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Tips for Researching and Writing an Authentic Novel

By Amy Clipston I’ve written Amish fiction for more than ten years now, since I received my contract for my first book, A Gift of Grace, on Dec. 14, 2007. I decided to try to write Amish fiction after being … Continue reading

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From Book to Film

By Lenora Livingston Typically, a book is written prior to being adapted to a screenplay. However, I chose to do the reverse because of how my story developed. When I was in the heart of the greatest miracle of my … Continue reading

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From Breathing Britain to Immersion in the Civil War

By Glynn Young Researching a historical novel is more than a challenge; it feels like a career. I’ve written four novels in a series, with the main characters staying intact throughout. Buzzing around my head is the fifth, but I’m … Continue reading

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Read to Write

By Cathleen Armstrong I have heard some writers say that they were never particularly great readers and that they never thought of becoming writers until it just…happened. I have to confess that on such occasions, and admittedly they have been … Continue reading

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Productivity Hacks for the Procrastinating Writer

By Laurel Blount Self-discipline is…um…not my strongest spiritual fruit. So as a writer, time management is something I struggle with. I sit at my desk with every intention of writing, but then I just…don’t want to. I’d much rather check … Continue reading

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Don’t Be a Troublemaker

By Davalynn Spencer Did your mother ever tell you to stop being a troublemaker? How about your teachers? Friends. Well, if that task was hard to achieve in your childhood, and you’re a fiction writer today, now’s your chance to … Continue reading

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Perfectly Polished: What it Takes to Succeed as a Writer

By Loretta Eidson A manicure and perfectly polished fingernails make me feel better about the appearance of my hands. I love transferring to the nail technician the responsibility of clean-cut cuticles, hang-nail removal, filing, applying the polish and drying. It’s … Continue reading

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Making Personal Celebrations Impersonal

By Susan A.J. Lyttek I intentionally chose this date to write a blog because it’s the 35th anniversary of my (and my husband’s) church wedding. You might notice that I’m oddly specific. We had eloped in June of the same … Continue reading

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Social Media Missteps

By Rondi Bauer Olson One of the first things I heard as an aspiring writer was that I needed to be active on social media, and if I wanted to attract an editor or agent, I needed lots of followers. … Continue reading

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Do You Love Social Media?

By Deborah Raney As a true extrovert with a very solitary occupation as a writer, I truly enjoy social media. Sometimes I tell people I’m not sure I could have survived my 24-year writing career without it! (Of course there … Continue reading

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Create While You Wait

By Kariss Lynch We’ve all experienced these seasons: the endless waiting for a dream to come true. We wonder if God hears, or if we heard him wrong when He called us to this crazy writing gig. Wait—the word that … Continue reading

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Why Should a Writer be Part of Goodreads?

By DiAnn Mills The biggest reason for a writer to jump onboard Goodreads is from their own words: “It’s the world’s largest site for readers and book recommendations.” I’m convinced this social media platform is essential to a novelist’s recognition … Continue reading

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Waiting, Writing, and Why You Must Not Quit

By Cynthia Herron Most writers will tell you the in-between seasons are the hardest. Because I’ve promised to tell you the truth, I won’t sugarcoat it. They are. Waiting (especially a prolonged season of waiting) is like a knife to the weary writer’s … Continue reading

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Of Brides and Books

By Laurel Blount My daughter is getting married in October, so our family’s immersed in a chaotic whirl of wedding planning. Coincidentally, while I’m launching my oldest child into her “happily-ever-after,” I’m also celebrating the launch of an entirely different … Continue reading

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Getting The Most From A Writers Conference

By Rachel Hauck I confess it took me awhile to get the hang of writers conferences. Why? Because I attended with the hope of networking with the best of the best or pitching a knock-their-socks-off story idea. My focus was … Continue reading

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