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Twisting “Write What You Know”

by Gail Gaymer Martin When writers search for plot ideas, seasoned authors often respond write what you know, but I’ve found that this phrase means more than I’d thought. If we stick with what we know, our books could become … Continue reading

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Story First, Novel Second

By Dennis Ricci “Literary talent is commonplace. Storytelling talent is rare.” Robert McKee, the Hollywood story guru who’s trained many of the great filmmakers and screenwriters of our generation, made that statement within the first hour of his Story Seminar, … Continue reading

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In the Beginning was the Word

By Davalynn Spencer When I landed in the newsroom as a crime-beat reporter, the editor gave me a printout stressing the importance of tight writing. “The Lord’s prayer has 66 words,” the memo said. “The Gettysburg address, 286.” His point: … Continue reading

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Being Equipped

By Henry McLaughlin God has a will, or a plan for each of us. Psalm 139:16 (NLT) tells us, You saw me before I was born. Every day of my life was recorded in your book. Every moment was laid … Continue reading

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Pros & Cons – plus a few tips – for Writing a Novel Series

by Deborah Raney The fifth and final book in my Chicory Inn Novels series released recently, and I’m now working on the first book in a new series. Having written mostly stand-alone novels for most of my writing career, this … Continue reading

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Plotting and Structure of Novels

by Brenda Taylor Plotting novels is a chore for me, because I am a panster by nature. Instead of sitting for a great length of time thinking, plotting, and structuring a story, I want to write and let the storyline … Continue reading

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Three Tips for Listening to Your Own Voice

By Melissa Tagg I am a big believer in listening to smart people. And as a writer, I’m a big believer in learning from smart authors and industry professionals. BUT . . . with every book I write, there always … Continue reading

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Confessions of a Middle School Administrator

By C. Kevin Thompson Like many of my writing colleagues, I have two jobs. The one I had when I entered this crazy business we call “writing,” and the job of being an author, marketer, bookseller, and all the other … Continue reading

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Why Does She Love Him (and Vice Versa)

By Johnnie Alexander Why did Juliet fall tragically in love with Romeo? Why did Christy Huddleston choose Dr. MacNeil over David? Why did Anne Shirley finally turn to Gilbert? Why did the Prince fall in love with Cinderella? That last … Continue reading

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Run Your Race

By Michelle Shocklee “… let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us.” Hebrews 12:1 Writing for publication is a lot like running a race. No two runners are built exactly the same, and they all enter the … Continue reading

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Happily Ever After

By Tamela Hancock Murray Some people wonder why genre readers want to read the same thing over and over. Well, they don’t read the same thing all the time, and they have expectations. A primary expectation? A Happily Ever After … Continue reading

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Feeding Your Readers’ Interests

By Elizabeth Ludwig My husband and I recently made a trip to Sugarcreek, Ohio, to visit the setting for my latest series of cozy mysteries from Guideposts. One of things I loved about the experience was sampling the authentic Amish … Continue reading

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Does Social Media Sell Books?

By DiAnn Mills Whenever I speak about the value of social media, writers groan, frown, and complain. Too many writers are not willing to get past the learning curve needed to develop their brand. My response is always a focus … Continue reading

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Wheat and Tares

By Rondi Bauer Olson Release day for my debut novel was officially less than 24 hours away. I hadn’t slept well the night before. When I got on my computer to work I couldn’t stay focused, and ended up checking … Continue reading

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Men Need Romance, Too

By Glynn Young I recently reread David Copperfield by Charles Dickens, a work I had first read in high school. It was every bit as good as I remembered it. The most autobiographical of all of Dickens’s novels, it is … Continue reading

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