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Leaving Your Manuscript Alone

By Lynn Hobbs It’s finished. You’ve reread your manuscript, checked for typo’s, and tightened sentences. The next step is as important as getting your story written, and written well: leave it alone. Let it sit idle for at least two … Continue reading

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When Your Readers Bother and Bless You

by Elizabeth Musser I just returned from a book signing event where I was invited to speak to a church book club. Because I posted the event on Facebook, other readers who weren’t a part of the book club also … Continue reading

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Do the Angels Cheer for Underdogs?

by Kathy Harris Please allow me to interrupt the post I’d originally planned for today to journey into the land of “what if.” After all, we’re an organization of “what if” writers, and it’s imagination that inspires our stories. I … Continue reading

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What Do Some Experienced Writers Have in Common with Mother Guppies?

By Mary Lou Cheatham Our first aquarium held only five gallons, but we loved it. At the pet shop we bought some guppies. The clerk said, “Better buy one of these.” “What is it?” “It’s a trap to keep the … Continue reading

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What Do You See?

By Loretta Eidson Remember the old saying “there are two sides to every story”? It’s difficult to see reason or understand another point of view if the full picture isn’t clear. Last Sunday my pastor gave this example during the … Continue reading

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When Is It Too Late?

By Cynthia Herron Today I wanted to approach the elephant in the room. Because success is often a popular topic at writer’s meetings and conferences, obviously, it’s something that’s near and dear to our hearts. While most of us have … Continue reading

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Time Waits for No Writer

By Christa MacDonald I’ve been thinking a lot about ‘time’ in the last few weeks. It seems to speed up after Thanksgiving. There aren’t enough hours in the day or dates on the calendar before Christmas. The end of the … Continue reading

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Don’t Be That Way!

By Sarah Sundin “Don’t be so sensitive!” the elementary school playground attendant snapped at me after I’d dissolved in a puddle of tears over a slight from a classmate. “Stop exaggerating,” my mother said. “You’re always so dramatic.” “Sarah daydreams … Continue reading

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Receiving to Give

By Susan A.J. Lyttek I chose to write this blog post because today is my birthday. Receiving gifts is fine, but I tend to get a lot more out of giving and sharing. It’s the same with writing. Don’t get … Continue reading

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From Book to Film

By Lenora Livingston Typically, a book is written prior to being adapted to a screenplay. However, I chose to do the reverse because of how my story developed. When I experienced the greatest miracle of my life, it triggered a … Continue reading

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5 Steps to Using A “Q Factor”

by Ane Mulligan I learned about the Q Factor from James Scott Bell years ago. He’s given me permission to share it here. So what is the Q Factor? It’s a great tool that comes from Dr. Q, in the James … Continue reading

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No Resolutions…

By Kathy Parish The ending of another year and the dawning of the next always finds me reflecting on the past and wishing that I had done better in facing whatever challenges the previous year brought. Many of you may … Continue reading

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What Hindered You?

By Shirley E. Gould As 2017 winds down and we approach 2018, we make resolutions, set goal and decide to make changes in our lives. But, many times those adjustments are short lived and we repeat our actions of the … Continue reading

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In Prison Last Week

by Donna K. Rice The clanking sounds of the doors rolling closed behind actors entering a prison in the movies are accurate. Last week, I experienced hearing that noise behind me for the first time. It made me think about … Continue reading

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The Race Before Us

By R. A. Douthitt Theme:  Endurance   “…and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us.”  Hebrews 12:1 As a writer and a Christian, I know that endurance and patience is required for this writing journey. … Continue reading

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