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The Blank Page Revisited

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Get it down. Take chances. It may be bad, but it’s the only way you can do anything really good. William Faulkner While I was searching for a blog idea for this week’s post, I came across this blog that I first posted in March of 2018. It struck me …

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Who’s the Loudest Voice in My Life?

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We all hear voices. Some are internal. Some are not. If you’re a writer, especially a fiction writer, you hear the voices of your characters telling you who they are and where to take the story next. Other internal voices include our conscience and all the voices we’ve heard through …

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What Inspires Me?

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Like many writers, I’m frequently asked what inspires me to write. Often, this goes far beyond the specific book they’ve been reading. Some authors might respond, “I need to earn a living.” Although few writers actually support themselves with their writing. So what inspires them to get up every day …

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Writing Regrets

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After several years on this writing journey and from talking with others on the same path, I’ve found six things I wish I had done differently. Maybe you share some of them. 1) Following trends instead of my heart We all have stories in our hearts. Stories that we need …

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How Do We Edify?

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Matthew 12:36-37 NLT tells us we will be called to give an account of every idle word we speak. Our words will either acquit us or condemn us. Pretty heavy message, isn’t it? As writers, I think we also need to include every word we write. The questions are: As …

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The Character Who Won’t Leave You Alone

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Did you ever have a character who wouldn’t leave you alone? Sometimes, she wants to steal the scene. Other times, she wants to hijack the story into a completely new direction. One you never intended to follow and one you’re not sure you could get back from. In other blogs, …

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Why We Need a First Draft

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If you’ve followed my blog for a while, you know I view the first draft of a work as crucial. My emphasis on the first draft is intentional. Rarely, if ever, is a first draft sufficient for our purpose. I’ve even learned to review my emails before I hit send. …

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Depending on Your Own Understanding

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Proverbs 3:5-6 NLT 5 Trust in the Lord with all your heart; do not depend on your own understanding. 6 Seek his will in all you do, and he will show you which path to take. Over the last couple of years, I spent a large amount of time working on a novel. The …

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