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Don’t Let These 5 Confusing Words Mar Your Image

By Dianna Booher Tom’s an articulate physician, totally able to speak his mind and express a strong point of view. But when he repeatedly says “between you and I,” that grammatical error has the same effect as a big splotch … 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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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 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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Be Amazed by Listening

By Stan Crader I’m a novelist working on a non-fiction-it’s a stretch. The facts, once known, are easy to report. It’s the finding of facts, also called research, that’s painstaking, time consuming, and hard work; two of the three are … Continue reading

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The 80/20 Lifestyle

By Suzanne Woods Fisher A few years ago, I stood in a long snake of a line at the Department of Motor Vehicles with my youngest son, Tad, who was eagerly poised to take the test for his learner’s permit. … Continue reading

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Organize Your Writing Life

By Edie Melson I don’t care if you’re a freelance writer, nonfiction writer, novelists or something of a hybrid. The truth is that you have to wear a lot of hats to find publishing success. You have to be able … Continue reading

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Unexpected Reasons to Be Thankful You’re a Writer

By Beth K. Vogt I read somewhere that Thanksgiving has become the holiday Americans skip over, cramming it between Halloween and Christmas. How hollow life becomes when we forget to be thankful. When we don’t stop long enough to consider … Continue reading

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Blurriness

By Darlene L. Turner “Stay focused; do not lose sight of mercy and truth . . . ” (Proverb 3:3a VOICE) You know what they say . . . “A picture is worth a thousand words.” But what if the … Continue reading

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In Celebration of Technique

By Michelle Arch A curious thing seems to be happening in MFA workshops and critique groups. Criticism regarding spelling, grammar, and punctuation is considered hypercritical and offered only with considerable apologies for nitpicking. “Your editor will catch and correct those … Continue reading

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Make Me Care

By Kathleen Y’Barbo Now that I commute for my job, I love listening to podcasts. I can thank my daughter for this habit, as she’s the one who told me I should give them a try. Most of the time, … Continue reading

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Never Underestimate the Value of a Power Edit

By Dianna Booher My most valuable learning experience in graduate school also happened to be my most humiliating. Having read the first hundred pages of my master’s thesis, one of my thesis directors, a literary prize-winning novelist himself, handed back … Continue reading

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Every Day Acknowledgements

By Sara Ella I’ve been thinking about acknowledgements lately. My debut novel is with my editor as I write this, so I’ve been working on that little section the goes at the back of the book. You know, the one … Continue reading

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First Drafts: Fast and Free

By Katherine Reay As I write this, The Bronte Plot launches in two weeks and my next manuscript is due in a few days… As you read it, both are behind me. And at both times, I’m buried in first … Continue reading

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Crafting the Villain

By Kariss Lynch We’re all born sinful, but I don’t believe any of us are born inherently evil. Hitler didn’t start out thinking he would become a mass murderer. Life experiences, his choices, and what he fed his mind and … Continue reading

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