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Love Your Editor

By Ian Acheson It was finally finished. I’d just typed “The End.” Now what do I do? September 2003. Yes all those years ago. I’d set out on a mission to write that novel that I was always going to … Continue reading

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How to trick your brain and create the perfect writing environment

By Melissa Tagg Here’s the thing: I wish I could do ALL my writing on languid Saturday mornings…slow and relaxed and unencumbered by things like, oh, you know, the need to actually get dressed and go into the office and … Continue reading

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Modern Issues or Cookie Cutter…

By Lynn Hobbs Recently, I attended a ladies luncheon from several churches in my area. One woman had an out of state friend visiting her, and we welcomed her to the group. Upon learning I was the author of a … Continue reading

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The Magic Triangle: Exploring Wounds for Deeper Fiction

By Connilyn Cossette Have you read a book in which the characters seem flat? Lifeless? I certainly have. The plot may be great and the writing lyrical, but if the characters do not leap from the page the story will … Continue reading

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How to Light a Fire to Your Writing Career

By DiAnn Mills When writers realize the embers of their careers are dying, stomping out the few remaining flames is not the answer. Instead, effective writers look for new ways to promote themselves that explodes with ingenuity and creativity. Is … Continue reading

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What do you do with Rejection?

by Patricia Bradley I met a writer once who kept every rejection letter she ever received. Over 10,000 letters. I was thinking about her the other day, and not just her, but all the writers out there who keep writing … Continue reading

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A Spoon Full of Sugar…Yes, Please

By W.G. Reese You’ve finished that article, short story, or novel that you poured your heart into for days, weeks, and months. Whoever reads this miraculous compilation of facts, imagery and relatable emotion will enjoy — no, be enthralled and … Continue reading

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Permission to Dream Your Stories

By Chandra Smith One of my favorite things at a writer’s conference is the mealtime conversations with other writers about their stories and their characters. It is probably the only place writers can talk about the people in their heads … Continue reading

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When Fiction Provides Added Value

By Les Stobbe I’m constantly amazed by the fixation of fiction writers on novels, as if that is the noblest expression of the art of fiction writing. Yet there are a variety of other opportunities to employ fiction to present … Continue reading

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Adding Flesh to the Bone: Writing Compelling Historical/Biblical Fiction

By Mesu Andrews If you’re invited to my house for a quiet evening, you should hope I only serve dessert. I’m not a terrible cook, but my main dishes usually come from a box. Why? Because the only seasonings I … Continue reading

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When Mentoring Goes Wrong

By Ramona Richards You know, you do need mentors, but in the end, you really just need to believe in yourself. –Diana Ross Who knew such a simple piece of advice could make someone burst into tears. All I said … Continue reading

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The Importance of Reading

By Katherine Reay Today is my birthday…. An unusual way to open a post on writing, but I chose this day because I thought visiting here would be a fun way share/mark the day. But we will not discuss my … Continue reading

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How to Know When It’s Time to Give Up

by Cathleen Armstrong I met her the second day of the ACFW Conference when I sat down next to her at the lunch table. “How’s your conference going?” I smiled at her as I opened my napkin. This is conference-speak … Continue reading

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Tosca, On Research

By Tosca Lee I get asked (a lot!) how I research my historical novels, which always surprises me because it seems like a) kind of a boring thing to talk about and b) a personal process based on a person’s … Continue reading

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Building a Genuine Platform

By Emilie Hendryx What is a good platform base? Do I need a platform? How do I build a platform? What will a platform do for me? What is a platform, anyway? These questions are enough to make your head … Continue reading

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