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Pruning

by Cynthia Ruchti If fascinates me that the Bible not only inspires and encourages writers, informs the character growth of the writer, but teaches writing techniques, too. The edits for my May 2015 novel-As Waters Gone By-brought that thought into … Continue reading

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In the middle of difficulty lies opportunity

by C.E. Hilbert “In the middle of difficulty lies opportunity.” Albert Einstein Simon Peter, who had a sword, drew it and struck the high priest’s servant, cutting off his right ear. John 18:10 Some days you have to eat all … Continue reading

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Lessons I Learn While Watching Television Shows

By Kariss Lynch I am an avid reader. I am also an avid television consumer. Why? Because ultimately I am a story lover. I still firmly believe that the book is ALWAYS better than the movie, but there are times … Continue reading

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5 Steps to Meeting Your Deadline The Chunky Way

By Allie Pleiter The high volume of production demanded from a category romance author has made me a student of creative productivity. Wrangling an uncooperative muse to meet a deadline is one of the ongoing struggles of every writer, and … Continue reading

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3 Writing Cues from The Flash

By Beth K. Vogt “The Flash” is must-watch TV in the Vogt household. On Tuesday nights, my husband, teen daughter, and I hunker down in the family room eager to see what’s going to happen in Central City, home to … Continue reading

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The Rhino in the Writer: Thick Skin & the Value of a Critique Group

By Hannah Conway Join a critique group. Yes, that’s some of the soundest advice given to me regarding the wonderful world of writing. Yet, the next part of that advice? Well, it’s more on the strange side. Develop rhino skin. … Continue reading

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Love the WIP You’re With

By Sarah Hamaker The idea comes to you in a flash of brilliance. The plot, the setting, the characters all jumble together like a kaleidoscope of words just waiting to be brought into focus by you. You eagerly sit down … Continue reading

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Ten Writing Productivity Mistakes Every Writer Should Watch Out For

By Edie Melson There are a lot of tasks we must master as we make writing a priority. But with these additional tasks, our productivity may drop. Learning how to juggle this multi-tasking is part of becoming a professional writer. … Continue reading

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Keeping It All in Perspective

By C. Kevin Thompson Among the many hats I wear, I am a Gospel for Asia Blogger. Started by K. P. Yohannon years ago, Gospel For Asia has been a stalwart missionary agency for Asia, bringing the gospel to a … Continue reading

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Three Tips for Writing a Book Blurb

By Melissa Tagg First of all, can we talk about how the word “blurb” is kinda funny? I mean, say it enough times and it sounds like you’re trying to mimic an animal. What animal, I don’t know. Nor do … Continue reading

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So What’s the Payoff?

by Kathy Harris “You could make a lot more money in a different career.” Those were the words of the industry professional who recently spoke at a local writers conference I attended. Everyone in the audience laughed and nodded knowingly. … Continue reading

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Tips to Supercharge Your Story

By DiAnn Mills When our stories lack a certain edge, we’re back to the drawing board looking for what we’ve missed. Our novels are like well-oiled machines, each part has to be fine-tuned to work effectively. When are skills, methods, … Continue reading

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A Life of Writing

By Ramona Richards One of my favorite authors will turn 82 at the end of May 2015. He’s suffered a lot of illnesses lately, including a stroke. Yet he’s still writing and selling his work, marketing it on social media … Continue reading

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Switching it Up

By Carolyne Aarsen I am a self-confessed, unabashed outliner. I need to figure out my characters, fill in my character charts, use a beat sheet to lay out the story outline. I need to know where my story is going … Continue reading

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Writing Prompts Prompt Good Writing!

By Bruce Hennigan There once was a website called Storypraxis. Perhaps you remember it with fondness. If you subscribed to the site, you would receive a “writing prompt” every 3 days. Your job was simple. Write quickly for 20 to … Continue reading

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