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The writing life stands poised to strike fear into the most steadfast heart—launching arrows of self-doubt, rejection-terror, and insecurity. What if my …

October 24, 2017

The Light of the World. The Chronicles of Narnia. The Chick-Fil-A Cow. Believe it or not, the aforementioned have a common thread …

July 5, 2017

Most days, writing brings us joy. Our brains stay on overdrive as we scribble ideas on scraps of paper, napkins, and the …

June 23, 2017

I was immersed in online research for a work-in-progress when my computer froze and a warning banner flashed across the screen. I …

May 23, 2017

Please Lord, please…could I possibly get an honorable mention? Just one of those beautiful folders with a certificate inside. Please, Lord? My …

April 23, 2017

We’ve submitted that article, devotion, or book proposal, and the feelings of euphoria have begun to fade. Questions ping through our minds …

February 23, 2017

With an incredible sense of purpose, I opened the window blinds and faced the morning sun. Today, I thought, I’m going to …

January 23, 2017

Three days before Christmas, a delivery man turned in our driveway, honked the horn, and requested my signature. Then he presented me …

December 23, 2016

Need a bit of insight as you ready the pen or laptop today? Consider the following from one of the greatest writers …

November 23, 2016

It’s time for a check-up. Take a deep breath and consider this: What do you love most about writing? Answer A – Where …

September 23, 2016

What a day. We’ve been fighting to stay in the zone, our fingers flying over the keyboard searching for that illusive magic. …

May 18, 2016

By all accounts, it was a productive year. Articles were accepted for publication. A book contract hung on my office bulletin board—front …

April 10, 2016

Conference season is upon us and social media is abuzz with encouragement to click a sign-up link and submit a deposit. So …

March 14, 2016

The writer’s life is not for the faint of heart. There are moments that are downright scary. That first writer’s conference, critiques, …

February 15, 2016

When you write, do you have a happy place? Do conditions have to be “just right?” When are you most productive? I …

December 28, 2015

One of my favorite drama exercises is to take a familiar object and brainstorm what that object could be. For example, when …

December 3, 2015

Would you like to improve your vocabulary, fire your imagination, and learn about story structure and character development from an endless variety …

November 13, 2015

The writing-life doesn’t look like other career-fields. A lot of what we do happens when we’re home alone or in a corner …

October 19, 2015

You paced around the house all day doing unnecessary chores. You read an article on writing. You rearranged stuff on your desk. You …

September 11, 2015

I had just settled on our front porch swing with my yellow legal pad and favorite pen when Katie, my home-for-the-summer …

August 16, 2015

I slogged through composing an article, retyping the same sentence six or seven times. The sentence was too short, too wordy, too …

July 21, 2015
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