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Risk Taking
Sometimes the journey is only the beginning . . .
Michael Archer might not have been able to save Ben Carstairs, but he vowed to carry out Ben’s dying wish...
Risk Taking
In the 1870s American West, Michael Archer, wracked by guilt over having killed once again, embarks on a mission to clear the name of a man wrongly executed for murder...
Risk Taking
The past has a way of catching up with you... Michael and Rachel have everything to look forward to and no reason to look back, or so they thought. In the midst of the newlyweds' trials and triumphs...
Risk Taking

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Recent Blog Posts

Common Writing Obstacles – Taking Risks

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Write the Story Writing is risky. And not just in the sense of facing physical danger. Although I’m sure many writers did face physical danger at one time that stimulated or inspired them to write their story. There are other risks every writer faces. More mundane than climbing Mt. Everest, …

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Writing Obstacles – Research

We’ve been in a series on Writing Obstacles where we’ve discussed areas that can cause us to stumble while trying to get our story out. We’ve discussed finding the time to write. Do I have the talent to write? Am I perfectionist in my writing? How do I build a …

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Common Writing Obstacles—World Building

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This is another in the ongoing series about writing obstacles. To date, I’ve covered Time, Talent v Learning, Perfectionism, and Plotting.  Today, we’ll look at world building. I think this is one of the more subtle areas of writing and one we frequently pay less attention to. We focus on …

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Perfectionism

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This is another in the series about common writing obstacles. Perfectionism is the bane of many a writer, even experienced ones. Each story must be perfect or it’s no good. There’s no middle ground. There’s no forgiveness for ourselves. We don’t allow for the fact we’re human, we’re frail, and, …

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Obstacles to Being a Writer: Talent Versus Learning

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This is another in a series on common obstacles to being a writer. Talent has been described as something you either have or you don’t. You can’t learn it. I and many others disagree with this notion. You can learn to be a writer whether or not you have talent. …

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Obstacles to Being a Writer–Who’s Got the Time?

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Over the next few blogs, we’ll be exploring some of the most common obstacles every writer faces at least once in their career. We’ll begin with the obstacle of time. “I think I’ve got a book in me if I could only find the time to write.” We’ve all heard …

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Why Be a Giver?

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Whether we make the time to work with single moms or with disadvantaged or challenged kids, we are showing them they are worthy. For Christians, there is the evangelical aspect of helping others draw close to God because when they meet us, they are meeting Jesus in action through us.

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Authors Who Influenced My Writing

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Someone once asked me which authors influenced my writing. I was ready to snap off a few names, but stopped. I needed to think about it. In what ways, and in what areas, did they influence my writing? I ended up with a list of twenty-nine names. Now I had …

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Be A Giver

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As Christians, one of our assignments is to help others. The specific form of helping can take very specific aspects. Overall, they fall into three general areas: finances, time, and talent.

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