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Monthly Archives: October 2013

Writing Historical Novels, Part 2

By Carrie Turansky On Sept. 5th I shared several tips on research for historical authors. Today I’d like to continue with that topic and give you a few more ideas. All of these have been very helpful to me as … Continue reading

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Little Things Mean A Lot

by Dr. Richard Mabry As writers of fiction, we obsess over the big things: characters and plot. We work to make certain that readers invest themselves in the people who populate our stories and that every page provides an impetus … Continue reading

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Three Steps to Prevent Over Firing

by Davalynn Spencer We just moved into a new-to-us home and are acquainting ourselves with the light-switch locations, key-to-lock equations, and appliance operations-which, in my book, includes the wood stove. Though the stove is not technically an appliance, I want … Continue reading

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Say Goodbye to Frenzy in Your Writing Life

by Judy Christie When I turned fifty, I gave myself a book for my birthday: I committed to write my first novel. I’m astonished that In the past six years, I’ve had seven novels published, with number eight set to … Continue reading

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Unexpected Grace

by Jennifer Sienes Praying for inspiration for a new novel is on par with praying for a personal disaster. Because, that’s where I received the inspiration for my first two books – my brother’s suicide and my daughter’s near – … Continue reading

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Things I Wish I’d Known Sooner

by Cynthia Herron Twenty years ago, the world of writing was a much different scenario. Writers had fewer irons in the fire and more time to create. The internet was still new, a “social media presence” unheard of, and snail … Continue reading

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Writer Whacked!

By David W. Fry Crouched behind a case of Tylenol, Dean sees his reflection in the shiny placard announcing the sale of Halloween candy on aisle thirteen. A shadow moves to eclipse his image. Dean pivots, his shoes squealing as … Continue reading

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Doing Time

by Deborah Raney Every year I anticipate this season when the brand new calendars go on sale! I always have such fun choosing the calendar that will hang on our fridge keeping track of all the important events of our … Continue reading

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Distractions

by Carolyne Aarsen We all have them and we all give in to them. As a writer, working from home, with a refrigerator only a procrastination away, distractions are my nemesis. The biggest ones? The Internet and e-mail. No contest. … Continue reading

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Taking the P (plot) out of Suspense

by DiAnn Mills Recently I read a suspense novel that left me wondering what the story was all about. I couldn’t follow the storyline or figure out character motivation. Although many aspects of the novel were outstanding, I couldn’t find … Continue reading

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Daring Dialogue

by Jordyn Redwood I have to confess that dialogue is one of my favorite things to write. It also is the easiest for me. Often times when I start a scene, I’ll just lay out the dialogue first. My love … Continue reading

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Crafting Effective Scenes

by Winnie Griggs The workhorse of a story is not words, sentences, or paragraphs – it is the scene. Because it is in a scene that we see the key element of any good story – namely relevant change. Today … Continue reading

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New Releases: October 2013

October 2013 New Releases More in-depth descriptions of these books can be found on the ACFW Fiction Finder website. Contemporary Romance: Yuletide Twins by Renee Andrews — Pregnant with twins, Laura Holland needs a friend and a job, but she … Continue reading

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Critique Partners: Full Circle

by Kit Wilkinson Aside from paying a free-lance editor to critique your work, nothing can help your craft like having a great critique partner. Finding the right one, however, can be really tricky. It’s a relationship you have to enter … Continue reading

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