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Monthly Archives: June 2013

The Crucial First Chapter

By Anne Greene The last time I wrote, I discussed how to Make Your Manuscript Sparkle. I trust you all learned more about deep point of view from that lesson. Down through the years of writing and being a charter … Continue reading

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Homophones (And yes, I see my errors)

by Donna L. Rich Everyone has his or her pet peeves. Won of mine is finding incorrect spelling of a commonly used word. Nevertheless, on page too on my last submission to an editor, I misused the word it’s (instead … Continue reading

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Help–I’m stuck!

by Denise Hunter If you’ve been writing novels for any length of time, you’ve gotten stuck. I’m not talking about writer’s block, I’m talking about STUCK. When this happens to me, it means 1 of 2 things. Here they are, … Continue reading

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The Best Writing Partner

By Nancy Ellen Hird About the time I began writing for publication, I heard a businessman say he realized God wanted to be his business partner and so the man wrote up a contract. It occurred to me that God … Continue reading

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If Kids Don’t Read Like We Read. . .

By Nancy Ellen Hird In her book Writing Irresistible Kidlit (Writer’s Digest Books, 2012), industry insider and former agent Mary Kole writes that kids read differently than adults. She writes they read: • Voraciously • Communally (Friends pass books to … Continue reading

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Transitions: Getting From Here To There

by Winnie Griggs Have you ever heard any of the following about your work? • It’s choppy, abrupt or jarring • It seems to jump around too much • It’s hard to follow • The individual scenes feels as if … Continue reading

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Life Happenings Can Lead to Ministry

by Bonnie S. Calhoun Many of you probably aren’t old enough to remember….yeah…I’m dating myself…but there used to be a TV show called “This is Your Life.” In that show the subject would sit and watch a big screen that … Continue reading

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5 Ways to Engage Readers Between Books

by Sandra Orchard 1) Write a great book. Hooking a reader into your story is your prime opportunity to gain a fan-one who will both explore your backlist and watch for your next release. But… Many of these fans won’t … Continue reading

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Make God a Part of Your Dreams

God calls us many times to delight in him. Paraphrased, from Psalms 1: Blessed is the one whose delight is in the law of the Lord. And the one I want to talk about today, that I always hold close … Continue reading

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The My Fair Lady Journey of a Writer

by Lindsay Harrel I’m a total musical nerd. I. Love. Musicals. It’s not just the fact that they’re always full of a variety of characters that make me laugh, cry, and everything in between. Or that everything is set to … Continue reading

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Book Review: Lights, Cowboy, Action

by Kim Vandel In her debut novel Lights, Cowboy, Action, Lesley Ann McDaniel takes us behind the scenes of North to Montana, an epic western sure to be a box office hit. Well, it will be if Courtney can keep … Continue reading

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New Releases: June 2013

More in-depth descriptions of these books can be found on the ACFW Fiction Finder website. Romance Releases: A Bride for All Seasons by Robin Lee Hatcher, Margaret Brownley, Debra Clopton, and Mary Connealy — 1800s mail-order bride catalogs facilitated many … Continue reading

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