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Hearing Voices

Hearing Voices
by Linda Yezak

When you’re awake at three a.m. agonizing over your manuscript, whose voice do you hear? What is it saying?

If you’re hearing your characters working out their tough scene, you’re in good shape. If you’re hearing the encouraging cheer of someone who supports and believes in you, you’re in really good shape.

The voice that makes me most angry is the one that whispers “you can’t do this.” The best way to shut that voice up is to prove it wrong.

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Critting It Right

Critting it Right
By Delia Latham

Critiques are a literary “bread of life” to some writers. Others shudder at the thought of allowing another author to rip/tear/shred at their carefully chosen words.

Here’s my take on the subject. A solid critique can mean the difference in having a manuscript (which may never be seen by anyone other than the writer and the editors who reject it) or a novel (which makes the journey from writer to critique partner to writer to editor – [...]

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Blank and Blank – Rise to the Challenge!

Well, we’re in the middle of the current Writing Challenge quarter, and the topics have been pretty fun – and always double! This quarter, every topic is TWO words that you need to write about (this is AND, not OR), and whether it be husband and wife, salt and pepper, or day and night, some wonderful pieces were created.

The newest topic, which opened yesterday, is CUP and SAUCER. Lots of ways to approach it. And there are still a handful [...]

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So You Want To be a Writer

So You Want to be a Writer

By Jennifer Slattery

First of all, run now, while you still have a chance. Just kidding. But seriously, writing is not for the thin-skinned. And it isn’t nearly as glamorous as it might seem. In fact, most days you’ll be glued to your computer, still in PJ’s at two in the afternoon, ball cap by your side in case one of your normal, presentable neighbors happen by. Although truth be told, you probably [...]

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Have You Written a (Nonfiction) Page Turner?

Got a great nonfiction book in your drawer? Or started on your computer? Or even just an idea for one? If you are a FaithWriters Platinum member, there is a fabulous contest you can enter, at no charge, that could get your book published!

The eighth annual Page Turner writing contest (sponsored by FaithWriters.com, Finesse Writing and Editing Service, and Breath of Fresh Air Press) is now open, and this year, it’s for non-fiction. All you need to do is write the [...]

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What Do You Do For a Living? Your Characters at Work

What Do You Do For a Living? Your Characters at Work
By Dorothy Love

Giving your characters the right job can help your novel in three ways:

*it helps with characterization
*it lends credibility you, the author
*it suggests ideas for plot

In medical novels, cowboy-themed novels, and detective novels, the job is the novel. If Miss Marple were not an amateur sleuth, there would be no story, for example. But you can still use your character’s job to characterize him/her, because the why of someone’s [...]

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Conflict that LIfts the Bar

Conflict that Lifts the Bar
by Gail Gaymer Martin

Problems, crises and conflicts need solutions, but the conflict needs to be strong. It can’t be running out of wine at a party or disagreeing on what movie to see. You all know that arguments and disagreements aren’t worthy of being considered a conflict in fiction.

A conflict needs to involve a vital situation or issue needed for the main character to reach his goal. He needs enough money to pay the taxes and [...]

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Five Facts About Writing Contests

Five Facts About Writing Contests

By Lynda Lee Schab

Thinking about entering a writing contest? Here are a few things you may want to keep in mind:

The best things in writing aren’t always free. People often complain about writing contests that aren’t free. Hey, free contests are great, but they also tend to be sponsored by huge publications that have huge prize budgets or wealthy donors. And that equals huge competition for you. Yes, someone has to win and it [...]

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Defining Moments

Defining Moments

by Megan DiMaria

I’ve been thinking about defining moments lately. As an author, they populate my books. As a human being, they have shaped my character and my choices.

I’ve often heard good fiction characterized as real life without the boring parts. That’s very true, and both fiction and real life have defining moments.

Defining moments can be good as well as bad. The good — the day you know you’ve found “the one,” or the birth of a child. [...]

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Spoonerism Day

There’s a holiday for everything these days. But what writer would want to pass up one that honors accidental turns of phrase? Yes, July 22 is Spoonerism Day.

For those of you unsure, Spoonerisms are words or phrases in which letters or syllables get swapped. They are named after Reverend W. A. Spooner (1844-1930), who was Dean and Warden of New College in Oxford, England, and is reputed to have made these verbal slips frequently. Some classics of his reportedly include [...]

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