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Character Profiles

By Loretta Eidson After moving into a new neighborhood, I moseyed to the swing on the front porch. My neighbors stirred about filling hummingbird feeders, weeding flowerbeds, and walking their dogs. Curiosity mounted as I sipped coffee and enjoyed the … Continue reading

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Crafting the Villain

By Kariss Lynch We’re all born sinful, but I don’t believe any of us are born inherently evil. Hitler didn’t start out thinking he would become a mass murderer. Life experiences, his choices, and what he fed his mind and … Continue reading

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Write a Book Review That Helps, Not Hinders-Part 2

By Dianna Booher Reading widely and writing book reviews either on your blog or at online bookstores serves your career and your colleagues well. But have you ever read a book review that was totally unhelpful? Certainly you’ve seen some … Continue reading

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The Dreaded S-Word

By Bonnie Calhoun There is nothing in this writing world that can elicit more dread and loathing than saying the simple word ‘synopsis.’ The definitions of the word range from ‘a brief summary or general survey of something’ to ‘an … Continue reading

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Help! Another author wrote my story!

By Anne Mateer Have you ever read a book with the sinking feeling that the story seems so very, very familiar? In fact, it seems almost an exact replica of the story you are writing or have written. A story … Continue reading

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Writing Productivity, Big and Small Chunk Style

By Allie Pleiter How much writing do you get done in a sitting? The answer feeds a lot more than your progress toward a deadline-it can tell you a lot about your writing life and writing needs. What do I … Continue reading

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An Avalanche of…Stuff

by Roxanne Rustand My husband claims that both he and our dogs are afraid to stay in my office for any length of time, as they fear for their lives amidst the floor to ceiling bookshelves taking up every centimeter … Continue reading

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Ten Tips for a Satisfying Radio Interview

By Cynthia Ruchti The success of a radio interview is as easy to calculate as the number of baby guppies born in the night. Did listeners rush to their local bookstore to purchase or order the book? Were there more … Continue reading

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Don’t Quit Your Day Job

By Elizabeth Musser We’ve all heard the quip, when starting out on the writing journey, ‘don’t quit your day job.’ It is usually offered by a caring friend (or editor) who knows that making a living in the writing world … Continue reading

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Lies Writers Believe (and the Truth that Sets them Free!)

By Danica Favorite You might recognize the title concept from Susan May Warren’s teaching. The things holding our characters back are often the same things that hold us back as writers and as people. I remember thinking about a few … Continue reading

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What’s One Piece of Advice You’d Give a Struggling Writer

By Patricia Bradley If you know me, you know I won’t stop at one. ? But first, I want to tell you a little story. (I know, no backstory for the first 50 pages, but I’m going to break the … Continue reading

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Pulled In

by Christa Kinde Good stories tell the truth. When the hero of a story invites us to share their adventure, we respond in real ways. Their predicament knots our stomach. We cringe at their embarrassment. Pangs of grief have us … Continue reading

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Why Writers Travel

By Suzanne Woods Fisher I just returned home from a trip to Amish country. Part of the trip was a book tour to promote my new release, The Imposter. Some book signings, some speaking events, and two TV appearances. Exciting, … Continue reading

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Four Tips for Marketing While Writing

By Melissa Tagg Soooo who’s ever been up against a deadline while facing release month for your latest novel? Raise of jittery-from-caffeine-overconsumption hands, please. Actually, even if your next book deadline and your current book release don’t happen to land … Continue reading

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The Squeeze

by Linda Brooks Davis Ever feel squeezed to your limit? I have. Many times. As a first-time novelist, I’ve learned what the squeeze produces in characters-and in myself. Take the recent ACFW Conference. My husband had massaged the family budget … Continue reading

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