One thing that keeps me going and keeps me focused is challenges. If I don’t stretch myself and try something new, I’ll keep doing the same old same old. Challenges keep us strong and keep us on course to finish the race.
In today’s episode I’m talking about a new challenge I’m giving myself and why you should consider doing your own 30-day challenge. I’ll give you some examples from my past and how they’ve helped shape me.
Listen to episode: (0:32:01)
If you’ve ever sat down to write a book, you know the thought and effort that goes into writing. It takes hard work, dedication, and a willingness to not get side tracked. And then there are all those rules!
We all know about the rules of writing. You’ve read blog post after blog post, book after book, and it all can become clouded and confusing. I’ve done the work for you. Now you don’t have to read anything else other than this post.
For some people, writing is easy and comes naturally. For me, I get too bogged down with making my chapter perfect before I move along to the next. Sometimes, I’m not sure where I’m headed by the time I begin writing the next chapter in the book.
Do you feel that way? Without a proper outline, you’ll hit a proverbial dead-end and your book will never get written.
Every book has a unique goal in mind. That goal should be the driving force behind why you’re writing the book. If we don’t have an end in mind, our book will fall down flat. This is why I encourage people to create a propositional statement for why they are writing their book.
When I wrote, “Grace: What’s So Amazing About It?” I wanted to narrow down my focus so that I knew why I was wanting to write this book. I wanted to make sure I was on target as I began writing that first chapter.
The craft of writing is a lot of hard work. Yes, those easy moments happen when the Muse shows up. But the line that separates good writers from hacks, is the line between writing and rewriting.
A good craftsman is good at working on every page, sentence, and syllable. He doesn’t just stop at the first draft, he works and reworks his material until he’s satisfied, then it’s off to the editor.
Originally published on 04/16/2009 as a special article on this blog. I have significantly changed this article for today’s podcast episode. If you’d like to read the original, click here.
People have been on a health kick for some time. We see on TV all kinds of ways one can lose weight fast. Take this pill, drink this potion and if you don’t see a significant notice in your weight loss in two weeks get a total refund and keep the steak knives as our free gift for ordering.
In today’s episode, I’m talking about living a healthy, balanced life. It doesn’t matter what we’re writing or doing in our lives if anything is out of sync inside us, we will not be effective as communicators of the message God’s given us.
Listen to episode: (0:37:54)
If you’ve ever decided it was time to begin writing your blog, you’re right. Today is the best time to begin honing your message and declaring to the world you have something worth saying.
Most new bloggers struggle with finding their particular niche. Getting good quality advice is hard to come by. You browse the internet and remain confused by the vast majority of advice.
Why is it that some poorly written novels sell really well and well-written novels don’t sell at all? Great writing takes time but crafting a story your readers will finish, takes longer.
The goal of selling a novel is to keep the reader interested in reading and loving the book from beginning to end.
When you think about your book, what goes through your mind? Knowing what to write and sitting down to write it are two different things. But, having the right mindset will help you accomplish what your book is about.
I began writing my book, Divine Providence, in 2008. In reality, it was to be a single page story. I was going to print it on old-time style paper, burn the edges and frame it for my family.
Last week, I launched my annual reader survey. This survey is designed to help me create more relevant content for you. This blog is a relationship and the road goes both ways.
This is why I do this survey. I want to give you a voice in what I write and create. This year’s survey was not the success that I was hoping for. Maybe it was the timing and maybe people are tired of taking surveys.