“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"
Does it feel like your Facebook posts have gone invisible? Have you sat at your computer in utter shock after advertising a blog post on Facebook and finding that it has received zero attention from your friends and acquaintances? If you can relate to this, then take a nice, deep breath. No, you are not […]Read more "Three Easy Ways to Keep Your Facebook Posts Visible"
Five Easy Ways to Cheer Yourself On! “A positive attitude is one of the most valuable assets a person can have in life.” – John Maxwell, Developing the Leaders Around You The most important thing a writer can do for him or herself is make a conscious effort to stay encouraged and stay positive! The […]Read more "Five Easy Ways to Cheer Yourself On!"
Artists often struggle with finding their artistic voice. They want their work to stand out, to be different, and they obsess over what they can do to convince the world that they are one of a kind. May I suggest that starting with the search for one’s unique voice from the beginning is just […]Read more "V: Vision – The Foundation for Artistic Voice"
“A very strong unity is usually a sign that the work may be art.” David Martin & Lee Jacobus – The Humanities Through the Arts, 8th ed. What elevates a work of art from the realm of the mediocre to a truly outstanding achievement? In a word: unity. If an artist can take all of […]Read more "U: Perceptible Unity – The Mark of Great Art…and Great Lives"
Most parents get their kids into art or music lessons so they can be well-rounded, but usually the assumption is that these things will be hobbies and not career choices. When a person does decide to pursue an artistic career field, their parents usually beg them to change their minds! They tend to assume that […]Read more "Is God Calling Me to be an Artist?"