The Drama of Dialogue

“Save the drama for your mama,” a four-year-old said. Funny how that bit of dialogue can conjure up all kinds of pictures in our minds. Think back to a dramatic event in your life—usually drama is the serious stuff. When you focus on that scene, what dialogue comes to your mind? Don’t think too hard … [Read more…]

Where Is Your Desk?

Stephen King described his early office—a desk in the laundry room. In 2003 I figured if King could make it work, so could I. Although compact, our laundry ala office, serves the purpose. I moved into this space when widow-hood threatened. My caregiver role demanded I be where I could hear the needs of my … [Read more…]

Are All News Stories Well Received?

“I couldn’t wait for success… so I went ahead without it.” — Jonathan Winters I learned a hard lesson while writing for the newspaper. Words can be twisted, misquoted, misunderstood and not everyone appreciates having their name in the paper. After a long phone interview, I wrote about a rural church—never having seen the location … [Read more…]


The enemy of contentment is comparison. Author unknown Who in your life has dared to say something that really helped you? In 1981 the editor of the local newspaper, called my husband, “Pastor Crawford, is it possible for you to write a column for the weekly newspaper.” I don’t remember what husband said, but he … [Read more…]


“Drag your thoughts away from your troubles… by the ears, by the heels, or any other way you can manage it.” –Mark Twain Another lesson learned while writing for a newspaper: Marketing, even simple emails, pays off. For the eighteen months I wrote for the newspaper, I talked with almost every pastor in Cass County, … [Read more…]

Learning While You Write for Free

For eighteen months I wrote a “non-paid” column for a newspaper—I did receive a free paper if you call that payment. When I first contacted the editor she said all stories must be something happening in Cass County. I live in Douglas County, but I wanted the experience. Fortunately, I had unlimited long distance phone … [Read more…]

Newspaper Writing

Several years ago I started writing for a weekly newspaper. After a few weeks, I realized I didn’t have a handle on AP style writing. I learned one of my greatest problems is the way I think—I love to write “in story form.” Newspapers want just the facts. I plowed ahead anyway, willing to try. … [Read more…]