11 Things to Do in Self-Quarantine That Are More Productive Than Netflix

11 Things to Do in Self-Quarantine That Are More Productive Than Netflix By Scott Bedgood  Whether by choice or by decree, you are probably doing your civic duty and self-isolating in your house. Maybe that means you have to work from home, or, in worse cases, it means you are unable to go to work … More 11 Things to Do in Self-Quarantine That Are More Productive Than Netflix

Structuring Your Story’s Scenes, Pt. 7: The Three Building Blocks of the Sequel

Structuring Your Story’s Scenes, Pt. 7: The Three Building Blocks of the Sequel   The sequel*—the second half of the Scene—sometimes gets shortchanged. But it is every bit as important as the scene, since it allows characters to process the events of the scene and figure out their next move. The sequel is the reaction half of the action/reaction pairing. … More Structuring Your Story’s Scenes, Pt. 7: The Three Building Blocks of the Sequel

How to Keep Your Church Community Strong during the Coronavirus Crisis

How to Keep Your Church Community Strong during the Coronavirus Crisis In times of crisis, people need community—especially their church community. But when a pandemic spreads or a hurricane hits, gathering together becomes more difficult (or impossible) for many churches. Here are some steps for taking what could push people apart—and using it to bring … More How to Keep Your Church Community Strong during the Coronavirus Crisis

10 Things Successful Women Do Differently

10 Things Successful Women Do Differently By YEC  What do women entrepreneurs who rise up and achieve their goals do differently? What makes them successful? Things like being unwavering in their vision, or learning how and when to pivot, can help gain more visibility and respect in their industries, for example.   So what other … More 10 Things Successful Women Do Differently

Structuring Your Story’s Scenes, Pt. 6: Variations on the Scene

Structuring Your Story’s Scenes, Pt. 6: Variations on the Scene   If writers have one complaint about the whole notion of story structure, it’s that it makes them feel boxed in. But the great thing about structure is that it provides a solid framework for your story, while still presenting endless possibilities. This is just as true of … More Structuring Your Story’s Scenes, Pt. 6: Variations on the Scene

Structuring Your Story’s Scenes, Pt. 5: Options for Disasters in a Scene

   by K.M. WEILAND |  Structuring Your Story’s Scenes, Pt. 5: Options for Disasters in a Scene The disaster is the payoff at the end of the scene.* This is what readers have been waiting for—often, with a delicious sense of dread. This is the answer, at least partially, to that all-important question, “What’s gonna happen?” The … More Structuring Your Story’s Scenes, Pt. 5: Options for Disasters in a Scene

5 Necessary Skills of the Most Successful Salespeople

5 Necessary Skills of the Most Successful Salespeople By Brittany Hodak Turning a prospect into a loyal customer starts with the sales experience. It’s the salespeople who set the tone, and to make that first impression count, they must learn to work efficiently and communicate effectively. Successful salespeople know they have to hone specific skills … More 5 Necessary Skills of the Most Successful Salespeople

Structuring Your Story’s Scenes, Pt. 4: Options for Conflict in a Scene

Structuring Your Story’s Scenes, Pt. 4: Options for Conflict in a SceneSHARE Once you’ve established your character’s scene* goal, the fun begins in earnest! Conflict is what story is all about. Without it, the character would achieve his goal in minutes, all the loose ends would instantly be tied off with a pretty red bow, and the story … More Structuring Your Story’s Scenes, Pt. 4: Options for Conflict in a Scene