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Monthly Archives: May 2013

Pinkerton Agents, Inventions, and the Charming Villain: Three Essential Ingredients of a Good Bad Guy

By Kathleen Y’Barbo Will Tucker is a handsome fellow with enough charm and drop-dead good looks to gain more than one wealthy fiancé. And he does. Not exactly hero material, is he? That’s because Will Tucker, the subject of my … Continue reading

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Plotting With God: Turning Story into a Journey of Faith

by Margaret Brownley The challenge for any Christian writer is to tell a good page-turning story that also enlightens and encourages readers. For the writer starting out, working a meaningful faith arc into a manuscript can be daunting (It was … Continue reading

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I Don’t Write Correctly, But People Love My Books

by Mary Ann Kerr Writing has become a consuming passion. I can’t seem to stop and I don’t know from day to day what I am going to type next; it just seems to come. I am in the process … Continue reading

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Voice … Brand … Platform … Yikes!

by Ane Mulligan Each of these is something a writer must discover or develop. They have nothing to do with the mechanics of our craft, yet everything to do with getting published. Platform takes time and development. It equates to … Continue reading

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Motivation to Write

By Linda Robinson When I retired from my accounting job outside the home, I had great plans to “write out the rest of my life.” I’d be doing what I loved most-writing fictional, family-oriented novels about characters dealing with the … Continue reading

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Slowing Down the Pace

by Kathi Macias I hear a lot about the need to “slow down the pace” of our writing, and I know that especially applies to me. I am definitely not one of those who spends too much time on descriptions … Continue reading

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Do You Have to Write What You Know?

by Crystal Laine Miller Beginner writers are often told to “write what you know,” which isn’t bad advice. When you’re learning to write, it will keep you concentrating on the craft and not worrying about the research quite as much. … Continue reading

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How Do You Get Endorsements?

By Carrie Fancett Pagels I was recently asked this question. As a newly published author with an ebook novella, I hardly feel competent to answer. But someone asked how I got endorsements for another project (a not-yet-published manuscript) in which … Continue reading

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The Transparent Writer

By Kathy Harris When you take time to get to know someone — to really know them — you may be surprised at what you learn. The battles they’ve fought and the triumphs they’ve won might very well inspire and … Continue reading

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I’m Not Called to Write

by Laura McClellan Are you called to write? That question has come up many times during the past fifteen months as I’ve worked on my first novel. At writing conferences, in blog posts, in emails on the ACFW loops-I’ve lost … Continue reading

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My Learning Curve

by Maggie Brendan As I embark on my seventh book in five years, The Arrangement, book one, in yet another new series, Virtues and Vices of the Old West, I look back on those brief years on what I’ve learned … Continue reading

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Do You Have What It Takes?

by Maureen Lang Being a writer demands the impossible. On one hand, we must possess the emotional tenderness and sensitivity to see and feel all points of view. It’s only by experiencing deep emotion that we can create characters who … Continue reading

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Research Addiction

by Martha Rogers One of my goals this year was to do more research and come up with more story ideas for both contemporary and historical novels. Research is fun and leads me into areas where I’ve never been before. … Continue reading

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Research and a Wealth of Stories

by Diana Wallis Taylor With Claudia, Wife of Pontius Pilate coming out in June, people ask me how I can write a whole book about a woman who appears only briefly in one paragraph of one of the Gospels. I … Continue reading

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Social Media. A Deliberate Endeavor.

by Suzanne Kuhn Social media. Just the mere term can stir fear in the heart of the edgiest thriller writer, causes the romance writer to pine for simpler days and has the mystery writer wondering if social media works. Social … Continue reading

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