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Writing When There are so Many Books

By Rondi Olson Most people are encouraging when I tell them I am a writer, and that my debut novel is about to be released. Often they congratulate me, and some have assured me they will look for my book … Continue reading

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Audiences and Communities

By Glynn Young Do you write for an audience? I don’t. Most of my career in communications focused on writing for an audience. It might be people listening to a speech; it might be people reading a magazine article or … Continue reading

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He Sowed Seeds, I Sow Words: Lessons on Writing from my Grandfather

By Tamara D. Fickas Grandpa spent much of his life working the land, coaxing forth new life that would nourish many. Farming was in his blood, so he toiled long hours in the fields. Over the years, I realized there … Continue reading

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The Writer Challenge

By DiAnn Mills How far are you willing to extend yourself to write a novel? Are you aware of the sacrifices that partner with the rewards of becoming a published writer? Do you ever wonder if you’re all alone in … Continue reading

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Why I Write

By Preslaysa Williams “Do what you love and the money will come.” Mama My mother always said this to me growing up, and Mama was right. When the school teachers pushed me to be a lawyer or a doctor, I … Continue reading

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God is in Control

By Deb Haggerty How many times do we rush blindly into our days, perhaps breathing a brief “God guide me” on our way out of the bedroom to get coffee and dive into our plans? I was reminded recently that … Continue reading

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New Year’s Goals and the Reminder That Good Bridges Make Good Connections

By Catherine Stuart As we hit the reset button with the New Year my notebook filled up with goals. Goals that were very different from each other, and I realized prioritizing was the key to success. This year for me … Continue reading

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Making A Statement

By Cynthia Ruchti Let’s start a protest. A noisy, raucous protest with banners and signs and eardrum- piercing loud speakers blasting the clever quips of our cause: • Make books, not war! • An author’s child goes hungry tonight. Fair … Continue reading

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Lingering in His Presence

By Ian Acheson Word for the year? Huh? Explain that to me. That was me a few years ago. Here I was in my late forties and I’d never heard of the thing. Why limit your year to a single … Continue reading

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God’s Plan for You

By Patricia Bradley “For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” Jeremiah 29:11 God has a plan for each … Continue reading

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Who Needs You Today?

By Molly Jebber In “Two Suitors for Anna,” I show an Amish woman, Anna, who loves God and has a good life, until her world turns upside down when the love of her life, Noah, leaves their community instead of … Continue reading

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Is Today Really Necessary?

By Mary Manners My dad’s birthday is today. He would be turning eighty. It’s amazing, looking back over the memories, how quickly the time has passed since he first encouraged me to pursue my love of writing. Dad has always … Continue reading

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What Is Given Him From Heaven

by Elizabeth Musser Recently, the Lord whispered encouragement (and conviction) to me through a verse from the third chapter of the Gospel of John. We all know that chapter and that verse. But actually it’s not the one to which … Continue reading

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First Chapters Syndrome

By Rondi Bauer Olson Last year my nebulous-but-fantastic-sounding goal was to “write every day.” I did a pretty good job. Five or six days a week I opened my laptop and typed a few hundred to a few thousand words. … Continue reading

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Combating the Doldrums

By Linda Brooks Davis Ever find your enthusiasm for a writing project flagging? I have. Have you figured out what to do about it? I pull out this photo of Ella, my granddaughter. And remember. My daughter called me in … Continue reading

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