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Writing Business

Eight Lessons I’ve Learned About Writing

Ava Pennington
Author, Ava Pennington

Hi! Ava Pennington writing from sunny Florida, where autumn means a high of only 80 degrees! School has now been in session for a month or two. This means that all across the country, children are facing the same question that has been asked for generations: “What did you learn today?”

To my mother’s utter frustration, as a child I’d often answer her question with a blank stare and a mumbled, “I don’t know,” or even worse, “Nothing.” Sorry Mom!

Many years later (yes, it took me a while!), I realized I’m wasting my time if I don’t learn from my experiences. This applies to writing as well as everything else in life.

So with that, here are eight writing lessons I’ve learned the hard way:

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Writing Business

Best Laid Plans

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Greetings from Ava Pennington in sunny Florida!

Conventional wisdom tells us that to be successful we should become adept at planning. Good planning helps us manage resources and minimize unexpected challenges.

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Book reviews

Review: Daily Reflections on the Names of God by Ava Pennington

Daily Reflections on the Names of God: A Devotional (Revell) by Ava Pennington "Daily

Review by Marti Pieper

Would you like to spend a year getting to know God in a deeper, more intimate way? Would you like to spend time acquainting yourself with the details of His character and meditating on how they affect your life? Would you like to immerse yourself in Him?

If these questions intrigue you, you’ll want to pick up a copy of Ava Pennington’s recent release, Daily Reflections on the Names of God: A Devotional (Revell). The author organizes her work around God’s character and attributes rather than particular dates, so you can begin your reading any day of the year.

The strength and focus of Daily Reflections on the Names of God lies in its author’s deep knowledge of His Word. Pennington opens our eyes to God’s names and essential qualities by putting them into language we can understand and sharing insights that bring them life. Each devotional ends with questions and challenges that allow the reader to move from understanding to application.

Would you like a theology course in a personal, practical package indwelt by the heart and Spirit of God? Spend a year with Daily Reflections on the Names of God and watch how He changes your life.

"Marti

Reviewer Marti Piepers passion to read, write, and pray makes her life an adventure. A prayer project led her to help Brent and Deanna Higgins tell their son’s compelling story. I Would Die for You: One Student’s Story of Passion, Service, and Faith (Revell, 2008) became a YA bestseller and missions classic.

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Devotional

Daily Reflections on the Names of God by Ava Pennington

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Every name God calls Himself and every name His people called Him holds clues to who He is, how He relates to His children, and the promises He has made – and kept.

Daily Reflections on the Names of God
offers you a wonderful opportunity to spend time each day getting to
know God more intimately by exploring 122 of His names and attributes.
Using three individual devotions for each name, you will discover
something new about who God is, who you are, and how you relate to
others.

One year from now, will you be able to say that you know God better than you did before? Revitalize your devotional life with an intimate journey through the names of God.

So come, settle down with this book, and know God more fully. The next 366 days will pass quickly—make each one count!

About the Author:
Ava Pennington is a writer, Bible teacher, and speaker. Her newest book, Daily Reflections on the Names of God: A Devotional,
is endorsed by Kay Arthur, founder of Precept Ministries International.
She is a passionate speaker, engaging audiences with relevant, enjoyable presentations. For more information, visit www.AvaWrites.com

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Inspiration for Writers Writing craft

Why?

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Greetings from Ava Pennington in sunny Florida. I’ve always been a curious person, and today I’d like to start with a question or two…

Why do we write?
Why do we market our books?

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Marketing Writing Business

Hard Sell

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Hello from Ava Pennington, CAN Secretary. I’m enjoying the fall weather in south Florida, which, of course, for us, just means temperatures in the high 80s instead of the low 90s!

I’m sure I’m not the only person to see subject lines like these in my email inbox:

Check this out!
Sale!
New discounts!
New Prices!
Get it now!
Order now!

 

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Writing Business

Excellence in Writing

Ava Pennington
Author, Ava Pennington

Hello from sunny Florida! Ava Pennington, CAN Secretary here, desperately hoping the calendar is wrong and summer is not almost over!  🙂

In my previous career as a human resources executive, one of my areas of responsibility was the management of our quality control programs. Phrases such as “Quality First,” “Do it right the first time,” and  “Quality means doing it right when no one is looking” (Henry Ford), pervaded our corporate culture.

But corporate America did not invent the concept of working with excellence. God has always required excellence from His people. First Corinthians 10:31 tells us, “Whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God.”

How is this related to our writing?

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Writing Business

ICRS is Over…Now What?

Ava Pennington
Author, Ava Pennington

Hello from sunny Florida! Ava Pennington, CAN Secretary here, trying to get organized after a hectic week.

The 2012 International Christian Retail Show (ICRS) is over. Three jam-packed days of everything related to Christian publishing. Hundreds of booths filled with books, gift items, cards, church supplies, home decor, toys—even a “Jesus Toast Toaster,” (the less said about that one, the better!)

But why did I go? I didn’t carve three days out of my schedule—four, if you count the AWSA Banquet—to window-shop  in a mega-Christian version of Walmart.

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Encouragement Writing craft

Is It Raining At Your House?

Ava Pennington
Author, Ava Pennington

Hi, all! Ava Pennington here from not-so-sunny Florida. As I write this, it’s raining. At least my lawn and flowerbeds are happy. Is it raining where you are? I don’t mean the weather. Is it raining on your writing?

 

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Writing Business Writing craft

Friends and Experts

Ava Pennington
Author, Ava Pennington

Hi, all! Ava Pennington checking in from sunny Florida. They say the life of a writer is lonely. That’s true in some ways, but the advent of the Internet has connected us in ways we never imagined. It has also made research easier than ever. However, easier is not always better.

We’ve all heard the warnings about verifying the accuracy of our sources. Certain websites have more credibility than others. Just because something is on the Internet doesn’t make it true.