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Six Tips for Defeating Self-Doubt

by Kathy Harris Fear. It can paralyze. And no one knows that better than a writer who is filled with self-doubt. We may sit down to put words on the paper, but nothing comes out. Or, even worse, we may … 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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Everything I Need to Know About Mysteries I Learned from Scooby Doo

By JPC Allen As a kid growing up in the ‘70’s, I lived to watch Scooby Doo. Little did I know that this first exposure to mystery stories would be a good foundation for trying to write my own. My … 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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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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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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The Blank Page

By Henry McLaughlin Get it down. Take chances. It may be bad, but it’s the only way you can do anything really good.  –William Faulkner How many of us hesitate to start writing? Even authors who have been at it … Continue reading

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Mixing Truth in Fiction

By Jodie Wolfe As a reader and writer of historical romance, I’m one of those people who read the author notes at the end of the book to discover which part of the story is based on various historical happenings … Continue reading

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Confessions of a Research Fanatic

By Kathleen Denly Most campers pray for clear skies and pleasant weather. The summer before my senior year of high school, however, I was fervently praying for a rainstorm. Not just any rainstorm. I wanted a gully-washing downpour that would … Continue reading

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Am I a Real Writer?

By Christa MacDonald In the news recently an actor who had been on a successful TV show was seen working at a grocery store. Someone took a surreptitious picture of him and posted it online saying how surprised they were … Continue reading

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Three Boredom-Busting Tips

By Linda W. Yezak “The only rule I have found to have any validity in writing is not to bore yourself”—John Mortimer. If you follow Mortimer’s rule not to bore yourself, chances are good you won’t bore your reader either. … Continue reading

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