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Four steps for avoiding the pitfalls we face while writing with clarity and brevity

by Precarious Yates The secret to good writing is to write with both brevity and clarity. Along the road to this combination are a number of pitfalls to avoid. At the same time, there are myriad ways to achieve the goal. This clarity and brevity combo doesn’t mean that everything has to sound […]

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The Thinnest Thread

by Staci Stallings I think people who don’t write have a notion about how the process goes.  They think that a writer gets an idea, mostly fully formed, then they sit down and plot the book out, crafting all the twists and turns on paper before they ever start writing.  The writing is of course an idyllic […]

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How Writing Hannah’s Civil Pirate Changed Me

by Joanna Emerson Have you ever read those verses in Proverbs about wisdom and understanding, and stopped to ask God for these? The word “dayclean” will forever be in my vocabulary after writing Hannah’s Civil Pirate. So will “trutemout,” “eish ‘tettuhs,” “buckruh,” and many others. These are Gullah words. The Gullah people live […]

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Writing What I Need to Know

by Precarious Yates There’s an old adage that says, “Write what you know.” While I understand the importance of this saying, I approach writing from a different paradigm. I write what I need to know. Many of the books I have written have taught me a lot. Last year, I released a book […]

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Back to Basics

by Suzanne D. Williams I wrote a post last month where I lamented my inability to read without editing the material. Rather than be complaisant and continue on as I am, though, I decided to, at least, put forth the effort to overcome my problem. Alas . . . do authors still say “alas?” . . […]

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Shouting Out Your Name

by Ruth O’Neil Social media can be a very powerful marketing tool, or it can be an annoyance to the people you are trying to reach. There’s a fine line. I admit that I joined a lot of groups hoping to share and find all sorts of buyers for my books. I probably annoyed at least some […]

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A Public Confession

by Suzanne D. Williams I just want to read a book. Reading makes better writers, they say. But writing has made me a horrible reader. I remember reading for the fun of it, losing my day amidst the pages of some novel . . . 200,000 words or more. Now, I can’t manage 1,000 without […]

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Why I Write Diverse

by Precarious Yates I didn’t set out to write my books with a diverse cast of characters. After a while, I realized that this theme kept popping up with each book. Diversity wasn’t some trend I picked up on. I grew up in the city, so I was immersed in lots of different […]

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Sell Your Book(s), Promote Your Blog With Twitter

by Patricia Bell Hi my name is Patricia Bell and recently I decided to make my own twitter exchange group. I’d been retweeting in several groups but found much of the content I was obligated to retweet to be either very dark or much too sexual. I write clean, Christian books and I wanted a […]

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Seven Ways to Fuel Your Writing

by Paulette Harper Every writer needs to be inspired. No matter how many books one has written, there are times when we need a little inspiration to get us going.  Many times I sit at my computer, starting at the blank screen, waiting for words to start flowing. Sometimes they do, sometimes I need […]

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