We all dream of accomplishing great things, but how often do we consider the dramatic importance of all the small things along the way? I encountered a perfect example of this while reading a book by Ted Cruz, the presidential hopeful, called “A Time for Truth.” The senator’s wife, Heidi, was shocked when she left […]Read more "Taking Pride in the Small Stuff"
“He who toils in the harvest field of prayer should occasionally pause awhile and refresh himself with a meal of meditation.” Charles Spurgeon We’ve closed the book on the April 2015 A to Z Challenge, and today is dedicated to reflecting on the journey. This has been a hectic month which has brought […]Read more "Reflections on… Reflection"
The blogosphere has grown very quiet these past few weeks. But no need to fear – we haven’t all given up on writing. We’ve just retreated into our writing closets, working furiously on the material we’ll need to carry us through another exciting A to Z Challenge this April! Take the A to Z Challenge! […]Read more "Take the A to Z Writing Challenge With Me!"
Boy, I hate that dress. Not too long ago this statement wouldn’t even have made sense, but now visiting Twitter and looking up “#thedress” leads you to millions of blog posts, photos, and comments about this recent social media trend. Even Hollywood actors and well-known musicians have started jumping onto this bandwagon. Now it seems […]Read more "“The Dress” and Writing Trends"
If I had to name my biggest frustration with blogging up to this point, it would be that I have yet to launch a really successful contest. According to more experienced bloggers, hosting a contest is a wonderful way to generate traffic for your blog and expand your writing network. I can testify to the […]Read more "Help Needed: Running a Successful Blogging Contest"
“Variety is the very spice of life, that gives it all its flavor.” William Cowper “The essence of the beautiful is unity in variety.” Felix Mendelssohn I love the freshness of each new season. As we move into a particularly cold winter I’ve found myself shivering in freezing rain and […]Read more "“All Shook Up” – The Power of Variety in Blogging"
A primary concern for most bloggers is gaining new followers, since this is often how we track the growth of our online presence. There are all sorts of techniques out there for accomplishing this… some of which are good and some of which are not. As a Christian writer and especially as a […]Read more "Gaining Followers with Integrity"
I really do want to publish a book someday, but you wouldn’t know it by looking at my manuscript. Mainly because it’s – well – nonexistent. I could spout any number of excuses about the demands of graduate school, foster parenting, and working two jobs, but we’d all know better. I could also give […]Read more "Seeing the BIG Impact of Small Writing Projects"
“I’m much faster now. When you only have a certain amount of time to write, after a while you learn to use your time well… or you stop writing.” Alice Hoffman Like anything else in life, good writing takes time. If you’re like me, however, time is one thing you never seem to […]Read more "Write Around the Clock: 4 Time-Saving Tips"