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Monthly Archives: April 2020

Six Ways to Write While the World is Stressing You Out

By Allie Pleiter As the author of How to WRITE When Everything Goes WRONG—A Practical Guide to Writing Through Tough Times, I’ve been getting a lot of cries for help from writers these days. The crisis we find ourselves in … Continue reading

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Confined in Spring

by Elizabeth Musser Lord, how can I complain when I’m confined in Spring? When a chateau sits in my backyard When snow white calla lilies curl towards the sun And lilacs bloom and tulips tilt their crimson heads And butterflies, … Continue reading

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Cooking Up a Story

By Tanara McCauley “Are these…scones?” My teen’s guess was generous, considering the cookies looked more like jagged blue biscuits coated in a suspicious glaze. She held one in her hand, eyes skeptical. I frowned at the cookie-biscuit-scone between her fingers … Continue reading

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“Thrifting” Your Photos

By Mesu Andrews My daughters are so fun and silly. When we got together last fall, they took me thrifting with them, and—WOW! They’re really good at it! Goodwill, yard sales, and antique shops are their gold mines with unclaimed … Continue reading

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Boredom as Writing Inspiration

By JPC Allen Little did I realize when I wrote this post in March how many of us would be battling boredom in the near future. Every month on my blog, I choose some aspect about the month—a holiday or … Continue reading

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Want the Ball

By Renee Hodges You’re in exercise or dance class. Floor-to-ceiling mirrors face your group as you flow as one with the men and women around you. You are in the zone. Pulse racing to the rhythmic thumping of the sound … Continue reading

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Sheltered by the Resurrection

By Christine Sunderland Christian writers shelter their stories, then baptize them with resurrection life. We have been sheltering-in-place in the San Francisco Bay Area this 2020 Lenten season, hoping to slow the flu virus Covid-19, and staying home has provided … Continue reading

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Needing to be seen

By Lana Christian Writing is largely a solitary proposition. Then comes the need to be seen. But the coronavirus has limited us in ways we never could have imagined. Countless book launches have been canceled. Authors fear their years of … Continue reading

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3 Tips to Sort Out Contradictory Research

by Mesu Andrews On our recent Israel tour, I was reminded that archaeologists and scholars are incredibly smart—but they can’t know everything for certain. Shouldn’t they know where Jesus was crucified and buried? The Christian Conundrum Our Catholic brothers and … Continue reading

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The Journey of Research

By Tema Banner I love research. I think most historical fiction writers would agree, it is one of the fascinating adventures of the writer’s world. With each new fact we uncover, our stories can take twist and turns that we … Continue reading

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Gethsemane: A Symbol of Suffering

by Mesu Andrews When you think of Jesus’ last night with His disciples, what symbols come to mind? Bread. Wine. Feet being washed. Songs being sung while walking to a secluded garden. I’d always imagined Gethsemane as a quiet, peaceful … Continue reading

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Passed Over

by Terri Gillespie “For the vision is yet for an appointed time. It hastens to the end and will not fail. If it should be slow in coming, wait for it, for it will surely come—it will not delay.” Habakkuk … Continue reading

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I Know the Plans I Have for You …

by Deb Haggerty How many times do we rush blindly into our days, perhaps breathing a brief “God guide me” on our way out of the bedroom to get coffee and dive into our plans? I was reminded recently our … Continue reading

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Creating in the Quiet with God

By Tara Johnson “Quiet the mind and the soul will speak.” ~ Bhagavati We are living in wild times and these past few weeks have yanked busy schedules to a grinding halt. I’ve often heard people say how much they … Continue reading

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Let It Go!

By Darlene L. Turner Let perseverance finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything. James 1:4 (NIV)  Can’t you hear Elsa singing, “Let it go, let it go…”? Throughout my writing journey there were … Continue reading

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