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Cliffhangers Part 1

What is a cliffhanger? According to the New Oxford American Dictionary, it’s an ending to an episode of a serial drama that leaves the audience in suspense. It comes from the 1930s when film serials were very popular. To keep people coming back episodes ended with characters in desperate situations, including literally …

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You Only Live Once

Are you like me? Every day starts with a list of things that have to be done. Many people can get through their day with a mental list. I’m not one of them. I need my written list. After it’s written, it needs to be prioritized. And then stuff happens. …

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How to Seize the Day

Are you like me? Every day starts with a list of things that have to be done? Many people can get through their day with a mental list. I’m not one of them. I need my written list. After it’s written it needs to be prioritized. And then stuff happens. …

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10 Best Writing Books

A reader asked me for my list of the 10 best books on writing. I was reminded of Dorothy Parker’s quote: “If you have any young friends who aspire to become writers, the second greatest favor you can do them is to present them with copies of The Elements of …

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The Writer’s Funk

Sometimes all of us, writers included, get in a state of being that’s been called many things. Some call it a funk. Others call it the valley of dry bones. Or the valley of the shadow of death. Recently, one blogger called the dark night of the soul. In baseball, …

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Can Books Change Lives?

Can books changes lives? We all know the Bible can and does. But what about fiction? Thinking back on my own reading experiences, I would have to say yes. Reading awakened me to the beauty and strength of words and stories. Stories transport me to worlds I never knew and …

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A Review of The Honest Spy

This is a WWII historical novel based on a real person. Fritz Kolbe is a secretary to the number two man in the Nazi Foreign Office. He has access to top secret documents. He is disillusioned with Hitler and determines he must be stopped. He reaches out to British intelligence …

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Three Writing Traps

As writers, there are certain traps, misconceptions and attitudes we can fall into. If we stay in these traps too long, our writing careers will be derailed, sometimes before the first stretch of track is laid. Trap #1: Everything I write is publishable No, it’s not. In its extreme, this …

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How Do I Find the Time…?

Many times, people come up to me and say they want to write a book but can’t find the time. Aspiring writers, people who are making an effort to write, often say the same thing. Both groups cite full time jobs, church obligations, family responsibilities and activities that prevent or …

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Review of Children of the Fleet

This novel by Orson Scott Card is Book 1 of new series set in the universe of Ender’s Game. Dabeet Ochoa is a precocious twelve-year-old with a mysterious past and a brilliant mind whose goal is to get into space. Specifically through the Fleet School, which has replaced Enders’ Battle …

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