Don’t Forget These 7 Unusual Must-Pack Items for Your Next Writing Conference
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by Edie Melson
16h ago
by Lori Hatcher  Conference season has begun! Ever wish you could peer over your favorite writing professional’s shoulder as he or she packs their suitcase for a conference? Wish no more.  Since stalking is illegal, I surveyed a few conference veterans to compile a collection of “Must-Pack Items.” You won’t see these on the usual list. You may not even realize you need them, but, trust me, you’ll be glad you packed them.  7 Unusual Must-Pack Items You Might Not Think Of Power Strip with Extension Cord I can’t count how many times I’ve gone to charge my phone (which I uses ..read more
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Writing Through the Struggle
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by Edie Melson
2d ago
by Henry McLaughlin @RiverBendSagas There are times when writing is hard or at least seems harder than it should be. Ideas don’t come. Or the ideas do come, but the words to flesh them into coherency flutter away like a butterfly in a swift breeze. You reach for the words, and they’re gone. Then an idea comes, and the words start to flow. And we freeze because the words trigger memories and the memories trigger pain. Pain we thought was healed or resolved or forgotten. Or the pain is unrelated to our topic, but it surfaces just the same. The way our minds and emotions are wired, a though ..read more
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12 Helpful Life Hacks For Writers
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by Edie Melson
3d ago
by Edie Melson @EdieMelson The writer’s life isn’t an easy one. So much of what we create comes from some place deep inside ourselves. Giving that way can be exhausting, not to mention frustrating, when we feel empty. The good news is that there are things we can do to help ourselves. I’ve come to learn that we either set ourselves up for success or we set ourselves up for failure. Today I’ll share some of the writing and blogging hacks that every successful writer needs to know. Writing Life Hacks 1. Writing is a mind game—and our minds play tricks on us. When we’re in a good mood ..read more
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Five Steps that Will Help Writers Combat Imposter Syndrome
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by Edie Melson
4d ago
by Dr. Katherine Hutchinson-Hayes @KHutch0767 In middle school, I had my initial experience with performing in theatre. It was the first time I felt I could escape into my role as a cabaret singer. I was no longer the nerdy girl who wore skirts every day. Instead, I was part of a group of glamorous performers who presented Broadway vignettes. At times, I felt like a fraud, but our theatre directors insisted that we fully engage with becoming the characters we had been chosen to play. Although I struggled with feeling like an imposter, the more I allowed myself to escape into becoming the c ..read more
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Book Marketing with Short Videos and Clips
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by Edie Melson
5d ago
by Karen Whiting @KarenHWhiting AI is making it easier to extract short video clips that can be great as reels of longer if desired. These can catch on fast and reach a larger audience than your longer videos, podcasts, and TV interviews you post. Instead of going through the long video and editing out clips, it is done in seconds. These can be thirty seconds to three minutes.  Creating Clips Using AI Check out AI software that creates clips for free like vidyo.ai or try a free trial period with descript. It's easy to choose the video orientation for landscape or portrait or to choo ..read more
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How to Choose Your Classes at a Writing Conference
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by Edie Melson
5d ago
by Tammy Karasek @TickledPinkTam Writing conference information has entered our social media feeds for 2024. There are so many to choose from, which is a good thing. With so many offered, there’s a better chance one will be close to where you live or offer what you are looking to learn about. Although, there are times that a little bit of travel to a conference that is larger or has more years of experience is worth the extra time and money to attend. Do the research on as many as you can, and don’t forget to reach out to those who may have attended before you.  You’ve picked the con ..read more
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Discover the Joy of SINGLE-Tasking When You Write
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by Edie Melson
1w ago
by Edie Melson @EdieMelson I don’t know about you, but my life just keeps getting busier and busier. And for most of two decades I’ve heard the phrase multi-task. I’ve taken courses and read blogs on how multi-tasking is what leaders do, why multi-tasking is the key to productivity, how to multi-task more effectively, and how to choose which things to multi-task—among just a few. Sometimes I feel like I’m being encouraged to multi-task, multi-tasking.  It’s exhausting. Even more than that, I don’t think it has helped make my life better. All I feel is more exhausted.  In my op ..read more
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What Part Does Divine Inspiration Play in Our Writing
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by Edie Melson
1w ago
by Crystal Bowman Several decades ago, when my hubby and I began listening to contemporary Christian music (instead of oldies from the 60s), we enjoyed the music of Dallas Holm. Born in 1948, his musical ministry spanned nearly four decades. His 1977 live album (with the group Praise) featured his best-know song, “Rise Again,” a powerful song about the resurrection of Jesus. Before he sang the song, he spoke to the audience and his words have stuck with me. He said (paraphrasing according to my memory), “On most days, I write lyrics and music because that’s what I do—it’s my job and it’s t ..read more
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Writers Conference 1101: Ten Tips to Maximize Your Return
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by Edie Melson
1w ago
by Lilka Raphael @Lilka_Raphael Conference season is upon us. Investing in writing conferences is by far the smartest thing I have done to refine my writing. Publishing trends and challenges evolve. Appointments with editors, informative classes, and connecting with other writers yield an invaluable return on the time and money spent attending.  Here are my top ten tips to make the most of any writing conference. 1. Choose wisely. I attended a large conference for years. Though I learned much, I would be farther along in my writing career if I had first researched various conference ..read more
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This Year Give Yourself the Gift of a Writing Conference
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by Edie Melson
1w ago
by Linda Gilden @LindaGilden Today is Valentine’s Day. This is always special for someone who has a Valentine. But for those who don’t, I would recommend doing something for yourself that you love to do but might not otherwise take the time or money. I could make a lot of suggestions. You might like to play golf, swim in a nearby lake, have lunch with your sweetie, or take a short road trip to visit someone you haven’t seen in a long time. For me, however, whatever I love to do would have something connected to with writing. The Carolina Christian Writers Conference is coming up in just ..read more
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