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Ten Grammar Tips for Any Writer

When I taught high school students, I told them intelligence and good spelling were not directly correlated. You can be a very bright person and a very poor speller. Additionally, semicolons and ampersands are easy for some people while exponents and factorials are easy for others. It was my pet peeve, in fact, when creative people told me that they …

Writing Ideas: Part Three

I love writing, and I love teaching. So I enjoy the blog series “Writing Ideas” on this site. You can find Part One and Part Two here. Whether you are a writer or a teacher of writing (or both), I hope these ideas inspire you to practice the craft of writing. Found Poem I first learned this idea from my incredible …

Writer’s Life: Pressure

I was in seventh grade. In a class with our school counselor, I learned a fascinating truth: Stress can be a good thing. We started talking about the difference between eustress and distress. We took a stress factor inventory. It just so happened that was a more-stressful-than-most year for me, which I took in with a certain sense of pride. …

Writer’s Life: Why Workshop?

At this moment, I am sitting on a university campus, sipping some coffee, and waiting for the first session of the day. I’m at a conference, and loving every minute of it. Yes, I’m one of those people. When given the opportunity, I jump at the chance to meet with others in my fields of interest and fully immerse myself …

Writers on Vacation

I just came back from a wonderful vacation. Things I packed: swimsuit, sunscreen, novel, writing journal. Actually, this list is similar to my vacation suitcase since I was a grade schooler. Even though I didn’t necessarily write all the time as a kid, when vacation rolled around, I would grab a notebook and let my imagination loose on the long …

Writer’s Life: The Voices in My Mind

As a writer, my head is filled with voices. Now, I’ve talked about the voice of my inner critic previously, so we’ll ignore that one today. Instead, I’d like to pay tribute to the many voices that echo within as I write, and explain how they help me along the way. Mentor Voices  “Make sure you don’t let a character …

So, You Want to Write a Hymn?

A little while ago, author Sarah Baughman invited me to guest blog for a series looking at craft as a reminder that our Creator has crafted us and that He has given us creativity to create for His glory. She asked me to talk about the craft of writing a hymn. I loved this! In fact, two of my favorite …

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The Value of a Review (and a Giveaway!)

“You should try this restaurant! It has fresh ingredients, and the service is fast. The atmosphere is catered to those who love the outdoors.” “Sounds great! So, you’ve tried it?” “Tried it?! I own it!” Tell me, what do you think of the restaurant review now? Sometimes, I feel this way as an author. In fact, it’s a pretty big …

Big News for Summer Reading

Hello! It’s hard to believe that it’s been one week since the release of The Messengers: Revealed! So much has been happening, it’s hard to keep track of it all. But! That doesn’t mean I won’t try. So how’s this for starters? For TODAY ONLY, Concordia Publishing House is offering a HUGE sale on the trilogy! If you buy all …

Book Trailers

I love book trailers. There’s something about using text, image, and music to set the tone for a story. And there’s something about capturing an entire novel in one minute. Concordia Publishing House has done a fantastic job capturing The Messengers series in a series of videos. And the last trailer is out! To celebrate, here are all three videos, …