Soar!

Then Pharaoh gave this order to all his people: “Every Hebrew boy that is born you must throw into the Nile.”
Exodus 1:22 NIV

I love the biblical account of Moses when he was an infant. Satan conjured up a plan to kill him, but God was watching over him. Jehovah gave Moses’ mother a creative plan to save her baby’s life. She wove a basket out of bulrushes, tucked her baby boy inside, placed him in the Nile River, and assigned his big sister to keep an eye on him.

When she saw that he was a fine child, she hid him for three months. But when she could hide him no longer, she got a papyrus basket for him and coated it with tar and pitch. Then she placed the child in it and put it among the reeds along the bank of the Nile. His sister stood at a distance to see what would happen to him.
Exodus 2:2-4 NIV

Even though Moses was a “basket case,” he grew into a mighty man of God and was handpicked by Jehovah to deliver the Israelites from the land of bondage.

My husband and I have been in full-time ministry for more than thirty years. We have seen firsthand the enemy sabotage ministries in their infancy. We’ve stood in the gap with those God has called and rejoiced with them as they fulfill their divine destiny, but our hearts have been broken when others have allowed the enemy to snuff out a new ministry God has called them to birth for the Kingdom.

See the source imageI would like to speak directly to those of you who sense the Lord is calling you to “birth” a writing ministry.  Here is an acrostic with some helpful hints to help your new ministry S.O.A.R.

S-Seek God for wisdom as you birth this new ministry.

O-Offer your gifts and talents to the Lord with a humble heart.

A-Admit when you need help and don’t be afraid to seek counsel from godly mentors.

R-Refuse to allow the enemy to destroy what God is birthing in your life and ministry at this time.

“The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full.”
John 10:10 NIV

Never be shocked by the devil’s tactics.  His goal is to destroy your ministry in its infancy. Remember the story of Moses. May God  use your pen to lead souls out of bondage. Soar for Jesus today!


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by Dixie Phillips, CES Editor, Writing Coach, Award-Winning Children’s Author and Songwriter 

 

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Send Me!

And then I heard the voice of the Master: “Whom shall I send? Who will go for us?”
I spoke up, “I’ll go. Send me!” (Isaiah 6:8 MSG)

Image result for image here I am LordFor Christian writers, there usually is a point in time when they sensed God calling them to write. Sometimes answering the call isn’t always easy. There are disappointments and obstacles to overcome.

When the prophet Isaiah was young, he made excuses and tried to ignore the call, but an encounter with Jehovah caused him to change his mind. The mighty prophet served four kings and penned one the most beautiful Old Testament books, full of hope and proclaiming the coming of the Messiah.

Have you ever thought of what might have happened if Isaiah had neglected the call? If the Scriptures that have comforted God’s people down through the ages had not been written? It’s a sobering thought, isn’t it?

None of us claim to be “Isaiah,” or even close to the anointed prophet, but God still has some writing assignments for those He has called. Some days we must dust off our keyboards in faith because we don’t feel like we have anything to say, but our heavenly Father sees things differently. His ways are higher than our ways. Our Father believes we have a story to tell. That is why He has called us to write.

Let’s raise our pens in faith and believe God will help us write stories that bring glory and honor to Him.

And when we hear the voice of the Master, “Whom shall I send? Who will write for Me?” . . . We can answer, “I’ll go. Send me!”


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by Dixie Phillips, CES Editor, Writing Coach, Award-Winning Children’s Author and Songwriter 

 

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The Priority Maze

I haven’t mentioned it in a while, but I’m so glad you’re here. Yes, you! A blog without readers is . . . well, it’s more like a journal entry. And now, on to today’s topic.

Priorities List for Business plans or Life GoalsPriorities . . . we all have them. Our To Do list hints at just what they are. And our actions, what we choose to focus our energies on each day, are even more telling.

For the sake of this post I’m going to assume writing is high on your list of priorities. Though you may place the following items in a slightly different order, it’s best to include them all when it comes to writing.

WRITE

I realize this is self-evident, but you’d be surprised at how many writing-related endeavors (and non-writing-related ones) can crowd out time spent actually writing.

