Inspiration: Pretty Things

I’m in a season of collecting. Often, when writing words down on paper (screen) is easier said than done, I turn to swooping up bundles of inspiration in my wide open arms. I’ve been noting interesting people…oh, I bet she’s got an interesting story. I’m categorizing the changing landscape of spring, pinning images of the BlueContinue reading “Inspiration: Pretty Things”

The Story-Arc of Holy Week

Depending on your faith journey and where you choose to worship, you may or may not observe Maundy Thursday and Good Friday. I’ve grown up in churches that offer worship services for both days along the journey to Easter. Maundy Thursday observes the night Jesus sits with his disciples in the upper room for their lastContinue reading “The Story-Arc of Holy Week”

Don’t Stop: Just Keep Writing

Have I mentioned that my day-job is Director of Communications for a large church in downtown Fort Worth, Texas?  I’ve been in church communications for over a decade, and I love it. This week is Holy Week — the last week of Lent leading to Easter Sunday. Our church has 15 worship services between PalmContinue reading “Don’t Stop: Just Keep Writing”

Top Ten Insanely Helpful Posts for Writers

I’ve come across some great stuff around the fabulous interwebs. Since I’m focusing on tips for writers this week, I figured I’d keep that going. I don’t know where I’d be along this journey without such amazing resources. Today’s TOP TEN list features 10 articles and blog posts from authors, agents, publishers, etc.

Hand Me the Wrench: A Writer’s Tool Box

Writing fiction is like building a house. Pour a sturdy foundation (strong plot line/character arcs). Make sure walls are straight and level (each scene moves story forward). Set a roof with tight, protective shingles (track details and avoid holes in plot). Choose attractive accents and hardware (interesting yet subtle language/syntax). Don’t forget landscaping for curbContinue reading “Hand Me the Wrench: A Writer’s Tool Box”

Life Imitating Art: Interview with Author Paul Combs

I met author Paul Combs through a mutual friend. He’s a fellow NaNoWriMo-er and introduced me to the editor who worked on my first novel. Though we’ve actually only met in person once, he’s been an encourager through my journey. He’s independently published two novels, The Last Word and Writer in Residence — a two-book series about cousinsContinue reading “Life Imitating Art: Interview with Author Paul Combs”

Confession of a Newbie Author

  Well, crud… This is how I’m feeling today. I had another post idea for today already written and scheduled. But I’ve got something else on my heart. Being new at something means taking some missteps, being a bit overeager at times, and learning the hard way. But, man, it stinks when you realize howContinue reading “Confession of a Newbie Author”