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Finding That Right Word, Part 1

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It seems to me the more writing I do, the more I find myself looking for the right word, the perfect word to convey what I want. Maybe it’s the color of a character’s eyes, or the fury in the sky as a thunderstorm scuds across the sky. It might …

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Choose to Succeed

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  Recently, I received a rejection from an agent. One of those non-specific rejections. You know, the ones that say something like “not a good fit for me.” Something about my writing did not strike either the agent as worthy of representation or publication. And it added to a string …

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Spiff Up Our Writing, Part 2

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In last week’s blog, Click Here I wrote about some things we can do to spiff up our writing by looking at the words we use. I recommended avoiding boring words and delayed action words. This week, I want to look at what are sometimes called filter words. Words like …

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Spiff Up Our Writing

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One definition of spiffing up our writing means composing stories that draw the reader into the world we’re creating. How do we do that? We hear about creating interesting characters, writing vivid descriptions, and having plots that can carry the weight of the story. One of the basic tools we …

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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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