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Hanging in There

By Rondi Olson A couple of years ago, I had an unexpected reaction to reading a blog post. Normally I enjoy writer success stories, but after reading one particular publication journey, I crawled into bed, curled into a ball, and … Continue reading

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Writing a New Novel? Pray About It!

By Lynn Hobbs An idea flashes through your mind in the middle of the night, and you’re convinced it’s THE answer to your next novel. Maybe not. You decide which chapter to insert the idea …when to let readers be … Continue reading

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Head and Tails of the Writing Life

By Dana Mentink September was hard at our house. We lost our beloved old dog, Nala. Nala was my shadow, my confidant and my writing partner. Wherever I was, she was there. After she passed, the house was empty and … Continue reading

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You are the Only You

By Tamara D. Fickas A new writer recently expressed concern that their words weren’t important. With so many great writers out there, how could their story make a difference? I can relate to that. Even after all the years I’ve … Continue reading

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The Juggling Act: Working Full-time and Writing

By Amy Clipston People often ask me, “How do you work a full-time job and write books?” I resist the urge to roll my eyes, and instead I sweetly reply, “I just make it work.” Unlike many authors, I work … Continue reading

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Giving our Books, One at a Time

By Elizabeth Musser “You have such an amazing family-you’re so genuine, so obviously happy to be together. I wish all the families I photograph were like yours.” So commented the hip young photographer I’d hired to take a family photo … Continue reading

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Writing Your Manuscript a Third at a Time

By Johnnie Alexander Every manuscript begins as an idea-perhaps a character whose voice won’t leave us alone or a situation that demands to be explored. Our challenge is to turn that idea into a story. What blueprint, plan, or method … Continue reading

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Why Did I Kill a Certain Character?

By Henry McLaughlin The writer’s life does not take place in a vacuum. Especially if your work is published. Suddenly, there is a community of readers who have questions about the story and why did certain things happen. A frequent … Continue reading

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Writing from the Heart or To the Market

By Rondi Bauer Olson My first writer’s conference was with ACFW in 2009. I was so proud of my manuscript. Dystopians were hot, HUNGER GAMES had come out the year before, and it’s what I’d written! Agents and editors were … Continue reading

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What Are Friends For?

by Kathy Harris So, how are those New Year’s resolutions working out for you? We’re one week into 2016. That’s seven days you could have been writing. Six, if you take a day off for Sabbath rest. In one week … Continue reading

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Write What You Know?

By Katherine Reay As I generate ideas for my next novel, I realize a certain theme in everything I write. If you’ve read anything of mine, you’d probably say “classic literature.” While you wouldn’t be wrong… Goodness knows, with titles … Continue reading

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Why it’s Important for Mystery/Suspense Writers to Consider Motive

By Janice Cantore In criminal court, ascertaining motive or intent is an integral part of the legal process and sets the tone for sentencing. The determination of a person’s motive can mean the difference between the death penalty, life in … Continue reading

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Words Aptly Written

By Kathy Parish “A word aptly spoken is like apples of gold in settings of silver.” (Proverbs 25:11 NIV) When I was growing up a beloved English teacher always had a beautifully leather-bound volume titled Apples of Gold. It was … Continue reading

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Honoring God’s Calling in Our Lives

By Rondi Bauer Olson A few months ago I was making small talk at a wedding reception when another guest, someone I did not know, asked me what I did for a living. Up to that point in my life, … Continue reading

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Tips for Weary Writers in the Christmas Season

By DiAnn Mills No other time of the year can be more difficult to write than at Christmas. We writers are simply distracted with all the fun and preparations. Besides the season involves creativity, and we simply can’t resist the … Continue reading

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