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Amish Romance 40 Book Boxed Set
By Becca Fisher

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This collection features 40 Amish Romance stories by Becca Fisher including:

The Amish Wedding Series
Rebecca Lapp has her life back together after a tough break up. She’s found a new man and is finally happy once again. But when her ex comes back into town wanting her back, Rebecca will be forced to make a decision that will change her life forever.

The Chasing Heaven Series
Hannah Bieler’s wedding is more than just cause for celebration. It gets her sisters wondering when they will get married, who they’ll fall in love with, or whether God has other plans for them entirely. But it becomes clear that although the Amish are simple people, their love lives are anything but.

The Let Love In Series
When Jenna loses her husband in a horrible accident, she never thinks she can love again. But she suddenly finds herself a single Amish mother and knows that her children need a father figure in their lives. So when a handsome stranger rides into town a year later and takes a liking to Jenna, she has to decide if she can ever let love in again, or risk losing a man that could bring her happiness.

The If I Stayed Series
Hannah and Sadie Miller have always been desperate to explore the world. So when rumspringa comes, they want to go to the big city. But are the sisters willing to risk losing everything that’s important to them when their parents insist that they stay in Lancaster?

The Amish Christmas Series
Joshua Zook and Sadie Miller have been dancing around their feelings for months. But just as Joshua works up the nerve to admit how much he cares for Sadie, he realizes that he may be too late to win Sadie’s heart.


ifistayed--newcover“I’m Becca Fisher and I write sweet Amish romances featuring simple people with complex love lives. I’m devout in my faith, relish time with my family, and seek to bring joy to as many lives as possible. I would love to have you as a reader. God bless.

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“Whisper If You Have To” My Most Personal Story Yet by Staci Stallings

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Staci Stallings

Some of you know me or know of me. Others may never have heard the name Staci Stallings until this very minute, and that’s okay. In fact, part of me likes not being known—a lot. One thing I do know is this: my readers probably know me better than most people who have ever met me in person—they just don’t know how well they really know me.

In my writing, the “real me” that I don’t show many people in real life often comes out. Many times that happens in very subtle ways that most people would never catch, and that’s good for me because although I’m not the mysterious type, I don’t normally shout from the rooftops who I am and why—except in my writing if you know how to read between the lines.

In real life, it takes very little for me to choose to help you. However, it takes moving the Grand Canyon for me to feel comfortable enough with you to really let you in to my world.

That is why my newest fiction release “Whisper If You Have To” is such a step off the sheer side of an emotional cliff for me. When this book came up in my heart and spirit to write, I didn’t want to. I didn’t want to be that real, even on paper, even if no one else would ever read it. I didn’t want to “go there.”

Trying not to spoil it, “Whisper” is about a young girl who, although she has different talents than I did, is very similar to me when I was that age. She is driven by forces she doesn’t really see or understand. She is constantly trying to be “enough” and knowing she will never measure up. She pushes herself harder than anyone should ever be pushed and then berates herself for not doing and being enough.

Worse, she has a secret that her family literally moved from their previous home to avoid and move on from. It is in that secret that readers will come to know many things about me and my heart. The details are different, but I have lived through what Alison has gone through in the book.

In fact, there are a couple of points in the book that her confessions and “going there” are as much me as her. The fear, the confusion, the not knowing where to go from here—those thoughts are my thoughts, those feelings are my feelings. And that scares me more than you can ever know.

When I first wrote this book, I gave it to two very, very close friends to read telling them that they were probably the only two people on the planet who would ever read it. They read it and loved it, but couldn’t understand why I wouldn’t want to put it out. That’s an easy one to explain.

It’s because I don’t want to let anyone in that far… especially people who might take my heart and twist it because the book doesn’t fit their preconceived notions about how this type of story should go. The details are different, but many things in the story are exactly how things “went” when I was dragged through this very same fire.

I cannot tell you more as that would spoil the story, but I will tell you… this one was hard to write. Many tears went into every page. I will also tell you that this one was even harder to publish, and I do so even now with great fear and trembling, and praying that others will be gentle with me because my heart is still very fragile in this area.

