I learned a lot from the publication and release of my first book. Instead of dwelling on what I did wrong or inefficiently, I’m focusing on improving those areas when Getting Through What You Can’t Get Over releases in April, 2015 via Barbour Publishing.
You did it! You succeeded in acquiring an agent, your book sold, and you just signed your contract. Ahhh. Life is amazing. But... There's more work to do. Maybe the hardest work of all. This is where an author truly needs encouragement, practical ideas, and inner strength. But it all starts with thoughts. "Success is… Continue reading After You Sign the Contract
I don't know about you, but sometimes a YouTube video offers just the right inspiration to get me motivated. I'm always looking for good writing videos, and I stumbled across this one. It's fun, but also informative. The other thing I like about it, is it's translational. Regardless of what your talent and/or dream, the principles… Continue reading The Writing Process Animated
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
Sharing this WordServe Water Cooler post by Anita Brooks with our StoryWriting Studio friends.
“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.
One 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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People don't write letters much anymore. We use social media to give little updates to the world about what's going on in our lives. No matter where in the world we may travel, it's almost always possible to connect to the internet to post our pictures. That's nice in many ways. But I think maybe… Continue reading You Are a Letter
Sharing this great info for devotionals writers with our StoryWritingStudio Studio readers. Thanks, Paul (Kent) Muckley and WordServeWater Cooler.
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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Have you considered writing a book about the lessons you’ve learned in life to help others who may be going through some difficult life experience? I think you’ll enjoy reading Barbara Cofer Stoefen’s story on the WordServe Water Cooler.
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I began writing my memoir by starting near the end. That first night, while sitting in front of a blank computer screen, I tapped out the images closest to memory, and likely closest to my heart. It was the account of a remarkable day… the day I delivered my daughter, Annie, to a drug treatment center in California.
“It wasn’t at all the institutional setting I’d expected for detox… At that late hour, the street was quiet and still. A woman emerged from the far side of the darkened house, brushing by a wall of hydrangeas that cast an eerie glow of amethyst and silver in partial moonlight. Her hushed tones made it seem a clandestine transfer as she took hold of the pull handle on Annie’s bag and turned to escort her inside… Just before both disappeared into the darkness of an open gate, Annie turned around…
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One of my coaching clients has to guard against his propensity to chase every shiny new object. I can identify with his temptations, as I struggle with similar ones in my writing. Can I author both fiction and non-fiction? Can you? Let's explore the question, and see if we arrive at the same conclusions. Recently,… Continue reading Should a Non-Fiction Author Write Fiction and Vice-Versa?
"What can I give back to God for the blessings he's poured out on me? ... I'm ready to offer the thanksgiving sacrifice and pray in the name of God" (Ps. 116: 12, 17). Thanksgiving. Today, I'm making my lists and checking it twice, as I plan our traditional Thanksgiving meal—turkey, dressing, giblet gravy, cranberry… Continue reading Thank You! Offering a Prayer of Thanksgiving