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What Do Some Experienced Writers Have in Common with Mother Guppies?

By Mary Lou Cheatham Our first aquarium held only five gallons, but we loved it. At the pet shop we bought some guppies. The clerk said, “Better buy one of these.” “What is it?” “It’s a trap to keep the … Continue reading

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When Is It Too Late?

By Cynthia Herron Today I wanted to approach the elephant in the room. Because success is often a popular topic at writer’s meetings and conferences, obviously, it’s something that’s near and dear to our hearts. While most of us have … Continue reading

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Time Waits for No Writer

By Christa MacDonald I’ve been thinking a lot about ‘time’ in the last few weeks. It seems to speed up after Thanksgiving. There aren’t enough hours in the day or dates on the calendar before Christmas. The end of the … Continue reading

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“This is the Way; Walk in it”

By Michelle Shocklee A new year is upon us. I imagine most of us have hopes and dreams for 2018. Perhaps you’d like more book contracts (wouldn’t we all!), more book sales, or maybe you want to finish that first … Continue reading

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Don’t Be That Way!

By Sarah Sundin “Don’t be so sensitive!” the elementary school playground attendant snapped at me after I’d dissolved in a puddle of tears over a slight from a classmate. “Stop exaggerating,” my mother said. “You’re always so dramatic.” “Sarah daydreams … Continue reading

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Receiving to Give

By Susan A.J. Lyttek I chose to write this blog post because today is my birthday. Receiving gifts is fine, but I tend to get a lot more out of giving and sharing. It’s the same with writing. Don’t get … Continue reading

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No Resolutions…

By Kathy Parish The ending of another year and the dawning of the next always finds me reflecting on the past and wishing that I had done better in facing whatever challenges the previous year brought. Many of you may … Continue reading

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What Hindered You?

By Shirley E. Gould As 2017 winds down and we approach 2018, we make resolutions, set goal and decide to make changes in our lives. But, many times those adjustments are short lived and we repeat our actions of the … Continue reading

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The Race Before Us

By R. A. Douthitt Theme:  Endurance   “…and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us.”  Hebrews 12:1 As a writer and a Christian, I know that endurance and patience is required for this writing journey. … Continue reading

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A Day Like Any Other

By Bethany Turner Pastor Rick Warren once told me that in church leadership, we should approach every Sunday as if it were Christmas or Easter. (Okay, he happened to tell me that at the same time that he told several … Continue reading

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The Unwrapped Gift

by Kathy Harris It was a package much like the others, but it had somehow gotten lost among the branches of the tree. Perhaps a bit smaller, and more plainly wrapped, for a while it remained hidden behind the more … Continue reading

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Treasure of Words for You This Christmas

By Chandra Lynn Smith I have a little book on the shelves in my writing corner. It started as a blank book. In this book I write Bible verses that speak to my writer’s heart, and quotes that inspire and … Continue reading

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The Gift of Waiting

By Suzanne Bratcher December 20, five days until Christmas. The waiting is almost over! Then come the gifts. Right? Waiting isn’t a gift: waiting is the time before the Big Event. For most writers, the Big Event is publication of … Continue reading

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What Inspires a Writer

By Elizabeth Musser I often get asked the question by readers, “What inspired you to write this novel?” And my answer is usually the same each time. “Life.” So, so many things in life have inspired my novels. My first … Continue reading

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Going Through the Motions

By JPC Allen I am sure all of us have wondered, sometime in the middle of December, between shopping and baking and attending various social functions, if all this flurry of activity truly celebrates the coming of the Messiah. Do … Continue reading

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