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The Call to Create

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As writers, we create works to inspire others, to encourage others, to give to others, to share Jesus with others. Even when writing seems a drudge, even when we are not inspired or when the muse is silent, we are called to create, to keep writing through the muck.

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Discerning Criticism

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The right word at the right time is like a custom-made piece of jewelry, And a wise friend’s timely reprimand is like a gold ring slipped on your finger.

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Beta Readers: Friend or Foe?

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Who Are Beta Readers? Who is a beta reader and why should we use them? In a nutshell, a beta reader is someone who reads our manuscript before we send it out to a professional editor or submit to an agent. Their role is to focus on the story itself …

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Proverbs for Writers: BE a Writer

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This is another in my periodic series on proverbs for writers. The inspiration comes from the book of Proverbs and how a particular verse strikes me. I don’t go looking for them. And I’m not looking to preach. I’m seeking to share a word from God that applies to me …

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Key Qualities in a Writing Partner, Part 2

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EMPATHY is the ability to understand and share the feelings of another. It’s also called the ability to put oneself in another person’s shoes. Why is this important in a writing partnership? As we know, the act of writing is an activity we do alone. I may be at one …

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Work Willingly

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Work willingly at whatever you do, as though you were working for the Lord rather than for people. Colossians 3:23 NLT.

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Make Your Hero Choose

Have your hero make a choice with the greatest story potential. Forcing her to choose between values she holds dear is an exceptional and meaningful way to add tension and conflict to the story.

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How Will Your Hero Die?

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Today I want to discuss how to add more depth and suspense to our stories. It doesn’t matter what genre you write; this title question applies to all of them. 

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