- Set yourself up for success from the beginning
- Self-edit your words for tighter writing
- Evaluate your writing for active and passive voice
- Identify common grammar mistakes
- Review correct punctuation rules
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The Crucial First Sentence
If we don’t grab readers’ attention right away, our writing will be ignored. With the importance of our messages, and the time and effort put into our words, we don’t want them lost in a sea of articles, books and blogs. In this teaching, Lysa TerKeurst shares her thoughts on how you can best craft that crucial first sentence. You will receive practical tips for increasing the engagement level of your readers right from the start.
When You Feel Like a Pre-Beginner
Stepping in to God’s call to write can be overwhelming. Everyone else seems to know where they are going and how to get there. This class is for those of you who don’t, and are wondering what you got yourself into. Our Executive Director at COMPEL, Glynnis Whitwer, knows what it’s like to wish there was something for the pre-beginner and therefore created this class for people who feel they are.
4 Simple Questions That Will Increase Your Writing’s Impact
Your writing is improving every day as you practice the craft, but do you wonder what will push it to the next level? From Amy Carroll’s current experience writing her second book, she shares four questions that spark fresh ideas and energize written messages.
Keep Your Writing Moving
Have you ever picked up a book that seems to flow gracefully from sentence to sentence, paragraph to paragraph? This type of writing is an effortless joy to read. Compare that to cumbersome writing that feels like you are slogging through mud. If you have to back up and re-read sentences over and over, you’re more likely to set the book down permanently. What makes the difference? In this lesson, Glynnis Whitwer shares several techniques that will keep your writing moving … and your readers reading.
Create Your Writing Space
Sometimes we need intense structure and other times we must grow by learning increased flexibility. The same is true for our writing environments — our needs change over time.
Setting Yourself up for Success in Your Writing
Do you ever feel like you’re just spinning your wheels and never accomplishing the writing dreams and goals God placed in your heart? This video teaching will explain why goals are so crucial to writing success. Tracie will equip you to set solid writing goals as well as provide inspiration and motivation to help you keep persevering in making your dreams come true.
Escape the Trap of Tired, Typical Writing
In this teaching, you’ll glean great writing wisdom from Lysa TerKeurst as she shares three critical strategies for taking your writing from ordinary to extraordinary. These strategies will you help you enliven your writing by avoiding the trap of tired, typical prose.
Discovering Your Why
If we don’t know the why behind what we do, it’s challenging to share it with others. We may lead in with our what, our how, or our when, and yet never convey what we are really trying to say. We may even become frustrated, scattered or lack direction. In this teaching, Suzie Eller shares how to hone in and fine tune your why, as well as how to integrate it into every part of your message.
The Confidence a Calling Requires
Has your writing ever been impacted by your confidence or lack thereof? In this lesson, Lisa Allen unpacks six great ways to cultivate the confidence your calling requires.
How Living Alert Led to a Writing Career
Do you feel called to be a writer but sometimes worry that you will run out of material? Do you ever struggle with feeling that — by comparison to other writers you see online — your life is awfully average? In this teaching, Karen Ehman shares her personal writing journey.
Making Room for Maximum Impact
Is your life elastic enough? Elastic has the ability to expand and contract. However, it’s not able to continually expand without bursting. In this lesson, we will discuss the importance of “making room” in several areas of our lives. Let’s focus on staying flexible by creating room in our lives for maximum impact and focus.
7 Important Parts of a Dream You Can’t ignore
So, God has given you a dream. It will put Him on display and touch other people’s lives as you walk out that dream. But sometimes, we feel we may have heard God wrong or we become tempted to give up on that God-given dream altogether. Here Lisa Allen identifies seven parts of a dream that will encourage, stretch, comfort and challenge you to not let your dream die.
Top 4 Language Mistakes Authors Make
With over two decades of experience as an editor, Glynnis Whitwer has seen certain errors made repeatedly. Sometimes it’s a matter of our fingers overriding what our minds know to be correct. But often, mistakes happen because the author simply doesn’t know what’s right.
Finding Writing Ideas
Do you long to write but fear you will run out of things to say? How can you continually come up with fresh material for books, blog posts, devotions or articles that will resonate with today’s readers?
Tips for Tighter Writing
Experts will tell you most writing can be cut by one-third, and be better for it. Wordiness is a common problem for all writers, and in this lesson, Glynnis Whitwer offers suggestions on how to make every word work for you, not against you.
Tips for Tighter Writing, Part 2
In the first installment of this teaching, Glynnis Whitwer taught us specific ways to de-clutter our writing. In this lesson, Glynnis will provide you with 10 tips for tighter writing.
3 Things You Need to Know to Succeed as a Writer
In this lesson, Glynnis Whitwer shares three important lessons she’s learned from over 20 years in the writing and publishing world. You might be surprised that the 3 Things You Need to Know to Succeed as a Writer aren’t writing tips or platform building strategies.
Finding the Perfect Title
You’ve written and rewritten your blog post. It’s your best effort. And now it needs a title. After all that work, it’s tempting to slap a few words on it and press “publish.” But is that the best approach? Consider this: Titles are like frosting at a professional bakery. Buyers decide based on what they see first. Karen Ehman and Glynnis Whitwer take a look at the importance and power of titles and the different types of titles, and offer tips for finding the perfect title for your piece, no matter what it is.
In Writing Titles, we’ll take a look at writing titles for books and chapters. We’ll consider the following: What are the current trends, what works, what doesn’t, where to get ideas and the purpose of a sub-title. Whether you are called to write a book now or not, you’ll be better informed after learning tips from Chad Cannon, past VP of Marketing for Thomas Nelson Publishers.