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Can You Hear Me Now?

Posted by on Jul 23, 2013 in Blog, Writing Tools | 0 comments

Can You Hear Me Now?

You’re with me right now. Watching that commercial with the guy on his cell phone saying, “Can you hear me now?”  That’s where we begin today. Asking that very question when we give our writing to someone else to read. “Can you hear me now?” Here’s a question for you. What is your voice and can it be heard in your writing? I’ve asked that question at writers conferences and heard crickets chirp in the back of the room. That, coupled with cold,...

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Writing Call Out

Posted by on Jul 17, 2013 in Writing Tools | 0 comments

God’s Grace (working title) Send submissions to email address below.  (See additional information from editor below closing.) Dear Writer, Freeman-Smith, a division of Worthy Media, is compiling a book of short stories about the impact of God’s grace in our lives. We are looking for contributors! We want unpublished true life, first-person stories that focus on heartwarming and unexpected moments when the only explanation is God did something on your behalf.  Stories can range...

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And Objective Look at Subjectivity

Posted by on Jun 29, 2013 in Blog, Guest Post, Writing Tools | 0 comments

And Objective Look at Subjectivity

By Alton Gansky A special thank you to Alton Gansky for sharing his blogpost from www.BRMCWC.com . Al is the director of the Blue Ridge Mountains Christian Writers Conference held at Ridgecrest Conference Center, Black Mountain, NC. ob-jec-tive, adj. — (of a person or their judgment) not influenced by personal feelings or opinions in considering and representing facts: historians try to be objective and impartial. sub-ject-tive, adj. — based on or influenced by personal feelings,...

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Critiques – No Pain, No Gain

Posted by on May 7, 2013 in Blog, Writing Tools | 0 comments

Critiques – No Pain, No Gain

Conference season has arrived and I’ve spent the last two weeks working through manuscripts sent by conferees. Many editors  choose not to do critiques simply because of time constraints. I have my own time issues but that doesn’t stop me from doing critiques. Yes, it’s cumbersome. Yes, it takes time (lots of time). Yes, I’ll offend someone. But is it worth it? You bet. I look at critiques as a No Pain, No Gain sorta thing. When I spend time gleaning through others...

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Writers Call Out – Chicken Soup for the Soul

Posted by on May 2, 2013 in Blog, Writing Tools | 0 comments

Writers Call Out – Chicken Soup for the Soul

Chicken Soup for the Soul: The Multitasking Mom’s Survival Guide Moms are the busiest people in the world! They juggle kids, husbands, jobs, housework, homework, paid work, volunteer work, parents, pets, and more! How do they do it? Multitasking! Mothers seem to be highly skilled at keeping all the balls in the air at the same time. Often, they are successful and get everything (or, at least, most things) done. But other times … disasters happen! Busy moms, this is your chance to...

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Writing the Best You Can

Posted by on Apr 28, 2013 in Blog, Writing Tools | 2 comments

Writing the Best You Can

“This is what I see needs a little tweaking.” I twisted the paper around so the author could see. “What? Tweaking?” “Yes, did my accent throw you? I’m a Tennessee gal. Sometimes folks don’t understand my accent.” I chuckled and pointed to the first remark on the page. “I’ve worked on this. It’s done. I didn’t pay for it to be torn apart.” Needless to say, I was a little taken back by a conferee who would pay for a...

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