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How Fan Fiction Saved my Writing and How it can Reignite Yours by Jessie Heninger

How Fan Fiction Saved my Writing and How it can Reignite Yours by Jessie Heninger

By on Jun 28, 2017 in Blog | 0 comments

Fan fiction can seem like the gas station sushi of fiction. Certainly no self-respecting author would ever dabble in such a seedy enterprise.  Or would they?  Years into writing my first novel as I slogged through yet another round of huge edits, I discovered I was bored. Writing didn’t excite me like it had. I remembered what it was like to be on fire for a story,...

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Letter Perfect by Sherry Taylor Cummins

Letter Perfect by Sherry Taylor Cummins

By on Jun 26, 2017 in Blog | 0 comments

“Trina sent a letter!” Brad’s excitement was contagious! I pulled the letter out of the envelope and read aloud so we could share in the joy of hearing from our dear friend who lived hundreds of miles away. We hung on every word and anticipated the next one as Trina shared the stories of her life with us. We didn’t want the stories to end! In the afterglow, I...

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6 Reasons You Should Be Reading (Not Just Writing) by Karin Beery

6 Reasons You Should Be Reading (Not Just Writing) by Karin Beery

By on Jun 23, 2017 in Blog | 0 comments

Congratulations, you’ve just gotten engaged! It’s time to find a hairdresser to help you look spectacular on your big day. There are two stylists in town, both with 20 years of experience. The first stylist got her license two decades ago and hasn’t opened a style guide since. The second stylist also got her license two decades ago, but she has subscriptions to Big...

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Coloring with Words by Amy Nemecek

By on Jun 21, 2017 in Blog | 2 comments

As writers we can use color words to make feelings, moods, and ideas more tangible to our readers. We have the ability to use words like Chagall used stained glass and Van Gogh used paint. God, of course, does this best when he writes through the prophet Isaiah “though your sins are like scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they are red like crimson, they...

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Connecting and Creating from Struggle by Amelia Rhodes

Connecting and Creating from Struggle by Amelia Rhodes

By on Jun 19, 2017 in Blog | 0 comments

I wrapped my fingers around my coffee cup, leaning forward into the conversation. The leaves out the window showed the first hints of gold and red, casting an early autumn glow on the coffee shop. Kids had just returned to school, and my two friends and I drank in the “mom” time after a full and busy summer. Little did I realize my next move would define...

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4 Tips on Juggling Life as a Writer

4 Tips on Juggling Life as a Writer

By on Jun 16, 2017 in Blog | 0 comments

There’s a reason juggling is a great metaphor for life. As the balls fly around the jugglers head, there’s the very real possibility that one will pop out of control and bounce across the stage. As writers, we all have our share of balls flying through the air. We know it. We feel it. In addition to our writing, many of us have “real” jobs, are parents,...

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