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From the Writer Side

Every once in awhile I’ll write something that’s for the writers among my readers.

Fiction can teach?

Life-Changing Fiction

Once upon a time, there lived a great truth-teller. Have you heard this one? Growing up, I loved story. I would read all kinds of things, but I was particularly drawn to fiction. Books like Green Eggs and Ham and To Think That I Saw It on Mulberry Street captured my young imagination long after I'd put the book down. Some book lovers are die-hard fiction fans. Others are solidly non-fiction only readers. But both have value. Non-fiction relates through logic. It involves the brain and invites the reader to follow a path of argument or assumptions. It blatantly challenges us to learn and to change. Its value is easy to see. But fiction? Don't discount it so quickly. Even books written for pure entertainment can teach you something that you may not easily learn any other way.
8 Best Books

8 Best Books of My Year

I know most of you are readers and like to hear about great new books or authors. Every couple of months I try to help you out by updating you on something in the publishing world.

In February, I listed ten excellent authors you may not have heard of, and if you missed that post, you can find it here.

This month, I want to share with you the eight best books I’ve read so far this year.

Fiction Books

207068521. A.D. 30 by Ted Dekker. Phenomenal. More than once I identified with the thoughts of the main character, although our lives are tremendously different. I love her interactions with Jesus, but more than that, I was particularly struck by her conversation with Stephen. … Want to read more?

Want to be an Author? Here’s how …

Once people find out I'm a published author, I typically get one of two responses: 1) I've always wanted to do that, or 2) How do you do that? Today author Joanie Bruce offers good advice for those of you who want to know how to get started in publishing.

Help! Reader Survey

One of the things I strive to do is encourage you. But often, I feel like I'm just throwing darts in the dark and hoping something sticks. So, I'm asking for your help.

Following God’s Lead

Ever get one of those messages from God where you are left scratching your head? Or how about the ones that leave you thinking, "Are you kidding me? I can't do that!" I know I'm not alone here!

Top 5 Ways to Use a Journal

A friend recently searched long and hard for the perfect journal to give to me. It's beautiful, and I love it! She even took the time to write a heartfelt note inside the cover that I treasure. But, I'm stuck! I want to use this precious gift for the perfect journaling opportunities. But what is that?

New Creative Writing Class

If you receive my newsletter, then you probably already know this, but I am one of the newest teachers with, a division of The Old Schoolhouse Magazine! And in August, I will be starting a fiction writing class for Middle and High School students!

If you are interested, here’s what you need to know:


The course will be called Creative Writing and designed for Middle and High Schoolers. Older Elementary students that have a love for writing may do fine with it.

PLEASE UNDERSTAND: The focus of this course is solely on creative writing, NOT grammar, punctuation, or spelling. And, I teach that while it is important to know the rules, in fiction writing it is acceptable to occasionally break the rules. As teacher, you need to keep that in mind.Want to read more?

The Elusive Bestseller List

Most writers dream of hitting the bestsellers list, and some readers only read books from these lists. But what does it take to be listed there? You might be surprised.