Why English is Weird—and how to Write Right Despite It

By Lana Christian English is such a weird language. I didn’t realize how weird until I started teaching writing classes in the mid-1990s. They were meant to be simple four-hour “enrichment” classes for employees at the hospital where I worked. I never dreamed that MDs who were non-native speakers of English would attend my classContinue reading “Why English is Weird—and how to Write Right Despite It”

To The Person Writing My Story

By Stephanie Jaye Are you a plotter or a panster? I feel like that’s a question every writer gets asked at least once in their writing journey, and one that we may even ask ourselves at one point. Some people are strict plotters, while others just write and see where their characters take them. SomeContinue reading “To The Person Writing My Story”

The Fight Against Weasel Words: The Struggle is Real

By Elizabeth Jacobson I had written for years as teen and (very) young adult before I went on kind of a “forced hiatus.” I stopped having the time to write – at least that’s what I told myself. What really happened was that I stopped making the time, but that’s a different story. One ofContinue reading “The Fight Against Weasel Words: The Struggle is Real”

Networking-It’s Not What You Think

By Alley Hart I once heard a story of an abused dog being taken to an animal shelter after the police raided the house where it had been. A young woman adopted the dog on the day it was set to be euthanized, and for the first time, the dog was treated kindly by aContinue reading “Networking-It’s Not What You Think”

Introducing The Writers’ Room!

A column for Christian writers, by Christian writers I am so excited to announce an upcoming addition to my blog, the Writers’ Room! This will be a collaborative column featuring pieces by multiple Christian writers, focusing on everything from advice on writing craft to advice on entering the world of publishing. I also have plansContinue reading “Introducing The Writers’ Room!”

No Matter What, They Will Do as You Do, Not as You Say (Part 2)

The failings of today’s world are the results of generations of behavior Well, when I posted Part 1 of this post, I thought that COVID-19 would still be the big deal here in the United States. However, this is not the case, as protests have begun in the wake of the death of George Floyd,Continue reading “No Matter What, They Will Do as You Do, Not as You Say (Part 2)”

I’ve Been Nominated for the Ideal Inspiration Blogger Award!

Wow! So, this is the first blogging award I have been nominated for! I want to sincerely thank The Devotional Guy for the nomination. He has been blogging faithfully about how to live for Jesus during these hard times of the COVID-19 Pandemic, and I have been heartened by his blog. The Ideal Inspiration BloggerContinue reading “I’ve Been Nominated for the Ideal Inspiration Blogger Award!”

No Matter What, They Will Do as You Do, Not as You Say (Part 1)

Abraham’s crisis of faith There’s a saying: “Do as I say, not as I do.” The problem is, anyone in any position of leadership or mentorship (and this includes parenting), knows that this is patently ridiculous. Firstly, everyone, from child to adult, knows that this is not a fair expectation. Why do you get specialContinue reading “No Matter What, They Will Do as You Do, Not as You Say (Part 1)”

God’s Choices, God’s Mercy

Judah, the (surprisingly) honored one So, after we talked about Joseph last week, we need to connect some dots. I mentioned a few weeks back that Joseph’s father, Jacob, was called Israel by God. You may have heard of the “Twelve Tribes of Israel” – each tribe descended from one of Jacob’s sons. (I’m simplifyingContinue reading “God’s Choices, God’s Mercy”

Why Joseph’s Faith is Unique

Why I wrote my book This is going to be a kind of an odd post, because I have to tell you why I wrote my book about Joseph’s story, and about why his faith journey is unique, without really telling you my plot or spoiling anything. Not that tons of people don’t know howContinue reading “Why Joseph’s Faith is Unique”