READ SKILLS DEVELOPMENT BOOKS, BLOGS, ETC.

It doesn’t matter how much you know about the ins and outs of writing, there is always more to learn. And the industry is always changing, so what you once thought a writing absolute may no longer be relevant. It is crucial that you stay current in your chosen genre or writing style.

APPLY WHAT YOU LEARN

Many skills development books include exercises. It’s best not to skip these. And even if they don’t, you can create your own exercises and write a short piece applying what you’re learning. Practice may not make perfect, but it certainly makes better.

READ ANYTHING YOU CAN GET YOUR HANDS ON

Read what you write (poetry, fiction, creative nonfiction, etc.). Read what you’d like to write. Read what you can never imagine yourself writing. Read classical works. Read contemporary works. Read blog posts. I’m not suggesting you read something that offends your sensibilities, but do try to stretch yourself.

WRITE SOMETHING BRAND NEW TO YOU

Hopefully something you’ve read recently will challenge/inspire you to write something you’ve never tried your hand at before. Remember you never have to share this with anyone else, but you may be surprised. You might find you truly enjoy this new writing style.

GRAB YOUR NOTEBOOK AND/OR YOUR CAMERA AND GO FOR A WALK

It doesn’t matter what you write, inspiration is all around. Sometimes, however, life gets so busy that we forget to keep an eye out . . . or an ear. Snap nature pictures that inspire you. (Be cautious about taking photos of people or property without express permission; written permission is best.) Record snippets of conversations or visuals that stir your creativity. (This is one important reason writers should always carry a notebook and pen—or download a note-taking app for their smartphone.)

FLIP THROUGH YOUR PICTURES AND YOUR NOTES WHEN LOOKING FOR INSPIRATION

The more you have on hand, the less likely writer’s block will ever get the better of you.

TAKE A DEEP BREATH AND ASK FOR A CRITIQUE OF YOUR WRITING

When a piece is as good as you can make it—for now, ask for an honest evaluation of your writing. If you have been working on a specific skill (i.e. writing believable dialogue), ask that your reader focus on that area. Your reader need not be a writer, but it can help.

REWRITE. REWRITE. AND REWRITE SOME MORE.

The more you learn and the more people read your work and make suggestions (though not all of them will be helpful), the more you must be willing to rewrite. Although what constitutes “perfect writing”—if there is such a thing—is subjective, making your work the best it can be is something that will require rewriting—often.

And as the shampoo bottle says . . .

RINSE AND REPEAT

Wash away those nagging voices that say your work will never be good enough to share with the world and be willing to repeat the above steps time and time again.


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by Stephanie Nickel , CES Editor, Writer, Coach, and Critique Specialist 
 

 

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Source of Inspiration

Birth of IDEA. Concept background.Every writer will run around the “writer’s block” from time to time. Some days our creative juices just won’t flow no matter how many cups of coffee we drink. Here are some lessons I’ve learned to help prime my mind’s pump and keep me inspired.

  1. Rest! Rest! Rest! Be sure you are getting adequate rest. Fatigue dries up creative juices and clouds a writer’s mind. I’m convinced a 15-minute afternoon power nap can recharge brain cells.
  2. Clean your plate. Be sure you are eating nourishing meals. Sugary snacks can cause blood sugars to rise for a few minutes and then plummet. Low blood sugar creates foggy thinking. Keep healthy snacks at your fingertips.
  3. Count your blessings.  Make your favorite pastime counting your blessings. Stress short circuits creativity. Remind yourself often that you’re too blessed to be stressed.
  4. Keep growing. Read inspirational books, blogs, magazines, etc.  Expand your mind and continue to develop as a person. Don’t allow the problems in life to make you bitter and cynical.
  5. Keep making music. If you play a musical instrument, take time out of your busy day to relax and make music. If you don’t play an instrument, turn on the radio or play your favorite CD. Fill your home with songs that move and motivate you.
  6. Join a writer’s critique group.  It’s a great day to be a writer. If you don’t have a writer’s group in your area, you can join one online. Be humble enough to allow others to critique your work. Remember the best manuscripts aren’t written, they are rewritten.
  7. Visit a nursing home. My first story in print was about two elderly women bidding each other a final farewell. I was an eyewitness and deeply moved by their simplicity and authenticity. I went home and jotted down the encounter.