This one is me, and only because God is giving me the courage to reach out to help others going through this same fire that I am even willing to put it out there. It’s in His hands now as it probably always was. I just hope that in your hands it gives God the space to teach you to love on a deeper level as the events in my own life did me.
Copyright 2014, Staci Stallings

Staci Stallings, the author of this article, is a #1 Best Selling Christian Romance author. Her new book “Whisper If You Have To” can be found for Amazon’s Kindle and Barnes & Noble’s Nook.
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The Refuge by Sherry Chamblee

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Sherry Chamblee

When do we provide a refuge for our kids?

I know my answer as mom tends to be whenever the child feels threatened or afraid, or just bad. But is that the right answer?

This might shock you, but I’m going to say no, that isn’t always the right answer.

I’m going to put it into context for us. A parent should not provide refuge for a child against discipline.

We might say, Well, of course….but let’s look at it in a situation.

When dad disciplines your child, do you let the child run to mom for that comfort to get over the ‘trauma’ of discipline? Then you’ve just provided your child the wrong kind of refuge. If your child is running to the other parent after discipline, then they are looking to you for support AGAINST that discipline – it’s basically a form of rebellion still, and whichever of you did the disciplining still has a job to do.

Of course I’m talking about the correct type of loving discipline, not harmful. If your spouse is harming your child and calling it ‘discipline’, then you need to protect yourself and the children, get out, and get counselling. But that situation is not what we’re talking about here.

We’re talking loving, correct discipline.

Let me add, too…if your child is still looking for comfort after discipline, then your discipline isn’t finished. Correct discipline ends with the child being happier than they were before the discipline. Why? Because their relationship with that parent is restored. Correct discipline ends in forgiveness. They don’t need comfort from the other parent when forgiveness and restoration has happened.

So what do you do if your child is running to you as the ‘other’ parent? You gently take them by the shoulders, point them at your spouse, and say they still have some business to attend to with that parent. They need to ask the disciplining parent for forgiveness. You aren’t doing them any favors by loving and hugging on them right then yourself. You’d only cement in their mind that they were UNFAIRLY disciplined. Yes, that’s what you’re telling your child, and your child has just successfully pitted his parents against each other. Don’t fall for it.

Don’t be providing a refuge to your child against proper discipline.

Second, don’t provide a refuge against natural consequences of disobedience (short of physical harm, of course.)
This also counts for me as the natural consequence of just impolite behavior.

So, let’s look at this in light of the way we react to God.

When God allows something in our life that we don’t understand, don’t enjoy, something that gets us downright angry, what do we do? Do we look to other people for comfort (commiseration, justification of our actions, etc.)

Or do we go back to God, humble ourselves, and quietly ask what He’d have us to learn?

I know half the time I’m guilty of wandering around with questions in my head, or complaining to friends, when instead I should be doing just this – talking to God about it.

Let God be your refuge, even from the things He Himself has allowed in your life.

p.s. In light of this post being a little about parenting, I’d like to share my husband’s new children’s book, The Big Giant Pickle.

It can be found on Amazon, and coming in September, will be available in print, as well.

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Conflict of the Ages Book Release by Mary C. Findley

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Conflict of the Ages Parts I-III Teacher Edition

Science, History, Literature reunited. Eyewitness testimony and the real scientific method. Read ancient manuscripts, search the world, and discover truth instead of buying into preconceptions. When did time begin? Who are the Sons of God? Did ancient Establishments of Religion construct cultural controls and make man a god? Rediscover the Worldwide Flood and the truth about the Ice Age.

It’s tough, but you need this exhaustive worldwide study of evidence, investigation, and exalting the Scriptures as the ultimate authority. There was one eyewitness to the beginning of the universe. It might surprise you to know how much of His truth has been preserved, and how many struggle today to put that truth in the hands of teachers and students.

