Evernote Is My Favorite Long Form Writing App

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For all things simple, including my ChurchMag​ infographic articles, quick opinion pieces, and inspirational video posts, I simply use the WordPress​ native app. Easy, and so distraction free, that anything else would be silly. But I have been getting into longer form articles (read 700+ words) as well as ebooks (9,000+ words) which require something more. Microsoft Word is not cloud-oriented (I don't have Office 365) and WordPress has been known to lose too many documents if you take too long ... Continue Reading

Becoming a Writer and Blogger [Podcast #57]

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ChurchMag Staff Writer Rachel Blom has been writing for ChurchMag since 2012, but she's been writing and blogging for much longer. Rachel Blom joins the #cmagcast crew to talk about her journey as a writer and blogger and what it takes to becoming a writer. Enjoy: ... Continue Reading

‘Do Over’ by Jon Acuff [Saturday Morning Review]

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Jon Acuff jumps into what I would call the next book in his trilogy on how to go from "just another day" to something "great." As with all books of his, I went the route of an audio book which gives additional annotations as well as his own unique tone I have come to attribute with him. If you like Jon's humor, you get more of that here. But that doesn't mean the content is only 6 inches deep and worthless. For Jon, a Do Over is not a failure, but an opportunity for something great. For me, ... Continue Reading

Unleash the Writer Within You Write Away

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Some things in life require talent. Singing for instance, though watching some auditions not everybody agrees with me on that one. Competitive sports for sure, or playing an instrument well. But there are also things that can be taught. Like writing. Improving your writing skills is not dependent on talent. It helps of course if you have an innate sense of language, but it’s not a requirement for writing success. To unleash the writer within you, all you need is motivation, discipline, and ... Continue Reading

Hemingwrite: A Distraction Free Writing Device

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You can use 'distraction free' writing mode on your laptop or tablet, but let's be honest: There's always distractions. Before you jump to your writing app, there are so many shiny icons asking to be clicked. And even while you're typing away on your tablet, there's always a notification pulling you away. So what if you could have a portable writing device that was really distraction free and was still digital? Alas, the Hemingwrite: ... Continue Reading

Becoming a Better Writer Series: Finding the Right Tone

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When it comes to writing, there are tips and tricks that are relatively easy to teach, like correct grammar or using paragraphs. But there are also important aspects that are harder to explain. Rhythm for instance, which you can try and learn by applying rules, but which is also a matter of instinct. And there’s tone. ... Continue Reading

Becoming a Better Writer Series: Writing More Effective Sentences

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In this Dutchgirl’s Guide to Becoming a Better Writer, we’ve looked at many issues already. Today, we’re focusing on the very foundation of writing: sentences. Let’s start by defining what I mean by effective sentences: An effective sentence has rhythm, communicates the message you want to get across and invites the reader to read further. Three goals to achieve then, in order to make a sentence effective. How to go about this? Four things matter: ... Continue Reading

Becoming a Better Writer Series: Do You Have Rhythm?

Do You Have Rhythm Writing Series

[This is part of an ongoing ChurchMag series, A Dutch-Girl’s Guide to Becoming a Better Writer.] This year, I finally did something that had been on my to do list for a long time: I started learning to play the drums. You know what’s the hardest when you start out? To keep a steady rhythm. It’s not the technical stuff that’s hardest to master, like how to hold the drum sticks, or how to do a fill. It’s sticking to the beat—the steady rhythm of the music. It’s easy to lose the beat, to go a ... Continue Reading

Becoming a Better Writer Series: Stop Using a Double Space After a Period

Stop Using a Double Space After a Period

[This is part of an ongoing ChurchMag series, A Dutch-Girl’s Guide to Becoming a Better Writer.] I recently edited a couple of articles for a blog and it struck me again how many people use a double space after a period. It’s not something you encounter occasionally, it’s something I see a lot. When you Google on whether to use single or double spacing after a period (or any kind of punctuation mark really), you’ll find opposing views. Some claim the double spacing is fine, but the majority ... Continue Reading

Do You Know How to Write Correctly?

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We blog and write something at least once a day. Yet do we really know the English language correctly? I read a lot of blogs and one of my biggest pet peeves is finding incorrect grammar or spelling.  I'm not saying I'm a scholar, I just wish we knew how to write better and correctly more often!  You're, your is one of the worst or is it worse examples.  Here is a guide on how to write better - A to X How to Write Better. A few rules I found quite interesting: ... Continue Reading