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What Are Friends For?

by Kathy Harris So, how are those New Year’s resolutions working out for you? We’re one week into 2016. That’s seven days you could have been writing. Six, if you take a day off for Sabbath rest. In one week … Continue reading

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Writing the Story of your Heart versus Writing Something “to get the sale.”

by Susan May Warren I receive a lot of questions from aspiring writers and this one caught my eye. Q: Have you ever had a story that you wanted to write, a spiritual message you wanted to share, but it … Continue reading

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Write What You Know?

By Katherine Reay As I generate ideas for my next novel, I realize a certain theme in everything I write. If you’ve read anything of mine, you’d probably say “classic literature.” While you wouldn’t be wrong… Goodness knows, with titles … Continue reading

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Why it’s Important for Mystery/Suspense Writers to Consider Motive

By Janice Cantore In criminal court, ascertaining motive or intent is an integral part of the legal process and sets the tone for sentencing. The determination of a person’s motive can mean the difference between the death penalty, life in … Continue reading

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Where Does Your Story Begin?

by Linda Brooks Davis Ever wonder how far back the roots of your story extend? With the recent release of my debut novel, “The Calling of Ella McFarland,” I find myself wondering when the story began. Was it in 2014 … Continue reading

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Words Aptly Written

By Kathy Parish “A word aptly spoken is like apples of gold in settings of silver.” (Proverbs 25:11 NIV) When I was growing up a beloved English teacher always had a beautifully leather-bound volume titled Apples of Gold. It was … Continue reading

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Flexibility & Change: Leaving the Day Job

By Ramona Richards Whether writing is your fulltime occupation, or whether you have day job and struggle to find time to lock down those images and characters tormenting your brain, you already know that being productive is a matter of … Continue reading

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Honoring God’s Calling in Our Lives

By Rondi Bauer Olson A few months ago I was making small talk at a wedding reception when another guest, someone I did not know, asked me what I did for a living. Up to that point in my life, … Continue reading

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It’s Not Just About Me!

by Lillian Duncan As Christians, life is not supposed to be all about us. And yet as writers, we have to make it all about us-sometimes. OK, a lot of times, especially when we have a new release like I … Continue reading

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How Journaling Helps Me Juggle the Writer’s Life

By Elizabeth Musser A few years ago, I was asked by my Dutch publisher to write a novella for the Dutch ‘Week of the Christian Book’. (I wrote it in English-someone else translated it:). Christian bookstores throughout Holland put on … Continue reading

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Overcoming the Failure Inside

By Elizabeth Ludwig Scarlett O’Hara. Katniss Everdeen. Michael Hosea. Jane Eyre. Do you recognize any of these names? Obviously, they are all characters from books. And yes, they are all heroes. But before they were heroic, they were flawed and … Continue reading

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Be Amazed by Listening

By Stan Crader I’m a novelist working on a non-fiction-it’s a stretch. The facts, once known, are easy to report. It’s the finding of facts, also called research, that’s painstaking, time consuming, and hard work; two of the three are … Continue reading

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Descriptions & Words

By Lynn Hobbs Besides writing, I love to read. Great descriptions in a book hook me every time. They show me a writer who continues learning the craft of writing and enjoys selecting the right words for the right situation. … Continue reading

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The 80/20 Lifestyle

By Suzanne Woods Fisher A few years ago, I stood in a long snake of a line at the Department of Motor Vehicles with my youngest son, Tad, who was eagerly poised to take the test for his learner’s permit. … Continue reading

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Organize Your Writing Life

By Edie Melson I don’t care if you’re a freelance writer, nonfiction writer, novelists or something of a hybrid. The truth is that you have to wear a lot of hats to find publishing success. You have to be able … Continue reading

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