Overcoming Writer’s Block

Hi, I’m Jim and I’m a full-time freelance writer. I’ve been writing since the mid ’90s, and writing professionally since 2000. I have written nine books, fiction and nonfiction, and all but one have been published by major publishing houses. I have a confession to make. I struggle with crippling writer’s block. In fact, I […]

Why You Need to Keep Writing

Are you discouraged? Keep writing. You never know what God might do with your words. In the late ‘90s I wrote Blind Sight, a suspense novel about a man who was struggling with God’s goodness in tragedy. Near the end of the book my protagonist, a man who lost his wife and two children in […]

Thoughts on Pilgrimage

What comes to mind when you hear the word pilgrim? In America most of us probably form a mental picture of the people who celebrated the first Thanksgiving, dressed in their austere black clothing, complete with funny hats. For some, the word might bring to mind John Bunyan’s allegory, Pilgrim’s Progress. Others may think about […]

Happy Turkey Day — Not!

Is it just me, or are we seeing less and less “thanks” on Thanksgiving? It seems that with every passing year the last Thursday in November has less to do with thankfulness and more to do with consumerism. That trend is most dramatically illustrated in the morphing of the holiday name from “Thanksgiving” into “Turkey […]

Author Marketing: It’s Time to Start Studying

I attended my first writers conference back in the late nineties. This particular conference had two tracks: amateur and professional. To attend the professional workshops, you had to have had two pieces published. Well, it just so happened that about five years earlier I had sold two short stories (to Sunday school publications). That qualified […]