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Blurriness

By Darlene L. Turner “Stay focused; do not lose sight of mercy and truth . . . ” (Proverb 3:3a VOICE) You know what they say . . . “A picture is worth a thousand words.” But what if the … Continue reading

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Christian Fiction-No Wimps Allowed

By Cynthia Herron For readers not familiar with Christian fiction there’s the preconceived notion that if it’s Christian it must be wimpy. Or boring. Or something. For example, a friend once asked why I wanted to write for the Christian … Continue reading

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Please Don’t Get Out of My Head

By Victoria Buck When I was a child I had an imaginary friend named Lobby Lou. She seemed real. After a year or so I outgrew her and she stopped playing with me. But did I lose the ability to … Continue reading

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In Celebration of Technique

By Michelle Arch A curious thing seems to be happening in MFA workshops and critique groups. Criticism regarding spelling, grammar, and punctuation is considered hypercritical and offered only with considerable apologies for nitpicking. “Your editor will catch and correct those … Continue reading

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Never Too Old to Learn

By Martha Rogers Since I began writing from Deep POV, my writing has become tighter and much more efficient with much less telling and more showing. This proved once again that I’m never too old to learn more effective techniques … Continue reading

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Make Me Care

By Kathleen Y’Barbo Now that I commute for my job, I love listening to podcasts. I can thank my daughter for this habit, as she’s the one who told me I should give them a try. Most of the time, … Continue reading

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Never Underestimate the Value of a Power Edit

By Dianna Booher My most valuable learning experience in graduate school also happened to be my most humiliating. Having read the first hundred pages of my master’s thesis, one of my thesis directors, a literary prize-winning novelist himself, handed back … Continue reading

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Writing the Spiritual Coming-of-Age Story for Teens

By Rondi Bauer Olson I was raised in a very conservation Christian denomination. Conservative, of course, means different things to different people. For me it meant rules. Lots and lots of rules. I had to wear a dress. I couldn’t … Continue reading

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Sometimes Real Life Can Become a Novel

By Ane Mulligan The second book in my Chapel Lake series, Chapel Springs Survival,came from a real life event-and became a mother’s retribution. Insert creepy music and evil laughter. The day started out normal, boring even. Then I got a … Continue reading

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First Drafts: Fast and Free

By Katherine Reay As I write this, The Bronte Plot launches in two weeks and my next manuscript is due in a few days… As you read it, both are behind me. And at both times, I’m buried in first … Continue reading

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Capturing Your Romance Reader’s Heart

By Norma Gail You don’t have to compete with the greatest romance ever written to capture the heart of your reader. You have to make them fall in love with your character. Think of the most romantic line you have … Continue reading

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The Dreaded S-Word

By Bonnie Calhoun There is nothing in this writing world that can elicit more dread and loathing than saying the simple word ‘synopsis.’ The definitions of the word range from ‘a brief summary or general survey of something’ to ‘an … Continue reading

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Help! Another author wrote my story!

By Anne Mateer Have you ever read a book with the sinking feeling that the story seems so very, very familiar? In fact, it seems almost an exact replica of the story you are writing or have written. A story … Continue reading

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Don’t Quit Your Day Job

By Elizabeth Musser We’ve all heard the quip, when starting out on the writing journey, ‘don’t quit your day job.’ It is usually offered by a caring friend (or editor) who knows that making a living in the writing world … Continue reading

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Lies Writers Believe (and the Truth that Sets them Free!)

By Danica Favorite You might recognize the title concept from Susan May Warren’s teaching. The things holding our characters back are often the same things that hold us back as writers and as people. I remember thinking about a few … Continue reading

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