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Category Archives: Encouragement

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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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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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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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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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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Take the Scare out of these Writing Monsters

by Melissa Tagg So today’s Halloween. I was never all that into the holiday…until my sister had a baby. Now I have an undeniable attraction to the Halloween costume aisle at Target. But anyway, today feels like a good day … Continue reading

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