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Apr
25
Frank Ball
While There’s Time
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In our fast-paced world, every word must count, because readers won’t be patient for long.
  Today’s audience doesn’t want a hundred pages of fluff before the good stuff. Give the news in ninety seconds. Show Sunday’s football highlights in a minute. In twenty-five words or less, tell what your book is about. “Short and to the point” makes them happy.

Tamara Lowe shows how a one-minute rhyme can have more impact than a one-hour sermon.

Apr
18
Frank Ball
Polar Laundromat
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If you were asked to produce a washing machine commercial that makes a lasting impression, what would you write? Something unique. Unexpected. Illustrate how clean the wash will be. Any ideas?

Here’s what Samsung used to advertise their EcoBubble washing machine.

Apr
11
Frank Ball
Being Different
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One of the hardest, yet most important lessons we can learn, growing up, is that it’s okay to be different. We can never be successful writing like somebody else, so why try?
  We can enjoy the different ways people express themselves, because all of us have our own style.

 

Apr
4
Frank Ball
Make Music Together
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Two may make company, three a crowd, but we, as a group, can produce unrivaled excellence when we combine our talents.

This is what a writer’s group is all about.

Mar
28
Frank Ball
Amazing Grace
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Some writers wait for inspiration, and others have learned where to find it. We might paraphrase Matthew 13:52 like this: Writers in the Kingdom of Heaven bring forth treasured stories that are familiar yet refreshingly new.
  
John Newton wrote a song that has been a source of strength for Americans since the founding of this country. From the old, we continue to write new thoughts about God’s amazing grace.

Mar
21
Frank Ball
Landfill Harmonic
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Anybody can sweeten sour lemons to make lemonade, but only God can use what we might think is worthless, changing lives, saving souls.
  A paraphrase of 1 Corinthians 1:27 might read this way: God has chosen our meager writing skills to impact readers more than bestselling authors. He has chosen our small, insignificant words to change lives that were thought to be unchangeable.
  Here’s what can be done with materials salvaged from the city dump.

Mar
7
Frank Ball
Flight of the Bumblebee
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Yuja Wang may be the most gifted pianist in the world today, but it didn’t happen by accident. She grew up in a musical family, began her piano studies at age six, and gave herself so completely to the craft that she attained international recognition by age twenty-one.
  Her performance of Flight of the Bumblebee has been viewed on YouTube more than three million times.

Feb
28
Frank Ball
When It’s Done
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Sue Fliess, children’s book author and California dreamer sang a wonderful parody of Anna Kendrick’s Cups (When I’m Gone), with lyrics that all writers can appreciate.

 
 

Feb
21
Frank Ball
Inflationary Language
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In 1955, a McDonald’s hamburger cost fifteen cents, and for a dime, you could add fries. That was before anybody thought of supersizing.
  In 1970, a dozen eggs cost .62, and a gallon of milk was 1.15. The price of just about everything seems to have been going up forever—except for language.
  The numbers found in our words have never gone up. What would our sentences sound like if they did?

Feb
14
Frank Ball
Buying the Right Punctuation
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If a salesman knocked on your door, selling punctuation, you should know that semicolons are next to useless, not worth the cost. Would you buy periods because they are in such high demand?
  And where would you use them so you got the most value for your money?