Writing

The Hemingway Editor: What is it and Can it Improve Your Writing?

(originally published as a guest post on JerryJenkins.com) If you want to be taken seriously as a writer, it’s imperative you become what Jerry calls a ferocious self-editor. There’s no way around it. Little irritates an agent or a publisher’s acquisitions editor more than having their time wasted by a writer who doesn’t edit and revise… Continue reading The Hemingway Editor: What is it and Can it Improve Your Writing?

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My Favorite Go-To Websites for Advice on Gluten Free Eating

Were you recently told you need to switch to a gluten free diet and you're scrambling around trying to figure out what in the world that even means? Or are you already gluten free and on the hunt for some advice on how you can change things up? Maybe you're someone who's heard just enough… Continue reading My Favorite Go-To Websites for Advice on Gluten Free Eating

Writing

Dynamic and Static Characters: The Difference and Why it Matters

(Originally published as a guest post on JerryJenkins.com) Memorable, believable characters are crucial to every good story. Consider what makes these literary classics so unforgettable: Pride and Prejudice by Jane AustenJane Eyre by Charlotte BronteThe Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark TwainThe Hobbit by J.R.R. TolkienLittle Women by Louisa May AlcottMoby Dick by Herman Melville Each has a cast of… Continue reading Dynamic and Static Characters: The Difference and Why it Matters

Writing

12 Character Archetypes You Can Use To Create Heroes Your Reader Will Love

(originally published as a guest post on JerryJenkins.com) There’s no way around it: If you want to write a story that pulls in readers, you must include compelling characters. They need to feel: Believable Mysterious Relatable But that’s difficult to pull off—one reason most stories are unpublishable. Maybe you’re feeling this tension right now. Maybe you’ve… Continue reading 12 Character Archetypes You Can Use To Create Heroes Your Reader Will Love

Writing

Tone in Writing: A Simple Guide for Authors

(originally published as a guest post on JerryJenkins.com) If you’re confused about the difference between “voice” and “tone” in writing, you aren’t alone. Many writers conflate the two. Whether you’re writing a novel, a blog post, an article, or a poem, it’s important to know the difference so you can communicate with readers in a way… Continue reading Tone in Writing: A Simple Guide for Authors

America, Politics

Through the Tunnel to the Towers, This Foundation Honors 9/11’s Fallen Heroes

“True heroism is remarkably sober, very undramatic. It is not the urge to surpass all others at whatever cost, but the urge to serve others at whatever cost.” — Arthur Ashe One gorgeous, sunny September morning in 2001, the “city that never sleeps” bustled like any other Tuesday morning, with students hurrying to school and… Continue reading Through the Tunnel to the Towers, This Foundation Honors 9/11’s Fallen Heroes

Family

I Miss Her

I don't remember the time or the day, but I do remember the date. February 15, 2007 - the day after mom went to heaven. I had this thing I needed to do. For mom, and honestly, for me. I definitely needed to do it for me.  Before she died, mom kept fretting about her… Continue reading I Miss Her

Gluten Free

How to be Gluten Free Without Annoying Everyone

So, you're gluten free. Regardless of how you got there, it stinks to be told you can't have the very ingredient central to the staple of the standard American diet. There's no question about it, it's a challenge. Slightly worse than that may be the reaction you get when you share your news, order in… Continue reading How to be Gluten Free Without Annoying Everyone

Opportunity Lives Articles

This Mom Started Her Own Shoe Company, Now it Helps Toddlers With Disabilities

In 2004, Cause Haun was a mom on a mission. In search of a shoe that combined cutting edge style and quality design for her son’s growing little feet, she came up empty. So, like any devoted, entrepreneur-minded American mom, she decided to do something about it. She started her own shoe company and named… Continue reading This Mom Started Her Own Shoe Company, Now it Helps Toddlers With Disabilities

Opportunity Lives Articles

This Father and Son’s Car Wash Isn’t Just Detailing Cars – It’s Enriching Lives

When you take your car to the Rising Tide Car Wash in Parkland, Florida, you will no doubt be greeted with enthusiasm by a top of the line, hard working team that absolutely loves providing you with a second to none product that far exceeds that of its local competitors. A shining example of teamwork… Continue reading This Father and Son’s Car Wash Isn’t Just Detailing Cars – It’s Enriching Lives