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Good Rejections – Is There Such an Animal?

Posted by on Jul 19, 2013 in Blog | 0 comments

Good Rejections – Is There Such an Animal?

I pulled up the instant message box and gave my friend, Edie a shout. “I think I got a good rejection. Reckon there’s such a thing?” She instantly replied with, ūüôā . As writers, we slave long, sleepless nights over our work. Polish and shine each word and ¬†when we think it’s perfect, send it to our agent. The ¬†moment it leaves our email box, there’s nothing else for us to do – ¬†but wait. ¬†And wait. Oh, and did I say, wait? The process takes time and as...

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Characters with Muscle

Posted by on Jul 15, 2013 in Blog | 1 comment

Characters with Muscle

When I was a new writer I likened myself to kid learning to ride a bicycle. I hopped on the bicycle with training wheels, teetered a bit (because you know those training wheels are never perfectly leveled), then took off down the street. I thought I was something! “Look, I’m riding my bicycle.” I could whip down the driveway, slide sideways and even jump a cinder block. I could get away with things on my bicycle because I didn’t have to worry about losing my balance....

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The Push and Pull of Collaboration

Posted by on Jul 12, 2013 in Blog | 4 comments

The Push and Pull of Collaboration

This is what happens at writers conferences and this is why you should attend. 1) You learn the craft 2) You learn the industy 3) You meet your peers 4) You network 5) You are connected with folks who might actually become more than your peers – they may become your collaborators or writing partners That’s what happened to me. I attended the Blue Ridge Mountain Christian Writers Conference and met two wonderful Christian men who have become not only my friends and part of my...

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Going Where No Man Should Travel

Posted by on Jul 9, 2013 in Blog | 3 comments

Going Where No Man Should Travel

I’ve been following best selling author, Mike Dellosso’s¬†blog where he has recently been discussing his imagination. I’ve chuckled when he’s remarked he “sees a story in everything.” The prerequisite for being a writer is having an overactive imagination. For me it was a natural occurrence. ¬†Being the baby of two children, my brother 12 years older than me, I basically grew up an only child. My brother was grown, out of college and married before I hit 5th...

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What’s So Wrong with Waiting?

Posted by on Jul 5, 2013 in Blog | 1 comment

What’s So Wrong with Waiting?

Walk up to a vending machine. Insert four quarters. Press the button. ¬†A soft drink drops into holder below. Instant gratification. But what happens when you follow those same steps and the prize doesn’t fall? This is the life of a writer. ¬†We walk to our computer, insert all our information, print and the prize doesn’t ¬†drop. Our hard-birthed manuscript is rejected. ¬†Not once, but multiple times. There comes a point when we draw back our foot and kick the machine. We live in a...

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Writers Call Out – Chicken Soup for the Soul

Posted by on Jul 1, 2013 in Blog | 0 comments

Writers Call Out – Chicken Soup for the Soul

Note below that the deadline on this book has been extended to July 5. As always, submit your stories directly to Chicken Soup for the Soul. O Canada The Wonders of Winter 101 Stories About Bad Weather, Good Times, and Great Sports The deadline has been extended to July 5, 2013 for this book. You still have time to submit a story! We’re making a book just for Canadians about everything winter. Tales of Canadian winters are notorious! Whether you live in Canada or you are an expat living...

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