends, and I was one of the guinea pigs. The evening was designed to explore...

5 Things I Have Learned As A Self-Published Author

I published my first book in November of 2016. I still can’t believe it has been over a year since I pressed the “submit” button on Createspace. In that time, I have sold a little over 200 copies of Made For More, and have gained some insight in the process. Alright,...

Are You Sending Mixed Messages With Your Writing?

Why you should avoid the trap of spreading yourself too thin You have probably come across a number of well-meaning advice all gravitating around one nugget of wisdom: Clarity is king. If you want to achieve great results and be perceived as an authority in your...

How Can Something Familiar Confuse Me

A lesson in paying attention Sometimes things are too familiar. I find I get into a routine and then I do things without thinking and without checking. Yesterday that happened. I knew I wanted to write a post for Five Minute Friday. I have been trying to write for...

15 Reasons Why Moms Make Fantastic Writers

Does this sound like you? You sit down to write after a long day of chasing the kids, kissing their toes and cleaning tiny butts. A rock falls into your belly as you realize you didn’t write today. Yet. How are you ever going to get that article written, let alone a...

Are Your Dreams Big Enough?

One Writer’s Dream Partially Realised Through the Storms and Fires of Life One Year Ago Our jacaranda sapling, late November 2016 Today a dream is partially realised. Writing at my desk, I see a jacaranda tree swaying in the breeze, metres away. It’s a symbol of hope...

The New Author’s Guide to Writing a Bestseller

Write the book your readers are BEGGING to buy Every writer wants his name on a bestselling book. It’s what we all live for. The bestseller tells the world the author is an expert, an authority. The sales figures prove it. That’s powerful — and real. You’re reading...

The Secret Of Moving Through Writers Block

It happens to all of us Writers' block is completely normal. It happens to all of us. You sit down and the words don’t come. You wait and listen to the muse, and she is silent. In those moments, it’s easy to come up with phrases like ’the well is dry’ and “I can’t...

Why Your Calling lsn’t Obligated To Pay The Bills

Don't Quit Your Day Job Author Elizabeth Gilbert’s memoir ‘Eat Pray Love’ sold 10 million copies. But what many people don’t know, is that she was a paid writer before that book. Maybe not to the degree that she is now, but still relatively successful. But even so,...

7 Ways Every Writer Can Think Like an Entrepreneur

If you’re a writer and you don’t see yourself this way, you will after you read this. I can remember the day I finally called myself a writer. For years, I’d written. As a kid, I designed magazines. Nobody read them but a few friends. I used construction paper and a...

How To Keep Your Soul In The Age Of Platform Building

Authenticity and Integrity Authenticity has become a bit of a buzzword recently. It was originally about integrity and honesty in our lives and work. Now the word is becoming more and more like jargon. Every time I hear it, or discuss it on Twitter with others, I’m...

A 12-Step Program for Stuck Writers

Hi, my name is Becky and I am a stuck writer. They say admitting you have a problem is the first step toward freedom. Here are the 12 steps to go from stuck to strong. 1. Use your full name. There is no need for anonymity in this journey. Desiring such is a symptom of...

NaNoWriMo for Rebels

How I’m making National Novel Writing Month work for me. I love the idea of NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month). There is just something about being a part of something that hundreds of thousands of other people are doing at the same time that is so motivating...

Show Me Yours, I’ll Show You Mine

My Verbs, I Mean. I met the dynamic, best-selling author Damon Suede for the first time in Boston, at a romance writers’ conference. I was new and nervous and dorky, and I wandered into his class by accident. It was 10am and he was pouring Margaritas, and I decided to...

Writing with Emotional Power. 15 easy to follow ways.

Your rationale brain is overwhelmed. Researching-thinking-writing-editing-designing exhausts your brain power. What if connecting with readers’ emotions didn’t spiral your mind through a black hole? Removing the mystery of adding emotional qualities to your writing,...

What’s Stopping You From Writing Every Day?

Here’s What to Do If Your Story is Holding You Back We tend to think that we’re incapable of writing every day. That we don’t know enough to write. That we’re not capable of creating work that brings others to tears. But we are capable of all that and so much more....

I Am Not My Best Work

But I never was. I felt myself shaking as my finger hit the publish button. I was excited because I’d just written a great piece and I couldn’t wait for the rest of the world to see it. “What if this is the post that finally gets me the attention I deserve? What if...

Are You My Avatar?

I got some great advice last week. I got it from people who know their — stuff. I really want to say the other word, but I’ll say stuff. It was a round table full of people who are hugely successful at this and obviously know what they’re talking about....

Dispelling The Myth Of ‘Proper’ Writing

A while back I was involved in a little discussion over on Facebook about ‘proper’ writing and how my daily writing for a particular day wasn’t ‘proper’ writing but was still writing. Now you’re thinking lots of different things I’m sure. Proper writing? Do I mean...

Great Joy in the Middle of a Brutal Week!

What a week! During this seven day stretch: two friends died, my mother is in the hospital, my wife had surgery (and I do all the housework, laundry, meal preparation and so on until she is fully recovered) and I am dealing with a persistent and sometimes debilitating...

11 Effective High Value Gifts for Attracting More Leads

You have started a blog or a social media fan page where you want to attract more followers. How do you do that? Whether it’s building your e-mail list or simply getting more likes, it all comes to one: VALUE. You do not want to simply rob your audience by selling...

How to Create a Sense of Community

Some basic concepts exist to create a sense of community. There has to be something more than a “feel good” feeling that pulls people together and keeps them coming back for more. It’s kind of like a pep rally before a big game. It’s a high energy, high engagement fun place to be.

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