Month: March 2015

Metaphor is a Golden Thread by Pamela Mytroen


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One of the biggest challenges I face as I write human interest stories is to weave the hundreds of little anecdotes and stories that a person, business, or concert provides into a cohesive piece. I learned a strategy with the first piece I wrote for the newspaper—but not without some growing pains. The ol Read More

Blogging to Further God’s Work by Jack Popjes


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Few topics will generate more passionate, potentially divisive discussion among missionaries than money and how it is raised. About 20 years ago, I was the president and executive director of a major faith mission agency. The board mandated me to “bring about needed change.” I soon realized that financially, the organization was in troubl Read More

Different Yet the Same by Steph Beth Nickel


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Whether we write full-time or simply devote a couple of hours a week to our craft, we are more than simply writers. We’re husbands and wives, students and teachers, executives and factory workers, income earners and volunteers, young adults and retirees. No stereotype will fit, but we do have many things in co Read More

Fiction 101: Research by Janice L. Dick


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When I began writing, I came across this statement: “Write what you know.” Wise, but severely limiting if you’ve led a sheltered life. I reversed the adage to read, “Know what you write.” Even if I don’t know something from firsthand knowledge or experience, I can find out abou Read More