By Jennifer Hallmark
Can you believe it’s January 1st, 2018?
Wow. Every year, November and December seem to go by at Peregrine falcon speed, and then life skids to a slow glide after Christmas. To me, that’s okay. I do some of my best writing in the early months of a new year when it’s too cold for me to venture outside.
But you want to hear about our new changes, right?
Betty and I have been working hard to bring the blog up-to-date and really want to take it to the next level in 2018. We believe it is going to be our best year ever.
The sole reason we have this blog is to help writers. Betty and I agreed long ago that we’d been given so much along our writing journey, we would like to pay it forward. We started with articles, then added interviews, and even book promotions. Within the last couple of years, we noticed a trend. Our readers are mostly new writers and Indie-published writers. We decided to narrow our scope and cater to these writers.
We’re excited about the possibility of reaching more people. For us to do this, we have to focus in and provide relevant information. We’re ready to do this. How?
(1) All topics will in some way pertain to writing, reading, or publishing.
(2) Our goal is to teach, coach, and inspire. Our focus is reaching our readers with what they need.
We needed a new name and mission statement to guide our way. Our new name is Inspired Prompt and our tagline is: Follow Us Down the Write Road.
Our mission statement is:
The goal of the Inspired Prompt blog is to educate and inform writers, with an emphasis on new and Indie writers. We provide clear, basic information in four areas: how-to, marketing, encouragement, and our “signature” prompts, thoughts, and ideas. We hope to inspire writers/authors to reach for and attain their personal best.
As far as the leadership, Betty Thomason Owens and I will still be the blog administrators, with me being the idea guru and Betty, editor-in-chief. Gail Johnson has agreed to serve as our new content editor. Tammy Trail, Karen Jurgens, Harriet Michael, and Carlton Hughes will also return for another year.
We’ve added five new contributors: Shirley Crowder, Bonita McCoy, Fay Lamb, Kristy Horine, and Cammi Woodall. Please check out our contributor page to learn more about all our Crew members.
Topics to aid the writer will be better than ever. This month, we’ll discuss Back to the Basics For the Writer. February is all about romance. Throughout the rest of the year, we’ll touch on topics like social media, marketing, research, Indie publishing, freelance writing, and many more. So don’t miss a single post.
As always, we’ll interview both new and established writers, editors, agents, and publishers on our 3 Questions Wednesday segment along with several Saturday interviews. You can go to the menu for our Guest Post Guidelines if you’d like an interview or possible guest post.
On the first Saturday of each month, we’re adding 1st Saturday Extra, a timely article, writer testimony, or interview to encourage and enlighten.
The Inspired Prompt Crew is looking forward to implementing all these changes and seeing writers reap the benefits we hope to provide.
Take a few minutes to check out our new menu including:
How-To of Writing
Choose Happy (encouragement)
Creativity Tool Box (writing prompts, thoughts, and ideas)
We’ll be adding more items as the year progresses. Thanks for taking time to stop by and visit! We hope to see you often in the future.
Writing Prompt: In lieu of a prompt today, share what change we made is your favorite and why.