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
Many people tell me they think they'd like to write, or they feel called to write, or there is something they think they need to write about. But few of them follow through. I think there are several reasons. Writing is work. Writers have to be willing to put in effort. Producing a first draft… Continue reading Writing Wins
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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I cradle the phone on my shoulder while making an omelet for breakfast, and trying to think through a grocery list when my husband, Bo, walks in the front door. The senior pastor of our church, he's already been at work for a couple of hours. I tend to ease into my mornings, while he… Continue reading Setbacks
My son and daughter-in-law took a recent trip to New Zealand. While they were gone, I stayed in their home and cared for my grandson, Carson. Upon their return, Jeremy and Glen presented me with a pair of jade earrings. Greenstone, as it is known in New Zealand, is not mined, but gathered from deposits… Continue reading Heirloom Stories
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
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
It was one of those weeks. I needed to work on several writing projects this week, but every day filled with obligations in other areas of my life, leaving no time for writing. My husband is senior pastor of a church, and I have many responsibilities there as well. I also paint one day a… Continue reading Flying Alphabet Letters
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 - email@example.com Kathryn Graves - firstname.lastname@example.org Karen Jordan - email@example.com
Certain phrases are so over-used that writers try to avoid them in their work. I'm sure several are popping into your head as you read this right now: over the top, as a matter of fact, and bloom where you are planted. But I want to tell you what happened to me the other day. It was a busy… Continue reading Cliche or Touche?