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Life-Generating Words

By Loretta Eidson While reading Battlefield of the Mind by Joyce Meyer, it occurred to me the irony of how well that title describes the multitude of thoughts in a writer’s mind. We enter a mental battlefield every time we … Continue reading

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Paralysis of Perfection

By Karen H. Richardson It happens to the experienced and the inexperienced among us. It happens when we least expect it or have time for it. We desire to put words on a page to tell a story, share an … Continue reading

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Bringing Characters to Life

By Henry McLaughlin A story without people is not a story. I’m not sure what it is but it’s not a story. You can have a great plot and beautiful settings, but if your characters are not alive, you just … Continue reading

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A Seemingly Innocent Question

By Suzanne Kuhn, SuzyQ The holiday season is almost here, and this is a good time to use relevant subjects on your social media. However, please be aware that you may open a can of worms. Don’t be afraid of … Continue reading

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Not All Characters Are Created Equal

By Winnie Griggs The stories you write undoubtedly have casts of varying numbers, descriptions and personalities. And while every character in your manuscript works together to tell your story, they each perform a different function depending on the roles you … Continue reading

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Smooth Scene Breaks

by Lynn Hobbs Descriptions of a scene and section break are simple. A section break can be another characters point of view or closure of a particular scene. A scene break within the same scene will show days or hours … Continue reading

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The Doldrums: How to Put More Wind in Your Writer’s Sails

By Bonnie Doran What are the Doldrums? Here are the Merriam-Webster’s Collegiate Dictionary definitions: 1. a spell of listlessness or despondency 2. a part of the ocean near the equator abounding in calms, squalls, and light shifting winds 3. a … Continue reading

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Whatever Is Good

By Ramona Richards “Employ whatever God has entrusted you with, in doing good, all possible good, in every possible kind and degree.” -John Wesley This quotation from John Wesley may have been inspired by 1 Peter 4:10, which instructs us … Continue reading

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Journaling Our Journeys

By Shirley Gould In a valiant quest to describe human emotions in our prose, we as writers scan lists of nouns and adjectives in an attempt to make them real to our readers. It is a tedious and time consuming … Continue reading

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How to Get Better With Every Book

By Lindsay Harrel As someone who suffers from perfectionism, I want everything I do to be the picture of…well, perfection. That includes the books I write. But the reality is – and I’m sure all of you know this – … Continue reading

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Reading Outside Your Genre

By Lisa Jordan Recently I had a conversation with my sister, who is a language arts teacher at our local middle school, about the importance of reading outside our favorite genres. She reads a lot of non-fiction, particularly biographies. I … Continue reading

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The Art of Fighting and Making Up with Fake People

By Melissa Tagg Several weeks ago I turned in the rewrites on my third book. If I were to describe the process of writing From the Start, um, I might slip into slight melodramatic territory. Or I’d straight up tell … Continue reading

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His Face or His Hand?

By Ian Acheson I think one of the things I pray the most about is seeking direction; or for confirmation that I’m doing the right thing. Do you do that? My work life tends to be lumpy. The life of … Continue reading

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Of Writers, Romance, and Weddings

By Beth K. Vogt I’ve been spending a lot of time on Pinterest lately. Being craft-challenged, I’m not pinning seasonal craft ideas onto various holiday boards. And I’m also not pinning recipes or decorating ideas. After I conquer this current … Continue reading

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Cross pollinating and the writing industry

By Jennie Atkins Marketing and online presence, whether we like it or not, have become a large part of what an author must do to succeed. Our writing time now includes posts to social media websites, such as Facebook, Twitter, … Continue reading

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