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The Race Before Us

By R. A. Douthitt Theme:  Endurance   “…and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us.”  Hebrews 12:1 As a writer and a Christian, I know that endurance and patience is required for this writing journey. … Continue reading

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A Day Like Any Other

By Bethany Turner Pastor Rick Warren once told me that in church leadership, we should approach every Sunday as if it were Christmas or Easter. (Okay, he happened to tell me that at the same time that he told several … Continue reading

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The Unwrapped Gift

by Kathy Harris It was a package much like the others, but it had somehow gotten lost among the branches of the tree. Perhaps a bit smaller, and more plainly wrapped, for a while it remained hidden behind the more … Continue reading

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Treasure of Words for You This Christmas

By Chandra Lynn Smith I have a little book on the shelves in my writing corner. It started as a blank book. In this book I write Bible verses that speak to my writer’s heart, and quotes that inspire and … Continue reading

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The Gift of Waiting

By Suzanne Bratcher December 20, five days until Christmas. The waiting is almost over! Then come the gifts. Right? Waiting isn’t a gift: waiting is the time before the Big Event. For most writers, the Big Event is publication of … Continue reading

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5 Tips for Weary Writers in the Christmas Season

by DiAnn Mills No other time of the year can be more difficult to write than at Christmas. We writers are simply distracted with all the fun and excitement this time of the year brings. The season involves creativity, and … Continue reading

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Going Through the Motions

By JPC Allen I am sure all of us have wondered, sometime in the middle of December, between shopping and baking and attending various social functions, if all this flurry of activity truly celebrates the coming of the Messiah. Do … Continue reading

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Getting Naked on the Page

By Lenora Livingston In my lifetime, I have spent a lot of time, money, and effort trying to improve my writing skills. I have taken long courses and short courses, attended writing seminars, and joined writing groups. But the best … Continue reading

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The Writing Life Interrupted

By Michelle Shocklee Interruptions in life happen to all of us at some point. Sometimes they’re dark and scary, perhaps due to a storm raging that has nothing to do with the weather. (Although as many of our friends and … Continue reading

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When a Writer Hits a Wall

By Joanna Davidson Politano “There is nothing to writing. All you do is sit down at a typewriter and bleed.” ~Ernest Hemmingway Writers often find we cannot escape the lure of creating stories, yet it’s both freeing and frustrating, isn’t … Continue reading

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Why I Tried to Quit Trying­

by Victoria Buck The last book in my trilogy released in October. Soon after, panic struck. Had I wasted years writing three books for the Christian market on a subject not widely understood or appreciated by Christians? Why would I … Continue reading

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A Writer’s Prayer

By Deborah Raney A few years ago—more than fifteen years ago, to be exact—for the first time since I’d begun writing in 1994, my job as a novelist was beginning to be more than a part-time pursuit. I had several contracts to fulfill, … Continue reading

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Work of Art

by Elizabeth Musser I had the joy and privilege of visiting The National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C. a few weeks ago. As I stepped into the museum on that surprisingly balmy October afternoon, I thought back to my … Continue reading

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Time to Say Goodbye

by Dennis Ricci Six months ago, my literary life was riding high. My debut novel, Perilous Judgment, had just produced its first four-digit sales month, thanks to a BookBub promotion arranged by my publisher. The month-after sales embers were still … Continue reading

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Pay It Forward

By Patricia Bradley In my writing journey I’ve met some of the most amazing people, writers who have taken the time to help me along my journey. Some have been critique partners, some have been teachers at different conferences or … Continue reading

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