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Fiction, Non-Fiction or Simply to Write

Posted by on Jun 12, 2012 in Writing Tools | 0 comments

Fiction,  Non-Fiction or Simply to Write

I field writing questions on a daily basis. Ask me about a devotion and I can bolt upright from a dead sleep and recite the Hook, Book, Look and Took method of writing, why you should use it and how it impacts the reader. Then there are moments I have to resort to writing books or other authors who have a greater grasp of knowledge than myself. I’m not always the expert but I am always learning. When conference time comes and folks line up for their 15 minute appointments there is one...

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The Power Behind the Task

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The Power Behind the Task

It’s over. Boot camp is over. The soldiers are weary but they are prepared. They came with open hearts,  minds, and willingness to serve. We have forewarned them the high will hit a low and the road will be difficult but they are prepared. Girded in the armor of God, bound with the love and support of their peers…these soldiers have learned “The task ahead of them is never as great as the Power behind them.” Onward Christian Soldiers. We look forward to seeing the fruit...

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Little Ditties Fill the Bag – Puns, Punctuation and Prose

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Little Ditties Fill the Bag – Puns, Punctuation and Prose

Editors are creatures of habit. They’re eyes are trained to notice the details most of us forget.  I’ve often wondered if their bedtime ritual includes memorizing one or two pages of the Chicago Style Manual before they tuck themselves in. Still, it’s those little tiny things that drive them nuts and push your work off their desk into the trash. Writing is subjective. And though there are rules for commas, semi colons and quotes, there’s always the one time exception. So here are a few rules...

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Compelled to Write

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Compelled to Write

I’d driven the 100 miles. Driven straight into the storm. The sky darkened with each mile that passed behind me. But I drove anyway; my family home and me alone. The wind yanked at my car…tugging at the doors and windows like a monster wanting inside. The rage of bellowing black clouds boiled along the ridge. Safety, Father. Safety please. Then the rain came. Sheets of water pelted across my windows and the wheels of the car slipped and slid. Lord, safety. I focused on the white...

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Write Right

Posted by on Feb 12, 2012 in Writing Tools | 0 comments

Write Right

I agree with publishers and editors…we have a generation of lazy writers. As a writer, I make mistakes. I’m my own worst editor. I spend hours pouring over my work; reading and re-reading each line. I’m lucky if my eyes over ride my head long enough to catch a misspelled word or bad grammar. I often wish I were a better editor of my own pieces. I can edit the work of others much easier than my own. Still, before I send anything to anyone in hopes of publication, I pay to have...

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