For Such a Time as This

Several weeks ago I had formed words in my mind for this day. The day I would share some exciting news. Those words escape me now. The picture below is worth more than a million words.

Praise God and glory to Him, yesterday, today, tomorrow and for ever! 


Shalom!

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Featured Blogger Opportunity

CALLING ALL WRITERS! BECOME A GOVLOOP FEATURED BLOGGER

At GovLoop, we pride ourselves on our community. There are over 250,000 of you — government employees, industry partners, and knowledge experts — who are extremely engaged. You comment on nearly a thousand posts and discussions each month. You talk to each other in the comments about your experiences, dreams and tips. You share your ideas, and inspire one another to be better and do more in the public sector.

Many of you are also prolific GovLoop bloggers. You write about everything from open source in your agency, to best leadership practices, to innovation in government. We here at GovLoop love your blog posts (we’re sort of obsessed with them, actually), and look forward to the new, great contributions we know we’ll be seeing every day.

And it’s exactly because your contributions to GovLoop are so terrific, and so valuable, that we’re looking to expand on them. Today, we’re announcing the thirteenth round of the GovLoop Featured Blogger Challenge.

We’ve already had a very successful eleven runs of this program with nearly 200 amazing GovLoop Featured Bloggers (whose posts you can read here) and we’re looking to keep the momentum going with a bunch of fresh, fascinating new voices who can write about everything from the best way to hold a meeting in the government to how to create the most effective individual development plan.

The details: We’re looking for 15 (or more!) great GovLoop voices to blog once a week for the GovLoop community throughout July, August and September. We want you to write about subjects you think are important — from experiences at your agency, to the way big data is impacting your job, to tips on how to increase fed engagement — really, anything that strikes your fancy. If it’s important to you, it’s important to us, and we want it on GovLoop.

What’s in it for you? A lot (we think — but we’re biased!). In addition to having your writing read by our community of 250,000, you’ll get:

  • A featured homepage slot on GovLoop every time you post
  • Promotion of your posts to our social network communities (and we’ll promote your handles, too)
  • Recognition of your efforts and status via a special GovLoop Featured Blogger banner
  • A package of free GovLoop swag (t-shirts, stickers, and more)
  • Great published clips, and a great line on your resume
  • A free, half-hour career counseling and resume review session with GovLoop founder Steve Ressler
  • Feedback, writing tips and blog guidance from our Director of Content

If you’re interested in entering, it’s easy. All you have to do is email courtney@govloop.com with three blog post ideas, a writing sample, and your resume. Please use the subject line “GovLoop Featured Blogger.”

Any questions? Leave a comment on this post, or tweet @GovLoop or email Courtney. We look forward to your ideas, thoughts, and content, and can’t wait to see what comes next.

We’ll be accepting applications until June 23rd. Those chosen as featured bloggers will be notified the week of June 26th. Featured bloggers will need to start writing once a week starting the week of July 17th and will finish their stint in the beginning of October.

Compel Training 101 Session 2

Empty cookbookI have to admit that while I have had the desire to write for many years I have no formal writing experience and I’ve never taken any creative writing courses. What I do have is a passion to learn and a desire to string wonderful words together into beautiful images that you my readers can see in your mind and feel as if you are right there in the moment.

Recently I joined Compel Training  and am learning so much about the craft of writing. I hope to post a tidbit of valuable information from each teaching I view.

The most recent teaching I watched was how one author does some pre-work before she begins writing by asking herself these questions:

  • Who am I writing to?
    • While we may want to reach a wide and varied audience, who is that one person you really want to reach? This helps to keep us focused on our topic.
  • Is there a specific situation, problem or idea I want to address?
    • Choose one topic and stick to that.
  • What is the practical application?
    • How can my readers apply what I have to say to their life?

After the pre-work move to the crucial first sentence which should be a sentence that draws your readers in and causes them to want to read your words. The following are some crucial first sentence guidelines.

  • Is my first sentence on point?
  • Don’t get off topic.
  • Don’t make it all about me.
  • Don’t send your readers to a buffet line by giving  your reader too many things to think about.
  • Don’t cause your reader to lose hope.

Finally, here are some examples of crucial first sentences.

  • Admission of your own failure.
    • When I left for work this morning I forgot to turn the crockpot on. Surprise! Dinner wasn’t ready.
  • A question that draws others in.
  • A surprising statistic.
  • A counterintuitive thought.
  • An invitation to imagine.

I hope you have found these thoughts and ideas helpful!

 

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Writers Training

 

I am a member of COMPEL Training

 I just joined a wonderful online community called COMPEL, with the tagline, “COMPEL is a membership site for writers who want to write words that move people.” It is a training and equipping website with so many helpful features, including creativity, craft, coaching, conversations and community. This weeks teaching is titled, “ADDED VALUE: KEEPING THE HEART OF YOUR WRITING OTHERS-CENTERED”, which can be downloaded to watch or as a pdf to read. There is so much valuable information on this website and I can’t wait to dive in and start learning even more!

The website states that open registration begins March 27, 2017 – April 2, 2017 but I was able to register today. Here is a link to Compel . I encourage you to take a look!

Happy writing!

Shalom!

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