Thursday, September 7, 2017

Join us this Saturday, September 9, in Madison, GA to learn from two of our own great writers: Beverly St. John and Barbara Iliff. Learn new ways to finish those writing projects that keep gnawing on your heart AND learn how you can develop your writing into a speaking ministry.

We'll be in Farmview Market's meeting room from 11 a.m. until 1 p.m. P.S. If you are a Word Weaver (or just curious), join us in the cafe from 9-10:30.

Mark your calendars for our Gala on Saturday, October 14, from 2-4:30. We're retiring our group name, EMACW, as we transition to our new chapter, Madison-Word Weavers.

Saturday, August 5, 2017

We're moving!

Big changes are happening! Beginning August 12, we will meet in Madison, Georgia.  Details about our program and reasons for changing have been sent via our newsletter.  Not receiving our newsletter?  Email me, Lisa Hetzel, at

(In the meanwhile, click on the upcoming events tab to learn about Sally Hamer's Legacy Writing workshop from 11-4.  Hope to see you there.)

Monday, July 10, 2017

How do you know if your writing is ready?

Should you send your writing now?
I confess. I have been guilty of keeping an article to myself. I keep revising it, rewriting it, bringing it to my critique partners and then keeping it at home. I'm just not sure if it's ready. How can anyone know when their writing is ready to send to an editor?

Yes, I am familiar with the style of the magazine. I compared my piece to the submission guidelines.  I feel as though I have done everything that I can. But is my writing ready? How can I be sure?

Consistently, my friends have said that if I feel as though my piece is as good as I can make it, it's ready. It's time to off the sidelines and step up to the starting line. Send the article and let it compete with the others. It's time to get in the race.

What keeps you from submitting your writing?

Monday, July 3, 2017

Does God Still Send Signs?

Confused about which road to take? Ask for a sign.
In a perfect world, there would be clear signs from God that we were supposed to be writers. Getting published would be easy, clear, and quick. There would be no doubt, no angst, no naysayers. Agents would be lining up to see us at conferences.

The reality is that many of us have day jobs and wrestle to find the time to tackle this task called writing.

Our struggle is usually compounded with episodes of self-doubt. How do we know that we are supposed to do this anyway? Aren't there already a ton of books out there?  How can our book make a difference? I've been wrestling with these questions. I have felt silly to even approach God about it. Ask for a sign? No way.

That all changed when I read Danetta Kellar's post, The Writer's Fleece, on Edie Melson's website. 
Consider praying for your own sign.

#Writing is a brave task of obedience, don't be afraid to ask God for a sign - @DanettaKellar (Click to tweet)

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Five Tips to Stay Motivated as a Writer

This writing thing is hard. The more that I learn about writing, the more overwhelming it feels.

I've started and stopped working on my manuscript too many times. 
How can I stay motivated as a writer?

Here are 5 steps that drew me back to my keyboard:
1. Set long and short range goalsFor example, before I can pitch my book, I need to write my proposal. One of my favorite writing coaches and novelists, Larry Leach, suggests prayer and a practical approach.Click to visit Larry Leach's site. Time in prayer might help me set realistic targets. My long range goal might be finish the proposal in 6 weeks. Short range might be writing at least 300 words per day for 4 days in a row.
2. Choose an accountability partner.  I stay motivated when someone is going to ask me about my project. I need to choose wisely.  This needs to be someone who accepts me as I am and encourages me to try again.
3. Celebrate small successes. My first goal will be to hit 2000 words before my July 1.  If I meet that, I'm going to grab a movie or go out to eat or sleep in on Saturday.  Setting up tangible, appealing rewards helps this writer stay motivated.
4.  Join a critique groupWe just formed a chapter of Word Weaver International.  My writing is getting better each time that I meet with my group. Getting helpful feedback can motivate any writer. Click to visit Word-Weavers International.
5. Forgive myself and keep going I just might make some mistakes.  Maybe I won't hit my word count for the day.  I have a choice: quit or try again. I'm going to try to hard to keep trying.

What about you?  What do you do when you don't feel motivated to write?