Find your source of inspiration . . . and keep writing!


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by Dixie Phillips, CES Editor, Writing Coach, Award-Winning Children’s Author and Songwriter

 

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When Is It Okay to Play Hooky?

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Have you ever had those times when the tsunami of undone tasks threatened to crash over you? It’s at those times that something has to give. Much as we don’t want to, sometimes we have to admit to ourselves—and others—that we just can’t fulfill a particular responsibility; we must play hooky. (That’s what happened to me last week.)

As you may know, I seek writing inspiration pretty much anywhere. So, let’s use this reality to prompt our writing this week.

How?

Well, I’m glad you asked.

Here are seven ways to use life’s craziness and our humanity as fodder for our writing:

  1. Write a poem about your hectic schedule.
  2. Allow your character to “play hooky” for a scene and thus, take the story in a slightly different direction. It’s a good way to add a twist if your readers are expecting the character to respond in a certain way. Just be careful; readers won’t be happy if there isn’t a plausible reason for the unexpected change.
  3. Write a blog post on the topic of playing hooky and when it’s acceptable—and perhaps, when it isn’t.
  4. Write a creative nonfiction piece about a time you actually played hooky. If you never did, imagine doing so and write a fiction piece that sounds like it could be true.
  5. Do you feel guilty if you have to let something slide, if you think you’ve let someone down? Write about it as a journal entry.
  6. Write a list of all the things you would like to accomplish in the next week. Go over the list and rank them in order of importance. Include specifics if this will help you decide (i.e. why this is important/why it can wait). Choose at least two things from the bottom of the list that you can put off at least for now, if not indefinitely. If there isn’t time for your writing, you may want to shuffle some things around.

This next one may not include writing exactly, but it could provide lots of inspiration for your endeavors in the future.

  1. Plan a party. I know. I know. How is that going to free up any time? It’s a Let’s Play Hooky party. No, I’m not suggesting you ditch school or call into work sick. But an evening out with a few friends can be energizing. It may just give you the lift you need to “get back at it.”

When have you played hooky? Did it turn out to be a good thing? We’d love to hear about it.


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by Stephanie Nickel , CES Editor, Writer, Coach, and Critique Specialist 
 

 

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There’s a Book Inside You

See the source imageI once saw a comic that tickled my funny bone. A man went to the doctor and had x-rays. The doctor points to one of the x-rays and says, “Good news! You have a book in you, just waiting to come out.”

I meet people all the time who ask, “How do you know what to write about?”

I always tell them that I write about real life. People’s stories are fascinating. Your story is fascinating.

As a child, I remember devouring the Little House series. I was a reluctant reader, but when my grandmother introduced me to Laura Ingalls Wilder, I was hooked on books. Her stories were written about everyday pioneer life and are a timeless collection, still recommended by elementary educators today.

I’m sure when Laura was a little girl she never dreamed she would grow up and write a story about her life. For those of us mesmerized by her storytelling, aren’t we glad she did?

I’ve always loved the elderly. I guess it was a gift my mother gave me. She was a geriatric nurse and would allow me to make “short and sweet” visits to some of her patients. Mom would introduce me and usually give me a brief history of their life. She had a way of making each feel loved and extremely important. She still has this gift today.

After I married and became a mother, I began to realize I how much I wanted to preserve the history of my grandmother’s story. I purchased a Memory Book for her. The book was filled with questions.

What was life like when you were growing up?

Where did your parents buy their groceries?

What did you pay for a dozen eggs?

What was your greatest disappointment?

What was your greatest joy?

Who were your parents?

When were the born?

Grandma filled in the questions a little bit at a time. When she passed away, this book became one of my most treasured possessions.

I encourage you to write some stories about your life for your loved ones. Share them now if you can, and be sure to tuck them in a hope chest or somewhere safe. Your family will be glad you did. So what are you waiting for? Get writing. There’s a book inside of you, just waiting to come out.


