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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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Is Everything Worth Doing Worth Overdoing?

Is Everything Worth Doing Worth Overdoing?

By Shari Weigerstorfer

Is everything worth doing, worth overdoing? According to the Holy Spirit, apparently not.

We struggled over an article I was writing. I had written the basic concept. It was a revelation of relevance, a beautiful gem of wisdom. After I had finished the rough draft, the battle of the wills began:

I wanted another week to work on it. According to Him, it was finished.

I wanted it to be polished to perfection and [...]

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Frequent the FaithWriters Forums

Have you spent much time at the FaithWriters Forums lately? If not (or even if you have),  there are several reasons you might want to drop by.

Be sure to read (or reread) the forums posting rules in the Welcome and Info for Using The Forums area before you get started. And stay in that part of the message boards to check out FaithWriters’ announcements, find answers to frequently asked questions, or learn more about the FaithWriters Celebration being planned for [...]

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A Couple Techniques to Help Your Writing Shine

There are a lot of different ways to take an idea and get it down on paper – and probably just as many to take a draft and help make it shine. Just search the Internet, and you will find articles on everything from tightening your writing to expanding it, from the use of repetition to ways to remove it. In other words, there is no right way to “fix” your piece.

But I’ve come across a few ideas that can [...]

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Have You Found Your Way to the Writing Zone?

Have You Found Your Way to the Writing Zone?

by Edie Melson

There is a fifth dimension beyond that which is known to man. It is a dimension as vast as space and as timeless as infinity. It is the middle ground between light and shadow, between science and superstition, and it lies between the pit of man’s fears and the summit of his knowledge. This is the dimension of imagination. It is an area which we call THE WRITING [...]

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