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The Conference Portfolio, Part 1

By Lynne Pleau Are the days of the hardbound portfolio gone? Cool on-line portfolios make a lot of sense, but are they the only option for face-to-face meetings with editors during a conference? Carrying a portfolio is a great way … Continue reading

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My Ideal Reader

By Sarah Hamaker Lately, I’ve been thinking a lot about my ideal reader. Who is she? What does she like to do? What does she read? Where does she live? What is her family life like? What draws her to … Continue reading

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Cyber-Praying with Sisters

by Elizabeth Musser In my other life, as a pastoral caregiver to missionaries, I had started an online Skype study with a small group of women from our mission using the Companion Guide to Sharon Garlough Brown’s novel, Sensible Shoes. … Continue reading

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The Power of Happy Moments

By Grace Hitchcock Sometimes it is tempting to allow drama and heartache to swamp our stories. Years ago, a favorite professor of mine would say over and over how “only trouble is interesting.” Today, I’d like to talk about how … Continue reading

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Failure or Success – Our Choice

By Henry McLaughlin I experienced two what might be called failures recently. In the space of three days. On Saturday, I received a rejection from an agent. On Monday, a publisher declined to consider my manuscript. It was the same … Continue reading

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It’s a Conundrum

By Ane Mulligan In this world, there are problems and there are conundrums. They do differ. Problems are your ordinary, garden-variety bugaboos. A pro-blum or a pro-blem, depending on where you live. Either way, whether a hitch, snag, or quandary, … Continue reading

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Imagine the Impact

By K.W. Bounds Why do I even bother writing?  Threatening to torpedo my work in progress, this thought surfaced leaving a wake in its path, as I scrambled to stay afloat in a sea of self-doubt and frustration. The compulsion … Continue reading

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In Praise of Reading Poetry

By Glynn Young Like most of us, I read poetry – a lot of poetry – in high school and college English classes primarily because it was assigned. I was much more interested in fiction (Dickens!) and noir mysteries (Dashiell … Continue reading

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Entitled to Sell, Part 2

By Lynne Pleau Getting Creative In Entitled to Sell, Part 1, I showed you some different ways titles become memorable. Now let’s look at how do you create them. Start by defining your theme. In one sentence, capture what your … Continue reading

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Entitled to Sell, Part 1

By Lynne Pleau Blockbuster titles are hard to forget. You know the ones I mean: Star Wars, Godfather, Back to the Future, Jaws. They roll off the tongue. They sing with double meaning. And they stick with you for years. … Continue reading

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Trusting the Truth

By Christine Sunderland I look through my kitchen window to the slopes of Angel Mountain (aka Mount Diablo in Northern California). A white cross rises in the green grass, recently watered with rain. I jot notes on a lined yellow … Continue reading

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A Pick-Me-Up for the Weary Writer

By Cynthia Herron  As a little girl, I created masterpieces. I rocked my world with art and zany inventions. I made stuff from unusual materials—egg cartons, fabric swatches, wallpaper samples—you name it. I used it. I adored anything I could … Continue reading

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Let Go and Let God Write

By: Lenora Livingston In my seventy-nine years of living, never once in my wildest dreams did I ever envision myself writing a novel. No, not me, no way! In my school days, I always cringed at the very thought of … Continue reading

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The Bird and the Worm—Research for Historical Fiction

By Sarah Sundin When writing historical fiction, we need to research with both the eye of the bird and the eye of the worm. A bird soars high. It sees for miles in all directions and senses what’s happening in … Continue reading

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When Your Spouse Reads Your Work

It’s just plain crazy! I have to tell you about the most unusual week of my life. My man reads his Bible, and things that are necessary for his job, but that’s about it. It’s so hard for me to … Continue reading

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