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by Dixie Phillips, CES Editor, Writing Coach, Award-Winning Children’s Author and Songwriter

 

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Why I Want to Go Screen-Free . . . At Least Now and Then

woman reading news on smart phone multimedia flying iconsAs Ammon Shea, the author of Bad English, says, “A language that doesn’t evolve is a dead language.”

I have learned in my 50+ years that this is definitely true. And “screen-free” is one of those new words, one I need to put into practice.

The desktop computer (and the tablet and the cell phone) are fantastic for so many reasons. And yet . . . there is a time to click the off button and leave it that way for extended periods, at least to disconnect from the Internet.

The following are realities in my life—and possibly in yours as well:

  1. If I’m constantly wondering what emails and status updates I may be missing, my mind is not solely on the task at hand.
  2. And if I allow myself to become distracted, I must reign in my thoughts repeatedly in order to do the best possible job I can for others.
  3. If others are constantly texting and surfing the Net in my presence, I feel as if what I have to say matters very little to them. I don’t want to make others feel this way.
  4. When I allow my brain to overload, the ever-increasing stress and tension—both physical and mental—is palpable. (Just ask the burning in my shoulder.)
  5. The vast amount of information at my fingertips overwhelms me. Just how will I find the most gripping, the most accurate data to share with my readers? How will I have time to even scratch the surface?
  6. I develop the mistaken impression that what’s “out there” is somehow more important—at least more interesting—that what’s “right here.”
  7. I neglect the physical resources I have on hand (physical books rather than e-books and online info, for example)—and flesh and blood people with whom I share my life space not just my virtual reality.
  8. I have what I call the Butterfly Syndrome. I flit from one thing to the next to the next. And with all the additional possibilities opened up with the Internet . . . Let’s just say, there are too many “beautiful distractions” for this butterfly to take in.
  9. And because there are so many things to see, I feel as if I never truly complete anything. There are always more things to learn and see and do, always more inspiration to find.

All that said, I am thankful every day that I live in the cyber age. There are so many advantages. However, I am in the process of learning to balance the time I spend online and the time I go screen-free.

How about you? What are some challenges you find with the ready availability of the World Wide Web?


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by Stephanie Nickel , CES Editor, Writer, Coach, and Critique Specialist 

 


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Let’s “Skit” Busy Writing

Creativity is the key to making your writing business flourish. Don’t tumble into a writing rut and become discouraged when you aren’t published immediately. As you are honing your craft, be open to various genres of writing. You may find you will get published sooner rather than later when you are a well-rounded writer.

skitsThe first pieces I had published were plays, skits, and recitations. I submitted the Christmas and Easter programs I had written for the children and young people of our church. The publishers accepted almost every piece I sent and the pay was very fair.

So if you really want to be published, don’t overlook ministry resources for churches, Christian schools, and homeschoolers. They are always looking for programs for special occasions.

Be sure to follow the writer’s guidelines before submitting. Great first impressions can open doors for you.

Below is one of my skits. Notice the names of characters are in bold font and stage directions are in italic parenthesis. This was the publisher’s request.

Striking it Rich
Dixie Phillips

 Characters:

Polly Pureheart – Circuit Rider’s beautiful daughter

Circuit-Rider – Parson on the western frontier

Old Timer – On older Wild Bill Hiccups

Huffalo Bill – Greedy cowpoke with an attitude

Props:

two stick horses, canteens, Bible, and saddlebags

 Running Time

7 minutes

Huffalo Bill: All these years you’ve been panning and mining for gold, Old Timer, and you’ve never struck gold. Don’t you ever get tired of breaking your back and working so hard?

Old Timer: Horse feathers! I’ve got me more determination than ever to find gold. My mammy and pappy always told me that there was a land where the streets are paved with gold and I plan to find that there land or my name ain’t Wild Bill Hiccup. [hiccups]

Huffalo Bill: Oh, there you go again, Old Timer. You know you can’t say your name or you’ll get the hiccups.

Old Timer: Now don’t you go getting all “huffy” with me, ya little whipper-snapper! And don’t just stand there criticizing your elders. Help me find them there golden streets. I want to die a rich man.

Huffalo Bill: Well, if you ever did strike gold, you’d have the best rags to riches story ever.

