We sat at opposite ends of the sofa. Her shoulders scrunched up to her ears as she spoke. "I don't feel the Holy Spirit, so I'm not sure He's there." I tucked my knees under my chin and circled them with my arms, settling in for a long conversation with my friend. "It's not about… Continue reading Fresh Breezes
Sometime ago, while attempting to open a door to the office, I juggled my purse, a present to be mailed, a sack packed with old newspapers for a friend (or maybe I should say for a friend’s dog), and some files that needed to be returned to work. The handle to the brown paper sack… Continue reading The Great Juggling Act
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
Today, let's do a little stress-busting. Take a few minutes and think about something pleasant, listen to a favorite song, or take a walk outside. Give yourself permission to take this break. It will refresh you and help you focus on whatever tasks press against you. I'll help you out. But I will sing of… Continue reading Anti-Stress Day
Allergies blur my vision this morning. I've dealt with seasonal allergies for years, but usually the symptoms are sneezing and runny nose. This spring the problem is red, burning eyes and blurry vision. My vision issue makes it difficult to read and write. And it makes me look like I might have had too much… Continue reading Blurry Vision
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
The following appeared on WordServe Water Cooler in March. Last night a friend contacted me to tell me about her step-mother's new diagnosis of stage 4 cancer. This morning I received word a friend was killed in a car wreck. This evening another friend's granddaughter's baby is unresponsive following a seizure. It's been an emotional… Continue reading Writing about Suffering
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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Where do your writing ideas come from? The way you answer that question may depend on what kind of writing you do. Are you a fiction story-teller? A creative non-fiction story-teller? A Bible study/devotion writer? A technical writer? Is your typical message more serious, or do you prefer adding doses of humor, or even comedy?… Continue reading Inspiration