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How Do You Talk?

By Bonnie S. Calhoun I have found a home in YA (Young Adult) and one of the important elements of writing successful young adult stories is the dialogue. They do not speak as we adults do! Listen to the kids, … Continue reading

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How to Handle Criticism

By Donna L.H. Smith I hope to bring a fresh perspective to a sensitive subject. As writers, we’re regularly critiqued, edited, and otherwise told to change our text. It can get downright discouraging if we don’t have the proper attitude … Continue reading

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Relatable Characters

By Ane Mulligan Is your character one you either like or at least relate to? Nobody truly likes Scarlet O’Hara, but nearly everyone relates to her on some level. The protagonist needs to have relatable or endearing flaws and quirks. … Continue reading

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Recovering the WOW!

By Ian Acheson As December progressed I began to meditate upon a word for 2016. Last year, my word was ADORATION. I’ve loved taking a few moments at the beginning of a day reflecting on a characteristic of God.1 Over … Continue reading

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Mirror, Mirror: Using A Character’s Surroundings to Show & Not Tell

By Hannah Conway Show, don’t tell. I’m sure we’ve all heard that before. Some of us may have even rolled our eyes a time or two upon hearing those words from a critique partner, or editor. I may, or may … Continue reading

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Unlocking the Doors

By Donna Schlachter Do you sometimes feel, in trying to get your book published, that you’re rattling at one locked door after another? Perhaps you’re struggling to find an agent, or maybe you’ve been submitting directly to publishers and gotten … Continue reading

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Writing Through Grief

By Darlene L. Turner “I will lift up mine eyes unto the hills, from whence cometh my help” (Psalm 121:1 KJV). I stare out the living room window, my vision blurring and tears forming. I shuffle into the kitchen and … Continue reading

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10 Things That Steal Our Writing Joy

By Edie Melson I’m a member of several writing groups, and I’m always amazed at the different reactions people have to similar situations. For instance, one writer might leave a critique session in tears, questioning whether or not the call … Continue reading

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When Writing Calls Your Name

By Ruth Douthitt Recently, I had the privilege of hearing agent and writer, Karen Ball, speak at a small writers conference in Phoenix. I didn’t really want to attend the conference. I haven’t written much these last few months and … Continue reading

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Sacred Symbols

by Christine Sunderland Today is Ash Wednesday, a penitential day that Christians have observed since the eighth century, signifying the first day of Lent. In our local church, a cross is drawn on our foreheads with ashes from the burned … Continue reading

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When the Earthquakes Hit

By Kariss Lynch It’s inevitable in writing, publishing, and life – there will be high highs and low lows and sweet moments in between. How we handle both extremes often demonstrates our character. A slap to my writing and to … Continue reading

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Hanging in There

By Rondi Olson A couple of years ago, I had an unexpected reaction to reading a blog post. Normally I enjoy writer success stories, but after reading one particular publication journey, I crawled into bed, curled into a ball, and … Continue reading

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Writing a New Novel? Pray About It!

By Lynn Hobbs An idea flashes through your mind in the middle of the night, and you’re convinced it’s THE answer to your next novel. Maybe not. You decide which chapter to insert the idea …when to let readers be … Continue reading

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Head and Tails of the Writing Life

By Dana Mentink September was hard at our house. We lost our beloved old dog, Nala. Nala was my shadow, my confidant and my writing partner. Wherever I was, she was there. After she passed, the house was empty and … Continue reading

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You are the Only You

By Tamara D. Fickas A new writer recently expressed concern that their words weren’t important. With so many great writers out there, how could their story make a difference? I can relate to that. Even after all the years I’ve … Continue reading

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