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Monthly Archives: October 2013

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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The Devil is in the Details, but God is in the Machine!

By Bruce Hennigan I am finishing up the final galley proof corrections for my upcoming book, “The 11th Demon: The Ark of Chaos” and I am anxious to make sure I haven’t used “deus ex machina” to save the day. … Continue reading

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It’s a Matter of POV: Toughen Up

by Ane Mulligan Years ago when I first started writing, I wrote short drama sketches for my church. The first one got published and every one after that. Then I turned my hand to novels. After a few months and … Continue reading

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Perseverance Pays Off

by Deborah Lynne I started to title this ‘Persevere Until The End,’ but then I thought…NO. It isn’t the end-it’s the beginning of a new world for you the writer, the author, the published novelist. That was my dream twenty-seven … Continue reading

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Deepening Point Of View – Cheat Sheet

By Loretta Eidson Learning new words in the writing world has its challenges, but capturing the meanings and applying them can be a difficult task. My mental dictionary sent scrambled definitions through the memory chambers of my mind as I … Continue reading

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Making Memories

by Dani Pettrey My daughter got married last weekend. It’s hard to believe my baby girl is all grown up and now a wife of her own. My husband is a wedding photographer and was able to capture this gorgeous … Continue reading

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Truth Stranger Than Fiction

by Martha Rogers Today, my husband and I are celebrating fifty-four years of marriage after knowing each other for about six months. We had a total of six dates in the four weeks I knew him before he left for … Continue reading

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I Went To A Funeral Today

by Beth Shriver I’m using this example because the departed would want me to, he was just that kind of a guy. Although he didn’t grow up in the Amish community his grandfather did and all of the relatives before … Continue reading

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Be a Superhero: Write a Novel in a Month

by Susan May Warren “NaNoWriMo? National Novel Writing Month? Oh please, don’t ask me to write a novel in a month. I’m sorry, it’s just too overwhelming.” My friend and aspiring writer mentee, Sally, took a sip of her mint … Continue reading

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Writing A Novel Series

by Gail Gaymer Martin I’ve enjoyed writing novels in a series, because the advantage is: 1) each story creates fodder to build the next novel and 2) editors like to contract a series because they interest readers. A series demands … Continue reading

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Writing is a Passion

by Mary Ann Kerr Writing has become a passion and I can’t seem to stop! As the leaves turn to vibrant colors and the air begins to chill, our thoughts turn towards harvest and thanksgiving for God’s bountiful provisions. We … Continue reading

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Are You Bridging the Gap?

by Suzanne Kuhn Do you feel as if you are a public figure? Some are nodding “yes”, while others are shaking their heads adamantly “no”. Regardless of how you responded, reality is that when you answered the call and made … Continue reading

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Plot by the Seat of Your Pants

By Ane Mulligan There have been copious emails written on the loop regarding Plotter vs Pantster. One method works great for some and is a failure for others. Seat of the Pants (SOTP) writers can’t plot to save their lives. … Continue reading

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My Personal Self-Help Guide for Focusing on Writing

by Maggie Brendan With the current release of my sixth book, Perfectly Matched, last week, I was at the Georgia Romance Writers Conference, when another writer asked me if I had a guide to staying focused to write each book, … Continue reading

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Mentoring: Pay It Forward

By Margaret Daley Years ago when I started writing, the Internet didn’t exist, nor did the current plethora of how-to-books on romance writing. The writing groups so many of us now take for granted in helping beginners learn the craft … Continue reading

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