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Jenny Carlisle  // Posts published by Jenny Carlisle

Catharsis- What Every Reader Wants

If you’re like me, writing is a release. My imagination works overtime, and it’s even get some of these thoughts on paper- or burst. And that wouldn’t be a pretty sight. It occurred to me that readers get the same release from a well written book. We all love a satisfying story, one that makes […]

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12 Apr Posted by in How-To Articles | 1 comment

Dealing With Those Ugly Plot Problems

Dealing With Those Ugly Plot Problems

One of the funniest question and answer sessions I’ve ever been to happened at a writer’s conference years ago in Little Rock. The speaker was a high-falutin Yankee author and editor. The participants were full of “How do I hit the big time?” queries. Then, one lady raised her hand and asked, “What happens when your […]

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Page Turners and Show-Stoppers

Page Turners and Show-Stoppers

I read an interesting post by  fellow Arkansas author Tricia Goyer. She shared a review of one of her books who said something like the following: “I was enjoying this book until I realized that the author should have listed God as one of the characters. He seemed to be always lurking. I think the […]

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From Family History to Historical Fiction

From Family History to Historical Fiction

An immediate caveat: Historical fiction is not my forte. My current WIP will be entered as contemporary Women’s Fiction in the Genesis contest. But, I was handed a treasure several years ago that has sparked my imagination. During her hometown’s centennial celebration,a relative of mine wrote an account of the first of our ancestors to come […]

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29 Dec Posted by in Inspiration | 4 comments

Be Still, And Know

Be Still, And Know

My New Year’s resolution is a simple one. I vow to spend more time just being quiet, and listening. With my busy life, this is not easy. I have to carve out time to be totally quiet. There always seems to be noise. Even when there is no-one talking to me, or I can’t hear the television in […]

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21 Nov Posted by in Inspiration, Meetings | 1 comment

The Reason for the Season-a Writer’s Perspective

The Reason for the Season-a Writer’s Perspective

Thanksgiving is a wonderful, uniquely American holiday. It’s pretty clear-cut. We pause to give credit where credit is due. We know that God has blessed us beyond measure, and we gather with friends and family to express it. Commercially, it has stayed above the fray, and except for that little parade thing in New York, […]

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New Career- Day One

I started two careers at about the same time around 35 years ago. The first, as wife to my best friend, is always new and totally rewarding. The other career, as an Arkansas State Employee has been wonderful too. However, I’m reaching the point very soon where I’ll be retiring from that one, hoping to […]

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12 Sep Posted by in Inspiration | 5 comments

Staying Home from the “Ball”

We all know the story- Cinderella attends the fancy ball at the palace in a coach that was formerly a pumpkin. She dances with the prince- they fall in love- they live happily ever after. Oh- except for the whole glass slipper episode. But was it really that easy? In the Rodgers and Hammerstein version […]

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Read what you write- Write what you read

Read what you write- Write what you read

Ask any writer about their hobbies, and reading will be front and center. When trying to change our Writing from a hobby to a business, what can we learn from the books we read? One piece of advice I have had no trouble following is to read books in the genre I wanted to write […]

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27 Jul Posted by in Meetings | 1 comment

Where do I start?

Continuing on my story-telling thread from last time, I recently read a very helpful book by Lynn Lauber called “Listen to Me, Writing Life into Meaning.” This lady sees telling your own personal story as therapy, and now holds workshops for all kinds of people. Some of her favorites are older folks in nursing homes. […]

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