Pricking the Reader’s Heart

By Gina Burgess I put a book down to get some water, and found myself praying for one of the characters. Now THAT is character development. He wasn’t even the main character! I needed to analyze it and see why my heart was pricked so by that character. Georgette Heyer could sometimes elicit in me […]

What Christian Writers Need

by Sarah Tun Christian writers need income, relationship, and a sense of fulfilment. I suspect all writers need these things, but for Christians, the fulfillment comes through building relationships that bring with them a sense of purpose and usefulness to the Kingdom of GOD, a need that all of us who have Jesus within us […]

Overcoming Storms of Doubt in Writing

by Pam Lagomarsino Although it was March, my area suffered a record-breaking destructive storm. At the height of it, we were trapped in our small mountain community on four sides. No one could come in or go out for about two hours as we waited for a dam to break and heard news of roads […]

Ideas for Author Income Streaming

by Sarah Tun I recently had a chat with a colleague who was feeling a bit low about their current lack of book sales. We’ve all been there! It prompts me to share this with you… Writers need income, which rarely comes from the books they create. With so many books on the market and […]

Why be a Writer?

There is a dichotomy in the brain of every writer: I need to believe in myself to even publish my work anywhere in the world, but for quality’s sake, I really need to develop quality self-criticism. So we have a possible over-confidence or over-positive view vs a negative mindset that questions every word produced. So […]

Do You Answer God When He Calls?

by Jann Martin Have you heard God calling you? Do you always obey His call? We know in our hearts and minds God’s always there for us. However, we don’t always listen when He’s asking us to do something. Or, maybe we think if we don’t respond we won’t have to step out of our […]

3 Ways to Handle the Overwhelm of too Many Story Ideas

by Jennifer Harris As writers we’re creative and that means story ideas tend to pop up at every turn. Just sitting at a traffic light observing what’s happening around us could be the starting point for a complete novel! Pretty soon our brains become overpopulated with ideas until we find ourselves overwhelmed, stuck, or jumping […]

4 Tips on Catching an Editor’s Attention

By W. Terry Whalin Do you feel like you are pitching your book projects into a black hole with little or no response? As a writer and now an editor in the publishing business, I’m aware of my own responsibility to be communicating with others via email or phone. As an acquisitions editor at Morgan James […]

Getting your creative groove back

  by Gina Burgess   I was yawning big time just trying to get that photo on the newsletter. What is it about the middle of winter (and a major winter storm) that keeps our hibernation mode in gear? Here it is a whole week after getting back to work and I’m still moving like […]

The Benefits of Stream-of-Consciousness Writing

by Sarah Tun Writing stream-of-consciousness is a kind of brainstorming without a central theme, point or purpose. Have you ever written without objective or purpose? It’s like painting a picture of what’s before your eyes, without knowing what the boundaries are, or the medium, or even whether or not you’ll include all of what you […]