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Declutter Your Mind – What Do you Need to Purge to Write Better?

By Tammie Fickas With the pandemic and people spending more time at home, decluttering seems to be a hot topic. Going from working too many hours to a forty hour a week job to working from home, I’m surrounded by … 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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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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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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