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Writing From Your Scars

by Tara Johnson I was recently asked to give an aspiring writer my best piece of writing advice. I could have told her to study the craft, told her the best blogs to follow, or given her a checklist of … Continue reading

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Investing in Your Writing Career

By Carrie Stuart Parks When I embarked on this writing journey, one of the decisions I needed to make was how serious I was going to be. How much was I willing to invest and for what end result? I … Continue reading

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The Zacchaeus Syndrome

By Loretta Eidson Writers conferences attract people from all over the world. The meetings are eye-opening, educational and enjoyable experiences. By the time they arrive, most writers have preselected a favorite author, agent, or editor they’d love to meet or … Continue reading

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Questions from a Young Writer

by Ann H. Gabhart Some time ago, a young writer asked me to answer some questions for her high school writing class. A writer can be young in years or simply young in writing experience. Many of you may be … Continue reading

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Decluttering Your Writing Life

By Jan Drexler Writing a book is a difficult task with thousands of details to keep track of. Just as we find it nearly impossible to navigate in a cluttered room, it’s hard to bring a story out of a … Continue reading

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Writely Dividing

By Kathy Parish Come with me into a very small Sunday School room in a small country church. There are no catchy posters decorating the walls. There are no reference books and no dry erase board as a teaching aid. … Continue reading

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Instant in Season and Out

By Shirley E. Gould I love salt! I love salty chips and popcorn. I love salt on my watermelon! A touch of salt on my vegetables makes them better. One thing I don’t love is a bland dish with no … Continue reading

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The Joy of Research

by Kimberley Woodhouse Research. It’s a chore to some people and a delight to others. I happen to fall into the latter camp although I must admit that sometimes I get so sucked into it that I lose track of … Continue reading

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10 Myths about Marketing Your Book

By DiAnn Mills What’s stopping you from marketing your book? Indecision about the tools? Fear of failure or success? How to approach social media? Heard so many cons that you’re afraid? Now is the time to debunk the following 10 … Continue reading

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Writing on the Move

By Rondi Bauer Olson I have lived close to Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore for twenty-five years, but, despite being an avid backpacker, I had never hiked the forty-mile trail in the park that follows the coast of Lake Superior. Determined … Continue reading

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Be a Branch, Not the Vine

By Tracy Popolizio Jesus instructs us in John 15, “Abide in Me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, unless it abides in the vine, neither can you, unless you abide in me. I am … Continue reading

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Finding Your Voice in the Sounds and the Silence

By Bethany Turner Is there anything more mysterious to a writer than the concept of voice? We all want ours to be unlike any other in the market. To be distinct and powerful. But how do we go about developing … Continue reading

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Is Age Holding You Back?

By Patricia Bradley How many times heard you heard someone say, “I’d love to write a book, but I’m too old.” And it isn’t limited to writing a book. Mention learning anything new and I hear the same response—“Oh, I … Continue reading

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Rainbow Bookshelves

by Christa Kinde Nothing showcases a book collection more than creative arranging. In recent years, there’s been a trend to organize your library by color, creating a spectrum that spans the shelves. Rainbow bookshelves. The first time I saw a … Continue reading

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A Safe Investment

By Christa MacDonald Recently, one beautiful Saturday, I hit the plant shops with my two youngest kids and bought annuals for the mailbox planter and a few herbs for the kitchen garden. Massachusetts has a short growing season and, although … Continue reading

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