Old Timer: Looks like we’ve got company a-heading our way. Word must have leaked out about all the gold in this here stream. People become a bunch of “Greedy Guses” when they  hear about gold.

Huffalo Bill: Well, one of them is the most beautiful Greedy Gus I’ve ever laid my eyes on.

Old Timer: Guard your wallet! I mean guard your heart! Women will deplete all yer savings in no time.

[Polly and Circuit-Rider enter riding their stick horses.]

Circuit-Rider: Howdy, good neighbors!

Huffalo Bill: Howdy right back at cha! [pause] What are you doing in our neck of the woods?

Curcuit-Rider: I’m the new parson in this hear territory and this is my lovely daughter – Polly Pureheart.

Polly: Well, hello boyzz!

Old Timer: Boyzz? I ain’t been a boy for years.

Huffalo Bill: Why, that was a mighty sweet introduction from one of the prettiest thing I’ve seen in Californey! My name is Huffalo Bill and this is my good friend Wild Bill Hicupps!

Old Timer: [hiccup] Beg your pardon, Miss.

Circuit-Rider: What are you doing out here at this stream? You’re so far from civilization.

Huffalo Bill: Well, we are on what you might call a treasure hunt.

Old Timer: That’s right. Me and Huffalo Bill is on a treasure hunt.

Polly: Oh, I just love treasure hunts. Can we help you?

Huffalo: You sure can…

Old Timer: What do you mean…. You sure can????? I’d like to bust a CANteen over that thick skull of yer-ins!

Huffalo Bill: [put his arm around Old Timer] Now don’t you worry your pretty head off, ma’am about Old Timer here. He’s just a been out in the hot sun a little too long and is a little delirious right now.

Old Timer: Delirious????? I’ve never been more serious!

Huffalo: Yes, Old Timer is quite serious about having you help us out. You see his mammy and pappy told him there was a City where the streets are paved with pure gold. We figure if we find gold in a mine or stream, we’d be close to where the real treasure is.

Polly: Well, Daddy is always talking about the land where the streets are paved with gold.

Old Timer: Parson, you know how to get to that there land with golden streets?

Circuit-Rider: I even have a roadmap!

Old Timer: Well, I’ll be blessed. Did you hear that Huffalo, he’s even got a roadmap?

Circuit-Rider: The Lord will provide!

Polly: The Lord will provide!

Old Timer: Well, can we take a gander at that there roadmap?

Circuit-Rider: Sure can. It’s right here in my saddlebag.

Old Timer: This is my lucky day!

Huffalo: I knew it was my lucky day when I saw that “purdy” girl a-galloping up to me on them horses.

Polly: [clasps hands together] Oh Huffalo, you’re so sweet!

Old Timer: Now that’s enough of all this mushy mush…. I want to see that roadmap.

Circuit-Rider: [waves Bible in air] Here it is!

Old Timer: That there ain’t no roadmap. That’s the Good Book!

Polly: Yes, the Good Book as you call it, is our roadmap to Heaven, where the streets are paved with gold.

Old Timer: That must be what Pappy and Mammy was talking about, but my greed got me searching for gold down here.

Huffalo: What do we have to do to get to heaven?

Polly: We must confess our sins to the good Lord and tell Him how sorry we are. And when we do that He promises us a home in heaven when we die.

Old Timer: Well, parson, get down off of yer horse and pray with me  so I can one day walk on them golden streets.

Huffalo: Me, too. But if it would be alright with you, Parson, I’d like your daughter to pray with me.

Polly: Isn’t he so sweet, Daddy?

Circuit-Rider: Polly, you better pray with Old Timer. I’ll pray with Huffalo. He’s got a lot of repenting to do.

Old Timer: Before we pray, Parson, I’d like you to shake hands with poor boy who has everything since you told me about Jesus and how to get to them golden streets. Wild Bill Hiccups [hiccup] is going to die a rich man after all.


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by Dixie Phillips, CES Editor, Writing Coach, Award-Winning Children’s Author and Songwriter 

 

Please visit our websites: Christian Editing ServicesCreating Christian Books for KidsPray for Ministries around the World, and Find Christian Links

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Focused and Flexible

sign-36417_150Focused and flexible. These two words are becoming very important in every area of my life.

