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Unexpected Reasons to Be Thankful You’re a Writer

By Beth K. Vogt I read somewhere that Thanksgiving has become the holiday Americans skip over, cramming it between Halloween and Christmas. How hollow life becomes when we forget to be thankful. When we don’t stop long enough to consider … Continue reading

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Blurriness

By Darlene L. Turner “Stay focused; do not lose sight of mercy and truth . . . ” (Proverb 3:3a VOICE) You know what they say . . . “A picture is worth a thousand words.” But what if the … Continue reading

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Christian Fiction-No Wimps Allowed

By Cynthia Herron For readers not familiar with Christian fiction there’s the preconceived notion that if it’s Christian it must be wimpy. Or boring. Or something. For example, a friend once asked why I wanted to write for the Christian … Continue reading

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Please Don’t Get Out of My Head

By Victoria Buck When I was a child I had an imaginary friend named Lobby Lou. She seemed real. After a year or so I outgrew her and she stopped playing with me. But did I lose the ability to … Continue reading

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In Celebration of Technique

By Michelle Arch A curious thing seems to be happening in MFA workshops and critique groups. Criticism regarding spelling, grammar, and punctuation is considered hypercritical and offered only with considerable apologies for nitpicking. “Your editor will catch and correct those … Continue reading

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Never Too Old to Learn

By Martha Rogers Since I began writing from Deep POV, my writing has become tighter and much more efficient with much less telling and more showing. This proved once again that I’m never too old to learn more effective techniques … Continue reading

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Make Me Care

By Kathleen Y’Barbo Now that I commute for my job, I love listening to podcasts. I can thank my daughter for this habit, as she’s the one who told me I should give them a try. Most of the time, … Continue reading

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Never Underestimate the Value of a Power Edit

By Dianna Booher My most valuable learning experience in graduate school also happened to be my most humiliating. Having read the first hundred pages of my master’s thesis, one of my thesis directors, a literary prize-winning novelist himself, handed back … Continue reading

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Writing the Spiritual Coming-of-Age Story for Teens

By Rondi Bauer Olson I was raised in a very conservation Christian denomination. Conservative, of course, means different things to different people. For me it meant rules. Lots and lots of rules. I had to wear a dress. I couldn’t … Continue reading

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The Poetry of Faith

by Christine Sunderland Christian writers of all genres – fiction, nonfiction, poetry, prose – have an especially rich inheritance of words and images. Whether we come from liturgical traditions or simpler ones, reformed or not, we are steeped in the … Continue reading

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Sometimes Real Life Can Become a Novel

By Ane Mulligan The second book in my Chapel Lake series, Chapel Springs Survival,came from a real life event-and became a mother’s retribution. Insert creepy music and evil laughter. The day started out normal, boring even. Then I got a … Continue reading

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Where Would My Characters Be?

Loretta Eidson “I’m off to play golf with the guys.” My husband yelled from the front door. I ran to the top of the stairs so he’d know I heard him. With the golf bag hung on his shoulder, he … Continue reading

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Two are (a lot) better than one

By Ian Acheson I read recently about a Christian author whose first novel had won a number of accolades. On being asked whether such success had surprised them, they indicated that it hadn’t. They went on to explain that from … Continue reading

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What Inspires Us

by Kim Gilliland I’m making an assumption here, but I believe we all need to be inspired by something when we first put pen to paper – or fingers to keys, as the case may be. Whether it’s a deadline … Continue reading

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First Drafts: Fast and Free

By Katherine Reay As I write this, The Bronte Plot launches in two weeks and my next manuscript is due in a few days… As you read it, both are behind me. And at both times, I’m buried in first … Continue reading

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