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Ideas Are Everywhere…

By Janetta Fudge Messmer All writers have ideas floating around in their heads. And like everyone else, I write them down because I don’t want to forget them. Never know, I might want to use them for a book at … Continue reading

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Combating the Solitary Life of Writers

By Tema Banner Writing is a solitary activity – as writers we have heard this and known it from the beginning of our journey. Outside influences provide the niggling of an idea that can not be displaced, and from this … Continue reading

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Sit! Stay! Write!

By Melissa Bennett Greetings fellow Christian fiction writers! The last time we met, I encouraged those of you having difficulty writing in these unsettling times to have grace with yourselves. Well, times haven’t changed all that much in the last … Continue reading

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Of Woodpiles and Word Piles

By Davalynn Spencer I recently had a cord of firewood delivered to my home. A cord is roughly a stack that is four feet high, four feet deep, and eight feet long. The depth of the stack or length of the … Continue reading

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Fiction Writing from A-Z

By DiAnn Mills Reminders about our craft burst our imaginations into creative mode. From A to Z, we find sources of inspiration to keep us writing. I’ve chosen the first word that entered my mind as a means to keep … Continue reading

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Fat Books, Tolkien, and Resurrection Power

By Michael Jack Webb Someone once said, “Inside every fat book is a thin book trying to get out . . .” I can’t help myself—I write “fat” books! I’ve tried to write books under one hundred thousand words, but … Continue reading

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Inspiration is Everywhere

By Suzanne Woods Fisher I listen to a local classical radio station while I write. One morning, the radio host made a casual remark about that day in history: “On September 5, 1911,” he said, “the Moonlight Schools began.” The … Continue reading

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Effective Communication

By Henry McLaughlin Effective Communication… …Or not so effective communication. Back in the 1960s, we had what’s called the Cuban Missile Crisis. The Russians placed missiles in Cuba, which could easily reach many cities in the United States. Our government … Continue reading

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Transitioning to Storyland

By Darlene L. Turner So no matter what your task is, work hard. Always do your best as the Lord’s servant, not as man’s. – Colossians 3:23 (VOICE)  I think we can all agree, 2020 has been a year for … Continue reading

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A Well-Tended Tale

By Tanara McCauley My parents are gardeners. Not your average throw-a-plant-in-a-pot-and-let-it-fend-for-itself gardeners; they are certified members of the green-thumb club, with a significant portion of their yard dedicated to fruits, vegetables, and herbs of every variety. Their garden thrives, and … Continue reading

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Writing in the Yoke: the Easy Writer

by Kristi Holl Matthew 11:28-30 “Come to Me, all who are weary and heavily laden, and I will give you rest. Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you … Continue reading

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Public Speaking Jitters

by Loretta Eidson Have you stood before a crowd before a presentation, only to see a variety of expressions returning your stare? It’s easy when everyone smiles and looks eager to hear what you’re about to share, but what about … Continue reading

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Tips for Co-Writing a Novel

by Kathryn Cushman I’m often asked about co-writing because I’ve done it a few times. My first co-written project, Angel Song, was an unusual collaboration orchestrated by agents. While that worked well, it’s not something writers can often control, so … Continue reading

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11 Elements for the Best First Scenes

By Susan Wingate Writers face many challenges when they start a new project. Many of these challenges arise because the writer doesn’t have a clue about what she even wants to write about. Some challenges arise from structural issues?how to … Continue reading

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Lessons Learned about Promoting a Debut Novel

By Frank A. DiBianca So, after years of writing, revising, professionally editing, finalizing, and submitting manuscripts to agents or publishers, your book has finally been published. But unless you’ve been published by one of the big houses, the lion’s share … Continue reading

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