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Rough Drafts are Like Mud Pies

By Hannah Conway How rough can a rough draft be? The answer makes me wince, turn my head to the side, and look down at the freshly printed version of my work in progress, which happens to be the definition … Continue reading

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Where Do Ideas Come From?

By Melanie Dickerson I get a lot of emails and messages from teen writers asking for writing tips. The two questions I get asked most frequently: “Where do you get your ideas?” and “What do you do when you get … Continue reading

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Two Tips to Get Past “I Can’t Write”

By Beth K. Vogt I’m on deadline. Being on deadline means writing is mandatory for me. I’ve signed a contract that includes a due date to submit my manuscript to my publisher, which is an author’s ticking clock that creates … Continue reading

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My Trip to the Moon and Other Forgotten Miracles

By Patricia Beal Last week a reporter asked me if I ever thought my novel would get published, and that’s when I remembered the moon story. Someone once told me that getting a book published was like shooting the moon. … Continue reading

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Keep the Energy Going

By Cathleen Armstrong Anyone who has ever attended a conference knows the feeling. You come home exhausted with a notebook full of workshop handouts and a head full of everything you’ll need to take your writing to new levels. You … Continue reading

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Pay It Forward

By Mary Manners “Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience.” ~ Colossians 3:12 ~ I have been writing since I was old enough to know that words tell a … Continue reading

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Do You Have Unrealistic Expectations?

by Kathy Harris A familiar feeling nagged as I walked out of my office one recent Friday afternoon. I was late, as usual, and I hadn’t accomplished everything I wanted to accomplish that week. An important work project still languished, … Continue reading

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What’s Your Biggest Struggle as a Writer?

By Henry McLaughlin This is a question with as many possible answers as there are writers. Some struggle with finding time to write. Some with aspects of the craft like dialogue or characterization. For others it might be show, don’t … Continue reading

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That One Time My Writer Brain Caused a Hiccup on a Date

By Kariss Lynch So we planned a lazy Sunday afternoon date with Netflix and quiet conversation. He scrolled through our options, interested in a documentary. As titles moved past, I noticed a low-rated show that blew my mind – Wife … Continue reading

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Writing When There are so Many Books

By Rondi Olson Most people are encouraging when I tell them I am a writer, and that my debut novel is about to be released. Often they congratulate me, and some have assured me they will look for my book … Continue reading

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Audiences and Communities

By Glynn Young Do you write for an audience? I don’t. Most of my career in communications focused on writing for an audience. It might be people listening to a speech; it might be people reading a magazine article or … Continue reading

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The Reluctant Blogger

By JPC Allen Last summer as I prepared for my first ACFW conference, I couldn’t have been more depressed about my chances of finding an agent. I had registered for the conference with high hopes because I was a semi-finalist … Continue reading

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Brave the Blizzard

By Chandra Smith I write this post on March 14, and, here in south central Pennsylvania, we have a blizzard. One of my critique partners suggested this storm is my fault because last week I put the finishing touches on … Continue reading

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Eureka! Finding Gold in Research

By Michelle Shocklee Writing historical fiction is a lot like digging for gold. No matter the era and setting an author chooses, enormous mountains of historical data loom over us, daring us to find those interesting nuggets and minute details … Continue reading

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Teacher Tools for the Writer: How to Use Google Forms to Make the Writing Life a Bit Easier

By Hannah Conway After eight years away from the classroom, I went back to teaching full-time. World History with Seventh Graders y’all! Pray for me. My Google searches went from “what does a bullet hole wound look like?” to “Middle … Continue reading

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