Mentor One way a writer can become successful is by having a more established writer as a mentor. While writing groups can serve as a mentor, the right personal mentor will help improve your writing by giving you guidance each step of the way. Let me share an example of the influence of a mentor. In… Continue reading The Influence of a Writing Mentor
Five Principles for Christian Writers: Walk in a Manner Worthy of Your Call to Write Text: Ephesians 4: 1 – 6 Focus: Ephesians: 4: 1b – 3 Are you a Christian writer that writes inspirational fiction or devotions to encourage Believers in Jesus Christ? Maybe you are a writer whose drive is sharing Christian themes and… Continue reading 5 Principles for Christian Writers
You Need a Real Job Summoned to my high school guidance counselor’s office, I learned not everyone thinks being a writer is a good idea. I still recall the meeting as if it were yesterday. “Why can’t I be an author?” I asked. I wanted to be the next Kurt Vonnegut, Philip Roth, or Ray… Continue reading Anyone Ever Laugh When You Say You’re a Writer?
Keeping Track of What You Read Over twenty-five years ago I read Louis L’Amour’s book, “Education of a Wandering Man.” L’Amour kept a journal recording the books he read year by year. About the same time, I attended a writer’s conference in the Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina. Christian author Dr. Calvin Miller was… Continue reading One Great Way To Write A Book Review
Kepler’s Aphorism #3 – One Page a Day The average page has 250 words. If you write 1 page a day 5 days a week you will end the week with 5 pages or 1,250 words written in one week. If you do one page a day, 5 days a week for 52 weeks you’ll end the… Continue reading Kepler’s Aphorism #3 – One Page a Day
A Question of Balance Balancing your day job with your passion for writing and reading is hard. The day job is important. You need a regular paycheck and insurance for survival. So unless you’re a Dean Koontz with a spouse who is willing to give you five years to make it with her working full-time… Continue reading The Writer’s Life: A Question of Balance
I was sixty-four years old before I was able to write full-time and I don’t make enough money off my writing to support myself solely on my writing income. I required having multiple streams of income to achieve this goal. It also took my being debt free. Even with my simple lifestyle, my combined earnings from… Continue reading Kepler’s Aphorism #2 – Don’t Plan on Earning Enough Money Writing to Live On
One Word of Advice I remember watching the movie “The Graduate” when I was in high school. In the movie, Dustin Hoffman’s character was given one word of advice upon his college graduation. The word was “plastic.” I want to give my fellow writers one word of advice. No, it’s not the word plastic. The… Continue reading Neuroplasticity and Writing
Where I Write I’m doing my morning writing at one of my favorite Starbucks. This one is next to the Barnes and Nobles on Preston Road just south of Park in Plano, Texas. I write here most mornings. The photo is of my writing-table. I usually sit at the same table each morning. From left… Continue reading My Writing Habit and The Coffee House
There is truth in my saying. A writer is not a writer until he has written his article, short story or book and submitted the work. A traditional writer cannot sell the piece until the agent accepts it, shops it, and sells it. A self-published writer must write the book, edit the book, market the… Continue reading Kepler’s Aphorism #1 – You cannot be a working writer unless you submit your work.