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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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Achievable Believable Character Transformation

By Donna L.H. Smith Romans 12:2 says, “Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable … Continue reading

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If I Could Start Again Writing Christian Fiction

By H.L. Wegley A few months ago I was asked what I would do differently, as a novelist, if I could start again—a complete do-over. In answering this question, most of us would include starting to learn the craft at … Continue reading

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The Wonders of the Writing Desert

By Emily Conrad Bats whirled through the air as I left the shelter of our car to walk the short path to the overlook. In pre-dawn Joshua Tree National Park, the fluttering creatures were the only movement I spotted. In … Continue reading

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Leaving Harran

By JPC Allen God has a lot of nerve. I thought of this when my kids and I were rereading the story of Abraham and Sarah. Actually, they were still Abram and Sarai at this point because we were reading … Continue reading

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Battling the Self-Doubt Virus

By Laurel Blount When I was in college, the local water supply became contaminated with a particularly unpleasant parasite. Soon the infirmary was jammed with moaning students, all of us dealing with the tummy bug to end all tummy bugs. … Continue reading

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Dancing

By Christine Sunderland It is said and it is written that Jacob dreamed of angels descending and ascending a ladder between Heaven and Earth, and that later he wrestled with an Angel of God. Just so the Christian writer dreams … Continue reading

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Prayers for the Writing Life

By Cindy Patterson Thank you, Father, for this adventurous writing desire you have given me. Thank you for how far you have brought me and for all the many blessings surrounding me. You are always faithful. My heart overflows with … Continue reading

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When “No, Thank You” is Really “Not Yet”

By Kathleen Y’Barbo You keep track of my sorrows. You have collected my tears in your bottle. You record each one in your book. Psalm 56:8              The process from idea to publication is sometimes much more difficult than a … Continue reading

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What Is the Message?

By Jean Kavich Bloom As an avid fiction reader and a fiction editor with more than thirty years in the Christian publishing world, I understand the power Christian fiction can have. Perhaps that’s one reason I’m concerned about a topic … Continue reading

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Ensemble Cast

by Christa Kinde In our books, the main character rarely operates alone. Depending on the needs of the story, we provide them with friends and neighbors, romantic interests and rivals, critics and supporters. The first book in my new YA … Continue reading

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