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Sometimes Real Life Can Become a Novel

By Ane Mulligan The second book in my Chapel Lake series, Chapel Springs Survival,came from a real life event-and became a mother’s retribution. Insert creepy music and evil laughter. The day started out normal, boring even. Then I got a … 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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Writing What You Know…Emotionally

By Martha Rogers From early on in my writing days, I was taught to write what I knew most about. During my college days, that didn’t amount to a whole lot in my opinion. In looking back at those days … Continue reading

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Writing Productivity, Big and Small Chunk Style

By Allie Pleiter How much writing do you get done in a sitting? The answer feeds a lot more than your progress toward a deadline-it can tell you a lot about your writing life and writing needs. What do I … Continue reading

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Don’t Quit Your Day Job

By Elizabeth Musser We’ve all heard the quip, when starting out on the writing journey, ‘don’t quit your day job.’ It is usually offered by a caring friend (or editor) who knows that making a living in the writing world … Continue reading

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Lies Writers Believe (and the Truth that Sets them Free!)

By Danica Favorite You might recognize the title concept from Susan May Warren’s teaching. The things holding our characters back are often the same things that hold us back as writers and as people. I remember thinking about a few … Continue reading

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What’s One Piece of Advice You’d Give a Struggling Writer

By Patricia Bradley If you know me, you know I won’t stop at one. ? But first, I want to tell you a little story. (I know, no backstory for the first 50 pages, but I’m going to break the … Continue reading

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Pulled In

by Christa Kinde Good stories tell the truth. When the hero of a story invites us to share their adventure, we respond in real ways. Their predicament knots our stomach. We cringe at their embarrassment. Pangs of grief have us … Continue reading

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Foolproof Ways to Embrace Change

By DiAnn Mills I’ve been publishing since 1998, and one thing I’ve learned is to embrace change in the publishing world. The logic is all around us: new ideas are a fact of life. We either stubbornly refuse to learn … Continue reading

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3 Steps to Publication…Guaranteed!

by Lillian Duncan Let’s get right to the 3 steps to publication…guaranteed! As I’m sure you know all stories have a beginning, a middle, and an end. So the perfect formula for writing a great book, meaning publishable is… best … Continue reading

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What’s In Your Corner?

By Chandra Lynn Smith We writers are a different sort. If you disagree with me, ask your family what they think. In our family of six, my oldest son, the actor, is often the one who ‘gets it.’ The rest … Continue reading

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Mere Point of View

By Christine Sunderland We are told to write from close third person point of view. This is the POV of choice for today’s audience and publishers. And yet I notice from time to time a yearning for omniscient POV, among … Continue reading

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The Road to Publication

By Katherine Reay A reader recently reached out to ask how she could know if she was ready to pursue publication. Did I have any advice? Wow! Tough question. Here’s what my advice boiled down to… 1. Give your work … Continue reading

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Different Strokes, Different Folks, Different Paths, Different Maths

By C. Kevin Thompson To say the writing life is a “one size fits all, write the same, market the same, sell the same” society is na├»veté at its finest. Take Tom Clancy, for example. Ex-military. High-ranking Naval officer. Decides … Continue reading

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Writers’ Plans

By Carrie Fancett Pagels Proverbs 19:21 Many are the plans in a person’s heart, but it is the Lord’s purpose that prevails. When the New Year came around in the Pagels household, we made a resolution of “no surgeries” for … Continue reading

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