Thursday, January 19, 2012

What is Communication by JoJo Tabares

What is Communication?

Communication is a word you’ve probably heard since you were young, but I’ll bet you can’t define it.  Some people think communication is talking, conversation, making a speech or persuading someone of something.  Others think it’s manners, etiquette or social graces.
Merriam Webster defines communication as “an act or instance of transmitting,” “information transmitted or conveyed,” “a verbal or written message,” “exchange of information,” “personal rapport,” or their most comprehensive definition, “a process by which information is exchanged between individuals through a common system of symbols, signs, or behavior.”
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5000 Easy Steps to be a Writer

Step 1 -- Write
Step 2 -- Learn
Step 3 -- Read
Step 4 -- Write
Step 5 -- Write
Step 6 -- Learn
Step 7 -- Read
Step 8 -- Write
Step 9 -- Write


Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Communication Lessons From Five Year Olds

NEW: Communication Lessons From Five Year Olds

By JoJo Tabares
Little children are inexperienced in communication, but as I will share over the next two weeks, we can all learn some valuable communication lessons from them.
Lesson number one: Speak Plainly.
Adults say, “The honour of your presence is requested at the…blah blah blah…”  Adults go to great lengths to use the right words, the perfect invitation and the most respectful language, but at the end of the day, it can often sound confusing, standoffish or pompous.
Children say, “Wanna come to my party?”  Children put things simply, succinctly and honestly.  They don’t worry about how it sounds.  They just say what they mean and because they don’t know big fancy words, they don’t use them.  Children don’t send mixed messages.  They don’t use subtlety.  They don’t mince words.  They come right out and say what’s on their mind.  It’s clear, bold and honest.

Good Writing Comes From a Healthy Soul

By Jo Ann Fore
Maybe God wants to use my story to help someone else? Perhaps that’s the purpose for the painful life experiences I’ve walked through.
We women feel the need to share story, don’t we? To offer insight and hope, to let others know they are not alone, to debate God’s redeeming hand with Oprah (okay, maybe that’s just me on the last one).
It’s true, though. The sound of story resonates from the caves of ancient culture into the modern storytelling centers of today. Since we could speak, we’ve used our personal experiences to influence, educate, and encourage.
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Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Writing in Your Own Voice

It takes courage to let that elusive, indefinable quality shine know the one--Your Voice. This stamp of individuality is not just something writers want, but singers...architects...chefs.
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Simultaneously, we attempt to remain boxed in by rules of technique, but scream out with a thread of something different.

It is said that unborn babies recognize their mother's voice, but when most people hear their first words recorded--they don't believe it. If you were never convinced that recorded voice was yours...would you have a difficult time leaving a message on a voicemail?

Similarly, how can an artist shine when they do not recognize their voice from their critique partner's? Or from the last thing they read?

Susan Bell suggests in The Artful Edit: "Relinquish your dogmatic agenda, be it highfalutin or low riding. Listen to what moves you, and if it isn't what you expect, rejoice in the suspense."

What else has worked for you to let your voice speaker louder than the words?

Monday, January 9, 2012

Mary DeMuth Answers Writing Questions

Writing Q & A

How do you deal with writer's block? What inspired you to write? How do you find an agent? Watch this video by author, Mary DeMuth for the answers to these and more!

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Kate Ames is a young widow grieving the loss of her father, and finds herself dating a lawyer who reminds her of her father. When her house is broken into, Kate fears someone is following her and her questions of faith increase. She meets Mark, a committed Christian, who is determined to draw her back to her faith...but will he...before it's too late?

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Monday, January 2, 2012

Interview with Cec Murphey!

Many words have been used to describe Cecil (Cec) Murphey: among them are giving, caring, compassionate, and transparent. He has fulfilled roles as mentor, encourager, and life-changer for many people. Whether you are a writer or someone how has experienced life's difficulties, you won't want to miss  Cec's encouraging interview.

Award-winning author and international speaker Cec Murphey has written or co-written more than one hundred books, including the New York Times' bestseller 90 Minutes in Heaven (with Don Piper) and Gifted Hands: The Ben Carson Story (with Dr. Ben Carson). His books have sold millions of copies, translated into more than forty languages, bringing hope and encouragement to countless people around the world. 

He has published over 700 articles which have appeared in a variety of publications. Cec has been a teacher, missionary in Kenya, voluntary hospital chaplain, preacher, and currently stays busy as a professional writer. He travels extensively to speak on many topics such as Christian living, recovery, spiritual growth, prayer, caregiving, significant living, male sexual abuse, and writing. Cec has more than 30 years experience teaching writing at hundreds of conferences, retreats, seminars, workshops and keynote venues across the United States and overseas.

Please visit Living Joyfully Free to listen to the interview with Cec Murphey.