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Finding Time to Write: Don’t Despise the Bits and Pieces of Time You Have Available

Finding Time to Write:
Don’t Despise the Bits and Pieces of Time You Have Available
By Edie Melson

I had always believed that I needed at least an hour, and preferably three, to make any progress at all with my writing.

I couldn’t have been more wrong.

The truth is, those small bits and pieces of time we all have add up to a lot. And wasting them can severely hamper our ability to meet deadlines and find success.

Over the years, I’ve learned how to [...]

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Page Turner Deadline in Four Months!

FaithWriters and Breath of Fresh Air Press are pleased to announce the Tenth Annual Page Turner Contest  – and this year we are celebrating in a very big way. For the first time, the door is open for both fiction and nonfiction manuscripts – with a winner and runner-up in BOTH categories!

If you are a member of the FaithWriters Platinum 500, you are invited to enter this very special contest created just for you. If you are not yet a [...]

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You Are What You Read?

You Are What You Read?
By Randy Ingermanson

Years ago I was talking to a fellow novelist whom I’d just met and I asked him what his Top Five favorite novels were. This is a question I ask writers a lot. I’m always looking for great books, and one place to find them is on the Top Five list of another writer.

This guy’s answer just about knocked me over. He said, “I don’t read fiction.”

I couldn’t believe it. I asked him if [...]

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For Passion Week: Contemplating History

Contemplating History

By Joanne Sher

A man – jaw set, countenance firm – looked out in the distance
contemplating history, recalling events of the past.

They said they loved the Lord, that God was their Father.
Yet Adam and Eve disobeyed, eating of the forbidden tree.

And the man pursed his lips.

He said he would follow God, that he trusted His direction.
Yet Abraham bedded Hagar to sire a son his own way.

And the man cringed.

They praised the Lord for miracles, declaring [...]

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Writing: The Logical Approach

Writing: The Logical Approach

By Linda W. Yezak

We authors get to rolling in our manuscripts and sometimes forget to pay attention to what we’re putting on the page. Don’t ask me how this happens, I don’t know. I’m as guilty as anyone and often have to giggle at my own silliness as I delete words and phrases from the previous day’s session.

And that’s precisely what I’m talking about–the silly things. These little giggle-producing jewels are actually the big ol’ [...]

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Characterization: Journey to Awareness

Characterization: Journey to Awareness
By Gail Gaymer Martin

Every novel moves the main characters toward growth on their journey from unawareness to awareness. This happens in any genre from suspense to romance. And it happens in real life. We all make mistakes and, hopefully, learn from them.  So do all the main characters in a novel when they are confronted with a situation or an individual whose demands cause opposition that results in change.

Change can be positive or negative. Negative change creates [...]

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How Are Those Goals Going?

Well, we are a month and a half into 2016 – a time when many people have already fallen flat on any New Year’s resolutions/goals they may have made last month. It is easy to get discouraged when we look back and see what we hoped for – and realize we haven’t gotten much closer. And if you are on MY side of the globe, the winter doldrums that may or may not have hit certainly don’t help.

But it’s okay. [...]

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Making Something Out of Nothing

Making Something Out of Nothing
By Delia Latham

Genesis 1:1 In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.

God put His “Seal of Approval” on creativity from the start.

He brought forth the earth and seas and sky and everything above, below and in between – out of “thin air,” as the saying goes. But it wasn’t magic. It was creation (the act of producing or causing to exist, according to Dictionary.com).

And it wasn’t easy. God needed rest after he’d finished His [...]

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Let God be God

Let God be God
By Toni Babcock

“By faith Abraham, when he was called…obeyed, and he went out, not knowing whither he went,” (Hebrews 11:8 KJV).

Envy, and its suspecting cousin suspicion, can present themselves in a reluctance to acknowledge the gifts and calling of another Christian. Take the astounding story of Bruce Olson, who embarked on a harrowing journey to reach a fierce tribal group called the Motilone. His adventure began when at nineteen years of age, he boarded a plane to [...]

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Are You Really a Writer?

Are You Really A Writer?
By Suzanne Lieurance, the Working Writer’s Coach

People always ask me, “How do I tell if I’m really a writer?”

I tell them that’s an easy question to answer.

If you’re really a writer, you write.

But that’s not all real writers do.

Real writers also take joy in the writing process itself instead of simply wanting to have written something.

Someone who is really a writer loves the process of writing, even when the process is torturous, as it can be [...]

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