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The Conflict of the Ages Part One The Scientific History of Origins Student

The Conflict of the Ages is a Multi-Part exploration of History, Science and ancient Literature. This first installment covers the concepts of God, time, Creation, physics, cosmology, and specifics about each day of Creation. We make comparisons with ancient sources to see where they agree with the Scriptural account. We reference classic and modern scientific views, exposing errors, preconceptions, presuppositions and falsehoods taught as fact by the mainstream scientific community. God is the first witness and the Bible the first eyewitness account of beginnings and origins.Other ancient documents contain at least some truths and parallel accounts.
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The Conflict of the Ages Part II Student: The Origin of Evil in the World that Was

God made everything “very good”, so how did evil come into being? Is “original sin” real or just a myth? Could man talk to animals? There might be myths around the world that echo the creation story, but did ancient people believe in the fall of angels? What does “their eyes were opened” really mean?

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The Conflict of the Ages III Student: They Deliberately Forgot: The Flood and the Ice Age

The worldwide Flood is one of the most discounted records in the Scriptures. Yet it is supported around the world by historical accounts. Take a look at feasibility studies on the safety and the stocking of the Ark.

The Geologic Column ought to prove that fossils reveal the age of the earth. They show progression from simple to complex organisms over millions of years. But do they? Take a look at “living fossils.” Meet the extinct creature found only in the “oldest” layers but more complex than “later” life forms. Consider the real conditions that surrounded the Flood and the Ice Age.

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Gems from Pastor Jim by Jim Hughes for August 5th

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Jim Hughes

Ps. 19:13 Keep me from deliberate sins! Don’t let them control me. Then I will be free of guilt and innocent of great sin.

Keep me from deliberate sins. When was the last time you prayed this prayer and meant it? Many of us scarcely give sinning a lot of thought. We know we do it and often just shrug it off as no big deal. We may in passing know we should not do certain things, but do not change our ways because we know God loves us, is forgiving and gracious, and will not abandon us when we do sin. We have gotten the notion that as long as we believe in what Jesus did for us and accept Him as our Savior we no longer have to be concerned about our sin problems. Such thinking is a distortion of God’s revealed truth.

God is holy and commands us to be holy. Without holiness we cannot be with God and he who is holy does not treat his sins lightly. He understands the affect sin has on the soul. He understands that God cannot have fellowship with a sin-infested soul. He understands the importance of confessing his sins before God and the need to strive to live a holy life and keep his heart pure before God.

A person who is serious about his soul asks the Lord to help him so that sin does not control him. The desire of his heart is that God will control him so that he will not deliberately sin against God.

There is no condemnation for those who take sin seriously and take a stand against it so it doesn’t take up residence in the heart. There is freedom from guilt and shame when we say no to sin. There is confidence that we are innocent before God. There is no fear of God’s judgment. There is peace and joy in the steps of those who guard their souls against sin. There is condemnation for those who don’t.

I challenge you to pray this prayer of the Psalmist today and mean it. Your life with God depends on it.
C Through Marriage
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Miracle On A Mountain by Allison Kohn

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Allison Kohn

It was a few weeks before Christmas and I wanted to buy some toys for my children I couldn’t find on the Air Force Base where we lived or in the small town of Aguadilla in Puerto Rico. A friend of mine wanted to visit the stores in Arecibo, Ponce, and Mayaguez too so we pilled our six children in my little English Ford station wagon and headed for our first stop, Arecibo, which was only a short distance to the east of Aguadilla. From there we drove the coast road around the eastern end of the island to Ponce on the opposite side of the island from where the base was located.
From Ponce the road went around the west end of the island to Mayaguez. Mayaguez and Aguadilla aren’t very far apart as the crow flies, but the coast road followed the westward curve of the island, making it a longer drive than the direct way over the mountain.
We did our shopping and by the time we left Mayaguez the sun was so low we decided to take the one lane dirt road over the mountain to get home.
We were all singing and making a regular joyful noise unto the Lord when it started to rain. It was pouring down in seconds and we were driving up a muddy slope – or trying to. I shifted into low but the tires just spun in the mud. The road was too narrow to turn around even if I could have and I my stomach was in knots. My friend was panicking and the back of the wagon was electric with a mingled fear and excitement.
I had been witnessing to my friend all day. Wasn’t this a good time to demonstrate my own faith? I called to the back of the wagon, “Hey, kids, remember – ‘What time I am afraid, I will thrust in Thee.’ “
They remembered the verse I had been teaching them, and all six children became quiet as I started to pray.
Suddenly the car began to move and I opened my eyes and looked out the window. There were seven little Puerto Rican men in white suits surrounding the station wagon. They had picked it up and were turning it around. When the front of the car faced down the mountain, the men disappeared and I drove safely down the mountain and took the paved road, around the island, home.
The was no reason to hope for help on that muddy, deserted mountain road that day, but help came because God was there with us. God inhabits the praises of his people.
As winners in the human race, we offer our sacrifices of praise, worshiping God in spirit and in truth. It is our joy and privilege to give him tribute and devotion because our deep love for our Lord and Savior demands expression in the performance of praise and worship. The deeper our love becomes, the greater our need is to express it; and our faith grows stronger as we proclaim it.
Prayer: We praise you O God, for you are our Rock and the joy of our lives.

