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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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29 Jul Posted by in Writing Tips | 3 comments

How to Write Faster: 15 Tips

How to Write Faster: 15 Tips

Bloggers know that more articles equals more traffic, but sometimes we get bogged down with blank screens and blinking cursors. This post shares 15 practical tips on how to write posts more quickly. All of these might not work for you — just use the ones that help and leave the rest.   Think before […]

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Keeping Those Writing Muscles Flexed

You may have noticed my favorite writing quote by Ernest Hemingway. I can’t find the exact attribution, so hopefully he doesn’t mind me mangling it just a little, but it goes something like this: “Anyone who says he wants to be a writer and isn’t writing doesn’t.” At one time, this bothered me, because I […]

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08 Jun Posted by in Writing Tips | 6 comments

Some tricks of the trade–writing software

Some tricks of the trade–writing software

Do you use writing software? Have you considered using this tool? When cleaning out my office several weeks ago because of a water leak, I discovered bits of useful information about my WIP. I had character sheets and photos for these characters, and conversations between these people stuck here and there.

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02 Jun Posted by in Writing Tips | 8 comments

A Writer’s Alphabet: C is for … Characters!

A Writer’s Alphabet: C is for … Characters!

I love characters! There’s something magically delicious about sinking my teeth into the development of a new character. Some writers use character sheets that lists every conceivable trait a character can possess. Others find it helpful to walk around the mall and snap pictures of people that resemble the people in their head. ALERT: This […]

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01 Jun Posted by in Writing Tips | 5 comments

Sidekicks- Don’t you just Love ’em?

Sidekicks- Don’t you just Love ’em?

So- you love your hubby/fiance/significant other, but sometimes he drives you to distraction. Who do you vent to? Not your family, they will try to make you feel guilty. Not a complete stranger, they won’t care. No, we all need that good buddy, someone who understands but is not necessarily close enough to take his […]

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20 May Posted by in Writing Tips | 10 comments

An Author’s Alphabet: B is for … Book Abandonment!

An Author’s Alphabet: B is for … Book Abandonment!

As writers, we all have a collection of books that we rely on to either inspire us or to help direct us along the writing journey. An outstanding group member of ACFW Arkansas recently shared a few titles from her collection during a stellar program which she conducted. Her collection was, to say the least, […]

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On the road? Again?!?

I travel for my day job, which means I spend a lot of time in the car. A. Lot. Of. Time. I don’t mind so much because I can listen to books on CD (shout out for technology!) And because I get a lot of great story ideas when my mind doesn’t have to pay […]

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Preparing for a Conference

Along this exciting road that God has launched me down, I’ve had some very exciting destinations. Maybe not exciting the way the rest of the world would view them, but for a Christian fiction writer, they’ve been very beneficial. Attending a writer’s conference is by no means easy. But, the effort can truly be worth […]

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03 Mar Posted by in Writing Tips | 8 comments

To Plot or Not to Plot

To Plot or Not to Plot

A common argument among beginning writers is whether to write your story from the “seat of your pants” or to plan the story before you begin to write it. The “Pantsers” maintain that their story will develop best if it sort of writes itself. They say their creativity will be stifled if they do too […]

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