The Truth About Mompreneurs

The Truth About Mompreneurs

There's a myth about mompreneurs (mom entrepreneurs). We hear it in various forms, but it's usually the well-meaning comment of a friend or a client: "I'm amazed by how you do all you do." "I don't know how you do it all." Sometimes we try to explain the truth. Other times we just laugh it off. It is laughable, really. No one can do it all. Especially not a mom who works from home. So today, I'm here to set the record straight. I want to tell you the truth about what it's like to be a mompreneur. And why I wouldn't trade my work-at-home job for any other career. 1. ... Read More

writing together, growing together

When I first started writing, I felt like Jo March up in the garret scribbling furiously--but never showing my words to anyone. When I first started blogging, no one knew about RSS feeds or email subscriptions. I was literally sending my posts out into the nameless void. After a few years virtually offline, I reentered the blogging world. And I discovered community. It was then I learned that the people who write together, grow together. (Click to Tweet) The team of writers at Kindred Grace has taught me what fellowship and grace look like together. The bloggers in my mastermind group ... Read More

the story of a generation

Throughout the generations, civilization's story has been passed on verbally, carved in stone, and scratched in pen and ink. Sometimes it is the layers of earth that uncover the record; sometimes it is within the covers of a book that the story is found. But my generation's story is being recorded in pixels and in posts. We send text messages instead of telegrams. Our pictures are quick cell phone shots that we never print instead of carefully posed portraits that take hours to develop. We record our private thoughts in public, "live" journals instead of diaries protected by lock and key. ... Read More

of Five Minute Friday and rules that were made to be broken

Five-Minute Friday

Some rules were made to be broken. Especially when it comes to writing prompts and blog link-ups like Five Minute Friday. Each week I participate in a link-up hosted by Lisa-Jo Baker. The idea is to write for five minutes flat about the prompt of the week. But the very idea of writing for only five minutes is enough to scare some people away. “There is no way in the whole wide world I can write in five minutes,” admitted one beautiful and talented blogger I know. But Five Minute Friday isn’t about timed writing—it’s not a contest. Five Minute Friday is about not letting perfectionism get ... Read More

of writers and being present

There's a lot of talk these days about being fully present in every situation. Put away the smart phone, just enjoy the moment. Or as Jim Elliot put it (long before cell phones, let alone smart phones): "Wherever you are, be all there." But I'm not sure if it is possible for writers to ever be "all there" in any situation. Whatever we're doing, we're already forming the words to describe it in past tense. Whoever we see, they become a character study for a novel. Whatever we hear, it becomes a potential form of illustration for some future project. And the older I get, the more I'm ... Read More

4 Things Authors Can Learn from Bloggers

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It had been thirteen years since I had attended a writers conference. Back in 2000, blogging was pretty much unheard of. But at the conference I attended this spring, every author I met was fascinated by the fact that I was a blogger. Social media was in large part a mystery to them, but they all wanted to learn how to blog. Yet they spoke of their blog and their website as if they would be separate entities and I was one of a handful Tweeting the conference hashtag. Some of the authors at the conference had even been told by agents, “I like your proposal: come back when you have an online ... Read More

4 Things Bloggers Can Learn from Authors

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When I attended my first blogging conference two and a half years ago, every other blogger I met wanted to write a book. They spoke of the blog series they were turning into eBooks, but the dreams they whispered of had phrases like “publisher” and “book contract”. And many of the speakers at the conference were indeed writing books that had come about because agents noticed their following and contacted them. But the majority of the bloggers there, while they loved to write, had not mastered the craft. Bloggers and authors share a love of the written word. But to many authors, blogging is a ... Read More

Stories

Bittersweet

"Motherhood has rumbled over us like a freight train, rendering us in some moments out of control and humbled, positions we're not accustomed to." -Shauna Niequist in Bittersweet It's hard not to love a book with a decadent piece of chocolate on the cover. But there's more to Shauna Niequist's books than beautiful hardback covers that appear completely edible. Shauna's books are filled with stories. They are made up of chapter after chapter about this day and that, this meal with this family and that trip with that friend. And between the lines you read the story of a pilgrim's journey. ... Read More

Become a Better Writer

31 Days to Become a Better Writer is a fun and easy to read collection of writing prompts and ideas from the original series featured on the Allume blog. K.J. Tanner takes writers on a journey of exploration into different ways of writing the same thing, to not only learn the craft, but discover their voice. Kristina's style is casual, but her approach is serious. Pick and choose from the assignments, or read 31 Days to Become a Better Writer start to finish (if you can keep from putting it down and picking up a pen!). This little eBook will fan the flame for aspiring writers, and revive ... Read More

On Becoming a Writer

On Becoming a Writer by @DeniseJHughes

English teacher and blogger Denise J. Hughes has written the eBook that every blogger and author needs to read. On Becoming a Writer tells bloggers the importance of becoming good writers, and shows authors the difference between blogging and writing for publication. Denise knows the craft and loves the art. She believes in the creative process but values the editorial process. And her writing displays the intentionality and organization she encourages. She starts by identifying with her fellow writers, recognizing the very necessity that stringing words together is to each of us. Then ... Read More