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So Many Books! How Do You Choose Your Summer Reads?

by Dana Mentink It summer! Best summer treat ever? Extra time to read, read, read! So many books, so little time. How in the world am I to winnow down the possibilities? I’ve got a few personal guidelines that help … Continue reading

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God’s Creative Call

By Loretta Eidson In The Creative Call by Janice Elsheimer, we are told that God can restore lost dreams. Further reading presents an inspiring, thought-provoking source for resurrecting dormant talent. It encourages us to think back into our childhood and … Continue reading

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Do You Believe in Miracles?

by Harry Kraus A true story: (recounted in J.P. Moreland’s Kingdom Triangle, a report from Paul Eshleman, director of Campus Crusade’s Jesus film project.) In the state of Bihar, India, there is a notoriously anti-Christian tribe called the Malto. When … Continue reading

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Suspension of Disbelief: A Writer’s Goal

By Ane Mulligan Jim Rubart wrote a good piece for Novel Rocket about how authors write. He said: “I continue to read traditionally published books where I think the novelist is wasting words and keeping the reader from going deeper … Continue reading

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The Power of Opposites

by Allie Pleiter The best romances usually pair two people who don’t seem suited for each other. Engaged readers figure out that a hero and heroine are surprisingly perfect for each other-long before the characters do if I’ve done my … Continue reading

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Learning From Other Authors’ Strengths

by Lindsay Harrel Comparison. It’s the big no-no word in the writing world, isn’t it? We’re always being told – and probably telling others – that we shouldn’t compare our writing to that of anyone else. It makes sense. After … Continue reading

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Why I Write About Demons

by Bruce Hennigan I am amazed at times by friends who think that I am somehow in league with Satan because I write novels about demons. Nothing could be farther from the truth. So, why do I write about demons? … Continue reading

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Relying on the Reliable Narrator

by Christine Sunderland World War I (“the war to end all wars”), begun a century ago, seeded an era of cynicism, doubt that “civilization” was possible, that the savage beast could be tamed. England lost one third of their best … Continue reading

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Big Dreams

by Henry McLaughlin At one time or another, we’ve all had big dreams. When I was a kid, my dream was to play Major League Baseball. But I stopped growing and my bat never could figure out how to hit … Continue reading

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Writing Fiction, Sorting Out the Facts

by Rebecca DeMarino A challenge to writing fiction based on the lives of real people and events can be daunting, but not impossible. When it is set in a historical time period, sorting out the facts from lore, stereotypes and … Continue reading

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Writers are From Mars, Readers are from Venus

by Janice Thompson Likely you’ve heard the old expression, “Women are from Mars, men are from Venus.” It’s so true, isn’t it? While we may have common goals, our methods of getting there are quite different. Add the various personalities/temperaments … Continue reading

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Writing Road Potholes

by Linda Robinson Recently, while waiting for my editor to finish the first pass of my third book-to-be, my doctor informed me I needed major surgery. Given only six days to prepare for six weeks of incapacitation, my mind went … Continue reading

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Facts in Fiction

by Lynn Hobbs Remember the wildfires of Texas during 2011? I lived through them as did many of my friends. When the fires came within two miles of my home, I had to evacuate. Later, after fire lanes were dug … Continue reading

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Writing Spaces

By Ane Mulligan Where we write, at least to me, is paramount to creativity. I prefer my office or nook to be neat and organized. My muse likes my writing space neat and only comes out to play when it … Continue reading

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That time I found maple syrup in my bed (aka Deadlines and the Beauty of the Undoable)

by Melissa Tagg Recently I’ve been in the throes of deadline life. And it’s been…interesting. I’ve had deadlines before. As a former reporter, they’re really not anything new to me. But I’ve never faced one quite this tight. Or this, … Continue reading

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