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Category Archives: Encouragement

Where Are You Going?

By Lillian Duncan Hebrews 11:8 says, “By faith, Abraham when called to go to a place he would later receive his inheritance obeyed and went, even though he did not know where he was going.” This verse should speak to … Continue reading

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Confessions of an Auditory Learner

By Mary Lou Cheatham I am an auditory learner. Not just any auditory learner, but one with ADHD. I’m a compulsive multitasker with the need to have some concurring physical motion in order for my brain to work creatively. Perhaps … Continue reading

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How to Handle Criticism

By Donna L.H. Smith I hope to bring a fresh perspective to a sensitive subject. As writers, we’re regularly critiqued, edited, and otherwise told to change our text. It can get downright discouraging if we don’t have the proper attitude … Continue reading

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Recovering the WOW!

By Ian Acheson As December progressed I began to meditate upon a word for 2016. Last year, my word was ADORATION. I’ve loved taking a few moments at the beginning of a day reflecting on a characteristic of God.1 Over … Continue reading

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Unlocking the Doors

By Donna Schlachter Do you sometimes feel, in trying to get your book published, that you’re rattling at one locked door after another? Perhaps you’re struggling to find an agent, or maybe you’ve been submitting directly to publishers and gotten … Continue reading

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Writing Through Grief

By Darlene L. Turner “I will lift up mine eyes unto the hills, from whence cometh my help” (Psalm 121:1 KJV). I stare out the living room window, my vision blurring and tears forming. I shuffle into the kitchen and … Continue reading

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10 Things That Steal Our Writing Joy

By Edie Melson I’m a member of several writing groups, and I’m always amazed at the different reactions people have to similar situations. For instance, one writer might leave a critique session in tears, questioning whether or not the call … Continue reading

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When Writing Calls Your Name

By Ruth Douthitt Recently, I had the privilege of hearing agent and writer, Karen Ball, speak at a small writers conference in Phoenix. I didn’t really want to attend the conference. I haven’t written much these last few months and … Continue reading

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When the Earthquakes Hit

By Kariss Lynch It’s inevitable in writing, publishing, and life – there will be high highs and low lows and sweet moments in between. How we handle both extremes often demonstrates our character. A slap to my writing and to … Continue reading

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Hanging in There

By Rondi Olson A couple of years ago, I had an unexpected reaction to reading a blog post. Normally I enjoy writer success stories, but after reading one particular publication journey, I crawled into bed, curled into a ball, and … Continue reading

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You are the Only You

By Tamara D. Fickas A new writer recently expressed concern that their words weren’t important. With so many great writers out there, how could their story make a difference? I can relate to that. Even after all the years I’ve … Continue reading

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Giving our Books, One at a Time

By Elizabeth Musser “You have such an amazing family-you’re so genuine, so obviously happy to be together. I wish all the families I photograph were like yours.” So commented the hip young photographer I’d hired to take a family photo … Continue reading

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Be Stunning

By Lauren H. Brandenburg As writers we work hard to create stunning characters. Our protagonists feel more, say more, and often express more than the writers who create them. Our characters have a mission and are not only driven by … Continue reading

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Writing from the Heart or To the Market

By Rondi Bauer Olson My first writer’s conference was with ACFW in 2009. I was so proud of my manuscript. Dystopians were hot, HUNGER GAMES had come out the year before, and it’s what I’d written! Agents and editors were … Continue reading

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Writing the Story of your Heart versus Writing Something “to get the sale.”

by Susan May Warren I receive a lot of questions from aspiring writers and this one caught my eye. Q: Have you ever had a story that you wanted to write, a spiritual message you wanted to share, but it … Continue reading

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