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Take Charge of Your Writing Life by Tracy Krauss

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For most of the writers I know, finding ideas to write about is not an issue. Finding the time to craft these ideas into something worthy of sharing is another thing altogether. It takes effort. It takes discipline. It takes a certain amount of dogged determination. (more…)

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A Time and Place to Write by Jack Popjes


You’ll never find time to write, but you can make time. And when you make time, you need to make a place as well. Productive writers know that time and place tend to be connected. It has to do with what actors call body memory. (more…)

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Ten Steps to Prepare for Your Writers’ Workshop by Pamela Mytroen

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1. Create an appropriate title for your workshop. Your title is like a menu item. It must be short and concise but appealing and descriptive to writers as they peruse the list of workshops at a conference. “The Life of Pie for Writers” was one of my recent workshop titles. It worked well visually. (more…)

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What Is Poetry? by Violet Nesdoly

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Welcome to our newest contributor, Violet Nesdoly. I’m delighted to be re-entering the world of group blogging. Though I enjoyed my hiatus, I’m happy to get back into this saddle. In my posts here, I plan to talk about a genre dear to my heart—poetry. It’s a huge topic with a history as old as humanity itself. As well, it’s constantly changing. If there’s any type of writing that allows one to break established rules, make one’s own rules, and express individuality, it’s poetry. So, perhaps a good place to start is to ask, "What is poetry?" (more…)

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Seeing Our Mistakes from a New Perspective by Steph Beth Nickel

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Like most people, if not everyone, I can think of a number of times I’ve wished I could press rewind and have a do-over, especially if my actions or words cost me something: money, reputation, peace of mind. But that’s not the way life works. That’s not the way God works. (more…)

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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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