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Twisting “Write What You Know”

by Gail Gaymer Martin When writers search for plot ideas, seasoned authors often respond write what you know, but I’ve found that this phrase means more than I’d thought. If we stick with what we know, our books could become … Continue reading

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Finding the Motivation to Write

by Susan A.J. Lyttek I love writing. You’d think after that statement that I would jump out of bed and head down to my notebooks and laptop with unbridled enthusiasm each morning. Not so. In fact, I will often putter … Continue reading

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Story First, Novel Second

By Dennis Ricci “Literary talent is commonplace. Storytelling talent is rare.” Robert McKee, the Hollywood story guru who’s trained many of the great filmmakers and screenwriters of our generation, made that statement within the first hour of his Story Seminar, … Continue reading

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The Way of Words

By Christine Sunderland Christians know that when the Word was made flesh, mankind was changed forever. Just so words that move from speaker to listener, from writer to reader, are also incarnate creations, fleshed with sound and sight. Christ the … Continue reading

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Change Your Character, Change the World

By Victoria Buck I wrote approximately a thousand pages about a game show host who becomes the world’s first transhuman who becomes a fugitive who becomes a believer who becomes a hero who becomes an evangelist, sort of. Book three … Continue reading

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The Cost of Freedom and the Cost of Writing

By Hannah Conway I cried when a news broadcast confirmed the death of Osama Bin Laden. The tears came from some place deep within me, perhaps some dark and dry cavern of my heart I had not fully explored.  What … Continue reading

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Holding to High Standards

By Angela Beach Silverthorne Books are powerful instruments to entertain, teach, learn problem solving strategies and coping mechanisms. As a writer I cannot underestimate the impact my words can have on readers. Knowing this, I take being a Christian author … Continue reading

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In the Beginning was the Word

By Davalynn Spencer When I landed in the newsroom as a crime-beat reporter, the editor gave me a printout stressing the importance of tight writing. “The Lord’s prayer has 66 words,” the memo said. “The Gettysburg address, 286.” His point: … Continue reading

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Being Equipped

By Henry McLaughlin God has a will, or a plan for each of us. Psalm 139:16 (NLT) tells us, You saw me before I was born. Every day of my life was recorded in your book. Every moment was laid … Continue reading

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Pros & Cons – plus a few tips – for Writing a Novel Series

by Deborah Raney The fifth and final book in my Chicory Inn Novels series released recently, and I’m now working on the first book in a new series. Having written mostly stand-alone novels for most of my writing career, this … Continue reading

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Keeping Up with the Joneses

By Tamara D. Fickas We are bombarded with opportunities these days to compare ourselves to others. The media is resplendent with pleas to see how you stack up against the hotshot writer, the most awesome athlete, or the most influential … Continue reading

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Hope–A Four Letter Word That Keeps Us Writing

By Sarah Hamaker I’ve been thinking a lot about hope lately in relation to writing, and how we can forget to cultivate hope in our quest for publication, sales, and reaching readers. When our hope buckets are empty or nearly … Continue reading

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It’s a Roller Coaster World

By Chandra Lynn Smith I love, love, love roller coasters. High hills, steep drops, sharp jerky curves, sitting, standing, clunky wooden ones, smooth riding new ones, loop-de-loops–I love them all. Who’d have thought this writing journey could be like a … Continue reading

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Three Tips for Listening to Your Own Voice

By Melissa Tagg I am a big believer in listening to smart people. And as a writer, I’m a big believer in learning from smart authors and industry professionals. BUT . . . with every book I write, there always … Continue reading

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Run Your Race

By Michelle Shocklee “… let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us.” Hebrews 12:1 Writing for publication is a lot like running a race. No two runners are built exactly the same, and they all enter the … Continue reading

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