15 Self-Sabotaging Habits and How to Avoid Them

15 Self-Sabotaging Habits and How to Avoid Them People tend to sabotage themselves through a myriad of ways, including self-doubt, an inability to accept mistakes and consistent procrastination. Avoiding self-sabotaging habits is an essential part of growing into a healthy person, but it isn’t always easy to do. A number of these habits can be … More 15 Self-Sabotaging Habits and How to Avoid Them

How to Evoke Reader Emotions With “Surprisingness”

How to Evoke Reader Emotions With “Surprisingness”   Have you ever read a book for a second, third, even tenth time—just to experience the emotion the story evokes? Clearly the elements of the story aren’t a surprise. You know exactly what to expect. If so, you were benefiting from an author who knew how to … More How to Evoke Reader Emotions With “Surprisingness”

It’s Time for You To Start Using the Gifts and Talents God Has Given You

It’s Time for You To Start Using the Gifts and Talents God Has Given You Rick Renner As every man hath received the gift, even so minister the same one to another, as good stewards of the manifold grace of God. — 1 Peter 4:10 On August 2, we talked about the “grace-given gifts” that … More It’s Time for You To Start Using the Gifts and Talents God Has Given You

The Determining Factor

The Determining Factor By Josh Ellis  A friend once described adulthood as the continual process of convincing yourself that if I can just get through these next couple of weeks, things will finally settle down. It’s especially fitting to those of us who work at magazines and are always aware of the next looming deadline. But … More The Determining Factor

How to Evoke Reader Emotions With “Surprisingness”

How to Evoke Reader Emotions With “Surprisingness”   Have you ever read a book for a second, third, even tenth time—just to experience the emotion the story evokes? Clearly the elements of the story aren’t a surprise. You know exactly what to expect. If so, you were benefiting from an author who knew how to … More How to Evoke Reader Emotions With “Surprisingness”

Marie Forleo’s Guiding Life Philosophy: Everything Is Figureoutable

Marie Forleo’s Guiding Life Philosophy: Everything Is Figureoutable By Jamie Friedlander  Among 3,789 other things, Marie Forleo loves to cook. I ask her if she cooks Italian food. “Ahhh, yes, mama,” she says. “I have a 12-hour spaghetti sauce that is ridiculous.” You could say narrowing down her passions hasn’t been easy. When Forleo was young, … More Marie Forleo’s Guiding Life Philosophy: Everything Is Figureoutable

5 Questions for Choosing a Protagonist Who Represents Your Story’s Theme

5 Questions for Choosing a Protagonist Who Represents Your Story’s Theme   Choosing a protagonist is often more of an event than a process. Writers sometimes feel more like the protagonist chooses them than the other way around. While most of us heed our first instinct to simply chase after this character to see where … More 5 Questions for Choosing a Protagonist Who Represents Your Story’s Theme