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So You Were Asked to Be A Beta Reader?

Posted by on Jan 10, 2015 in Blog, Writing Tools | 2 comments

So You Were Asked to Be A Beta Reader?

The email asked, “Would you be a beta reader?” Before there was ample time to think it through, you shot an email back with an emphatic, “Yes.” A few days later, a pdf or paper book arrive along with Beta Reader Instructions. Becoming a beta reader comes with its perks – an early look at a new book, perhaps a signed copy , or even a personal thank you note from the author. All which are fun, but . . . there’s a great responsibility that comes with serving in...

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Throw Out the Crutches

Posted by on Jan 10, 2015 in Blog, Writing Tools | 0 comments

Throw Out the Crutches

I buggered up my knee. It wasn’t one of my more graceful moments and of all things, I let the competitive side of me win. “Let Grace have the chair. You don’t need to win the game.” But noooo! I made a dash for sole surviving chair. It was between Grace and me. . .Grace won. Me – well, I caught my boot on the carpet, sailed into the air, and landed like a half-ton of brick on my knees. Short version: torn ligament, broken patella. Needless to say, I needed...

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REJECTIONS – Aaughhh!

Posted by on Jan 5, 2015 in Blog, Writing Tools | 2 comments

REJECTIONS – Aaughhh!

Rejection is not fun. I can’t think of a soul who lives for the next rejection, whether it be in our families, our jobs, or our writing career. These days when a child is told no, the next thing to expect is wailing . . . maybe a little kicking and screaming, and pouting. All this before the child gets over it and moves past. But if you’re a writer, rejection can become stifling. We spend hours bent over a computer keyboard typing out the work of a lifetime. There is a vested...

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Write Anyway

Posted by on Aug 26, 2014 in Blog, Writing Tools | 0 comments

Write Anyway

The computer screen glowed a soft white. I’d drawn a blank. This writing stuff was hard. Too hard. It wasn’t writer’s block. It was just plain hard work – hard to press one more letter on the keyboard, and harder to weave together any more cognitive thoughts. Writing is supposed to be fun. Not hard. But therein lies the misnomer. It is difficult, and I as thumbed through yet another book on plotting, I wanted to scrap the entire project. This is why you hear agents and publishers refer to a...

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World Blog Tour – Catching Up with Cindy Sproles

Posted by on Jul 22, 2014 in Blog, Writing Tools | 0 comments

World Blog Tour – Catching Up with Cindy Sproles

Christian writers support and encourage one another by letting readers know about other writers. We do this through blog tours. Andrea Merrell invited me to answer four questions and then point you toward three authors whose work I support. What Am I Working on Now? I’ve often said, “Don’t ask, you’d never believe me,” but I love what I do. Professionally I’m managing three websites –www.christiandevotions.us, www.inspireafire.com, and...

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Instrumental Writing Helps – Aaron Gansky

Posted by on Jul 4, 2014 in Blog, Guest Post, Writing Tools | 0 comments

Instrumental Writing Helps – Aaron Gansky

At the beginning of each semester of my Creative Fiction Writing class, I provide a list of books on craft that were instrumental in my writing journey

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