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Make Friends with your Deadline

By Denise Hunter They don’t call ‘em deadlines for nothing. I’m pretty sure it’s because most of us feel half dead when we get there. Add a hectic holiday or an unexpected illness, and you may not be the only … Continue reading

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God’s Plans and Ideas

By Donna K. Rice The week before Thanksgiving I got a phone call to come home to Wyoming. My father’s congestive heart failure had taken a sudden negative turn and my sisters wanted help making some decisions. I planned on … Continue reading

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Outlining – Step By Step

By Gail Gaymer Martin Though I use a brief synopsis to set up my storyline, I sometimes outline parts such as a suspense novel. Once the character is developed, the beginning and ending of the book and the black moment, … Continue reading

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Publishing Decisions and Changing Times

By Robin Johns Grant I just ran across a Publishers Weekly article titled, “Is Amazon Really the Devil?” I had to laugh. When I talk to writer friends these days and the subject of Amazon comes up, either we speak … Continue reading

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Don’t Neglect Life for Writing

By Anne Mateer Do you desire to populate your stories with people that leap off the page, characters that “live” in readers’ imaginations? I sure do. But that kind of writing usually doesn’t happen in a vacuum. It requires engagement. … Continue reading

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That’s What Friends Are For

by Sarah Sundin When I started writing, I was alone. I’d never met another novelist, and I had no idea where to start. The first and best advice I received was to join a writers group and attend conferences. Made … Continue reading

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Top 20 Ways Writers Spread Joy

by Cynthia Herron Now that Thanksgiving’s over and Christmas is just around the corner, writing may take a back seat as we prepare for the next big holiday. We’ll celebrate the birth of our Savior, visit with family, and of … Continue reading

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Cross Promotion and the Christian Author

By Carrie Fancett Pagels RWA’s magazine, RWR, recently featured an excellent article on marketing. One of the points they made, besides the obvious point that you must write the very best book that you can, is to link up with … Continue reading

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Giving Thanks

by Laura McClellan This writing adventure can be lonely and discouraging. We spend a lot of time alone with the ideas and words in our minds, and we can work for months, even years, with no “success” as the world … Continue reading

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Beta Readers

by Katherine Reay This is a big week. Kids are getting out of school or traveling home if they are able, families are gathering, and Thanksgiving, and all the joy that comes with it, is hours away. Happy Thanksgiving, all! … Continue reading

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Platform Isn’t a Dirty Word

By Ane Mulligan Everyone hates the word platform. But stay with me here. If you’re a writer, you need one. These days, only the top 10% or less of writers have people who do all the marketing for them. Let’s … Continue reading

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Life-Generating Words

By Loretta Eidson While reading Battlefield of the Mind by Joyce Meyer, it occurred to me the irony of how well that title describes the multitude of thoughts in a writer’s mind. We enter a mental battlefield every time we … Continue reading

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Paralysis of Perfection

By Karen H. Richardson It happens to the experienced and the inexperienced among us. It happens when we least expect it or have time for it. We desire to put words on a page to tell a story, share an … Continue reading

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Bringing Characters to Life

By Henry McLaughlin A story without people is not a story. I’m not sure what it is but it’s not a story. You can have a great plot and beautiful settings, but if your characters are not alive, you just … Continue reading

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A Seemingly Innocent Question

By Suzanne Kuhn, SuzyQ The holiday season is almost here, and this is a good time to use relevant subjects on your social media. However, please be aware that you may open a can of worms. Don’t be afraid of … Continue reading

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