My Personal Experience with Desk

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During my recent travels through Romania, I’ve had the opportunity to use a new indie app called Desk.pm for my writing. Simple, but powerful is its tagline, and I’ve experienced first-hand its effect of making people fall in love with writing, again. I’ve written longer blog posts last week than I have for more than a year before.  The focus of the app is simple: words. Simplicity is not a new trend in writing world software, but following web apps like svbtle and ghost.io on the web, Desk ... Continue Reading

Becoming a Better Writer Series: Attack of the Notorious Homonyms

Becoming a Better Writer Series: Attack of the Notorious Homonyms

English is a horrible language. There, I’ve said it. The reason it’s such a difficult language to learn is because words that are spelled the same, are pronounced differently. Or words sound similar, but look nothing alike in spelling. Or the worst: they are spelled exactly the same, but are pronounced in various ways depending on their meaning. Three examples: ... Continue Reading

Becoming a Better Writer Series: 3 Words You Can (Almost) Always Cut

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In the previous post in this series on Becoming a Better Writer, I explained the importance of tightening your writing. One of the easiest ways to do that, is to cut words you don’t need anyway. There are a few notorious words that you can often cut or rewrite without changing the meaning of your sentence. Often you even strengthen your writing as an added bonus, since you’re becoming more precise. ... Continue Reading

Desk: A Simple & Powerful Publishing App

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Back some 10 years ago when I started blogging I struggled with the whole process of things. I wasn’t keen on writing (I didn’t hate writing anymore, as I did when I was a kid), so finding the time to sit down and hammer on the keys till I had a full article was a pain in the neck. Especially, with all the distractions of the Internet at hand! Over time, I learned some strategies and methods to help me with the process of writing so it was more pleasurable to make articles so the process of ... Continue Reading

Becoming a Better Writer Series: Tightening Your Writing

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[This is part of an ongoing ChurchMag series, A Dutch-Girl’s Guide to Becoming a Better Writer.] ‘Less is more’ is a credo that’s true for many things, including writing. If you’re writing fiction, it’s one thing to be verbose. But if you’re writing non-fiction and especially if you’re blogging, it pays to be able to state your point in as little words as possible. There are three reasons why tightening your writing is essential: ... Continue Reading

Desk PM [GIVEAWAY!]

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To put it simply, Desk PM is a bridge between a writer and their online platform. This hawt little Mac app wires-up to a multitude of online platforms and helps writers focus on what they love to do best: write. Desk PM removes all the clutter. Removes all the distractions. Removes all the noise. And presents the writer with a beautiful canvas that's just waiting to be crafted upon. Presenting, Desk PM ... and we have a few copies to give away! ... Continue Reading

Becoming a Better Writer Series: Crafting an Effective Testimony

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In this series on Becoming a Better Writer, we're sharing tips and secrets to improve your writing. Today I want to focus on crafting an effective testimony: the personal story of someone's encounter with Jesus. I cannot keep my eyes dry when someone shares a powerful testimony. And by powerful I do not mean dramatic, or miraculous. To me, a powerful testimony is a well crafted one that has focus, story, and Jesus (not necessarily in that order, just to be clear!). Before I expand on these ... Continue Reading

Becoming a Better Writer Series: 10 Literary Devices that Actually Work

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[This is part of an ongoing ChurchMag series, A Dutch-Girl’s Guide to Becoming a Better Writer.] I don’t know what you learned in high school about literary devices, or even better, what you still remember. I know we covered things like alliteration, metaphors, similes, euphemisms, etc... Truth be told, I forgot many devices I learned because I never used them. Since I became a writer, I find myself using more and more literary devices because they add a little oomph to my writing. That being ... Continue Reading

Creative Writing Insights from Torry Martin [Podcast]

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Torry Martin is an amazingly talented guy. He is a writer, actor, comedian—a communicator and storyteller. Some of you may have come across his work, as he is the one who created the character, Wooton, from the Focus on the Family's radio drama, Adventures in Odyssey. In this interview, we get creative writing insights as well as some solid perspectives on storytelling from this masterful and humorous storytelling genius, Torry Martin. ... Continue Reading

Becoming a Better Writer Series: How to Write a Good Story

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[This is part of an ongoing ChurchMag series, A Dutch-Girl’s Guide to Becoming a Better Writer.] We live in a story-focused culture. Stories have always been popular of course, look at the epic tale of Homer for instance which is still being told thousands of years later. But in our present culture, amidst the bombardment of information people process daily, stories remain remarkably popular and effective. It’s the reason why many communicators (pastors, writers, bloggers, business leaders) ... Continue Reading