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Category Archives: Authors and writing

Do We Judge a Book By Its Cover?

by Jill Elizabeth Nelson When we are choosing our next novel to purchase, how much of our decision is influenced by the cover? For me, covers certainly play a part in first attracting me to pick up one book over … Continue reading

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From Russia with Love

By Susan May Warren This year marks the tenth anniversary of my first novel being published. “Happily Ever After” came out in 2003 just as we returned home from the mission field in Russia, and I still remember staring wide … Continue reading

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Ten Wrongs Don’t Make a Writer

Ten Wrongs Don’t Make a Writer How to Avoid the Top Ten Fatal Flaws in Fiction By Kathleen Y’Barbo We’re a little over a week into the 2014, the time when New Year’s resolutions begin to lose their shine and … Continue reading

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Tell the Story

by Shirley Gould Scripture tells us in John 21:25 in the Message Bible… There are so many other things Jesus did. If they were written down, each of them, one by one, I can’t imagine a world big enough to … Continue reading

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Write Tight

by Maureen Lang I’ve just finished my current Work In Progress, and I always share my first draft with at least one trusted friend and critique partner before starting my revision process. Fresh eyes have a way of spotting plot … Continue reading

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The Act of Creation

By Michelle Arch My office is in chaos – again. After finishing my course thesis on the parallels between Ralph Ellison’s Invisible Man and Dostoevsky’s Notes from Underground last spring, I spent a Saturday clearing the disarray of books, critical … Continue reading

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Patriots, Politics, and Powerful People

by Stan Crader In an effort to draw a fictional narrative closer to reality, I wanted to drop the name of a real famous person into the periphery of my novel. So, I began making a list that first came … Continue reading

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Researching A Contemporary Novel

by Gail Gaymer Martin A contemporary novel is set in the present, and yet I spend a great deal of time researching details of location, seasonal events, health issues, careers and more to bring reality to the novel. The last … Continue reading

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Someday … I’ll Write a Novel

by Kathy Harris Someday … I’ll write a novel. How many times have you heard someone say these words? Maybe it was you. Or perhaps you’ve written a novel-or two or three or more-and your goal is to be published. … Continue reading

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Writing Under Adversity

by Cheryl Wyatt As I pondered what to write about on this blog post, I wondered why it was taking me so long to think of a subject. Sure, I’d prayed, but my brain still felt dead and devoid of … Continue reading

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Why Do We Write?

by Kristena Tunstall Why do we write? For everyone it’s different. For me, it’s very personal. I started to write because of a tragedy, and not just any kind of tragedy but one that so many of us could imagine … Continue reading

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Celebrating the Little Moments in Your Writing

by Lisa Jordan I read a brief devotional from Joy for a Woman’s Soul, written by the Women of Faith ladies. The late Barbara Johnson had written a piece titled “Celebrate Joy.” She reminds us “celebrate anything you can think … Continue reading

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Imagine, Dream, Believe

by Loretta Eidson As I pondered the appropriate topic for this blog, I sat at my breakfast bar with a cup of coffee admiring these flameless candles on the counter in front of me. Imagine, dream, believe blinked in the … Continue reading

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Amazon Reviews for You

by Eddie Jones Here we are in the midst of the most important shopping season of the year and (perhaps) your book languishes in the lost-but-not-found section of Amazon, B&N.com and Christianbooks.com. Oh what is a poor author to do, … Continue reading

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Writing Christmas Stories

by Martha Rogers Christmas is my favorite time of the year not only because of the Savior’s Holy birth, but also because of other birthdays. Today is my husband’s seventy-seventh birthday and two of our sons as well as our … Continue reading

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