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The Huguenot Cross-Celebrating the Symbolic

By Elizabeth Musser I received my Huguenot cross in December of 1994, given to me by my beloved husband, Paul. We spent many hours looking for just the right cross because it was extremely significant to me. It represented the … Continue reading

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Closed doors and Open Windows- Liminal Space

by Tina Radcliffe January is the time of year when I am reminded of liminal space. I love to talk about this topic. It relates so clearly to our writing journey. Liminal comes from the Latin, limina, meaning threshold. So … Continue reading

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Writing Romance When the Real Romance Fails

By Kit Wilkinson How do you write a happily-ever-after when your own story has turned into a tragedy? When I landed my last novel contract, frankly, it was the first bit of good news I’d had in a long while. … Continue reading

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Writing Contests and You!

By Roxanne Rustand ACFW is a wonderful source of education, networking, and industry information, and offers another opportunity: its annual contest for unpublished writers. There are other non-ACFW contests during the year as well. Entering contests can be very helpful, … Continue reading

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Discouragement Prescription

by Becky Wade Just four short syllables, but discouragement can have enormous destructive power in the life of a writer. Most of us who’ve been writing for any length of time have encountered seasons of it. Here are just a … Continue reading

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What if we Plot a Writing Path for the Year Ahead?

By Judy Christie Many writers start terrific stories by asking a simple question: What if? “What if?” leads novelists down the merry story path, scene after scene, chapter after chapter. Those words ignite fiction magic. Anything can happen. As you … Continue reading

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Can One Person Make a Difference?

by Suzanne Woods Fisher “Don’t worry what you could do if you lived your life over; get busy with what’s left.” Amish proverb Can one person make a difference? Even a woman who might be, say, considered a wee bit … Continue reading

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Letting Go…

by Katherine Reay You’re suffering from a double dose of me. When I signed up to be today’s blogger, I didn’t know I’d be yesterday’s interview. So if you want to know more about me, I think I am lurking … Continue reading

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Island Girl

by Jennifer Sienes Almost seven years ago, I quit my “day job” as a middle school teacher to write full time. I’m well aware that it’s a blessing to be able to devote entire days to my writing endeavors when … Continue reading

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From Russia with Love

By Susan May Warren This year marks the tenth anniversary of my first novel being published. “Happily Ever After” came out in 2003 just as we returned home from the mission field in Russia, and I still remember staring wide … Continue reading

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Tell the Story

by Shirley Gould Scripture tells us in John 21:25 in the Message Bible… There are so many other things Jesus did. If they were written down, each of them, one by one, I can’t imagine a world big enough to … Continue reading

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Accepting the Fog

By Donna Benson My husband and I are long haul truckers and write in my down time. In our recent travels, we’ve encountered fog in many areas around the country. It’s not pleasant to drive through this heavy mist, because … Continue reading

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The Act of Creation

By Michelle Arch My office is in chaos – again. After finishing my course thesis on the parallels between Ralph Ellison’s Invisible Man and Dostoevsky’s Notes from Underground last spring, I spent a Saturday clearing the disarray of books, critical … Continue reading

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Someday … I’ll Write a Novel

by Kathy Harris Someday … I’ll write a novel. How many times have you heard someone say these words? Maybe it was you. Or perhaps you’ve written a novel-or two or three or more-and your goal is to be published. … Continue reading

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Writing Under Adversity

by Cheryl Wyatt As I pondered what to write about on this blog post, I wondered why it was taking me so long to think of a subject. Sure, I’d prayed, but my brain still felt dead and devoid of … Continue reading

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