Monday, September 1, 2014

Social Media Monday—10 Social Media Rules Every Author Needs to Know

by +EdieMelson @EdieMelson

Social media is a tool. But like any tool we need to know how to use it and not be overwhelmed by it. Here are some basic social media rules every author needs to know.

1. Be consistent in posting social media updates. Small regular steps get you much farther, much faster. By posting 4 to 6 social media updates at day, 3 to 4 days a week can help you build a powerful platform much faster than any other way.

Sunday, August 31, 2014

Weekend Worship—So Who's Really Driving the Car?

Sometimes making the right decision seems
like a no-brainer.
There are times in my life when making the right decision seems like a no-brainer. Unfortunately those times are few and far between.

For those of you who visit my blog regularly it will come as no surprise that I tend to be a little bit of a control freak. And that character trait often makes it difficult to follow God unconditionally. Let me give you an example.

When our oldest son was just a few months old, my husband and I felt like God was calling us to leave our home in Arkansas, and move to South Carolina. We had no friends or family in the Carolinas, but my husband had a job offer, and there had been some issues with his job in Arkansas that made both of us uncomfortable.

Saturday, August 30, 2014

What Makes You Blossom?

I love this quote by Oscar Wilde because it makes me stop and think. So often we blossom because we're living up to expectations. So my question for you today is this, "When was the last time you blossomed just for the joy of it?"

A flower blossoms for its own joy - Oscar Wilde
Share your thoughts in the comment section below.

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Friday, August 29, 2014

To Outline or Not—Which is Better?

by Bruce Brady @BruceDBrady

Two types of writers in this world, outliners and intuitive!
In the past year I’ve heard a lot of writer discussions, and passionate arguments, about whether to outline or not.

Some of you may be thinking, “Well that’s a no-brainer.” But is it? Those who have taught and argued that outlining is the best way to write range from beginning writers to editors to best-selling authors. The same is true for those who advocate in favor of intuitive writing.

There are two types of writers in this world. Those who map out their stories before they ever begin (outliners), and those who hear the voices (intuitive writers).

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Children’s Writing 101: Five Common Misconceptions

I wish I could explain how excited I am about today's blog. Having Michelle Medlock Adams as a regular contributor to The Write Conversation really is a dream come true. I had the opportunity to get to know her several years ago when we were both on staff at a writers conference. She has been a close friend ever since. She's also a fellow blogger on and I know you're going to learn so much from all that she shares.

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

How to Rock Your Character’s World

by +DiAnnMills @DiAnnMills

I’ve always wanted to rock climb. When I studied the skill, I realized rock climbing and scaling heights with my hero had a lot in common. 

Both require a struggle against odds, guts, stamina, techniques, and training. 

So I compared the two arts, and this is what I discovered.

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Indie Tuesday—The Positive Side to Receiving a One Star Review

by: @AuthorKeller

Most of us dream of that elusive publishing contract. Of having deadlines and planning a release party. Soon after our books launch we start checking our reviews. They tell you not to, but believe me, somehow, when you least expect it—you find yourself reading over some reviews. The first ones are great. Friend and family write sweet five star reviews that you want to share with the world. But one day you go back and look and there it is: the one star monster, staring you right in the eyes.
Now…take a deep breath and say this with me. Ready? A one star review is a good thing.