3 Things I Wish Someone Had Told Me As a Writer

My writing career began as an intern for Christian Retailing magazine. My first published pieces were reviews of books, music, and products in the back of various publications. I spent years honing the craft of writing in segments of 250-words or less.

This slow, humble beginning taught me the basics of writing and publishing.

Don’t miss a deadline.

Be good to your editor.

Make every word count.

Stay within the word limitation.

Earn trust, then spend it to earn more.

Find new ways to convey old expressions.

Study the publications where you want to be published.

Every piece provided the opportunity to learn more and grow in the craft of writing. Here are three things I wish someone had told me sooner:

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Secrets to Getting Published Part 1

At Writers Boot Camp last month, a cadet raised his hand and asked:

“I know you have time to write, because you’re a writer, but how am I supposed to find the time to write with a full-time job and family?”

I burst out laughing. Here’s why: Continue Reading...

Three Secrets To Overcoming Your Greatest Fears About Writing

Placing words on paper or screen terrifies me.

Even now.

Even after all these years.

Good writing exposes the soul, not just to us, but to those who pass by.

Critics and connoisseurs, friends and foes, strangers and trolls.

Perhaps you, too, have felt fear surge your spine. Grip your throat. Freeze your fingers. You stare. Blank page. Blank screen. Blank look.

How do you break through the fear of writing? Here are three secrets I’ve learned after many years:
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Win The Gift Package Fit for a Queen: The Woman of the Bible Everyone Needs to Learn

When my friend, Liz Curtis Higgs, said she planned to pen a book about a woman in the Bible based on 10 verses, I thought, “That’s impossible!”

A chapter of a book.

A section of a Bible study.

A single talk.

But an entire book that provides meaty insights and life-transformative truths. Yet that’s what Liz has done with beauty, mastery, and grace.

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Since the launch of the Scouting the Divine summer Bible study, I’ve been playing in our yard—tugging at stubborn weeds, pruning wild shrubs, plucking the never-ending dandelions.

I find the Holy Spirit nudging me toward Scripture, uncovering deep-rooted truths, with each pinch and snip. I’m rediscovered what many a farmer and gardener know to be true: Continue Reading...