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Penchant Toward Drama

By Shirley E. Gould As writers, we create drama, set the scene and allow it to play out to bring our characters through the circumstances that threaten their happily-ever-after ending. It’s what we do when we create stories that grip … Continue reading

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Cauliflower Shortage

By Mary Lou Cheatham My family has always enjoyed cooking and eating cauliflower, a delicious and nutritious vegetable. It’s never been unavailable in the grocery store. Suddenly the cauliflower bin is empty. It is necessary to go from store to … Continue reading

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Learning the Truth About Forgiveness

by Marianne Evans One of the most daunting questions I’m asked as an author is: ‘What prompted you to write this book/approach this topic/dive into these characters?’ When it comes to my release, Forgiveness, I don’t want to offer what … Continue reading

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How to Write Synopses that Editors and Agents Want to Read

by Lara Helmling Synopsis. I imagine that some of you hear that word and decide you need to vacuum the living room. To reduce your beloved novel down to a 500-word summary is almost more than you can bear. I … Continue reading

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What’s Your Name?

By Tamara D. Fickas William Shakespeare wrote the famous line, “What’s in a name? That which we call a rose by any other word would smell as sweet” in Romeo and Juliet. This seems to imply that names aren’t important. … Continue reading

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What Can a Virtual Assistant (VA) Do For You?

By Beth K. Vogt I’ve had a virtual assistant (VA)  for almost four years now, and I have no intention of going back to the days when I fended for myself as a writer. I could easily answer the question … Continue reading

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Is the ACFW Conference Worth It?

by Lee Tobin McClain Why spend all that money going to an ACFW conference? Many reasons, but my main one is that it jump-started my writing career. Here’s how it played out: Five years ago, I attended ACFW in Indianapolis. … Continue reading

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Speaking with an Attitude

By Elizabeth Musser How do we, as authors, handle the speaking opportunities given us? I was recently asked to speak at a women’s luncheon event at a country club. When the gal (I’ll call her Cindy) asked about my availability, … Continue reading

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Plotter or Pantster? Yes

By Suzanne Bratcher You’ve heard the debate: when you write, do you plan first or do you write from the seat of your pants? Until last week I was certain I was a plotter. Once I have the germ of … Continue reading

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Take Me Out to the Ballpark

By Tamara D. Fickas I’m not a big sports fan. I don’t really follow any of the big sports teams, although I do sometimes root for a team based on being the underdog, or the favored team, or because I … Continue reading

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Characters or Story: What Drives Your Writing?

by Glynn Young I was having an email exchange with a writer and poet who had just published a novel. Specifically, we were discussing how each of us wrote fiction. She had trouble, she said, with multi-viewpoint novels. Her stories … Continue reading

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Truth in Fiction

By Melinda Eye Cooper When I was in the sixth grade, I entered an essay contest at school. The theme was What I want to be.  I considered the topic for days and tossed around ideas about what to write. For … Continue reading

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Confessions of an Unromantic Romance Writer

By Ane Mulligan Hello. My name is Ane Mulligan and I don’t write romance. There. I’ve confessed. However, it’s not totally accurate. I hope my nose doesn’t grow. You see, I did write two: A Magnolia Blooms in Winter, which … Continue reading

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Changing the Past

By Loretta Eidson Last Sunday, Steven Goudeaux, pastor of our East Memphis church, made several powerful statements during the morning service, but one, in particular, caught my attention. “You can change your past,” he said. I lifted my eyebrows and … Continue reading

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Deadlines: Friend or Foe?

By Jan Drexler Whether self-imposed or contracted, deadlines are a real part of writing. And real writers need to know how to handle deadlines in the way that works best for them. Last fall, I had a tight deadline. I … Continue reading

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