Prepare Yourself for Rejection

Rejection stings, but as a writer, you better prepare yourself for it. I recently submitted a couple of essays for possible paid publication. The publication part is cool enough, but tack on a dollar sign alongside that and it’s even better. (Of course, with all the hours poured into the writing I figure I would […]

Creative Writing Prompts and Warm-Up Writing

I’m not a fan of writing prompts. They make me feel like I’m back in high school English, waiting to get a bunch of red pen marks all over it. I sometimes read books on writing, trying to hone my craft and learn from other writers. The advice I get from these books is great, […]

The Greatest Gift You Can Give Your Audience

As writers, we want to make a difference and impact in people’s lives (at least that’s our hope). Moreover, as Christians we want to impact people for eternity. And yet, if we’re honest, it so easy to lose focus, grow discouraged, and compare ourselves to others. For example, we read on Facebook that so-and-so just […]

The Perfect Writing Moment

I make so many excuses when it comes to writing. I’m too tired, I’m too busy, I’ll write when I have the perfect moment. I will write later. I always make this promise to myself. I always feel there will be a better moment somewhere in the near future, where the quality of writing produced […]

Inspiration is a necessity

Writing while dry is not productive. I have tried many times to sit down at my keyboard when I’m completely devoid of inspiration. I do believe that inspiration will not just come to you. Sometimes you have to seek it out, and that often comes from simply doing the work. However, I have noticed that […]

Writing Motivation for Christian Authors

I don’t know about you but I’m altogether fed up with my lackadaisical mentality when it comes to my writing motivation. Why do I only seem to write when the spark of inspiration flickers in my dark and dusty arsenal of writing expertise? Why do I refuse to tap, tap, tap the letters on my keyboard to publish what’s […]

Making Your Readers Care About Your Characters

Who would steal the pennies from a dead man’s eyes? The movie A Christmas Carol begins with Ebenezer Scrooge, (fabulous name!), removing the pennies from the eyes of his dead business partner, Marley. “A penny is a penny,” he says, by way of justification. Right off, we know what kind of person we are dealing […]

A Great Exercise for Rookie Writers

Writing an episode from your Christian testimony is an exercise that will teach you a lot about story. If you’re a fiction writer, you will get great benefit from writing the true story of something Jesus did for you. If you are a non-fiction writer, writing that story will help you work on conveying information […]