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Weary in Spirit?

Weary In Spirit?
By Annagail Lynes

When my spirit grows faint within me, it is you who watch over my way. In the path where I walk people have hidden a snare for me. – Psalm 142:3 (NIV).

God knows when you sit down. He knows when you get up. He knows your thoughts before you think them, your words before you say them. He knows what your future is going to be like, the choices you are going to make. He knows [...]

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Setting Descriptions

Setting Descriptions
By Linda Yezak

 He clutches the package tighter to his chest and shoots a glance over his shoulder. Still there. No shakin’ them. Whoever’d hired them is sure gettin’ his money’s worth.

His eyes dart to the “Walk” sign at the corner, and he quick-steps through the noon crowd to the other side of the road. Another glance. Stupid gorillas are still there, not two dozen paces behind. Here–cut in here. Nice busy place to lose them between the rows [...]

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Write What You Know?

Write What You Know
By Gail Gaymer Martin

Everyone has heard the phrase “write what you know,” and yet writing  -whether contemporary or historical – takes research, no matter how much you know.

Keeping your story accurate is important to give readers a sense of truth when they read your work. One significant error can cause readers to distrust everything you say. It is easy to question the write-what-you-know statement, because if all writers did that, where would the thrillers be, the murder mysteries, [...]

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Running Out of Time to Enter Page Turner

It’s October – the middle of the month, even. And for FaithWriters folks, that can mean only one thing – the deadline for the ninth annual Page Turner Contest is sneaking up on us. In a mere two and a half weeks weeks, the opportunity to be considered for a publishing package for your fiction manuscript will be gone – for two years! (Next year’s contest will focus on nonfiction)

Maybe you’ve got a half-written manuscript gathering dust in the bottom [...]

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Spirit-Inspired Words

Spirit-Inspired Words
By Shari Weigerstorfer

I was bogged down trying to find the appropriate verbiage for an article I was writing. Agitation replaced enjoyment as I contemplated the merit of two equally good words. I decided to take a break and straighten up my office. As I gathered up the morning newspaper, an advertising slogan jumped out at me: Do you have too many choices? I thought, How appropriate! I have an entire dictionary to choose from!

I don’t believe I’m the only [...]

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You Think English is Easy? Our Crazy Language

You Think English is Easy?  Our Crazy Language
By Lynda Lee Schab

This was sent to me by a fellow author and I knew I had to share it. Let me know if you can think of any more.

  
You think English is easy??

1) The bandage was wound around the wound.
2) The farm was used to produce produce.
3) The dump was so full that it had to refuse more refuse.
4) We must polish the Polish furniture
5) He could lead if he would [...]

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How to Handle Flashbacks

How to Handle Flashbacks

by Dorothy Love

Should I use a flashback in my novel? If so where does it go? How do I get in and out of the flashback scene?

Good questions. Not every novel benefits from the addition of a flashback–a scene that takes a character back in time to  relive a previous event. But it can be  useful if your novel covers a period of years, or if your present story has its origins in a past [...]

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Remembering

There are some pictures I still can’t look at without choking up, without mourning. Without forgetting Who is in control. But no matter what I remember, it’s still true. He is sovereign of our days and nights. Of our blessings and curses. Of good and evil. And we rejoice in all he has done over the last fourteen years. May we NEVER forget the reason for Patriot Day.

Though the fig tree does not bud and there are no grapes on [...]

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What Are You Saying?

What Are You Saying?
By Annagail Lynes

“Open wide your mouth and I will fill it.” (Psalm 81:10, NIV)

I hate talking on the phone.

I have to call people every day at work. I have to order their medication. I needed updated insurance information. Are they still on a certain medication? Do they need me to refill it?

I don’t mind doing podcasts, but I can’t talk in public without looking at someone, even if it is myself in the mirror.

The anxiety comes from [...]

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How an Author Handles Doubt

How Authors Handle Doubt
by Megan DiMaria

Some days it’s difficult to feel confident about your writing. Fears pop up like dandelions after the first spring rain.

Those worries and questions play on a loop in your brain:

*Is this good enough to be published?
*Does it make sense?
*Will anyone want to read it?
*Do I sound ridiculous?
*Am I wasting my time?
*Will I ever be pleased with this project?

And on and on and on . . .

I’m not the first writer to have these doubts. And I [...]

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