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Monthly Archives: December 2018

Character Description: Two Challenges

By Jean Kavich Bloom As a fiction editor, I find novelists can encounter a couple of challenges when it comes to character descriptions: (1) keeping track of them so they don’t accidently give their heroine, for instance, blue eyes in … Continue reading

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How to End 2018 with Success

By Beth K. Vogt “I never dreamed about success, I worked for it.” — Estee Lauder (1908-2004), American businesswoman I came across the quote by businesswoman Estee Lauder while working on several different blog posts. Her words encompasses a truth … Continue reading

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Getting Naked on the Page

By Lenora Livingston In my lifetime, I have spent a lot of time, money, and effort trying to improve my writing skills. I have taken long courses, short courses, attended writing seminars, and joined writing groups. But the best advice … Continue reading

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Dialog, The Fuel Of Your Story

by Rachel Hauck I’ve written a lot about dialog over the years but it’s a topic worth repeating. Dialog. Is. Key. Talking is how we learn about people. The words they use, the tone of his or her voice, as … Continue reading

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The Story Behind the Story

by Marianne Evans The creation of a series isn’t a solitary endeavor. Series novels require research, continuity, a solid plot base and characters that will see it through. Like a progressive measurement curve. But then…in steps…life. Christ. The power of … Continue reading

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How Did They Do That?

By Kimberley Woodhouse I’m always fascinated with research. It’s one of my favorite things to do in my career. I find it so easy to get sucked in by an interesting time in history, an amazing person, or an absolutely … Continue reading

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Handling Disappointment & Unmet Expectations

By Donna L.H. Smith If I had a dollar for every time I’ve been disappointed in writing or life — or had unmet expectations — I’d be a rich woman. Because disappointment is a part of life and how we … Continue reading

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ACFW New Releases: December 2018

December 2018 New Releases More in-depth descriptions of these books can be found on the ACFW Fiction Finder website. Amish Romance: The Amish Sweet Shop by Laura Bradford, Mary Ellis, and Emma Miller — It’s almost Valentine’s Day at Beechy’s … Continue reading

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