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How to Write a Book, Part 1
Writing a book can sound like a great dream, but the reality can be a daunting task. Lysa has been through this “birthing process” over 20 times. Join her for Part 1 of an honest and practical lesson on how to write a book from start to finish.
How to Write a Book, Part 2
In this lesson, Lysa takes us through the next part of writing a book: getting our thoughts, research, facts and stories into an organized structure, so we can present our message in a way that brings impact to the reader.
Developing and Refining a Book Idea
Have you written a nonfiction book that hasn’t quite hit the mark high enough for a traditional publisher? Have you published or self-published a book that didn’t reach as much of your audience as you intended? In this lesson, Alice Crider, Sr. Acquisitions & Development Editor at David C. Cook Publishing teaches how to reach and engage your audience by tapping into a need they don’t even know they have. Alice will share with you the seven steps to developing and refining a book idea.
The Crucial First Sentence
In this lesson, 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. If you don’t grab readers’ attention right away, your writing will be ignored.
Tips for Writing Strong Sentences
Do you wonder when to put a comma in a sentence? Or when to use a semicolon? Sometimes even the most basic use of proper grammar and punctuation can seem a mystery, no matter how educated we are! If so, you’ll enjoy this lesson from Glynnis Whitwer on writing strong sentences.
Secrets For Researching and Studying Scripture to Enhance Your Writing
Sometimes studying the Bible can be challenging, especially when trying to weave strong, accurate biblical teachings and meanings into your writing. In this lesson, Joel Muddamalle, Director of Theology and Ministry Products at Proverbs 31 Ministries, talks about theology and the art of studying Scripture.
Your Very Best Idea, Part 1
It’s locked in you. God tucked something wonderfully unique into the sacred spaces of your heart. You know it. You feel it. You just haven’t figured out how to get to it. That message so inspiring, people are still quoting one-liners from it years after you stepped off the stage. That book so spot on, it instantly unleashes the power of conversation and outsells every other thing you’ve ever written. The brilliantly simple concept so desperately needed, the masses instantly sign up.
In this lesson, you will get a front row seat at a She Speaks Conference session as Lysa TerKeurst shows you how to unlock your very best idea which might surprise you, disappoint you and frustrate you. Press through the process, and your very best and most captivating idea might be waiting to be discovered.
Your Very Best Idea Ever, Part 2
In Part 2 of this lesson, Lysa TerKeurst explains how to unlock your very best idea ever. Make sure you check out Your Very Best Idea Ever, Part 1 first.
Writing Benefit Statements
Most of us are used to seeing lists of bulleted items describing the content of a message, book or project. These bullets usually tell us the facts we’ll learn or the knowledge we’ll gain. Mere knowledge about a book isn’t that motivating. But how it might change a reader’s life-change is! That’s where benefit statements make a difference.
Experience Before Expression
The strongest writing comes not from our strengths, but from our struggles. In this lesson from Lysa TerKeurst, she’ll share how to mine the hard places in life and find the gems of truth that will lead to powerful life-change for your readers. The more our writing is an outflow of experience, the greater impact we will have.
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.
Add the Power of Practical Application
“Information plus inspiration only equals transformation if there is practical application.” – Lysa TerKeurst
Lysa will give you ideas of how to effectively help your readers apply what you’re teaching in each piece you write. Every piece you write must contain a point and a practical way to live that point out in everyday life if your writing is to have a powerful impact on people.
The Recipe for Great Writing
Writers want their words to impact lives, so like any great chef, a writer will include a few special ingredients to add distinguishable flavor for a memorable experience. That’s what writers want to give their readers — something to remember, whether it’s a story that uplifts, a truth that transforms, or a message that heals. In this lesson, Denise Hughes will discuss the six ingredients inherent in all great writing.
3 S’s Of Connectivity, Part 1
How do we escape the pitfalls of self-promotional marketing, and replace it with value-driven marketing? The answer is value-driven writing. In this first of three lessons, Lysa TerKeurst unpacks three unique and powerful ways to reach the hearts of our readers and broaden our audience. If you want to deepen connectivity with your readers, don’t miss this lesson as Lysa explains how to include spiritual depth, sentimental pull and scent-sational elements in your writing.
3 S’s Of Connectivity, Part 2
In this second of three lessons, Lysa TerKeurst unpacks Spiritual Depth using tangible examples from 1 Samuel 25 by highlighting the people, places, problems common to us, past references, points to unpack, proper understanding of words, perspective shifts and promises to hang onto. If you want your readers to say, “Wow! I never knew that was in that passage,” then you don’t want to miss this lesson.
3 S’s Of Connectivity, Part 3
In this last lesson of the 3-part series about connectivity, Lysa TerKeurst will practically walk you through how to find points to unpack in your writing by teaching through her 2 Samuel 20 lesson about One Wise Woman.
Finding Your Hook
Studies show the average adult attention span is 8 seconds and most make gut decisions in 3 seconds or less. So, knowing we only have seconds to capture our reader’s attention before they press delete, what should we put first? In this practical lesson, Glynnis Whitwer explains what a “hook” is, why it’s so important. Glynnis gives examples of how to create a strong hook to keep your reader reading.
How to Write a Chapter
You want to write a book. Books are made up of chapters. So, first you must write a chapter, right? But where do you begin? Stop staring at the blank screen and discover a simple strategy for crafting a strong and effective chapter. This lesson is from a previous She Speaks Conference workshop taught by Karen Ehman.
How Focus Groups Enhance Your Writing Creativity
In this lesson, Kaley and Leah, both staff members at Proverbs 31 who work directly with Lysa TerKeurst on all of her book writing focus groups, discuss the concept of focus groups. The purpose of these groups is to get feedback on draft chapters for a book, posts in a blog series, or even articles for magazines. No matter what content a writer is working on, getting opinions and feedback from others is a great way to hone writing and improve content overall. Kaley and Leah not only cover the benefits of focus groups, but also the best time to start one, how to select group members, tried and true questions for members, managing a group and lots of other helpful suggestions. No matter your writing goals, this teaching offers great tips and suggestions for how to use focus groups to improve your writing.