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Vacation, aka Book Marketing Research

By Glynn Young My wife and I have been to England several times for vacation, but this time it was vacation with a book twist. Shortly before we left, I had finished a manuscript and turned it over to the … Continue reading

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Beyond Sense of Place

by Gail Gaymer Martin Setting should be more than sense of place. It can add deeper meaning to your story by reflecting the theme or mood. It can enhance the plot with situations built into the setting that can foreshadow … 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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Book to Movie?

by Michael Hicks Thompson What author doesn’t want their book made into a movie? It’s what launched John Grisham’s career. Remember The Firm? How’d Grisham accomplish that feat? Serendipity, for one. He took his manuscript to Willie Morris, the famous … Continue reading

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Researching the Highland Treasures Series

By Brenda B. Taylor I became interested in genealogical research after retirement which led to researching family ancestry. The lives of my ancestors grabbed my interest and curiosity. I researched and traveled to their homes and wrote about those in … Continue reading

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Lessons Learned from NaNoWriMo

by Christa Kinde I first heard about NaNoWriMo from writing friends. They talked about the annual event with a blend of reverence and enthusiasm that made me curious. For those not in the know, November is National Novel Writing Month, … Continue reading

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Oh That Heartfelt First Book!

By Dana Mentink Did you ever devour an author’s first book and find the rest of the series slightly different? Perhaps in tone or intensity, even in the style? I recently had a conversation with some book loving folks about … Continue reading

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One Foolproof Way to Improve Your Writing

by Beth K. Vogt Let’s talk about one way to improve your writing. One tip. Two words: Slow down. That’s it. Want to be a better writer? Slow down. How does slowing down improve your writing? Consider these three examples: … Continue reading

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Total Recharge

By Darlene L. Turner Josiah trudged along the narrow path. He stopped, shifted his backpack, and forced himself to keep moving in spite of the shooting pain coursing through his leg. He kept his mind focused on the solitude of … Continue reading

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Paying It Forward

By Lenora Livingston “Paying it Forward” is an expression for describing the recipient of a good deed repaying it to others instead of to the original benefactor. What better way can a person show their thankfulness than to participate in … Continue reading

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Learning to Write Mannascripts

By Bethany Turner A few days ago, my son asked, “Is there still manna?” I said, “What do you mean? It’s not manufactured, if that’s what you’re asking…” “Well, no,” he laughed. “I didn’t mean like at Manna-R-Us, or something.” … Continue reading

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Making it right….

by Roxanne Rustand When someone refers to their “writing journey,” I think back to my own journey and my own misconceptions back in the early 1990’s.  It all seemed so clear back then. Write. Be dedicated. Absorb everything I heard … Continue reading

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The Breath of Beauty

by Christine Sunderland Tonight is All Hallows’ Eve, the night before All Saints Day. For now, the dark of tonight eclipses the light of tomorrow. Death shadows life. The ghoulish threaten the beautiful. In pre-Christian Celtic Britain, October 31 was … Continue reading

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Too Much Communication?

By Tamela Hancock Murray Some authors ask me if they share too much. If you’re asking, you probably aren’t! In my opinion, most authors connect the right amount, or if anything, err on the side of not communicating enough. You … Continue reading

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Why We Write

By Ian Acheson For those of us who’ve started out on this writing journey later in life it’s often a result of that burning story idea that’s been bugging us for years. That was me 15 years (really has it … Continue reading

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