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On Writing a Hymn

Not long ago, an author friend of mine asked me if I would write a guest post on her blog. My first guest post! Her series, Masterfully Crafted, focuses on how we are God’s craftsmanship, equipped to craft creations of our own. It’s great! Each week, there’s a devotional blog post and then a tutorial. Her name is Sarah Baughman, …

Writing Ideas: Part Two

“Mom. Mom! Can you fill this out with me?” My daughter wants to be an author/illustrator, and I’m pretty sure she’d write circles around me if I were in her class. But I’d never looked to her for specific writing tips or prompts before. That’s about to change. It was Sunday, and I was exhausted after hours of moving all …

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A Note to My Readers

A little while ago, I wrote a blog about the scariest part of writing. The answer? Readers. Crazy as it sounds, it can be intimidating to share a piece of yourself with someone else! But today, I want to talk about one of the very best aspects of writing. What is that? Readers. I know, I know. I pull rhetorical …

Bittersweet

A few weeks ago, I was teaching someone the English word bittersweet. English is the fourth language my friend has learned, and his interest in the word reminded me of this special term we have. Bittersweet helps to explain why several of my friends and I expressed a love for the Good Friday services. It helps to explain why Lenten …