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Monthly Archives: November 2013

Sweet Spot for Writing

by Jennie Atkins Have you ever wondered how some authors can turn out novels as easily as baking a boxed cake? I know I do! They seem to throw in all the right ingredients, stir in a mixture of conflict, … Continue reading

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‘Tis the Season-For Christmas Stories!

By Carrie Fancett Pagels Doesn’t every author dream of having a Christmas story in print? This year one of my wishes comes true when “Snowed In: A Northwoods Christmas” appears in Guidepost Books A Cup of Christmas Cheer, Volume One, … Continue reading

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A Silent Abyss

by Michelle Arch Last month I published my 500th post on my literary weblog Archetype. When I created the site in 2009, I had recently begun the dual English and Creative Writing graduate program at Chapman University and wanted to … Continue reading

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A Tool for Your Writer’s Tool Kit: Observation

by Becky Wade Jane Austen was a genius with story in so many ways. One particular skill that I marvel over? Her skill at observing others and then transferring recognizable markers of personality and character to the page. Think for … Continue reading

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The Changing World of Publishing

by Rachel Hauck The world of publishing is changing. And you know this unless you just awoke from a long 10 year nap. There are more options available to writers today than ever before. The e-publishing entrepreneurs have changed the … Continue reading

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The End

by Jane Kirkpatrick Today I wrote The End of my latest novel. Of course it’s not really the end but rather the next stage in the production of a book. When I’m reading from the book at a signing, I’m … Continue reading

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The Learning Curve

by Katherine Reay Today is an exciting day for me. My debut novel, Dear Mr. Knightley, releases today – and I figured this was a fun and appropriate place to park myself. I’m supposed to write about writing here because … Continue reading

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Choosing Joy Instead of Jealousy

by Lindsay Harrel I’m pretty sure we’ve all been there. It’s that emotion no one wants to feel, because it makes us feel icky inside. Plus, only terrible people have such tendencies, right? Unfortunately, no. As a writer, it’s a … Continue reading

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How Writers Can Hurry Less and Worry Less at Christmas

By Judy Christie When I was a girl, I went shopping at a Woolworth’s store that had a costume-jewelry counter and a ring-sizer that looked like an old-fashioned telephone dial. Curious, I put my finger into a variety of holes … Continue reading

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New Releases: November 2013

November 2013 New Releases More in-depth descriptions of these books can be found on the ACFW Fiction Finder website. Contemporary Romance: A Marriage in Middlebury by Anita Higman — A Marriage in Middlebury is a love story, but it’s also … Continue reading

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Simple Story Starters

by Jordyn Redwood Most authors I know are people watchers. Sitting and observing people is a fascinating way to generate story ideas. If you haven’t just let your imagination run wild doing an exercise like this-let me offer a few … Continue reading

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