A Dutch-Girl’s Guide to Becoming a Better Writer

A Dutch Girl's Guide to Becoming A Better Writer

I love writing. I’ve always loved it. I have hundreds of pages filled with handwritten stories from when I was a kid and a teen. I even created my own magazine that would come out a couple of times a year. My biggest dream was to become a writer. Guess what, I’m a writer now. I’ve published a non-fiction book, started a successful blog, and wrote many different publications like articles for magazines, guest blogs, youth ministry materials, and whatnot. And the funny thing is, that English is ... Continue Reading

PenPath: Helping Authors Track Their Impact


I love writing, and one day, I’d like to be a writer full-time. For now, however, I’ll keep cranking out blog posts on my lunch break, which is fine, except that this doesn’t give me much time for the business side of writing. I have no time to track my posts to see what went well and what post was entirely ignored. This may sound boring—and it is!—but it’s really important to learn how to write in a way that engages an audience in an active and passionate way. That’s why I’m so excited about ... Continue Reading

How to Find the Freedom to Write: Apps

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I have found more freedom to write by giving myself more time every day for writing as I outlined in this previous post. Time, however, can be a two-edged sword. If you give yourself too much time, you'll end up wasting it or worrying about little details as you write instead of actually writing. Building more time in your day for writing will give you more freedom to write; however, it is also the limitations of time that can spur creativity. Once you've mastered the amount of time you would ... Continue Reading

Hemingway Editor — A Writer’s Writing App

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For several months I had been using Microsoft Office Word for writing my blog posts. Even though the grammar check was sometimes a little too harsh for my liking, it got the job done. It's a heavy app for pounding out blog posts, but I wanted to start working on improving my grammar and such, so it seemed like a good solution. Pages for Mac had some grammar features built in, but nothing as robust as what Word offered. So alas, I kept on using Word for my daily writing. And then Chris Ames ... Continue Reading

How to Find the Freedom to Write: Time

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The last few weeks has been a vacation of sorts. For the first time in years I have broken away from work and spent much needed time with my family, long time best friend, and away from the Internet. There were several things that I've learned from my time away from work and the web and I hope to share a few of those things in the coming days. The first thing has to do with time and its power to give the freedom to write. In this use case scenario, it's writing blog posts, but it also has me ... Continue Reading

Working on My Novel


I don't know if I want to laugh or cry. Working On My Novel is a book written by Corey Arcangel on the difficult process of — as I am sure you can imagine — writing a novel. It is a collection of tweets from the many aspiring writers. Some funny, others sad, but all coming from those trying to write a novel. Can you identify with any of these excerpts from the book? ... Continue Reading

The Day Jobs of Famous Creatives

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I'm a writer by night. By day, I'm a public school teacher, and by later that day, I'm a pastor. Basically, I'm crazy busy, and I love reading about how writers, greater than I, managed their crazy busy lives. And to that end, here's a sweet infographic showing the day jobs* of famous poets. ... Continue Reading

My Best Blogging Setup Yet!

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When I first started blogging, I had no predispositions about my blogging setup at all. I was more worried about sounding boring, having terrible graphics, or not getting enough content out to my viewers. Fast forward to today, over six years later, and I certainly have an opinion. For those of you working on a 13-inch laptop sitting on your lap while at Starbucks or someone else working on a Surface Pro that has to sit on a flat surface, or even someone that is using their home computer, let me ... Continue Reading

It’s Here: ChurchMag Press

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The rumors are true. ChurchMag Press is here. Ladies & Gentlemen. Boys & Girls. Geeks, nerds, coffee addicts, writers, and technology fans of all shapes, sizes, ages and IQs. We are excited, ecstatic, and extremely caffeinated to present to you for the very first time... ChurchMag Press! ... Continue Reading

Will You Join Me in the 750 Words Challenge?

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I like to write. But sometimes when I sit down at my keyboard, my mind just draws a blank. I become immediately discouraged. I start to doubt myself, and it throws me into a funk. There are other times though that the words flow beautifully down the page. I often find myself in the position of having to write copy for various church websites or for newsletters. Most of the time, when I sit down to write for these specific outlets, I find it difficult to even start. Do you experience this? ... Continue Reading