The 6 Stages of Writing a Book
Donald Miller
By Donald Miller

I have many friends who are writers, but we almost never talk about process. We don’t talk about process because what most of us have discovered is every writer works differently. Some people plot their stories first, others write an outline and so on and so on. I do none of that. I start writing and feel a flow and just keep going from there. I’m normally in about two or three chapters before I really know where the book is going.

Still, there seems to be a consistent process I go through. And in an attempt to talk people out of their fears, maybe this will provide something of a path […]

If You Were a Character in a Novel, How Would You Be Described?
Allison Vesterfelt
By Allison Vesterfelt

A friend of mine recently spent a few days in the hospital.

He’s fine now, but a few weeks ago he just started feeling dizzy out of nowhere, and kind of weird like he couldn’t see straight. He tried to shrug it off like it was no big deal, and kept working, but within a few hours he was getting worse. Finally, by that night, he asked his wife to drive him to the hospital.

He told me later he actually thought […]

Why It’s Often Better to Say Less
Al Andrews
By Al Andrews

I am finding that the older I get, the less I need to say.

It’s not that I don’t have thoughts about things. I have plenty of them. But these days as I edge toward my sixth decade, many of those thoughts simply do not need to be expressed. Most of my […]