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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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Christian Novels and Things that Go Bump in the Night

By D.L. Koontz “Christian authors should never touch this topic!” “Thank goodness – something fresh that isn’t afraid to push the edge.” “Clearly this author doesn’t know her Bible.” “I love how she wove spiritual truths throughout the story.” You … Continue reading

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The Writer’s Journey: When Free Climbing is a Team Sport

by Dani Pettrey In my latest novel, Silenced, my lead character Kayden McKenna has a passion for solo free-climbing. If you’re like me, when you first hear the term “free-climbing”, you picture a lone climber with zero fear (and very … Continue reading

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Boost Your Productivity with Four Top Tech Tools

by Laura McClellan As a not-yet-published newbie novelist, I don’t feel qualified to advise on writing techniques. But I am a diehard tech geek, always looking for tools that will help me be more productive. I thought I’d share four … Continue reading

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Finding Satisfaction In Him

by Becky Wade “God is most glorified in us when we are most satisfied in Him.” – John Piper My pastor shared the above quote with the congregation recently. How it struck me! So often, I seek to find satisfaction … Continue reading

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Let’s Give Them Something to Talk About

by Cynthia Ruchti Like many authors, I wrote several novels before writing the first one that would be picked up by a publishing house. When working on what would become my debut novel, I didn’t-couldn’t-envision the path ahead. Celebrating this … Continue reading

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