I am eclectically-interested and have lots on my To Do list. I’m sure it’s the same with you. If I’m always looking ahead to the next thing on the list (or popping over to my email and Facebook accounts), I cannot give the task at hand adequate attention. It won’t be the best it can be.

This is one reason I love my lists. I don’t have to worry about forgetting something important. Plus, if I arrange my list in order of priority, I can work from the top to the bottom, knowing, if I don’t get everything done, at least those things that were most pressing are the first things to get scratched off the list.

When my mind is at rest, I can dive into the responsibility I’m pursuing right this minute.

And yet . . .

An important text may come through. A phone call I shouldn’t ignore. Or an unforeseeable but unavoidable change in plans. That’s when the flexibility kicks in.

One day, for example, I looked forward to working in a quiet house to make a huge dent in my list. And then . . . first thing in the morning, I got 1) a request for transportation and 2) an invitation for lunch. I could have said no, but spending time with this young friend was good for both of us. (And lunch was tasty too.)

Not everything that comes along should derail or postpone our plans, but there are times we need to be flexible as well as focused.

When you set aside time for your writing, how can you tell if you should forge ahead or allow a request to alter your plans?

Here is a series of questions to ask before making a decision:

  1. Can you fulfill the request at a later time? If so, keep to your writing schedule.
  2. Can someone else do what has been asked of you? If so, give them the opportunity to do so.
  3. Is it a matter of conditioning to answer the doorbell, the telephone, the buzz on your cell phone that indicates you have a new email? If so, it may take time, but it’s good to view these distractions as “the urgent” that impinges upon “the important,” as Stephen Covey puts it.
  4. Are you simply following the White Rabbit down yet another rabbit hole? Sometimes it’s best to steer clear of fuzzy distractions.
  5. Is it a genuine emergency? If so, then, of course, walk away from your writing.
  6. Is a family member or friend facing a crisis? If so and there is something you can do—even lend a listening ear—do so without hesitation.
  7. Has an even more exciting writing opportunity presented itself? If so, you may want to designate the time to a different project.
  8. Is your daughter turning 25 the next day and you have to choose between writing and making her favorite dessert? If so, crack those eggs and beat that cake batter. (Wait! That would be me. My “baby” hit the quarter century mark this past Saturday.)

How do you achieve the balance between focus and flexibility?


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by Stephanie Nickel , CES Editor, Writer, Coach, and Critique Specialist 

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A Step in the Write Direction

So you feel God is calling you to write for little ones, but you aren’t exactly sure where you should begin. Nothing is more rewarding than “sowing seeds” of God’s love in the hearts of children.

If you enjoy writing short character-building stories for children, the Christian magazine and e-zine market is a wonderful place for new writers to get their break. The possibilities are there, but you can’t get published if you don’t submit. Polish up your best stories and submit them for a children’s devotional magazine or a Sunday school take-home paper. While you are waiting to hear back from the editor, keep writing. Remember the best way to improve your writing is to write.

Sometimes writing an entire story can be overwhelming for the new writer. Don’t despair. Fillers, short pieces that fill in the gaps, are a good way to hone your writing craft. Some Christian magazines are looking for fillers that offer interesting tidbits of information that relate to the theme of the article.

Don’t be fooled by the small size of fillers. It takes more skill to write less in a concise manner. Many Christian magazines for children are looking for the following types of fillers:

  • jokes
  • poems
  • prayers
  • recipes
  • craft ideas
  • games or quizzes
  • seasonal recitations, especially for Christmas and Easter

One year I concentrated on writing fillers for a publisher that sent them out with church bulletins. The churches who purchased their bulletins also received several sheets of fillers they could choose to print in their bulletins. I was paid a minimum of $30 per filler and most of the time more if it was a longer poem.

Be sure to follow the writer’s guidelines. That is always a step in the “write” direction.

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by Dixie Phillips, CES Editor, Writing Coach, Award-Winning Children’s Author and Songwriter 

 

Please visit our websites: Christian Editing ServicesCreating Christian Books for KidsPray for Ministries around the World, and Find Christian Links

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