Monday, August 30, 2010

More Writing Hints from Jerry Jenkins

More hints from Jerry:

11) Avoid descriptive words
12) Avoid the term "literally" when you mean "figuratively"
13) When someone has spoken, it is not necessary to be using "he or she says" following the use of quotation marks
14) Maintain a single point of view from scene to scene
15) Avoid cliches

Until next time, write, write, write!

Have a great week,

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Thursday, August 26, 2010

More Writing Tips...

Jerry Jenkins tells fiction writers to:

6) Avoid throat clearing
7) Omit needless words
8) Oftentimes, you can delete "that" from your text
9) Avoid using quotation marks around words used out of context
10) Use strong nouns and verbs rather than too many adjectives

Have a wonderful day!


Monday, August 23, 2010

Writing Tips...

Jerry Jenkins tells us writers to:

1) Develop thick skin
2) Choose normal words over the unusual
3) Avoid subtle redundancies
4) Avoid using the words "up and "down"
5) Be sure to "show" and not "tell"

Jerry is primarily a fiction writer. These tips serve him well and may work for you as a new writer or polished writer.

Have a wonderful week!


Friday, August 20, 2010

The Final Clue - You Know You Were Born to Write...

Clue #15 - You see an average man sitting on a normal bench on a regular day and suddenly feel compelled to write a story about it.

My next set of blogs will be from Jerry Jenkins - Hints for Writers... stay posted!


Thursday, August 19, 2010

You Know You Were Born to Write...

Clue #13 - Your outgoing message says, "Hi, I'm not here right now. Please leave a query and the synopsis of your proposed message, and I'll let you know whether to call back."

Clue #14 - You'd rather meet Stephen King than Gandhi.

Have you figured out which one describes you best?  Or are you waiting for the very last one?

Have a wonderful day!

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Tuesday, August 17, 2010

You Know You Were Born to Write...

Yesterday didn't count, it was my day off!

Here are the next two clues:

Clue #11 - If your house were on fire, you'd save your copy of Writer's Market first, your grandmother's jewelry second.

Clue #12 - You couldn't balance a checkbook if your life depended on it, but your submission log is cross-referenced three different ways and goes back to 1980.

Have a blessed day!


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Friday, August 13, 2010

You Know You Were Born to Write...

I've got one more hurdle (computer rebuild) left to go! Here's two more clues for you:

Clue #9 - You have four separate novels you'd like to get to, ten short stories, two dozen articles, and enough screenplays to bury a small village.

Clue #10 - You fall in love based on proper use of syntax.

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Wednesday, August 11, 2010

You Know You Were Born to Write...

It looks like this clues will continue into next week.  I'd like to know if you agree or don't, or which one fits you best! 

Enjoy!  Kathy

Clue #7 - You feel sex ranks a distant second to the sensation of holding a solid felt tip in your hand.

Clue #8 - You think baseball players should feel they're doing well if they get a hit every thirty at-bats.

Monday, August 9, 2010

You Know You Were Born to Write...

Clue #5 - You can recite return postage rates for London, New York, Los Angeles, and Guam.

Club #6 - Someone mentions pickle juice, and your first thought is, "Pickle Juice--that's a good title for a novel."

Enjoy your day!


Sunday, August 8, 2010

You Know You Were Born to Write

I missed a couple of days, but here are two clues, and watch for another one tomorrow.

Clue #3 - It drives you crazy that your friends don't take an extra minute to get the grammar and punctuation of their emails right.

Clue #4 - You encourage your six-year-old to copyright the story he wrote at school.

Blessings to you!


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Wednesday, August 4, 2010

You Know You Were Born to Write...

Clue #2 - You think the Bible should be reset in 12 point Courier.

Have a good night!

Check with me tomorrow for clue #3.


Tuesday, August 3, 2010

You Know You Were Born to Write...

This is from an article, "Fifteen Ways You Know You Were Born to Write" written by Author Schecter in Toronto. I will share one or two clues a day, so stay posted for tomorrow's post.

Clue #1 - You include an SASE with all personal correspondence.

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Sunday, August 1, 2010

Connie Arnold on Tour Monday, August 2, 2010

Connie Arnold went blog-hopping to find my company. As a busy woman of God with many talents, I appreciate her taking the time to share her heart and inspiration behind her latest poetry book, Abundant Comfort and Grace. It was such a pleasure to design this book from cover to cover; she’s an amazing woman with poetry to touch every heart. Please enjoy the interview August 2, 2010 and share it with followers. Her book will be on sale through the end of the month from If you’d like an autographed copy, email her directly at: Her website is:

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Q: How did you get started writing poetry?

A: Music has been the instrument through which I had my early experience with writing poetry. I was the organist/choir director at a church for several years in my 20’s and early 30’s and began writing music there. That was my beginning of writing poetry, as text for music. Upon moving to Winston-Salem in 1996, I became inspired by my beautiful surroundings to write more poetry.

Q: What do you think has been the greatest influence on the type of poetry you write?

A: Being diagnosed with lupus forced a change in my life. It has caused me to become more open to God and being inspired, and to have a greater understanding of the suffering of others. Many of my poems are influenced by that and express how important it is to rely on God, whose love can sustain us through life’s difficulties.

Q: Do you only write when you feel inspired?

A: I do only write when I feel the inspiration. Sometimes it just comes to me, and that’s when the writing seems to just flow onto the paper. Other times I have to actively seek inspiration and much prayer is needed. If I can’t write something that will be meaningful, uplifting and encouraging to those reading it, I put it away and come back later to try again.

Q: Do you write anything besides poetry?

A: Poetry is definitely the gift God has given me and what I feel God uses to touch people’s hearts. It is the easiest way for me to communicate what I want to share. There are thoughts and feelings welling up in me that need to be expressed, and writing inspirational poetry is a wonderful outlet. I also write for children. I have three young grandsons, and I enjoy writing for them and other small children. In fact, my first children’s book is due to be released shortly.

Q: What do you find is the most important part of beginning to write?

A: To me, the most important thing is to begin with silence, prayer and meditation.

Q: How do you think Abundant Comfort and Grace can help others?

A: Life can be extremely hard at times. We all have our challenges to face. God’s love and the comfort and grace we have from God can make living a joy in spite of the difficulties, and this is what the poems offer to others. The light of God’s love can shine through them and into the hearts of the reader. The beautiful color photographs by Gary Strader add the visual delight of God’s glorious creation, revealing glimpses of God’s grace and peace.

Q: Is there anything else you would like to add?

A: I would like to thank you, Kathy, not only for sharing this interview as part of my blog tour, but also for the wonderful work you did to make Abundant Comfort and Grace the best and most beautiful it can be. I feel like God led me to RPJ & Company and am very thankful for the outcome!

There will be two drawings at the end of the tour from comments made at the different blogs, one for a free copy of Connie's first book, Beautiful Moments of Joy and Peace, and one for a $10 Amazon gift certificate. The more blogs you comment on, the more entries you receive! There will be an additional drawing for a $25 Amazon gift certificate from those purchasing Abundant Comfort and Grace. You’ll be entered by purchasing a signed copy from my website, using PayPal or check, from RPJ & Company ( or Amazon and contact Connie with confirmation of your online purchase. May you be abundantly blessed, comforted and filled with God’s grace!
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