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The Art of Reading to Improve Your Writing

by Precarious Yates We can read tons of writing books explaining craft to us, but the single best way to improve our writing skills is by reading stories. Whether these stories are nonfiction or wild fantasy, reading them does something to help writers that few other practices will do. When we read, our […]

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Overcoming The Low Moments

by Suzanne D. Williams There are days when I have to force myself to smile. Any author knows what I mean – that plastic, I-don’t-want-to-hear-this expression that hides what you’re actually thinking. Because nothing should show how I really feel about negative reviews, low sales, or any of the other innumerable downers that […]

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Writing While Waiting

by Ruth O’Neil Have you ever experienced a time in your life when it was almost impossible to write? If I were to be completely honest, I’m there right now. Circumstances in my life are threatening to overtake me and run me down. Writing has been difficult for the last six months. It isn’t […]

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Inspired by Faith, Locale, Life Experience, Family, Friends & History

by BJ Robinson How do you find inspiration to write? Faith spurs me on as I find inspiration in scripture from God’s Word, locales from vacations and nature, life experience, family, friends, and history. Born in the Bible belt, I grew up on country music my mother loved which impacts my writing. Various […]

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Crowdfunding and Authors: An Opinion Part Two

by Parker J. Cole For the first part of this discussion click here: http://graceandfaith4u.com/posts/crowdfunding-for-writers-by-parker-j-cole/ Needless to say, there is a virulent mental disease that has affected millions of people in today’s topsy turvy world. The spread of it is more rampant than the Black Plague which emptied Europe a few hundred years ago. […]

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Crafting a Great Romance

by Staci Stallings I love romance. I love to watch people fall in love… not lust. Love. And there’s a difference. When people fall in lust, they are attracted to a body–a temporary entity. They expend a lot of energy trying to impress the other person. They might go out on dates, give […]

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Know Your Audience

by Suzanne D. Williams One of the biggest mistakes I see writers make is not first considering who they’re writing for. By way of example, I’ve written everything from young adult stories to historicals to romantic suspense. Each of these genres appeals to a different type of audience and requires a slightly different […]

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How to Write a Novella by Suzanne D. Williams

I have made my writing career on novellas and short stories. By definition, this is any book less than 40,000 words. To date, I have seventy in publication written in a four year time span. So to say I know how to write one is putting it mildly. I recently read the words […]

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What to Consider Before Writing for the General Market by Precarious Yates

Is it possible to be a Christian author writing for the general market? Yes, and I would say it’s incredibly necessary. The general market needs books that have a Christian worldview. This isn’t a simple task. One needs to have thick skin, clear vision and plenty of time in prayer and reading God’s […]

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Integrity & Writing by SUZANNE D. WILLIAMS

When I was originally going to write this blog, I had a list of “tired” storylines, plots that have been used and re-used, but I realized in scanning it, that much of what was listed was simply my opinion. Opinion, by definition, is simply a personal view. Thinking of it positively, it isn’t […]

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