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Monthly Archives: November 2013

Bigger on the Inside

As I begin editing my fourth book, “The 10th Demon: Children of the Bloodstone” it is painfully obvious I will not get a chance to catch my breath from just completing the third book, “The 11th Demon: The Ark of … Continue reading

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Real Characters and the Supernatural

by J.A. Marx The spirit world. Holding to scripture. Authentic characters. Artistic license. How does an author reconcile all these concepts? I’m factual and a realist, which is partially why I don’t write fantasy or sci-fi. I’d find it too … Continue reading

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Another Reason to Be Thankful

By Kathy Harris Strolling through the lobby of the Hyatt Regency Hotel in Indianapolis, Indiana in September, I realized how blessed I was again to be sharing a weekend with more than 600 writers of like mind and Spirit. The … Continue reading

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You May Be a Writer

by Ane Mulligan Someone recently asked me how I knew I was a writer. I gave her the usual answers about a story taking over my mind … forget that … taking over my life until it’s told. I also … Continue reading

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When the Holidays Cut Into Writing Time

by Anne Mateer The holiday season is upon us. For some writers, the interrupted normalcy means more writing time. But I suspect the opposite is the case for many of us: the holidays mean less time to write. Perhaps your … Continue reading

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Thoughts on Being Adopted

by Mary Ellis Turn on a made-for-TV movie or one of those “reality” shows about adoption and you’ll find adult children in serious angst over being given up. Everyone seems to be frantically searching for natural mothers and birth siblings. … Continue reading

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Where Do Storytellers Come From?

by Dana Mentink Writers are storytellers. Most will tell you something along the lines of “Oh I’ve been jotting down stories since I was a kid!” Guilty. When I wasn’t jotting them, I was thinking about them (most likely during … Continue reading

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Top 10 Ways to Fail Spectacularly with Social Networking

By Edie Melson This past year, everywhere you turned someone was offering help on how to succeed with marketing, aka social media. Today I’m going to turn the tables and give you my top 10 ways to fail spectacularly with … Continue reading

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George Washington Today

by Stan Crader Merry Christmas. My goal in writing is to cause readers to think beyond the story. I try to achieve two completely separate goals. First I want the reader to relate to the story and for the characters … Continue reading

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Duck, Duck, Goose: A Wee Bit of Encouragement

By Tamara D. Fickas “Duck, duck, duck…” Her back rigid, the little blond girl stared straight ahead, lips stretched thin. Each time It came near, her eyes shone with hope. Each time the tap came with a duck her head … Continue reading

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When Did You Last Share Your Story?

by Ian Acheson “It’s time!” I woke with those two words on my lips. I knew exactly what they meant because I knew who said them. My life changed in that moment. I knew then I was being pursued… That’s … Continue reading

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The Timeline of a Novelist’s Career

by Cynthia Ruchti One word started a seismic reaction in the late 1800s. “Gold!” When gold was discovered in the Klondike region of the Yukon, 100,000 men dropped everything and headed for the area. Only 30,000 to 40,000-far fewer than … Continue reading

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What Bobby Flay Taught Me About Writing

by Beth K. Vogt Bobby Flay is a celebrity chef and restaurateur. Any books he’s written are filled with mouth-watering recipes, not imaginary characters and plot twists. But as I recovered from a deadline and a migraine – Could the … Continue reading

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A Christian Writer’s Prayer

by Deborah Raney I will soon celebrate the 20th anniversary of the day I wrote the first words of the first prologue of my first novel. It has been a wonderful two decades full of adventure and surprises–and adjustments. Almost … Continue reading

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Building Your Platform

by Laura McClellan As an as-yet-unpublished writer, most of my time and attention is focused on actually writing-trying to finish my first manuscript. I read with interest, though, the many blog posts and articles about marketing, and understand the need … Continue reading

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