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When You Feel Talentless

By Rondi Bauer Olson A few months ago I had a difficult time leaving behind the world of a book I’d read. I thought about the characters and plot for weeks, reread the book a couple of times, and journaled … Continue reading

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Why Writers Need Poetry

by Susan A.J. Lyttek When I teach high school creative writing, we devote the entire first semester to poetry. Just typing that line, I can hear people reading this (at least some of you) groaning in agony. Why on earth … Continue reading

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Does Writing Give You a Pain in the Neck?

By Patricia Bradley Did you know that writers as a group have more shoulder and neck pain than the average person? Is it any wonder why? We spend hours and hours sitting at a computer, staring at a blinking cursor. … Continue reading

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Turning Pro: Business Planning for Writers

By Preslaysa Williams Writers, are you ready to take your business to the next level and turn pro? Then you need a business plan. It doesn’t have to be a long, complicated document. Your written plan will help you determine … Continue reading

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Re-Releasing Books

By Allie Pleiter Recently, I went through the process of independently re-releasing of some dearly loved books of mine from earlier years. The tiny novella Getting to Yes, the Rita-nominated (and also a Caroll finalist) My So-Called Love Life, and … Continue reading

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Quirky Sources to Add to Your Characterization

By DiAnn Mills I live and breathe story–most writers do. And we’re always looking for ways to ensure our characters and their predicaments are exciting and unique. Some of the places we look can be a bit . . . … Continue reading

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Why Every Author Needs a Detective

by Amber Schamel Every author needs a detective. It’s elementary, my dear Watson. Not sure you believe me? Very well, I will explain. Wednesday afternoon, a quarter past one. I was at lunch with my brother. We were casually talking … Continue reading

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Belief for All Things

By Tanara McCauley “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.” It’s a verse I know well, and one I’m prone to lean on in trying times or when faced with difficult choices. I’ve only recently realized, however, … Continue reading

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Sharing Your Heart

By Patti Shene They say you should write what you know. These past few months, my life has been draped in sadness and loss. (Please don’t stop reading! I’m not going to take you into a world of gloom and … Continue reading

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My Blogless Summer

By Victoria Buck After eighteen months of blogging weekly, I knew it was time for a respite. I needed to promote the release of my second novel. A novelette begged to be finished. I’d signed the contract for my third … Continue reading

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Am I the Only One Who Struggles?

By C. Kevin Thompson Watch this video, then we’ll talk. Do you feel a little small after watching that video? Insignificant, perhaps? Hopefully awestruck, though, right? Now, read this article, then come back for the finale. I watched this video … Continue reading

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Becoming a Writer of Excellence

By Donna L.H. Smith This is something we all strive for, but let’s face it. As “excellent” as we can become, mistakes happen in publishing, both on the author’s side and on the editor’s. I recently read and reviewed a … Continue reading

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Fiction You Can Believe

By Lee Carver We are well acquainted with the expression “willful suspension of disbelief.” The story may be total fiction, but we are drawn into it to the extent that we choose to believe it could happen. We want to … Continue reading

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Writing to Discover Truth … and Yourself

By Ian Acheson Golly gosh, I’ve struggled writing the sequel to Angelguard. The basic story of Angelguard fell out of me. I was a complete novice (well, I still am really) but the story just kept coming. I’d turn up … Continue reading

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Balance

By Patricia Bradley Earlier this week I received a call from a non-writing friend who invited me to go shopping. The conversation went something like this: “I can’t,” I said, “I have a deadline. Maybe next time.” “You’ll have a … Continue reading

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