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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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The Pain of Unsolicited

Posted by on Mar 9, 2016 in Blog, Writing Tools | 1 comment

The Pain of Unsolicited

No unsolicited manuscripts!  Ah, the pain of reading or hearing those three words is every writer’s nightmare. As the squeeze on the publishing industry grows tighter and tighter, so grows the frustration of the new writer. Everywhere we turn, we see the words no unsolicited manuscripts. With such stop signs how could we expect to ever be published? The greater question becomes, “Why don’t they accept unsolicited manuscripts?” As sad as it seems, with the fall of the 2008 economy, publishers...

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Frozen in Place – Icey Self-Talk to Freeze Your Writing

Posted by on Feb 9, 2016 in Blog, Writing Tools | 1 comment

Frozen in Place – Icey Self-Talk to Freeze Your Writing

Fourteen inches of snow had fallen three days earlier. Rain pelted down the fourth day. Yet when I opened the door to head out, it was the most beautiful sight I’d ever seen. After the rain, the temperature dropped, and as the mountains are famous for their beautiful morning foggy mists – the fog had frozen. It was like you could lift your finger and break the air. I gawked, took pictures and when I came home and sat down to write, I found myself in a frozen fog. It wasn’t writer’s block. My...

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