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Be True

Be true. I preach this to myself daily. Whether I grab coffee with a friend, get to know a co-worker, or write a book, I must stay true. I write raw and honest stories for those held captive to the lies and fears of the...

Take Note

A couple months ago I walked through a dry spell. I dragged my feet like a crippled zombie. I worked 40+ hours during the week and plus some on the weekends. I slapped on my makeup and exhausted myself over trying to put together a cute...

Healing in the Writing Process

When I sat down to write my first novel The Whisper, I intended to write a book to process a difficult ministry season in my life. In a previous blog, I described how my first attempt to sit down at the computer and produce thousands...

Five Lessons I’ve Learned about Writing

Post originally appeared on Bible.org. To soak in the wisdom of Dr. Sandra Glahn, please check out her works here. Have something worth saying. In his book Culture Care, artist Makoto Fujimura tells a story he confesses may be legendary about a Yale student taking Hebrew from the great...

Your Message is Bigger than Your Book

Once a month I pass along writing tips, but this month I wanted to discuss something even more important than the quality of our writing. Gasp. As writers sometimes our vision gets a little myopic, and we can’t see past The. Book. Project. Follow me now, I’m not...

Behind the Writing: When Writing Becomes Worship

What if we wrapped our writing process in the blanket of worship? This question swirls around in my mind each time I sit down to write. As the sun peeks through the window, I pull back my sheets and crawl out of bed. I sit and...

How to Build a Foundation for Good Writing

We turned the corner near our neighborhood, and a newly poured foundation stirred up curiosity from my kids in the back seat. We saw wires jutting out of PVC pipes and took turns guessing what new restaurant would open on the corner. In what seemed like days,...

You’re More Creative than You Think

From ages past, people have wondered how to summon creativity, how to entice that persnickety Muse. Writers often struggle with creativity because myths like the Muse still exist. Innovation experts Tom and David Kelley like to debunk such creativity myths. They point out that Tibetan language has...

Centered: The Instagram Dream Life

The other night, I turned off Netflix, and pulled out my phone to scan through my Instagram feed. I follow dozens of photographers and admire their exotic adventures—hiking in the Mousa Mountains, celebrating the Chinese New Year, and documenting villagers in Arusha, Tanzania. The images launch...

Set Writing Goals in 3 Easy Steps

Writing reminds me of mining. It sometimes feels like working in a secluded cave. Writing requires the mental brawn to pick away at a mountain of ideas, word by word, until sentences emerge. Slowly paragraphs begin to morph into pages. Usually the process of writing entails sitting...