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Monthly Archives: September 2013

Opening Night Jitters

by Dr. Richard Mabry I remember it well. It was the opening (and closing) night for the fifth grade’s performance of the musical, The Gypsy King. I played the male lead, Kom, opposite the attractive blonde classmate on whom I’d … Continue reading

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Writing Believable Romantic Suspense

By Marta Perry The covers may no longer feature a heroine fleeing a dark mansion in her flowing white nightgown, but contemporary romantic suspense is the direct descendant of the classic gothic novels of such talented authors as Daphne du … Continue reading

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Setting the Pace to Keep your Story Moving

by Myra Johnson The latest fitness research suggests that if you want to increase your calorie burn and build stamina, vary the intensity of your workout by alternating between moderate and brisk exercise. Same with writing. If you want your … Continue reading

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Fired Up

by Mary Connealy My current release, Fired Up is about a doctor in frontier Texas. Because I’m really interested in historical medicine, I recently visited Fort Atkinson, a restored 1820s fort near my home. It had a doctor’s office. Of … Continue reading

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Building Your Writing Career While Working Full Time

by Lisa Jordan For the past 15 years, I’ve owned and operated my own state-registered in-home childcare program. My days are very busy and extremely noisy, but I reap many incredible blessings. In 2011 I received my first publishing contract, … Continue reading

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What Makes us Fall in Love with a Book?

By Judy Christie From the time I stepped into the visiting bookmobile in the second grade, I’ve been in love with choosing books to read. The first place I drove when I got my drivers license as a teenager was … Continue reading

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How to Keep That Conference Feeling All Year Long

by Melissa Tagg The annual ACFW is one of my absolute favorite times of year. It’s like Christmas meets my birthday meets all those fun college classes. (You know, versus the classes you HAD to take…like anything even remotely math … Continue reading

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Top 5 Tools for the Not-Yet-Published Writer

by Laura McClellan As a lifelong student of the writing craft, I’ve heard and read lots of good advice, tons of suggestions for essential tools for those of us who are working toward a career as a writer. I thought … Continue reading

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The Beloved Character

by Phyllis Keels I used to have a hard time causing my main characters to go through hardship, suffering, or even to allow them to experience conflict or pain. That was before I understood its purpose. That was before I … Continue reading

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What A Writer Needs

by Dani Pettrey Every writer is different and every writer has different needs while writing. I always write with a piece of dark chocolate and a coffee drink (Mocha, Americano, etc.) at hand. I always write my first drafts longhand, … Continue reading

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Why – Character Motivation

by Anne Greene Want to create unforgettable characters? Then find the WHY for what they do. Find the deep-down inner motivation that drives your character. Character Motivation is vitally important. Motivation engages the reader. Readers relate to character motivations. They … Continue reading

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GoodReads: An Author’s Friend, or Foe?

by Maureen Lang GoodReads was designed as a place where readers rule! Instead of trusting bestseller lists, readers can go to GoodReads to connect with other book lovers to share their favorites. In little more than a half-dozen years, the … Continue reading

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What’s in a Name?

by Ann H. Gabhart I’m at the beginning of a new story. I’ve written the proposal. I’ve named the main characters. No way can I write their stories without knowing their names. And just pulling a name out of a … Continue reading

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Simple Words of Comfort

by Jane Kirkpatrick When my sister was very ill she told me that when you’re going through a hard time, it’s difficult to concentrate long enough to read an entire book. So I’d call her and give her little things … Continue reading

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Fast Edits

by Bonnie S. Calhoun Fast Edits This is a fast and down-dirty review of the things you should look for as you go through your self-edit of your manuscript. If you can catch all these, you’ve got a good start … Continue reading

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