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The Power of the Spirit in Our Writing by Janice Dick

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Do you ever wonder if the hours, days, weeks, and years you spend at your computer arranging words is making any difference whatsoever in the grand scheme of life? I do. Since 1989, I’ve spent much of my time writing fiction. A lot of people don’t understand what I do, or why, but I keep writing because I think that’s what God has called me to do. In all those years, I’ve written lots of short pieces but only six books (four currently published). But does it make my world better? Does it leave a legacy for anyone besides my immediate family? (more…)


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Who are You? by Brenda J. Wood

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You are a writer. Just what does that look like? You introduce yourself through your books. You are not super organized unless it comes to plotting. You are a pantser and make up your story as you go. You thrive on deadlines. Deadlines are your enemy. Your favourite topic is your latest novel. You are anti-social and hide behind your computer. You find yourself the centre of attention and love it. You know your characters better than you know yourself. Your characters are an extension of yourself. You forget your surroundings because you are plotting your novel. You prefer writing to publicity. You go with the flow. You must have a definite plan. You thrive on chaos. You are energized in a group. Privacy is your middle name. Your mood depends on how many pages you wrote today. You write in big chunks of time. You write in any available sections of time. Your email box buries you in panic. You avoid writing like the plague. You worry about what your reviewers say. Your reality is your latest writing project. Who are you? No matter your response to the statements above, you are a writer because writers come in all shapes and sizes. We are as varied as our words. Who are you? You are a writer. The only thing holding you back is you. Pick up your pen. Be true to yourself. And write.  


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Combining the “Ps” by Tracy Krauss

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The InScribe Blog on Writing would like to welcome our newest bloggers: Tracy Krauss and Violet Nesdoly. Enjoy the following post by Tracy on plotting vs. pantsing. Plotting vs. Pantsing There is much debate among authors over which works best. There is certainly merit to both methods. Plotting ensures continuity while pantsing keeps it fresh. It’s really a matter of personal preference. As long as the final outcome is solid, the methodology really doesn’t matter. (more…)


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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 old gal was ninety-eight and fell asleep 15 minutes into the interview. After I rescheduled the visit, I came away with reams of fascinating but disjointed stories. What would I use for glue? (more…)


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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 trouble and we needed to change the mission’s traditional fund raising policies. (more…)


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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 common. (more…)


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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 about it. (more…)


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You Still Get Fudge by Brenda J. Wood

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Even though the recipe is unbelievably simple, even though there are only two ingredients, the result is terrific fudge. 1 pkg. (225 g) Baker's Semi-Sweet Chocolate 1 can (300 ml) sweetened condensed milk Line 8-inch square pan with foil, with ends of foil extending over sides; spray with cooking spray. Melt chocolate as directed on package. Add milk; mix well. Spread onto prepared pan. Refrigerate until firm. Cut into 24 pieces. (more…)


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A Varied Menu by Carolyn R. Wilker

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Today, on this, my last post for the Inscribe professional blog, I ask you to consider your longer-term goal and how you will get there. What do you want to have accomplished by the end of the year? Is it steady blogging or perhaps progress on a book of memories, poetry, devotionals, or other short pieces that you plan to submit? How will you get it all done? (more…)


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Love Your Readers Passionately or Don’t Bother Writing by Jack Popjes

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My wife and I occasionally have a cooking date. Instead of going to a movie or having dinner out, we spend our date in the kitchen, making a fabulous appetizer, preparing a fancy dessert, or cooking a meal so complicated and work intensive my wife would never cook it for the family on her own. It is fun to work together. I learn the basics of cooking and she gets to be the chef and tell me what to do. Eventually we eat something delicious. Joy all around. (more…)


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