“Dear Lucky Agent” contest from Writer’s Digest

I’ve long been a proponent of contests when it comes to getting your work published. They’re a great way to get your manuscripts before editors and agents and avoid that dreaded slushpile. If you’re looking for a good contest location, check out Writer’s Digest. They regularly hold contests over a variety of topics, genres and skill…

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“I do believe in simplicity. It is astonishing as well as sad, how many trivial affairs even the wisest thinks he must attend to in a day; how singular an affair he thinks he must omit. When the mathematician would solve a difficult problem, he first frees the equation of all incumbrances, and reduces it to its simplest terms. So simplify the problem of life, distinguish the necessary and the real. Probe the earth to see where your main roots run.” – Henry David Thoreau


Join us for an all-day Roundtable Workshop featuring Frank Ball, Henry McLaughlin and myself!

  • Develop your story idea.
  • Use storytelling to communicate a life-changing story.
  • Make your existing manuscript even better.
  • Transform your important message into something important to your readers.
  • Learn essential techniques for both fiction and nonfiction storytelling.
  • Engage readers online without having to be a techie.
  • Raise your elevator pitch to the top floor.

Bring your laptops, notebooks, paper and pens for interactive teaching, writing practice and discussion.

Cost is $99 and includes lunch. REGISTER BY JULY 1 AND PAY ONLY $69!

Oh no! This event was cancelled. Check my events page for more upcoming events!

Date: July 26, 2014
Time: 9:00 a.m.-4:30p.m.
Event: Roundtable Workshop
Sponsor: North Texas Christian Writers
Venue: Camp Fire
Location: 1700 Meacham Blvd
Fort Worth, TX 76137
Public: Public
Registration: Click here to register.
More Info: Click here for more information.
Flickering Pixels by Shane Hipps

Flickering Pixels: How Technology Shapes Your Faith (Zondervan, 2009)

Very interesting book on the way technology has influenced us as a society, and how that influence trickles into not only what we can do, but what we believe.

One of the more profound discussions is how reading and writing have transformed our Western society, especially America and affected the way we interact with one another (community) and the way we approach our faith.

For instance:

When my daughter Harper was two, we started singing the ABC song together. In the process we introduced her to one of the most powerful technologies the world has ever known. It’s the one you are consuming right now: the technology of letters, the invention of writing. In a way, teaching her how to read is actually teaching her brain to do something completely unnatural. The skills of walking and talking arrived intuitively over time, but reading and writing forced her brain to operate in a way that was not innate. She had to learn to compress reality into line after line of strange shapes arranged in sequence. Such a technology takes work to master and, when mastered, completely transforms our consciousness.

Also some very interesting thoughts on the difference between the way we view words vs. images:

Our brains process printed words and images in different ways. The printed word is processed primarily in the left hemisphere of the brain, which specializes in logic, sequence, and categories. Images are processed primarily in the right hemisphere, which specializes in intuition and holistic perception rather than linear analysis. I apprehend an image all at once, while I read text word-by-word and line-by-line.


In the simplest sense, written words stimulate and liberate the imagination. Images, on the other hand, usually captivate the imagination. When you read the statement “The boy is sad,” your mind could create any image it desired for that statement. The number of possibilities was only limited by the amount of time spent thinking about them. But when you saw the picture of the sad boy, the image fed you every last detail. There was only one specific possibility, so your imagination was no longer required. These differences make it impossible for the finite choices of a movie director to match the infinite choices of a book’s readers.

More of a series of essays than a complete work from beginning to end, if you’re looking for a book that’ll make you think about technology and faith, Shane provides great food for thought.

Smashing Through Writer’s Block (Writing Tips)

I don’t believe in writer’s block. I know that sounds like heresy, but I don’t. Are there days I just cannot write, not matter how hard I try? Yes. But all-too-often writers attribute their lack of ability to move forward to this mystical, mental block we’ve accepted into our writing path as authors: “Writer’s Block.”…


This video has been making it’s way around the Internet. I love it because it shows the power of words. Whether you love reading, write novels, or craft marketing copy, treat yourself to the next two minutes.

PubIt! by Barnes and Noble [Live-blogging the DFW Writer’s Conference]

I’ve been a huge proponent of the Amazon Kindle, but today I attended a class about the Barnes and Noble Nook, which is a slightly different platform. Less a dedicated ereader and more a mini-tablet, the Nook uses the Android operating system. Here’s what B&N rep Mark Hollingsworth had to share about publishing for this…

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