Kat’s Writing Tales

Why Attend a Writer’s Conference?

It's not too late to join us! Attending a conference is a commitment. You have to reserve the block of time (which gets harder and harder with today’s busy lifestyle). You have to pay the conference fees. You have to prepare a pitch in case you run into the perfect editor or agent. And the list goes on. Sometimes it feels like too much! So why should you attend? Here are just a few reasons. ...
Read More

The Value of Networking with Other Authors at Writers Conference

Have you ever attended a writer’s conference? You probably expect to get things out of the guest speakers and special sessions, but what about the other authors? There are a number of items you could easily receive simply by networking with other authors. Here are just a few: Ideas Authors are brimming with ideas at all times. Now, you aren’t going to go around grabbing other people’s id...
Read More

$25 + 1 Critique = Your Success

critique submissions
When you read your manuscript, you read what you think you wrote, not what’s actually there. It’s nearly impossible to read your own work! What if you could have a professional writer read it and tell you what they thought? They might have just the right suggestions to make it really shine! Oh, but that would be expensive. That would clean you out, right? Wrong! When you attend the Wordsowers C...
Read More

Seek Twice as Many Rejections

Seek Twice as Many Rejections In January 2007 I reviewed my writing credits. In the past year I had sold a few Sunday School handout articles, wrote for a newspaper for free (great experience) and sold my stories to several compilations. Of course, I also wrote for my blog, the church blog, a church drama and designed cards. None of the latter brought in income. My first goal for 2007:  Re...
Read More

Build Real Human Characters

Mind Mapping works for me: My Mind Map  In a critique group I asked the writers to list the people they'd rubbed shoulders with that day or that week. I also took the challenge and drew out my diagram. Each of us were amazed at the lives we touched.   Joyce, Karen, Audrey The same happens with our fiction characters. If I want my main cha...
Read More

Am I An Expert?

I Dreamed Big! The dreams came to pass. Now I can say I’ve taught at IDAHope Writers Conference and several times at Heart of America Christian Writers Network Conference   (HACWN) in Kansas.    I also teach for our local  Wordsowers Christian Writers    Does that make me an expert?  No, silly, an expert is simply a drip under pressure.    I am a writer w...
Read More

Where Did You Write Your Goals

For the month of January I think about what I can possibly do in one year. I post notes in my Bible, my Jesus Calling book, and on the walls in my office. Not everyone works with written goals. Charles Schultz, otherwise known as Sparky, said he knew his deadline. He mapped out the cartoon squares he needed to fill on large paper. Then he looked out the window. He said he did some of his best w...
Read More

January 2015 Dream Big

May 2008 our oldest daughter called to ask what I wanted for Mother’s Day. “How about a trip to Oregon.” free digital Photo “Mom, be real?” “Well I need a new computer.” “Mother, something attainable, please.” “Honey, I don’t have a want list these days. I don’t really need anything and what I do need or desire are impossible to buy or attain.” “Mom, that’s ...
Read More

2015 Dream Big, Bigger, Biggest

Somewhere around early 2008 I desired to teach writers workshops. When a conference leader asked for those interested in teaching to send an application with qualifications, I wrote a short note about my desire to teach and the following:  Qualifications: Published in twelve anthologies, sixty magazine articles, and wrote for the Plattsmouth Journal for eighteen months. Published Capsules of Ho...
Read More

Do You Dream Big

“Nice job,” my husband said when he read one of my articles published in the Sunday School handout called The Standard for the Church of the Nazarene.  “Yes, I’m glad it’s published. Thrilled to see my name in print. Like the payment, but my goal is to be the feature story.” “What’s that mean?” “I want the front cover story.” A month later I opened a packet with three copies of my late...
Read More
Top