Writing

Does the world need another blog post, article, or book? Not necessarily. But the world needs you to come alive. So if writing makes you come alive, then that’s what you’ll need to do. This page is where you will find the widest selection of posts about writing including publishing, books, blogging, and interviews with authors. You can find more specific things by clicking on write a book or be a better writer.

Find Your Writing Community with Tsh Oxenreider

Join Emily in a conversation with Tsh Oxenreider, author of Notes from a Blue Bike, Organized Simplicity, and At Home in the World (April 2017). Tsh is the founder of The Art of Simple (website) and The Simple Show (podcast). She calls herself a solopreneur so she...

The Complete Guide to Traditional Publishing

In the summer of 2009, I pitched my first book proposal to an editor at a writer's conference. In the weeks following that meeting, I spent a lot of time searching on the Internet to find a step-by-step process of what might happen next. On the one hand, I knew...

Conversation with Lisa-Jo

Join Brian in a conversation with Lisa-Jo Baker, author of Surprised by Motherhood and fellow hope*writer. We talk about: What is inCourage? How to get your blog post accepted. What to do now to prepare for guest posting. What it's like to write your first...

Writing Tips From a Hall-of-Fame Procrastinator

I know the perfect cure for procrastination: assign the job of 'procrastinating' to the procrastinator. Get the procrastinator all pumped up telling them, "You have to procrastinate." They'll get excited, but put it off and maybe even never do it. Meaning they'll...

Book Path 4 :: That Proposal Thing and Why It’s Fun

We're walking together through an eighteen month book writing process, as it happens right to the book launch. This series might be most helpful for you if you’re just starting as a writer and wonder how you get to a point of writing a book and you want to know how...

Book Path 3 :: Keep Refining Your Focus

We're walking together through an eighteen month book writing process, as it happens right to the book launch. This series might be most helpful for you if you’re just starting as a writer and wonder how you get to a point of writing a book and you want to know how...

Frequently Asked Questions

Here are some answers to our most Frequently Asked Questions. If you have a question that isn't listed, put it in the comments and if it's common, we'll add it to this page. Thanks and welcome! What is the etiquette for the Facebook page? This question is asked a lot...

Writing Conferences 2016 :: And Tips for Prepping

Writers Conferences can be a great way to sharpen your writing, learn the publishing world, make connections, make new friends, be inspired, and even meet with editors to 'pitch' your book proposal. Yes, people make connections at conferences that lead to book deals;...

Why Your Blog Deserves Two Purposes, Now

  Every blog deserves a purpose statement. Actually every blog needs two purpose statements. One for the readers, one for the writer. {I'll share both of mine at the end of this post} Having a purpose statement is a must because once you make one, it's like having...

Book Path 1 :: Let’s Take a Walk

I just got a book deal. This means three in our family will be published authors; both daughters and me - I like that as much as getting the book deal. I’m almost 65 years old. Would you like to walk together through the book writing process, the whole thing, as it...

Who will you be 10 years from now?

  Okay, I'll admit it. I had too much fun creating this video.But I think you'll be able to relate.Check it out and let me know in the comments. It seems like I learn more lessons looking back than I do looking forward.But there is value is looking forward- 10 years...

What Leslie Knope Wants You to Know About Criticism

Leslie Knope, from the NBC comedy Parks and Recreation Leslie Knope, the enthusiastic Deputy Director of the Pawnee City Department of Parks and Recreation, is excited about garnering support from her community for a new park project. She organizes a subcommittee and...

The Superpower Every Writer Has

Every writer has a superpower, but it's one many of us are often afraid to tap into. What is that superpower? It's called change - the power to do things differently, change your mind, and try something new. In keeping with that theme, in today's post I'm trying...

When You Worry It’s Too Late to Start

So you're thinking maybe it's too late for you to start? You want me to go through Moses and all the awesome OT geezers? You want me to insult you like that? You want me to give you examples of older people who started fresh? Examples of people who failed, or started...

The What, Why, and How Behind Morning Pages

Someone recently asked me, "So where did you get your degree? And was it an MFA in writing or English?" My answer surprised her. "I don't have a master's degree and my Bachelor's degree is in Educational Interpreting for the Deaf." "Oh!" she said, "So you just have...

For When You Only Have a Few Readers

I still remember the first comment I received on my blog that wasn't from someone I knew in real life. I thought about that comment for days, shocked that a stranger had not only found my blog but read it and then left a comment saying what it meant to her. It would...

Because Really, No One Has Time to Write

  "For most of Human history, then, the vast majority of people have made their art in stolen moments, using scraps of borrowed time."      --Elizabeth Gilbert, Big Magic I've struggled with the thought that all the other writers have empty, protected hours and days...

They’re Waiting to Hear From You

They're waiting to connect with you. Really, they want to. If you're early in your writing career, you wonder why anyone should care. If you're down the road in your career, you can have seasons of doubt that anyone cares. It's easy to think nobody cares. They do. But...

Conversation With an Editor :: Carolyn McCready

Ever wonder what a book editor really thinks? Myquillyn and her editor Carolyn from Zondervan chat about some of the things an editor does. Publishing is very relational and collaborative you want to trust your editor you'll probably be emotional with your editor at...

What April Ludgate Wants You to Know About Writing

April Ludgate from the NBC comedy Parks and Recreation. When her husband Andy was worried he didn't have what it takes to do his new fancy job in London, April reached across the table and told him a secret all smart people in the workplace already know. "I'm going to...

So you think self promotion feels icky?

Self promotion? It should feel icky. Feels like "Hey everybody look at me!" doesn't it? The Me Monster is definitely to be feared and avoided. So let's never do any of that self promotion stuff, OK? "But then, what if nobody is reading what I write? How do I get them...

4 Things to do Today to Start Your First Book Proposal

If you want to write a book, first you'll have to write a book proposal. Trouble is, you have no idea where to start. You're in good company here! This will not be a comprehensive How to Write a Book Proposal tutorial. Before you need that, you need this. Here are the...

One Struggle All Writers Have in Common

I started writing purposefully about ten years ago. After a few years, I'd go back and look at what I wrote and get sick. It was horrible. Only in the last few years have I not felt so sick when I look back at the recent stuff. Our discouragement is a sign of...

Daily Writing Routine

Ever wonder how other writers structure their day? As you can see, Emily's writing routine is more "ish" than "set." While there's not one right way to schedule your writing, here are some things that might help: Have a designated space (even if it's your kitchen...