Karen Jordan

Four Tips To Improve Your Listening Skills

 “Are you listening to me?”  Has anyone ever asked you that question? Or maybe that thought pierced your heart and mind, as you felt the sting of someone else ignoring or rejecting you? Consider these four ways to improve your listening skills. Resolve to be quick to listen. Many times, people who come to us… Continue reading Four Tips To Improve Your Listening Skills

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Ideas for Your Writing Reflections

Take chances, make mistakes, get messy!" (Magic School Bus) Do you tend to focus most on your grammar and mechanics when you self-edit? I do. I want to offer you some questions and ideas that will help to get you out of the "grammar cop" mode and into a more reflective mood. Writing instructor. I… Continue reading Ideas for Your Writing Reflections

Karen Jordan

Book Review: Under the Desert Sky by Lynne Hartke

In Under the Desert Sky, Lynne Hartke takes her readers with her on a dangerous, yet beautiful, wilderness journey. Facing the doubts and fears of a threatening cancer diagnosis, Lynne soon found hope and entered a promised land rest and peace. She reveals how the living waters of her faith quenched her parched soul, enabling her… Continue reading Book Review: Under the Desert Sky by Lynne Hartke

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Google Docs: A Helpful Tool for Writers Who Want to Collaborate

I wanted to share this post by Mary Larmoyeux from the WordServe Water Cooler with our StoryWriting Studio friends. Hope you enjoy it! Karen

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Years ago Ethan Pope and I wrote a book together called There’s No Place Like Home (Broadman & Holman). Thanks to email, the phone, and a fax machine, we were able to communicate pretty well back them. But not nearly as well as Karen Jordan and I recently did as we worked together on a book proposal. Our collaboration was so much easier because of Google Docs!

What is Google Docs? It’s a free online word processor available to anyone who has a gmail account (which you can get for free). Like most word processing programs, it makes it possible for you to change the appearance of a document: the size of the text, spacing of lines, paragraph styles, headings, etc.

It also allows you to write, edit, and collaborate with others at the same time. And you can upload a Word document and then convert it to a Google document…

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The Magic of Collaborative Marketing for Writers

Sharing this WordServe Water Cooler post by Anita Brooks with our StoryWriting Studio friends.

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Zig Ziglar Motivational Quotes“You can have everything in life you want, if you will just help other people get what they want.” Zig Ziglar, the ultimate motivator, knew that when we authentically and unselfishly support other people, great things happen. I’ve experienced the truth of this principle many times in my life, but especially recently, when I joined forces with two other WordServe authors.

Karen Jordan, Kathryn Graves, and myself decided to collaborate on writing a non-fiction book for women. By doing so, we discovered some surprising side benefits. We’ve found the magic of the collaborative process for writers improves marketing, increases our income potential, and adds a fun element to the author’s journey.

The pressures seems lighter, because we’re in it together.

Untangled A Women's ConfereneceOne of our most exciting accomplishments came from developing a women’s conference based on our book’s title and message. We outlined options for a one-day conference as well as a two-day event. We…

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Karen Jordan

Facing Criticism and Rejection

When Jesus finished telling these stories, he left there, returned to his hometown, and gave a lecture in the meetinghouse. He made a real hit, impressing everyone. “We had no idea he was this good!” they said. “How did he get so wise, get such ability?” But in the next breath they were cutting him… Continue reading Facing Criticism and Rejection

Anita Agers Brooks, Karen Jordan, Kathyrn Graves

Untangled Women’s Conference

We are pleased to announce our new Untangled Women's Conference: Detoxing Your Mind, Body, and Spirit to Release All You Are Meant To Be!  For more information, see our Untangled Contact Form, or contact Anita, Kathryn, or Karen (see info below): Anita Brooks - anita@anitabrooks.com Kathryn Graves - katmgraves@yahoo.com Karen Jordan - kj@karenjordan.net

Karen Jordan

Building a Platform? Helpful Resources

"If you want to be a nonfiction author, you’ve GOT to work on building your platform?” I perked up when I heard the word "platform" mentioned for the umpteenth time at my first writing conference. Building my what? I didn't expect this advice at a "Christian" writing conference. In fact, I didn’t even know what… Continue reading Building a Platform? Helpful Resources

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Devotional Essentials, Part 1

Sharing this great info for devotionals writers with our StoryWritingStudio Studio readers. Thanks, Paul (Kent) Muckley and WordServeWater Cooler.

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A well-written devotional can remind readers of key truths of the Christian faith, spur thinking that leads to a positive life change, actually draw people closer to God. A poorly-written devotional? Well, God can use anything for His purposes . . . but let’s consider some ways to “do devotionals right.”

Just think how popular devotionals are—they comprise some of the best-selling and longest-lasting books in the Christian realm (for example, Charles Spurgeon’s Morning and Evening, Oswald Chambers’ My Utmost for His Highest, and Sarah Young’s Jesus Calling), and they represent entire ministries (like Our Daily Bread, The Upper Room, and Living Faith). It’s no exaggeration to say that new devotional material releases every single day, in books and magazines, on-line, and in outlets like church bulletins. How can we best meet the needs of this hungry readership?

I’d like to propose a TEST for you—that’s Topic, Example, S

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What is Beautiful?

I wanted to share this beautiful post with our friends in the StoryWriting Studio. I know you’ll enjoy “Chasing Beautiful” with Kathy Graves!p

Kathryn Graves

Name Change. I changed the title of my blog to Chasing Beautiful because I want it to reflect what I think we’re about as human beings. Don’t we surround ourselves with things we think are beautiful? We decorate our homes with colors and furnishings that please our eyes. We plant flowers, trees and shrubs to enhance our yards and outdoors spaces. When we go on vacation we like to go places where the scenery is breathtaking. Our closets are filled with clothes that we bought because we thought they looked good. We fix our hair and put on make-up to make ourselves appear more attractive. Reaching for beauty infuses a huge part of our lives.

Why Now? Five years ago my life was fantastic. I had a loving family, nice house, we all enjoyed good health, and we were financially stable. As empty-nesters, my husband and I could – and…

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