- Use your experiences to change the lives of others.
- Use a subconscious narrative in your writing
- Help readers see visual word pictures rather than just words
- Craft compelling devotions that impact real life-change.
- Clarify your calling and mission
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Experience Before Expression
The strongest writing comes not from our strengths, but from our struggles. In this lesson from Lysa TerKeurst, she’ll share how to mine the hard places in life and find the gems of truth that will lead to powerful life-change for your readers. The more our writing is an outflow of experience, the greater impact we will have.
The Secret to Compelling Your Readers to Keep Reading
What compels a reader to keep reading? What is the glue that holds a reader’s attention? In this lesson, Lysa TerKeurst shares one of the biggest reasons for the success of her writing. It’s how she connects on a deeper level with her readers, and why it makes a difference in the lives of those who read her books, blogs and devotions. It is the secret to compelling your readers to keep reading: subconscious narrative. Lysa teaches how to write it, when to use it and why it keeps your readers deeply engaged.
Show, Don’t Tell
Was the man very tall? Or did he have to duck to enter the room? The difference in these two sentences is “telling” the facts versus “showing” them. In this lesson, Glynnis Whitwer will provide tips on how to add description to your writing by transforming the details of an ordinary sentence into words that create vivid images in the minds of your readers.
Overcoming Obstacles in Your Writing
Whether it’s road construction, unexpected interruptions or writers block, we all face obstacles every day. Instead of being surprised by the various obstacles we face as writers, wouldn’t it be great if we could learn to anticipate them instead and be ready to respond with a plan of action to move obstacles out of our way? In this lesson by Lisa Allen, you will learn how you can be proactive to avoid writing obstacles or move them out of the way in order to clear your pathway to writing success.
Keep Your Writing Moving
Have you ever picked up a book that seems to flow gracefully from sentence to sentence, paragraph to paragraph? This type of writing is an effortless joy to read. If you have to back up and re-read sentences over and over, you’re more likely to set the book down permanently. What makes the difference? In this lesson, Glynnis Whitwer shares several techniques that will keep your writing moving and your readers reading.
Writing Powerful Devotions with Marvin Williams
For many people, reading and interacting with devotions are a part of everyday life, but writing them can be more challenging than we realize. It takes practice to create a devotional that is both engaging and informative, while still holding tight to scriptural truths. In this informative interview, Pastor Marvin Williams, a long-time writer with Our Daily Bread, walks you step-by-step through crafting compelling devotions that impact real life-change.
Called, Confident and On Mission to Clarify My Why
When it comes to writing, it’s easy to know what to do and how to do it if you’ve clearly defined your WHY. But if you haven’t, writing can often feel like a challenge rather than a joy. Your WHY lives inside of you and bubbles up as passion that fuels your calling. What is your WHY? How can you develop a mission statement that will bring clarity and confidence to your calling? This COMPEL lesson identifies important concepts to consider as you begin to develop your own mission statement and discover your calling.