Category: General

Writing: Heeding the Call

13th in a series: Read Part 12 or Go to Beginning Recently, I got one of those “I’d love to write for a career” inquiries. While I would never discourage anyone from following their passion, my standard reply begins: “Don’t quit your day job.” That may sound like I’m being sarcastic, but I’m quite serious. As…
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Writing One’s Way to Obscurity

12th in a series: Read Part 11 or Go to Beginning At the first major Christian writers conference I ever attended, author Jerry Jenkins made a comment I’ve never forgotten: “I’m the most famous writer you never heard of.” Back then, Jerry had already written a number of New York Times best-sellers, working with some famous…
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A Case of Nerves and the Need to Assemble Together

11th in a series: Read Part 10 or Go to Beginning After more than 30 years on the roller coaster of freelancing, you’d think I’d be used to the ups and downs. Which is why, just three months ago, I was surprised when I battled a case of nerves like I hadn’t experienced in years. It…
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You Don’t Create Your Own Breaks

10th in a series: Read Part Nine or Go to Beginning My fortuitous trip to California for the Mount Hermon Christian Writers Conference landed the first contract for a book I had coauthored that was released by a traditional publisher. While that felt good, a couple of months prior to this trip, I experienced a separate…
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Opening the Publishing Doors

Ninth in a series: Read Part Eight or Go to Beginning In my last post, I talked about how God made it possible for us to move to Louisville. A month after our relocation, a brochure showed up in the mail for the Mount Hermon Christian Writers Conference. Until the pandemic temporarily killed it (it…
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The Voice of Direction: Ready to Move

Eighth in a series: Read Part Seven or Go to Beginning The late Jamie Buckingham was a prolific author who used to write a monthly column in Charisma. (I’ve been reading the magazine for 35-plus years—and wound up writing for it for 23 of them). So when I received a flyer in the mail about a…
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The Blessings of Trying to Help

Seventh in a series: Read part six Among my fondest memories of my early freelancing days is the time I tried to help our pastor get published. He had seen an issue of a military-oriented magazine and wondered about submitting an article. “Well, don’t spend a lot of time working on it,” I said. “Let…
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Mission Statement Sets a Direction

Sixth in a series: Read the fifth post A mission statement is the mother’s milk of any endeavor, be that for a business, a church, a nonprofit or other organization. At least, that’s what I heard at several workshops I attended while trying to establish my business. Yet for the five years I did primarily…
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Developing a Vision is No Easy Task

Fifth in a series: Read the fourth post In my last post, I mentioned the value of having a vision. But years ago, when I found myself pushed out of a job at a large public relations agency, I struggled to find one. I finally decided that taking a similar position would be a sideways…
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No Guarantees For Freelancers

Fourth in a series: Read the third post A leading challenge for freelancers is lining up enough work to keep the lights on, the rent paid, and food on the table. How I made it while rarely having that kind of guarantee the past 35 years is almost beyond me. I say “almost” because I…
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