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Conflicted Hearts

by Laurie Alice Eakes Recently, a writer asked why conflict so often seemed to be understood as sniping and snarky comments between the hero and heroine. She knew that conflict had to arise from something more than attitudes verging on … Continue reading

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Book Review: Maggie’s Journey

Title: Maggie’s Journey (McKenna’s Daughters, Book 1) Author: Lena Nelson Dooley Publisher: Realms Date: October 2011 ISBN: 978161638589 Genre: Historical Fiction Reviewed by: Cara Putman With Maggie’s Journey, Lena Nelson Dooley crafts an engaging first book in a story of … Continue reading

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Writing in the Now

by Jill Elizabeth Nelson When teaching the techniques of Deep Point of View that will virtually squash issues with show/don’t tell, I emphasize the importance of writing lively, linear prose. In other words, every sentence must remain in the Now-not … Continue reading

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Counting Reasons to Attend Writers’ Conferences

By Becky Jacoby Five years ago, if anyone would have asked me about attending a writers’ conference, I would have advised against it. Even though I dreamed bigger dreams and was working steadily, I thought, “Why spend money to learn … Continue reading

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When the Words Won’t Come

by Mary Ellis Every writer whether our contemporaries or long gone has wrestled for hours when they can’t string seven words together into a concise sentence. We doubt ourselves, our mentors, the process we thought we’d perfected, even the quality … Continue reading

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A Writer’s Good Friend: Kindle Notes & Highlights

by Robin Lee Hatcher Recently, a number of writer friends have switched from the use of Kindles to the Nook or stated they are thinking of doing so. They’ve had different reasons for buying a new Nook. Always wanting to … Continue reading

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Subsidiary Rights

by Natasha Kern Natasha Kern Literary Agency I’ve been thinking recently about subsidiary rights because I’m going to Anaheim for the RWA conference. Attending RWA includes meeting with clients, editors and new writers and arranging a private lunch for my … Continue reading

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Book Review: Cooking the Books

Title: Cooking the Books (Sloane Templeton Mystery. Book 1) Author: Bonnie Calhoun Publisher: Abingdon Press Date: April 2012 ISBN: 978-1426733888 Genre: Contemporary Fiction Reviewed by: Cara Putman Sloane Templeton’s life is chaos in Cooking the Books. Her mom’s died, she’s … Continue reading

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Seven Days to Better Writing

by Janice Hanna Thompson What if I told you that your whole life could change in a week? You would sit up and take notice, right? The truth is, it can. If you’re a writer, all you need is one … Continue reading

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The ROY G BIV Approach

by Cynthia Ruchti Do they still teach elementary school children the colors of refracted light, rainbow-style, via the ROY G BIV method? Memorizing seven colors in a specific order is tough…until you learn the odd but hard to forget name … Continue reading

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Writing … Interrupted

by Beth K. Vogt I had another post written for today. The opening line? There’s always a reason – or two or three – not to write. I intended to blog about writing through the interruptions of life – and … Continue reading

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Be Your Agent’s Dream Client

by Greg Johnson WordServe Literary Group One thing authors wonder about is how to “behaveā€ once they have a working relationship with a literary agent. Especially if it’s your first agent, you want to be the kind of author an … Continue reading

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ACFW New Releases: July 2012

More in-depth descriptions of these books can be found on the ACFW Fiction Finder website. Tidewater Inn by Colleen Coble — Welcome to Hope Beach Where the sea breeze is fresh, sun sparkles on sand . . . and trouble … Continue reading

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Book Review: Polar Bear Plunge

Title: Polar Bear Plunge Author: Linda S. Glaz Publisher: White Rose Publishing Date: November 2011 ASIN: B006G40ZZE Genre: Romance Reviewed by: Lisa J Lickel Angry with God over the death of her active-duty military husband, nurse Aleni Callan finds herself … Continue reading

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Woolworth or Tiffany’s?

by Janelle James Simplicity is beautiful. When I was a little girl, my mother and I walked by a Tiffany’s display window. We stopped and stared in appreciation. My mother placed her hand on my back and lowered her voice. … Continue reading

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