While new writers are filled with the best intentions, there are some common mistakes they typically make: 1. Unrealistic expectations. Writing seems to be the only art form in which beginners expect immediate success. Just because you can read and write, that does not mean your words are ready for publication. I love to sing, […]
The Chicago Manual of Style is coming out with a new edition in September, and I’ve heard they’ve come up with a rule about using they, their, and them as singular pronouns. They say it’s acceptable in “informal” writing but not recommended for “formal” writing. Which begs the question … what constitutes formal vs. informal […]
A warm welcome to my guest blogger, Laura Christianson! Laura helps entrepreneurs establish a vibrant online presence and owns Blogging Bistro. So happy to have her here! – A brain surgeon and a writer were having coffee together when the brain surgeon announced, “I’m taking a six-week sabbatical to write a book.” The writer responded, “What […]
A warm welcome to my guest blogger and one of the contributors to 21 Days of Joy: Stories That Celebrate Motherhood, Mary DeMuth. Mary is the author of thirty-one books, including her latest: Worth Living: How God’s Wild Love Makes You Worthy. She has spoken around the world about God’s ability to re-story a life. You […]
After a recent extraction of a decayed tooth, my dentist prescribed antibiotics for me. The paperwork that came with the pills instructed me to take one pill every six hours, four times a day. Even after my Novocain-induced mental fog lifted, I couldn’t figure out how to follow those instructions without setting an alarm to […]
Have you ever read a tweet or seen a Facebook update from an author who is literally begging for people to buy his or her book? Screaming “BUY MY BOOK!” on social media doesn’t help sell books. In fact, that tactic may not only get you unfollowed and unfriended, it can hurt your credibility. So […]
Gail Gaymer Martin, my friend and fellow author, talks about the dangers of over-editing.
Writing is a skill that can be learned, a talent that can be developed, a craft that can be honed, an art that can be mastered, and a profession that can be pursued. But it’s not easy. Like any other skill, talent, craft, art, or profession, it requires training, hard work, and patience … and […]