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Proverbs for Writers

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Here are a couple of proverbs I believe apply to all of us, but especially those of us who are pursuing the dream of being writers. Proverbs 3:12 (NLT) For the Lord corrects those he loves, just as a father corrects a child in whom he delights. We are writing for the Lord …

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Stewarding Our Time

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Over the last few months, I’ve been periodically sharing on stewardship. As you can tell by now, being a faithful steward over all God has given us is very important. Especially, when I consider that he owns it all and has given me everything I have to manage for him. …

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Stewardship Is More Than Money

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I think we’ve all heard the word Stewardship at one time or another. Depending on our background, it may well carry negative associations. Like, “Stewardship is what the pastor talks about when he wants us to give more money.” Money is only one of the things we are called to steward. But …

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7 Traits of a Successful Critique Group

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I’m sure we’ve all participated in or heard stories about horrible experiences with critique groups. I’ve had a few myself. Unfortunately, I may also have contributed to some of them. To any writers I did this to, I apologize. I’ve been writing seriously for over ten years. During this time, …

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Living Beyond Blessed

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We’ve all experienced financial stress at least once. Some of us experience it every single day, like an unwanted guest at the dinner table or a cockroach (or three) skittering when we turn a light on. Many of us live paycheck to paycheck and find there’s more month than money …

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The Art of Self-Editing, Part 5

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The Final Frontier—The Professional Edit Over the past few weeks, we’ve done a lot of work revising and rewriting our manuscript. We’re ready to submit to our dream agent, or the agent who requested a full manuscript at the conference we attended last month. Our finger hovers over the send …

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The Art of Self-Editing, Part 4

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We covered a lot of territory over the last few weeks. The previous blogs in this series are at these links: Week 1, Week 2, Week 3 Now, we’re coming toward the end of preparing our manuscript for submission or self-publishing. Revise—Again It’s time to write the third draft. Or maybe yours is …

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The Art of Self-Editing, Part 3

So far we’ve discussed several areas in the art of self-editing our work. In the first post [Click Here], we covered letting our completed first draft cool off before revising and then reading a printed version of our manuscript. In the second post, [Click Here] we discussed the value of …

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The Art of Self-Editing, Part 2

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Last week, we began exploring the process of self-editing, of getting our writing in the best shape we can before sending it out to a professional editor. Notice, I didn’t say before submitting it to an agent, a publishing house, or self-publishing it. There’s an old saying from the judicial …

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The Art of Self-Editing

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Part of my call as a writer is to help others through coaching, mentoring, teaching, and editing. One thing I’ve learned in my writing and in helping other writers is the vital importance of learning to self-edit. Someone said, and I can’t remember whom, “The heart of writing is re-writing.” …

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