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A Lot Like Life

By Kariss Lynch Four funerals in six weeks. Six weeks of grieving and celebrating and laughing and crying. Six weeks of wrestling with the Lord and wondering why. Six weeks without writing, because how do you write when you can’t … Continue reading

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Beautiful Scars

By Molly Jebber I had two blood red spots removed from my face. The doctor warned they may turn black and blue in a few hours, but they would disappear in a day or two. After they were removed, my … Continue reading

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A Brief Writing Experiment

By Lynn Hobbs Learning new writing methods can be rewarding. I noticed several men writing a tighter style, and it did get my attention. They mentioned more white space on a page drew readers from a younger generation. What were … Continue reading

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Come Out of The Corner

By Chandra Smith In March I shared about a dream one of my ancestors had that inspired one of my manuscripts. I encouraged you to dream your stories. Anyone who has been writing for a while understands when discouragement comes, … Continue reading

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Tips to Help on Your Journey toward Publication

By Amy Clipston People often ask me what the secret is to getting published. I don’t believe there is a secret to getting published, but I do have a list of things that will help writers on their journey to … Continue reading

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Help! I’m Lost and Can’t Find My Way

By Ane Mulligan I’d hit the 43,000-word mark in the fourth book in my Chapel Springs series. I knew the characters like I know myself. Better even, since I don’t pretend they don’t have faults. But the story stalled on … Continue reading

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Story Structure

By Katherine Reay As I begin a new story, my mind turns to structure. No matter how much I say I’m an “organic” writer, I need solid hooks on which to hang my musings. I can get lost easily if … Continue reading

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The Actions of Writing

by Sarah Hamaker Are you a writer? If you answered yes, do you believe, deep down inside, that you are indeed a writer? Too many times, we say we’re writers but our actions say another thing. For example, you meet … Continue reading

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The Capacity to Obey

By Davalynn Spencer “What if I run out of things to say?” For some authors, this can be a serious concern. Other writers dip from an ever-flowing font and never worry about where the next words are coming from. I … Continue reading

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My #1 Rule of Writing

By Tosca Lee Late one night while I was writing my second novel, Havah, I dragged myself home from a business trip–tired, bloated, grouchy, stinky‚Ķ and on deadline. I had two solid days at home before my next work trip … Continue reading

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It’s All “Write” with Me

By Robin W. Pearson I imagine Moses felt a spark when he stumbled upon the burning bush. Spending time in a den of hungry lions motivated Daniel, and crouching in the belly of a fish surely gave Jonah the encouragement … Continue reading

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How to WRITE About When Everything Goes WRONG

by Allie Pleiter Write What You Know, Right? Writing about the difficulties in your life sounds like a sure-fire path to emotionally compelling work, right? You know exactly how it feels, you know the gut-wrenching progression of events, and it … Continue reading

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Those Stories in My Head

By Martha Rogers Like the raindrops in the song, these stories keep falling on head and filling it with ideas. Peg Phifer posted a quote on our Novel Track writing loop, and it suits me to a T. “GOD PUT … Continue reading

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Five Activities for an Author in Waiting

By Teresa Tysinger I would argue that all authors are familiar with waiting. With no regard to genre, experience, position in life, or level of discipline, every author waits. We wait on inspiration to strike, for more time at the … Continue reading

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Guarding The Writer’s Heart

By Catherine West “You’ll need a thick skin.” “It’s not easy. Actually, it’s very hard.” “How do you feel about rejection?” This is what you might hear from seasoned authors if you ask about the writing life. I love this … Continue reading

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