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19 May Posted by in Inspiration, Writing Life | Comments

I Don’t Wanna Write Today

I Don’t Wanna Write Today

  Do you hear the whine? Some days that is me, I am like a two-year-old child who doesn’t want to take a nap. I am whiny and ill-tempered about doing something I love to do, and that is tell stories. Do you have days like this? What do you do to jump start your attitude? […]

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When Your Writing Needs a Miracle

When Your Writing Needs a Miracle

Priscilla Shirer shares in her Bible study, Breathe: “Miracles. Every single one of them is astounding, shocking, and overwhelming. Have you ever experienced one? An instance when God suspended the regular way that the universe functions to interject His activity?” I pushed my curling iron away, Priscilla’s words tumbling around in my spirit. I clicked the […]

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When I Get Stuck on a Book. . . I Get By with a Little Help from My Friends

When I Get Stuck on a Book. . . I Get By with a Little Help from My Friends

He got your attention, didn’t he? He got mine too. A long time ago, I wrote a book about a wild rocker with long dark hair. It was a romantic suspense and got several rejections. Shortly afterward, I went to a writers conference. The speaker said that whatever you read the most is probably what […]

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01 Oct Posted by in Writing Life | 2 comments

What Led Me to ACFW

What Led Me to ACFW

When I started writing, people advised me to join a writers’ group. I thought why get together with writers and talk about writing, when I can just write. After two years of going it alone, I’d gotten 102 rejections and one POD book published. When the book released, I learned what Print On Demand publishing […]

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When I grow up, I want to be . . .

When I grow up, I want to be . . .

From the time I carried a book out to the front porch swing and escaped into my own world, I pictured myself providing that same pleasure for some other girl somewhere. Stories buzzed around in my head, impatient to be written down. Back then, my writing influences were more about the story than the author. […]

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Are you following the WRITE destiny?

Are you following the WRITE destiny?

When I was young, writing was a chore. It was simply a grade, and usually a bad one at that. Never in a million years would I have thought I’d be a writer. I have experienced what Beth Moore calls a Reversal of Destiny. Basically it’s when the Lord uses a hardship in your life […]

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21 Mar Posted by in Writing Life | 8 comments

What would you say to a 12-year-old who told you they wanted to write novels when they grew up?

What would you say to a 12-year-old who told you they wanted to write novels when they grew up?

Not long ago, I got to experience this, as one of the kids at our church told me that, then asked for advice. Though startled, I was thrilled to answer her question. You see, I was in her exact position when I was twelve. I would have loved to have been given advice on my […]

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Conference – Oh My!

Conference – Oh My!

Hey y’all, Many of us are preparing to head to Dallas to stay in an ultra fancy hotel for the annual American Christian Fiction Writer’s Conference. If not this year, possibly some day in the future. So many writers show up with their hopes and dreams. A few go home with a contract. Some go home […]

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Being a part of a writer’s group

Being a part of a writer’s group

What makes a great writer’s group?

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23 Feb Posted by in Writing Life | 21 comments

Spring Cleaning: Dusting off your old manuscripts

Spring Cleaning: Dusting off your old manuscripts

This week I want to encourage you to look at the great, semi-great, good, bad, and just downright ugly, bits of manuscripts that you have written. Personally, I keep mine in a folder on my computer, but I do have a hodgepodge of scrap papers that have some ideas or even complete scenes scrawled all […]

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