5 Ways to Immediately Improve Your Writing

Writing With Flair: 5 Ways to Immediately Improve Your Writing

Two years ago, Dr. Heather Holleman spoke with us about “Writing With Flair: 5 Ways to Immediately Improve Your Writing.” She was speaking at a BAM Cram we offered during Cru17. I’m reposting her excellent talk today to whet your appetite. We’ll have two new BAM Crams on Wednesday the 24th at Cru19. We’ll be serving up more goodies for writers!

Heather’s talk is one I watch and re-watch. It’s a smorgasbord of tips for writers. Fill your plate at bit.ly/WritingWithFlair to watch Heather’s short video on Google Drive.

In her BAM Cram, Heather mentions five questions she asks herself about her writing (this list just dips into all her encouragement and tips in the video):

  1. Are you writing a book that helps you love God and others more?
  2. Why this? Why now?
  3. What are we going to miss if you don’t write this?
  4. What question is your writing trying to answer? What is that answer?
  5. What authorizes me to write this?

If you want to know her “five tips for immediately improving your writing”, you’ll have to watch the video. Sorry, I could list those, too, but you’d be missing out on her rich advice.

If you’re also interested in the vivid verbs she mentions, they’re on Google Drive at http://bit.ly/VividVerbs.

Know What’s on the BAM19 Menu

I’ll be promoting lots of events for writers and readers at Cru19. You’ll know “what’s on the menu” at:


  • I notice that Heather’s books, Chosen and Seated, are $1.99 Kindle books today. I know they’re excellent. I’ve got my copies.
  • AND, oh my goodness, she has a podcast on “verbs in the Bible that connect you with Jesus in powerful and transformative ways.” I’m tuning in!
  • Coffee shop photo by Thom Holmes on Unsplash

Bio of Dr. Heather Holleman

Heather Holleman is a speaker, teacher, and author who loves helping people connect with Jesus, especially through scripture. People have called her a “walking exclamation point,” and she’s known as a lover of vivid verbs and semicolons.

Heather currently directs the Advanced Writing in the Humanities courses at Penn State, and she devotes herself to building authentic writing communities and helping students gain confidence and joy in writing. She is a graduate of the University of Virginia and earned her Ph.D. in English Literature from the University of Michigan.

She has received numerous teaching awards in the past 10 years including the Moscow Prize for Excellence in Teaching Composition and most recently the Residence Life Mentor award for her work in the English department at Penn State University. Heather has written seven books, her most recent being Chosen for Christ: Stepping Into the Life You’ve Been Missing (Moody, Fall 2018) the third in her trilogy of overlooked verbs in scripture, following Seated With Christ: Living Freely in a Culture of Comparison and Guarded by Christ: Knowing the God Who Rescues and Keep Us (Moody Publishers).

Heather and her husband, Ashley, also serve with Faculty Commons (Cru) with Ashley in the role of Executive Director for Graduate Student Ministry. They have two teen daughters and three cats. Her podcast is “The Verb with Heather Holleman,” and she blogs daily at HeatherHolleman.com.

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