250+ Author Tips (Plus, a Giveaway!)

“Would you stop being so stubborn?!” I uttered these words under my breath during my last editing session. My heroine was being particularly stubborn to do what I wanted her to in the scene. What? You didn’t know fictional characters have a mind of their own? It’s true! If you’re like me, characters take onContinue reading “250+ Author Tips (Plus, a Giveaway!)”

Authors: Get Graphic Design & Marketing Help

Most often I’m writing these posts in the evening between cooking dinner and bedtime. But, by day, I work as a director of communications for a large church. It’s the biggest blessing to be creative for a living (even before my writing takes off!). And I don’t take it for granted. That’s why I’ve decidedContinue reading “Authors: Get Graphic Design & Marketing Help”

Authors’ Open House: Meghan Gorecki

Tuesday we kicked off the Author’s Open House with Rachel McMillan sharing about being a “real writer.” I don’t know about you, but I really loved what she had to say–great encouragement. Today we continue the month of Christian authors stopping by to share some thoughts on writing, reading, books, and more with Meghan Gorecki. (See the full line-upContinue reading “Authors’ Open House: Meghan Gorecki”

How Hiatus Helps and Hurts

It’s been a month since I clicked “publish” here. As I mentioned before the break, I felt in my heart that a hiatus was necessary. In these weeks, I’ve traveled to Florida to celebrate my grandfather’s 90th birthday, took a trip to small town Alabama to visit my parents and their new chickens, and movedContinue reading “How Hiatus Helps and Hurts”

It’s Not You, It’s Me: Unexpected Rejection

During the last several months I have been in contact with a literary agent whom expressed interest in my first novel after meeting at a conference. I like to compare these months since to a season of courting. Our first date was at the conference, second date was sending a full book proposal, third dateContinue reading “It’s Not You, It’s Me: Unexpected Rejection”

DIY Branding Strategy: Part 2

As promised, it’s Thursday and I’m wearing my Communications Director hat to bring you the second of three installments of my DIY Branding Strategy series. Last week, we talked about how important it is to define your product, audience and story. Did you miss it? Check it out here. (Oh, and be sure to read toContinue reading “DIY Branding Strategy: Part 2”

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”