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When Words of Encouragement Wane

Posted by on Jun 28, 2017 in Blog | 1 comment

When Words of Encouragement Wane

Writing is hard. Even worse, to most of our friends and family, it’s a fleeting dream and unimportant in their busy worlds. It’s a mystery why the average Joe doesn’t see writing as a career. They consider it . . . a hobby.  We get the occasional pat on the shoulder or a “That’s nice,”  followed by an inquiry about our day job and questions on how we get paid. Despite ourselves, we drag into our offices, open the laptop and continue to pound away at the words buried deep in our souls. Every...

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The Good, The Bad, and the Memoir

Posted by on Feb 6, 2017 in Blog | 1 comment

The Good, The Bad, and the Memoir

“I have a memoir.” An excited conferee said sitting across from an acquisitions editor. An awkward silence seeped across the table. The editor tinkered with the manuscript. “We aren’t looking for memoirs.” “But your site says you publish them.” “We publish memoirs if you’re Brad Pitt, or George Clooney or you have a platform of millions.” “But we have a story about how my mother overcame cancer.” The editor smiled. “Thousands overcome cancer. It’s an over done topic.” Why are memoirs so...

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Writing Truth with Love

Posted by on Jan 13, 2017 in Blog, Writing Tools | 1 comment

Writing Truth with Love

“Times, they is hard and they is clampin’ down on a body’s heart like a snake that bites and won’t let go.” I loved my grandmother. She was such true woman of the Appalachians whose mountain phrases would either make you roll with laughter or scratch your head. Either way, there was always great wisdom there. Times are growing more difficult with each passing day. As Christians, we are quickly seeing the Word of God, pounced, trounced, and pushed down. Today...

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Oh To Be A Writer

Posted by on Jan 4, 2017 in Blog, Writing Tools | 0 comments

Oh To Be A Writer

My first writers conference was . . . well . . . intimating. I attended alone. It was the days prior to GPS and maneuvering my way through the one-way streets of downtown Asheville was a little disorienting. Why Rand McNally would run me through downtown Asheville when the interstate was direct was beyond me! The line of conferees waiting to check-in wound around three rows thick. Peers were reunited, chattering about their writing news. All I knew was, I wanted to be a writer. If this wasn’t...

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Why Write?

Posted by on Jan 1, 2017 in Blog, Writing Tools | 1 comment

Why Write?

Agent, Chip Macgregor addressed the looming question, “Why do we write?” on his blog (Why Does Everyone Want to Be Published? – 8/25/15) when he noted his observations as a well-established agent: … (I) believe most new writers basically want to get published so that they’ll be famous. They want that thrill of holding up a book with their name emblazoned on the cover, show it to their friends, leave it on their coffee table, maybe peruse a copy at the bookstore and casually mention to someone...

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Writing the Cliffhanger

Posted by on Dec 28, 2016 in Blog, Writing Tools | 0 comments

Writing the Cliffhanger

“It was a fast read. I couldn’t put it down.” Nothing rings sweeter to an author’s heart than these words. The moment a reader becomes so invested in a story that nothing is more important than reading to the end – It’s monumental! We call these page turners “cliffhangers” – remember “who shot J. R.?” The 1980s season cliffhanger for Dallas kicked off a new era for television. More so, it kept watchers drooling to know what happened next, assuring Dallas a knockout for the next season’s...

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