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Nine Things You Learn when You Write (That You May Not Learn if You Don’t)

by Kathy Harris If we study the craft of fiction, we can learn a lot of important things, from how to write proper point-of-view to how to format a manuscript. And, while each of these skills is vital to becoming … Continue reading

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All Things through Christ—Even Write

By Suzanne Bratcher Most of the writers I know personally are, like me, newly published. Almost all of us write in spite of daunting life challenges. One friend home schools her four small children. Another one works forty hours a … Continue reading

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Insert With Caution

By Lynn Hobbs A quote from Herbert Hoover: “The whole of the inspirations of our civilization springs from the teachings of Christ and the lessons of the prophets. To read the Bible for these fundamentals is a necessity of American … Continue reading

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Building Back the Walls

By Elizabeth Musser Lord, reading Nehemiah 3 this morning has brought me to tears. It’s basically just a list of names of people that I don’t recognize. There are not many who are superstars in the Word of God. Just … Continue reading

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Fool Proof Pitches

By Deborah Clack For those of you who are trekking across the country to San Antonio, Texas for the annual ACFW conference, let me dispel your fears. No cowboy boots required. But you might be thinking that ACFW is big! … Continue reading

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The Four Movements of the Story Beats

By James R. Hannibal In a previous blog I told you about story beats—an author’s path through the woods. You don’t have to stay on the path, but knowing where it lies gives you the freedom to wander. These story … Continue reading

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A Cast of Characters

By Shirley E. Gould As we strive to craft amazing manuscripts, our plots and genres are nothing without great characters. An interesting hero or heroine coupled with a riveting plot keeps us at our laptops creating word count. For our … Continue reading

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Get Closer to Your Story With the Power of “Why?”

by Carol Alwood Space exists between us and our stories. As much as we can imagine these fictional dreams, we can’t transcribe unfolding events. There’s a rift between what we imagine and what we write. This gap, depending on how … Continue reading

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5 Ways an Author Website Can Help Grow Your Platform

By Elizabeth Ludwig I belong to several organizations for writers. In recent months, one topic of conversation crops up more than any other…author websites, and the questions being asked are almost always the same. Do I need an author website? … Continue reading

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The Puzzle Method

By Kristi Holl Starting a new novel can be overwhelming. Our minds jump around as we fill dozens of colored sticky notes with snippets of ideas. Eventually we end up with hundreds of bits of information. Where do we start … Continue reading

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Research Matters

by Dana R. Lynn I recently had a conversation with a close friend regarding research. I was researching what a 911 operator’s computer terminal would look like. “What does it matter?” My friend asked, completely serious. “It’s fiction. Just make … Continue reading

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Mastering the Art of Story Description

By DiAnn Mills Mastering the art of story description is an exciting creative process for the writer. We use our imaginations to step into a character’s shoes and live the adventure from page one to the end. Various techniques show … Continue reading

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Inspiration in the Writing Life from D-Day

By Sarah Sundin This week we’re commemorating the 75th anniversary of D-day, the Allied landings in Normandy on June 6, 1944. As I’ve studied D-day from the sea, the air, and the ground for my Sunrise at Normandy series, I’ve … Continue reading

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3 Ways to Work Well with an Editor

By Kariss Lynch They say that all good things must come to an end. Sadly, the same holds true in writing. As you turn your manuscript into your editor, you abdicate your position as ruler of your own fictional kingdom … 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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