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Words of Wisdom from Charles Haddon Spurgeon for August 1 Morning

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Words of Wisdom from Charles Haddon Spurgeon for August 1 Morning

“Let me now go to the field, and glean ears of corn.” – Ruth 2:2

Downcast and troubled Christian, come and glean to-day in the broad field of promise. Here are abundance of precious promises, which exactly meet thy wants. Take this one: “He will not break the bruised reed, nor quench the smoking flax.” Doth not that suit thy case? A reed, helpless, insignificant, and weak, a bruised reed, out of which no music can come; weaker than weakness itself; a reed, and that reed bruised, yet, he will not break thee; but on the contrary, will restore and strengthen thee. Thou art like the smoking flax: no light, no warmth, can come from thee; but he will not quench thee; he will blow with his sweet breath of mercy till he fans thee to a flame. Wouldst thou glean another ear? “Come unto me all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.” What soft words! Thy heart is tender, and the Master knows it, and therefore he speaketh so gently to thee. Wilt thou not obey him, and come to him even now? Take another ear of corn: “Fear not, thou worm Jacob, I will help thee, saith the Lord and thy Redeemer, the Holy One of Israel.” How canst thou fear with such a wonderful assurance as this? Thou mayest gather ten thousand such golden ears as these! “I have blotted out thy sins like a cloud, and like a thick cloud thy transgressions.” Or this, “Though your sins be as scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they be red like crimson, they shall be as wool.” Or this, “The Spirit and the Bride say, Come, and let him that is athirst come, and whosoever will let him take the water of life freely.” Our Master’s field is very rich; behold the handfuls. See, there they lie before thee, poor timid believer! Gather them up, make them thine own, for Jesus bids thee take them. Be not afraid, only believe! Grasp these sweet promises, thresh them out by meditation and feed on them with joy.
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Learning To Grow by Naty Matos

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Growing is a part of life, but not always an easy one. Physically, it’s a very basic process…as the time goes by and as long as we are generally healthy it will happen without our intervention. Emotional and spiritually growth requires a little bit more intervention.

Part of the spiritual growth requires that our relationship with God and the one with ourselves grow as well and how do we accomplish that. I’m don’t have all the answers, but these are some of the things that I’ve noticed recently that have made me feel like I’m growing closer to God.



Everyone says that they want to know the truth, but do you really? As long as the truth is not something negative about ourselves, of course we do…well, that’s not living in the whole truth and partial truths are considered lies. First of all I think being brutally honest with yourself makes a difference. I’ve had to learn to stop and ask myself my motivation behind my actions. Do I want to do this because I like it, because I want to do it or because I feel forced to do it? In doing this am I trying to please God or please people.

Then I came across this scripture, “As it is, it is no longer I myself who do it, but it is sin living in me. For I know that good itself does not dwell in me, that is, in my sinful nature. For I have the desire to do what is good, but I cannot carry it out. For I do not do the good I want to do, but the evil I do not want to do—this I keep on doing” Romans 7:17-19.

