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Defining

By Christine Sunderland Writing a novel of ideas is not for the faint of heart. In the writing of my novel-in-progress, Angel Mountain, I find that I have too many stories to tell. The files containing what I don’t use … Continue reading

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The Miracle of Hope

By Catherine West Today I’m celebrating the release of my sixth novel! My third published book through Harper Collins Christian Publishing, and since the title is Where Hope Begins, I thought hope would be the perfect topic for today’s post. … Continue reading

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Goals You CAN Achieve

By Cindy Patterson I’ve been thinking about Goal Setting and how it could change the success of many aspects of our life. Especially writing. But where do you start? Where do you WANT to see yourself tomorrow, in 1 year, 5 … Continue reading

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Springing into the Next Story

by Jan Drexler Spring is here, and it’s time to start my next book! With this new beginning, I’ve already spent hours of preparation. I’ve cultivated the bed of ideas, throwing out stones and stray roots. I’ve poured over research … Continue reading

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Have You Ever Fallen in Love with One of Your Characters?

by Glynn Young Something strange happened to me as I was writing my third novel, Dancing King. I fell in love with one of the characters. Perhaps “fell in love” is too strong. “Became fascinated with” might be more apt. … Continue reading

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Genealogy of Faith

by Marianne Evans The genealogy of my faith life begins, like most people, at the feet of my mom and dad. They raised me to embrace my faith, but make it an individual, personal matter. They didn’t spoon-feed me doctrine … Continue reading

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7 Qualities to Look For in a Writing Mentor

By Beth K. Vogt Almost every writer I know is looking for a mentor – or was looking for a mentor at one time in their writing career. And yet, when asked what we’re looking for in a mentor, how … Continue reading

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Tips for Fighting the Dreaded Writer’s Block

By Amy Clipston Through the years I’ve found that my book projects fall into two categories—they either write themselves or writing them feels like having my teeth drilled. In other words, the characters either tell me the story or I … Continue reading

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Were You Called to Write?

by Kathy Harris How can I really know if I’m called to write? Haven’t we all wondered from time to time? Your answers to the following questions may help you decide. Do you write because you can’t not write? Do … Continue reading

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What About Book Reviews?

By Nora St. Laurent A book review is a thoughtful discussion of a book’s content, style, strengths, value, limitations and recommendation for it (or not) for possible readers of a genre and/or subject. Here is an example of a possible … Continue reading

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Observations from a Writer

By Denise Hunter Most writers are observers by nature, aren’t we? We observe ourselves, we observe others, then we use what we observe in our writing. Like the other day. I was driving down the road alone and had to … Continue reading

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ACFW New Releases: May 2018

May 2018 New Releases More in-depth descriptions of these books can be found on the ACFW Fiction Finder website.   Children’s: Feebs to the Rescue by Kathy J. Perry — Feebs the kitten is new to the farm. She’s a … Continue reading

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Killing Your Darlings

By Kariss Lynch “Quoting the great William Faulkner, in writing you must be willing to kill your darlings,” my hippie poetry professor imparted one class. I remember thinking he was crazy. If you really think a scene or a line … Continue reading

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Stuck

By Darlene L. Turner It’s every writer’s worst nightmare. That dreaded blinking cursor on a white screen. The thoughts and storyline just won’t come. We’ve tried hard in preparing our stories, but then when the rubber meets the road . … Continue reading

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How to Write a Novel

By Henry McLaughlin When I’m introduced as a writer to a group of non-writers I get a wide range of reactions. Some look at me as if I’m from another planet. Others back away as if they might catch a … Continue reading

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