April 19, 2017
By: Jonathan Merritt & Margaret Feinberg
Are you afraid to share personal stories because of potential blowback from friends and family? Have you ever thought it might be easier to publish your work anonymously or under another name?
One of the more frequent questions we have received from young writers over the years is, “Should I use a pen name?”
We only need one syllable to respond: No.Read More
April 12, 2017
By: Stephanie Smith
As an acquisitions editor at a large publishing house, hundreds of book proposals pass through my inbox every year. Here’s my best advice on how to make yours stand out.
March 13, 2017
By: Jonathan Merritt
Ever sit to write but the words feel flat and the style feels indistinguishable?
You’re not alone. I do too.
Every writer must take time to develop a unique writing style that will set them apart from others like them.
Which is why I decided to ask one of the most unique writers I know to share her secrets to writing with flare.
When I read Ann Voskamp’s writing, I have to remind myself to breathe.
When I read One Thousand Gifts, my tears drenched the pages. I called friends and family members to read it aloud to them, pausing to wipe my cheeks on each call.Read More
March 3, 2017
By: Margaret Feinberg
Hey! It’s Margaret here, and I’m excited to share a super-duper practical quick tip with you this week.
I made a big bad boo-boo a few years ago that taught me a tough lesson about when and how to use quotes.
Watch this so you don’t have to make the same mistake I did.
Check out the video below and I’ll share the easy rules I’ve learned to live by.
March 1, 2017
By: Cherie Lowe
After studying the Write Brilliant strategy, I have been lucky enough to have a few blog posts go viral. One post even attracted nearly a million views in 18 months.
Whether in written word, video, or still imagery, viral posts have the power to move people to laughter, to tears, and even to action. Deep down, each blogger and every author or creator of online content probably has dreams of virtually hitting it big.
Thrilled by the increase of traffic and expansion of your platform, it’s fun to see your content capture the hearts and eyes of new readers. My experience has taught me that you must take a few vital steps before that big moment arrives. Most writers miss them, and this is why their posts fall flat. Here are 3 mistakes that will prevent your posts from going viral:
February 22, 2017
By: September Vaudrey
You’ve experienced a tragic loss or deep pain, but are you ready to write about it? How soon is too soon?
Five years after my daughter passed away, my literary agent asked me why I thought now was the time to publish my memoir about her death.
“I had to finish living my story first,” I replied. “I had to discover my ending.”
Though my grief won’t find its full ending until heaven, I knew I needed resolution with God before I had anything helpful to share with readers.Read More
February 14, 2017
By: Jonathan Merritt
More than a decade ago, I considered calling it quits as a writer. I struggled to build a platform, and allure readers to my blog. Four book proposals had been rejected by every publisher in the industry. Each night, my hands pounded my keyboard long after the sun set, but my career felt glued to the pavement.
February 7, 2017
By: Cherie Lowe
Over the last six years, the online platform Pinterest exploded with new followers. Over 110 million users are actively engaged each month, spending an average of 98 minutes browsing content and clicking through to websites.
Many writers overlook this social media network at their own peril. Why? Because 88 percent of Pinterest users purchase a product that they pin. People aren’t just viewing Pinterest; they are engaging, clicking, and buying.Read More
February 2, 2017
By: Write Brilliant Team
Blogging is either a joke or a riddle to most people.
Some people think it is a low-level form of writing that lacks editorial oversight and promotes shallowness. Others see its value but don’t understand how to crack the code of blogging so that it is worth their time.
If that’s you, don’t worry. Blogging can be a great way to grow your audience, make an impact on your readers, and even make money. Follow this easy three-step process and your words will be earning money in no time.Read More