Wait a minute, that’s me! I want to do good, I want to do right, but I just seem to not be able on my own. It took me months reading that scripture almost twice a week to get it; (I’ve always said that I’m slow). Then something happen, I was in the middle of a situation and I knew I was about to do the wrong thing and I remembered the scripture and I prayed. I was totally honest with God like I had never been before. I told him my thoughts, my motives and intentions, I recognized that I was aware that I was wrong and I said, “I know I can’t stop myself, but I know you can stop me”. I gave him permission to intervene (remember our free will, he will not intervene in our lives without our consent)…something I had never done before. Guess what? He did. Something came about and I was unable to do wrong. It was totally weird, I thought it was coincidence, and so the next time I was on a verge of doing something I knew it was wrong, I tried it again and it worked just like the first time.



I know I say this a lot, but it is true. I know for me it is. We do better in front of people that by ourselves. That doesn’t mean we’re hypocrites, it’s just that peer pressure works both for good and for bad, therefore let’s use it for good. I know that if I didn’t have a gym buddy I would have dropped that like a hot potato long time ago. It’s a proven fact, I’ve paid whole gym memberships that were not used…more than once (remember…slow).

“Two are better than one, because they have a good return for their labor: If either of them falls down, one can help the other up. But pity anyone who falls and has no one to help them up.” Ecclesiastes 4:9-10

If we find someone who can really be there for us when we struggle and we are there for them when they do, life it’s a lot easier. It doesn’t mean someone telling you what to do or you telling them what to do. In accountability you have to open yourself to be honest and vulnerable to another person. I know it’s scary, but remember that this person has committed to do the same with you. It means to encourage each other when one is down or in need of support



I have not used my friend Webster in a while. Webster (dictionary) says that counsel is advice given as a result of a consultation. This means you need to go (action word) and seek the counsel, it will not come to you. I liked the second part of the definition where it states plan of action or behavior. Basically you want to do something and you need a plan to do it and you need advice to do it if you want to better your chances at succeeding.
Obviously we start with God. We ask him if what we’re doing in his will for our lives “-Job 12:13 “To God belong wisdom and power; counsel and understanding are his.”

We have a lot of people in our lives that may be wiser and more mature in their emotions and spiritual walk, regardless of their chronological age. It’s good to keep those people around and talk to them about our plans, our struggles and seek their recommendations. How many times we’ve messed up because we didn’t know any better or were to prideful to ask for help? We need mentors and counselors. People who are filled with the spirit of God and his wisdom and that could show us the right way. “Proverbs 15:22 Plans fail for lack of counsel, but with many advisers they succeed.”

I talk about more growing points in my book Growth Lessons which I’m re-launching with a new look and which will be available in Spanish before the end of the year. Just to show my appreciation to all my readers it will be on Sale for 0.99 cents for a week. (July 30th-August 6th) Join my journey with God and his given Growth Lessons.

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Naty Matos was born in the city of New York. She grew up in the beautiful Island of Puerto Rico and now lives in the city of Atlanta.

She holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Clinical Psychology with a Minor in Mass Media Communications and a Master’s Degree in Mental Health Counseling.

Naty writes Christian fiction and non-fiction. She maintains a blog on Christian Living Topics at

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The Jesus Diet: How the Holy Spirit Coached Me to a 50-Pound Weight Loss

By Robin Merrill

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In The Jesus Diet: How the Holy Spirit Coached Me to a 50-Pound Weight Loss, Author/Poet Robin Merrill shares her weight loss experiences through 30 Bible devotions designed to inspire others to join her on her journey toward improved spiritual, and physical, health.


robin 12 web (2)Robin Merrill is the author of several books, including The Jesus Diet: How the Holy Spirit Coached Me to a 50-Pound Weight Loss (30 Devotions), two collections of poetry from Moon Pie Press, and five Scholastic Book Fair books.

Her poems, short stories, articles, and essays have appeared in hundreds of publications, including The Cafe Review, Ledge Magazine, Margie, Pearl, Spoon River Poetry Review, and Stolen Island Review. Three of her poems have been featured on The Writer’s Almanac with Garrison Keillor. She is a 2013 recipient of an Emerging Artist Award from St. Botolph Club Foundation of Boston.

