Why Novelists Need to Stop Ignoring Poetry

Why Novelists Need to Stop Ignoring Poetry

Every fiction writer has fallen in love with stories and dreams of engaging readers the same way. Few, however, are interested in poetry. In our modern age, this art form fights a losing battle against flashier entertainment. For some, poetry is overly emotional and...
Never Enough

Never Enough

Never enough. Never enough. I am glory and disgrace. I’m tripping up at the end of the race. I’m a misspelled card, a hung-up phone. I’m always knowing and never known. I’m always reaching but never touching, Stuck in loving love more than loving.   I’m the thrill of...
Are You Publishing Your Book Too Soon?

Are You Publishing Your Book Too Soon?

I self-published my first novel before it was ready to be shared with the public. The story had merit, so I assumed it was publishable. Wrong. Looking back, I’m embarrassed.   The inability to judge your own writing can cause other problems, such as despair that...
A Crash Course on How to Market a Book

A Crash Course on How to Market a Book

During my first few months as an author, I despaired over the book I was writing. How will I reach people and convince them to read this? Could I pay a publisher to print my book and market it?   In retrospect, not only am I embarrassed that I contemplated such a...
Three Myths about Marketing Your Book

Three Myths about Marketing Your Book

An aspiring author’s greatest fear is that she’ll spend years slaving over a novel only to release it to the world and nobody buys it. When a book flops after an author has invested countless hours trying to make it a success, that’s a tragedy.   Every author...
Four Common Sins of Christian Storytellers

Four Common Sins of Christian Storytellers

Are there pitfalls to writing Christian fiction?   Unfortunately, yes. The inherent nature of Christian fiction is certainly not evil, but our approach to it can easily be misguided by four prevalent sins.   Presumption Definition: not begging God to cleanse and...
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