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God’s Whispers in Theme

By Suzanne J. Bratcher “Do you know the theme of a story before you write it?” When a reader asked me that question, I answered “yes.” While I don’t always know the exact passage that will surface as the key … Continue reading

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The Tin Woodman, the Scarecrow, and the Lion

By Julia Kay Being a women’s fiction writer, I’m a big fan of spiritual leaders who teach and champion other women. Specifically, Lisa Bevere is one of my favorites. I recently read a comment on social media from someone saying … Continue reading

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How Long Do You Write Before Writing It Down?

By Glynn Young I spent almost four years writing my first novel before I put a single word on screen or paper. Writing a novel wasn’t intentional. A song had captured my imagination, a single image formed in my mind, … Continue reading

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How Do Book Launch Teams Help Authors?

by Cynthia Herron Anticipating a book launch is a little like anticipating childbirth, both thrilling and terrifying. We’re excited about our book birthday, but there’s a lot of hard work leading up to that point. In addition to writing the … Continue reading

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A Balancing Act

by Shirley Gould Lately, life has been a balancing act as the coronavirus ended life as we know it and we faced major changes. Covid-19 caught us off-balance—totally unprepared. We have quarantined, worked from home, educated our children, and watched … Continue reading

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The Beauty of Falling Leaves  

By Kariss Lynch When seasons change, I celebrate. In general, I struggle with change, but something about nature changing and ushering in something new is exciting and familiar, even as things shift. As an adult, fall has become my favorite … Continue reading

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What Driving Taught Me About Writing

By Lynn H. Blackburn It’s hard to turn a parked car. Ever heard that one before? I can’t remember where I heard it first, but it’s so very true. You can be in the car, behind the wheel, motor running, … Continue reading

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Put Your Feet on the Desk

By Terri Gillespie “. . . and after the earthquake a fire, but the Lord was not in the fire; and after the fire a still small voice.” 1 Kings 19:12, NKJV I have a friend who was a vice-president … Continue reading

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Haircuts & Hurricanes

by Kathleen Denly This year has been full of surprises, and few of them pleasant. It can be difficult to understand what God is thinking during times like these. It can be tempting to believe what we are going through … Continue reading

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How to Be a Real Writer in Four Easy Steps

By Kimberley Woodhouse Step One: Write. The best way to become a real writer is… you guessed it: to write. You might have one thousand amazing ideas but you’ve flitted from one to another and never finished one of them. … Continue reading

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Festina Lente

By Kay DiBianca I read a cute little mystery recently entitled “Mr. Penumbra’s 24-hour Bookstore.” The book mentioned a term I had never encountered before: “Festina Lente.” This Latin term means “make haste slowly.” The Renaissance printer Aldus Manutius adopted … Continue reading

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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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