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Writing Dual or Split Time Stories

By Rachel Hauck In honor of my new book, The Memory House, I thought I’d blog about the process or technique of writing a dual time, or split time, stories. What is dual or split time? I’ve heard people use … Continue reading

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What Would I Tell My Unpublished Self?

By Patricia Bradley The day this posts my tenth novel, Justice Delivered will release. For the past five years I have been living my dream of being a writer published writer. I’ve been a writer much longer. Much longer. As … Continue reading

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Deadlines: One of the Best Kept Secrets in Writing

by Kathy Harris A goal is a dream with a deadline. – Napoleon Hill Want to know a secret? I love deadlines! And I think you should too. Search online for the quote above, and you’ll find it, or one like it, attributed to a … Continue reading

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5 Ways to Destroy a Writing Career

by DiAnn Mills Writers receive blog posts daily that offer advice to build their careers. The publishing world has many sides, and each facet needs attention. We read— How to sell more books. How to strengthen characterization. How to write … Continue reading

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Writer’s Pruning Season

By Darlene L. Turner My Father examines every branch in Me and cuts away those who do not bear fruit. He leaves those bearing fruit and carefully prunes them so that they will bear more fruit. John 15:2 (VOICE) Spring is … Continue reading

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When Emotions Cause the Block

By Chandra Lynn Smith I sat at my desk in January writing the blog post and I shared a little about my current project. Then the project was put on hold for a little while. What happened? Life. This winter … Continue reading

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The Conference Portfolio, Part 2

By Lynne Pleau In yesterday’s post, I discussed the benefits of carrying an old-school, hardbound portfolio to conferences. In this post, I’ll talk about what that portfolio should look like and what it should contain. The job of a writing … Continue reading

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My Ideal Reader

By Sarah Hamaker Lately, I’ve been thinking a lot about my ideal reader. Who is she? What does she like to do? What does she read? Where does she live? What is her family life like? What draws her to … Continue reading

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Cyber-Praying with Sisters

by Elizabeth Musser In my other life, as a pastoral caregiver to missionaries, I had started an online Skype study with a small group of women from our mission using the Companion Guide to Sharon Garlough Brown’s novel, Sensible Shoes. … Continue reading

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The Power of Happy Moments

By Grace Hitchcock Sometimes it is tempting to allow drama and heartache to swamp our stories. Years ago, a favorite professor of mine would say over and over how “only trouble is interesting.” Today, I’d like to talk about how … Continue reading

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Failure or Success – Our Choice

By Henry McLaughlin I experienced two what might be called failures recently. In the space of three days. On Saturday, I received a rejection from an agent. On Monday, a publisher declined to consider my manuscript. It was the same … Continue reading

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It’s a Conundrum

By Ane Mulligan In this world, there are problems and there are conundrums. They do differ. Problems are your ordinary, garden-variety bugaboos. A pro-blum or a pro-blem, depending on where you live. Either way, whether a hitch, snag, or quandary, … Continue reading

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Imagine the Impact

By K.W. Bounds Why do I even bother writing?  Threatening to torpedo my work in progress, this thought surfaced leaving a wake in its path, as I scrambled to stay afloat in a sea of self-doubt and frustration. The compulsion … Continue reading

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In Praise of Reading Poetry

By Glynn Young Like most of us, I read poetry – a lot of poetry – in high school and college English classes primarily because it was assigned. I was much more interested in fiction (Dickens!) and noir mysteries (Dashiell … Continue reading

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Entitled to Sell, Part 2

By Lynne Pleau Getting Creative In Entitled to Sell, Part 1, I showed you some different ways titles become memorable. Now let’s look at how do you create them. Start by defining your theme. In one sentence, capture what your … Continue reading

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