Robin is also a performance/slam poet who has competed at the national level. She has her MFA from Stonecoast and frequently leads creative writing workshops for writers of all levels.

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How To: Creating Chapters by SUZANNE D. WILLIAMS

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Suzanne Williams

There are different methods of creating book chapters. Some authors write the entire story then go back and break things up. Others outline the story in advance and so know exactly where the chapters end. Frankly, I can’t do either one. The latter because I’m a seat-of-the-pants writer, the former because I have discovered the best way to keep a reader’s interest and have them eager to begin the next section or chapter comes through a little planning.

Now, as I’ve said, I’m not an outliner, so that’s not the type of planning I’m talking about. I only make general notes on the direction a story’s taking. I usually place these between brackets and highlight them. This way they stand out and I know to come back to that spot. Instead, I’m talking about writing the story by chapters.

Each chapter I write has a general structure:

First line hook
Point of view change
Scene climax cut-off

I love a good first line hook –

“Boys are gross. I should know.”

“There were enough cops per square inch in that place that she ought to be frightened, except this time she hadn’t done anything.”

“Timothy Cooper, with his sandy-colored hair and sparkling blue eyes, was an absolute dream.”

A well-crafted first line peaks the readers interest, makes them want to know why the speaker said what they did and what happens next. The above examples are all from Chapter 1. However, this same idea is true of every succeeding chapter or, even, minor scene changes. You’ve gotten them this far in your story, don’t stop using hooks just because it’s Chapter 12.

“He kissed like a man, not a machine, his breath warm and moist, his lips salty, his tongue confident, curling alongside hers.”

That line comes in Chapter 2, Scene 3. By approaching each scene as if it were the start of the book, I’ve found I write much better. I reassess who is speaking; I learn whose point of view this scene is in; and I figured out what my goal is for the next one thousand words. Then, before I write one line, I ALWAYS ask myself how I want the scene to end. Thinking larger, I ask the same about the chapter ending.

This doesn’t mean I know every word. I don’t. But it does mean I’m conscious of where the reader will be emotionally at that moment in time. When they get to the final paragraph of that chapter or scene, what will they expect the characters to do or say? Often, this is my chance to throw a wrench into the works.

You know what I mean. That spot where you toss your hands up in frustration because you didn’t see that coming. I love writing those. They guarantee the reader will flip the page. HOWEVER, they aren’t always possible or needed. Sometimes it’s better to end on a low note. Too many will make the storyline jumpy. But DON’T limit yourself to just one. There is in the entire storyline, of course, only one climactic moment. But there are dozens of small ones as you go along. Use one as a chapter ending.

“But, in a split second, the earth turned upside down, and he was flung against the roof and back down onto the dash in a crunch of metal and glass.”

That’s an example of an action ending. The reader will naturally want to know if he survives the crash. Here’s a more subtle one from the same story:

“Sedona rose and glanced toward the kitchen. ‘I know where I keep the chocolate.’”

Using dialogue, I cut the previous conversation off abrupt, giving just enough detail the reader is satisfied but not so much they’re through with the story.

This is, in general, how I write. Now, every author is different. What works for me might not work for you. But writing by chapters helps me craft a much better book. It also causes me to think harder. I’m not blissfully slapping words down on the page, but they have a defined purpose. It also keeps me from getting lost, and that’s easy to do when you’re writing off the cuff.

Finally, it helps me sense the end. Getting to the end of a story you’ve been working on for however long is a really sweet moment. Getting there and knowing you don’t have to go back and fix anything is even sweeter. There is always editing to be done, but ask anyone who’s edited for me and they’ll tell you there’s very little needed. That makes me pretty happy. It means I’ve done my job well.

After all, writing a book is much more than coming up with the story itself. There’s marketing to consider, and graphics, and grammar, and sentence structure. Writing requires knowledge, and the more I take the time to learn, the better a writer I’ll become. It also requires responsibility. I am responsible for the impression others have of my work. Only I can craft chapters that make the reader want to come back.


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