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Monthly Archives: December 2017

No Resolutions…

By Kathy Parish The ending of another year and the dawning of the next always finds me reflecting on the past and wishing that I had done better in facing whatever challenges the previous year brought. Many of you may … Continue reading

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What Hindered You?

By Shirley E. Gould As 2017 winds down and we approach 2018, we make resolutions, set goal and decide to make changes in our lives. But, many times those adjustments are short lived and we repeat our actions of the … Continue reading

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In Prison Last Week

by Donna K. Rice The clanking sounds of the doors rolling closed behind actors entering a prison in the movies are accurate. Last week, I experienced hearing that noise behind me for the first time. It made me think about … Continue reading

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The Race Before Us

By R. A. Douthitt Theme:  Endurance   “…and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us.”  Hebrews 12:1 As a writer and a Christian, I know that endurance and patience is required for this writing journey. … Continue reading

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A Day Like Any Other

By Bethany Turner Pastor Rick Warren once told me that in church leadership, we should approach every Sunday as if it were Christmas or Easter. (Okay, he happened to tell me that at the same time that he told several … Continue reading

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The Unwrapped Gift

by Kathy Harris It was a package much like the others, but it had somehow gotten lost among the branches of the tree. Perhaps a bit smaller, and more plainly wrapped, for a while it remained hidden behind the more … Continue reading

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Treasure of Words for You This Christmas

By Chandra Lynn Smith I have a little book on the shelves in my writing corner. It started as a blank book. In this book I write Bible verses that speak to my writer’s heart, and quotes that inspire and … Continue reading

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The Gift of Waiting

By Suzanne Bratcher December 20, five days until Christmas. The waiting is almost over! Then come the gifts. Right? Waiting isn’t a gift: waiting is the time before the Big Event. For most writers, the Big Event is publication of … Continue reading

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Savor the Season

By Shirley E. Gould We, authors, polish our prose as our word counts rise in order to share our stories with the masses. It’s tedious work we’ve dared to under-take. I’ve been working on a contemporary romantic suspense series for … Continue reading

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Writing Christmas Fiction

by Susan A.J. Lyttek It’s one thing to reminisce about Christmases gone by and to tell our own tales. But how do we go about creating traditions for a fictional character and make it seem both compelling and realistic? First … Continue reading

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5 Tips for Weary Writers in the Christmas Season

by DiAnn Mills No other time of the year can be more difficult to write than at Christmas. We writers are simply distracted with all the fun and excitement this time of the year brings. The season involves creativity, and … Continue reading

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What Inspires a Writer

By Elizabeth Musser I often get asked the question by readers, “What inspired you to write this novel?” And my answer is usually the same each time. “Life.” So, so many things in life have inspired my novels. My first … Continue reading

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Going Through the Motions

By JPC Allen I am sure all of us have wondered, sometime in the middle of December, between shopping and baking and attending various social functions, if all this flurry of activity truly celebrates the coming of the Messiah. Do … Continue reading

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“Passive” Mania Blues

By Loretta Eidson I’m a high school graduate who majored in Home Economics and Math. English and Literature weren’t necessary to me at the time. Remembering how to dissect a sentence or conjugate a verb lasted about as long as … Continue reading

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Honor the Craft

By Henry McLaughlin James Scott Bell posted a blog called Don’t Ever Mail It In where he wrote about the attitude that we’ve reached a certain point in our writing where we don’t have to improve. What struck me most … Continue reading

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