Author’s Journey

What Christian Writers Offer That Others Can’t

What Christian Writers Offer That Others Can’t

Guest Blogger: Glen Robinson In the book, More Than Words: Contemporary Writers on the Works That Shaped Them, Stephen Lawhead writes about how the writings of J.R.R. Tolkien influenced him as a writer. Lawhead concluded from his study of Tolkien as a writer that regardless of what you write, who you are comes through in […]

What We Can Do About Poverty

What We Can Do About Poverty

During the Lenten season, we’ve had a series of Wednesday night courses at church. I took a course based on a DVD series produced by a nonprofit called Poverty Cure. This series spends little time looking at the causes of poverty and instead focuses on the conditions necessary for prosperity. As we watched this series, […]

Plotting vs. Pantsing: Another Great Debate

Plotting vs. Pantsing: Another Great Debate

I saw this picture on Facebook and I had to laugh, because it totally describes how I work. When I first come up with a story idea, I often have only a very vague idea what’s about to happen. Sometimes as little as an opening scene that I think is cool. One of my novels, […]

Do writers have friends?

Do writers have friends?

As with so many things, the answer to my question is not binary. “Do writers have friends?” isn’t honestly a yes or no question. Some do, some don’t. I imagine many of us fall on a spectrum between. In a recent episode of their podcast A Tiny Sense of Accomplishment, writers Sherman Alexie and Jess […]

Dealing with Disappointment. Again.

Dealing with Disappointment. Again.

The writing journey is so up and down, back and forth. It’s a constant uphill climb. Three steps forward, two steps back, making progress and starting over. It seems like it generally moves in the right direction, if you’re willing to keep persevering, but every now and then there’s a huge boulder in the path […]

Alphabet Blogging: U is for…

Alphabet Blogging: U is for…

Unobservant. I got called ‘unobservant’ as a kid a lot, usually because my nose was stuck in a book. My mom said, on more than one occasion, that the house could probably burn down around my ears without me noticing. In all fairness, it often took someone yelling in my ear–more than once–to get my […]

Top 5 Things I’ve Learned About Selling Ebooks

Top 5 Things I’ve Learned About Selling Ebooks

Guest Blogger: Kessie Carroll There are a few things that go without saying, so I’m not detailing those. Namely, the story and editing have to not suck. The cover has to be awesome, with high contrast and readable text at thumbnail size. Without those two things—you know, having a QUALITY PRODUCT—you’re not going to sell […]