All posts tagged: blogging

New Day Begins for ICFTS!

“Behold, I will do a new thing, Now it shall spring forth; Shall you not know it? I will even make a road in the wilderness and rivers in the desert.”  ~Isaiah 43:19 The season changes. The smell in the air is different. The sky is painted with dusty roses early in the morning, and dusk comes sooner than it did before. Still, you wait in the tangent, as the temperature changes from balmy heat to skin tingling chill and the delight of donning your sweater…not so much because you like the woven threads but more than anything because it is new! Today is a new day for I came for the soup… and that feeling of delight washes through me (Candice) the same way it does when I realize that I am standing just at the doorway to Autumn, my absolute favorite time of the year. Once upon a time, ICFTS was a blog centered around my growth and discovery of my maturing and once stifled creative voice. Today the blog becomes a community, geared …

The Art of Tireless Pursuit: The Expression of Faith in Creativity pt 3

Faith is not only defined by giant leaps but is often reflected in the tiny steps.” ~Candice Coates A few years back, I was sitting in front of my television, watching some show on HGTV, eating a plate full of room temperature leftovers (good leftovers nonetheless,) when a thought popped in my head: You will never know where you are going if you never take a step.” ~Candice Coates The thought seemed simple enough, for, as I was watching HGTV, eating room temperature leftovers, I was also thinking about this creative platform, my writing career,  my art, and all the other things I had planned to do in that year which seemed to have been getting derailed from every angle. Truth be told, I am still thinking about all of these things. But when I first had these thoughts, I was thinking about my serial-blog-novel, ASCENSION GRAVEYARD. I will be honest, AG (for those of you who are just now tuning in, AG is my blog novel that I started writing in June of 2014…it …

5 Ways to Spruce Up Your Blog

Having a blog requires maintenance just like most things in our lives. If you own a car and expect it to run at full peak and power you need to make sure that you have it tuned-up, the oil changed, tires rotated etc. If you own a house, you need to keep the gutters clean, make sure your air filters are changed on a proper schedule…you need to clean the house period. Goodness, even our own bodies need regular maintenance and the occasional sprucing to ensure we look and feel our best and operate at our highest and best capacity. The same goes for our blogs. When our blogs lose their ‘new-car-smell’ and fall dull where they used to have a bright luster, we lose our focus to create our post. We lose our drive in the dust of a neglected blog platform. We lose that magic that called us to blogging in the first place. The good news is that we don’t have to! HERE ARE 5 WAYS TO SPRUCE THINGS UP AND KEEP YOUR BLOG …

The Balancing Act: How to Balance Blog Life by Kristin

Hello, and welcome to this week’s addition of Wisdom from the Writer’s Journal.  Today we have with us Kristin, the mastermind, and wordsmith of The Pursuit of Another Adventure: A Chic Lit Blog.  Not only is she a great blogger, but she is also an Indie author. To find out more about her, you can do so by following her blog, or follower her on Twitter.  Without further ado, here are 9 things Kristin recommends for us to better balance our Blogging lives. 1. Get Up Early Easier said than done.  If I get up one hour before I usually do to get ready for work I never have the excuse to not blog.  And when no one else is awake yet, you get a lot done. The only way to get up early one day is to set an alarm and go to bed early the next night. 2. Pick Your Place I prefer to write in quiet.  I like to be alone with my thoughts.  But some people like to be in busy coffee …

Escapades of an Indie Author & Publisher by Rachael Ritchey: 7 Ways Blogging Makes You a Better Creative Writer:

*Welcome to this week’s addition Wisdom from the Writer’s Journal. It is my pleasure to pass the pen off to blogger,  Rachael Ritchey, the author of The Beauty Theif and Captive Hope, the first two books in the Twelve Realms Series. Rachael is also the mastermind behind the #Blogbattle extravaganza that competes weekly. All are welcome to participate. To find out more about Rachael, you can do so by following her on these platforms:   Where to friend and follow Rachael: Website/blog —  Facebook — Twitter —  Pinterest — Google+ — Goodreads And now without futher ado here is Rachael and: Escapades of an Indie Author & Publisher: 7 Ways Blogging Makes You a Better Creative Writer First off, I gotta say thanks to Candice for this chance to share on her blog! It’s not every day I get the opportunity, and she is a lovely hostess. If there’s one piece of advice I could tell you today, it’s this: I write, therefore I blog. I hear the “huh?” reverberating through the air. Rene Descartes said these famous words: “I think, therefore I am.” It’s generally …

Writing Tips You’d Give to Your Younger Self: 5 Words of Wisdom from Blogger Blonde Lucy

Welcome to the Writer’s Journal, a place where creative wisdom and encouragements are shared with all at the table! Part of developing as a wordsmith or visual artist comes with learning, not only from our own process but gleaning wisdom from those around us. This is what the Writer’s Journal is all about. This week, we have the pleasure of  learning from a super blogger and brilliant wordsmith: BlondeLucy, the mind behind Blondewritemore blog. I encourage you to not only eat of her wisdom here but follow her blog as well as these other platforms: Wattpad: https://www.wattpad.com/user/blondewritemore Twitter: https://twitter.com/blondewritemore Pinterest: https://www.pinterest.com/blondeusk/ Thank you, BlondeLucy, for stopping in and sharing. The pen and pad are yours! 5 Encouragements I would give to my younger writing self on what is most important about writing. By Blonde Lucy   As a fresh faced and eager newbie writer, you need lots of encouragement. Writing is not easy and at times, it can reduce you to a snivelling wreck.  This is what I would say to my younger self:   Forget the Writing Course at the …

Is It Really That Complicated?: A Quote Day 3 of 3 Day Quote Challenge

Don’t make change too complicated, just begin.”  And this is exactly what I intend to do, begin. For a long while now I have had this feeling that change was coming; change in my personal life, change in my future, change in my writing and art, and of course, change with my blog. When I began this journey, I started it with the intention of harnessing and fanning the flame of the creative light that had reawakened in me in November of 2013. I believe that I have done that, so much so that it has become a raging fire. The thing is, now that the embers are greatly ablaze my purpose seems to have changed. What I needed in the beginning for this blog, (blogging daily, creating random sketches, free writes and musings) is not necessarily what I need now. Now I need to be more focused. I need a strategy to bring about my desired success. For over a year I have been going on about finishing Ascension Graveyard. I have hinted to my …