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Resources Writers Love by Steph Beth Nickel

Resources Writers Love by Steph Beth Nickel

Since we emphasize love each February, why not think about the resources we writers are particularly fond of? A New Journal A beautiful handcrafted leather cover or a whimsical cartoon character beckoning you to open a pristine new journal, full of nothing but potential … is there anything more inspiring—or terrifying? Tentatively, you grab your favourite pen (see below) and

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All We Need is [God’s] Love by Janice L Dick

All We Need is [God’s] Love by Janice L Dick

Love is all you need … (The Beatles) Love me with all of your heart … (Ray Charles Singers) I can’t help falling in love with you … (Elvis) Love will keep us together … (Captain & Tennille) We sing about love, talk about love, write about love, especially at this time of year. But do we really know what

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Ain’t You Tired, Ms. Hilly? by Brenda J. Wood

Ain’t You Tired, Ms. Hilly? by Brenda J. Wood

In the movie The Help, Ms. Hilly spent all her time trying to control her world and the people in it. You might say she was building her platform. I’m all for building platform, proclaiming our names, and selling our books, but there is a limit. A constant stream of messages tout this expert or that and each of them

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Begin with a Brain Dump by Tracy Krauss

Begin with a Brain Dump by Tracy Krauss

It has to start somewhere. Your next writing project, I mean. There you are, sitting in front of your computer with a lovely blank white screen, ready to start that epic novel, lyrical poem, or profoundly wise article. How do you begin?

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Do Not Despise the Day of Small Beginnings by Jack Popjes

Do Not Despise the Day of Small Beginnings by Jack Popjes

  Hearing that my wife and I had translated much of the Bible into a Brazilian indigenous language, a man asked me, “What was the first thing you translated?” He was astonished when I answered, “The story of the gingerbread man.”

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New Beginnings by Pamela Mytroen

New Beginnings by Pamela Mytroen

Just like bringing a baby into the world, writing may be a painful process as you conceptualize worlds, characters, and projects into being. Expect the struggle. Plan on packing patience for the process. Sometimes it is the writing that is the struggle, and other times the writing is affected by life’s surprises and hindrances. They may be severe, as in

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Sharpening Our Focus in 2016 by Violet Nesdoly

Sharpening Our Focus in 2016 by Violet Nesdoly

This last December I kept bumping into goal-setting courses and e-books that promised to show me how to make 2016 the best year ever. You too? Though I’m usually a sucker for these things, this year I resisted. However, I am still using the first weeks of January to examine my life, evaluate, edit, and tweak. I often make these

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12 Ways to Make the Write Resolutions by Steph Beth Nickel

12 Ways to Make the Write Resolutions by Steph Beth Nickel

The New Year is rapidly approaching and many of us will soon be setting our goals (aka resolutions) for 2016. Where is writing on your list? If you are reading this post, it’s likely close to the top. Here are a dozen writing and writing-related goals you may want to include and tips on how to do so: 1. Be

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The Tuesday Experiment by Janice L. Dick

The Tuesday Experiment by Janice L. Dick

  I love a fresh start. It’s an opportunity to improve, to avoid pitfalls from the past, to review and make new plans. This past year I’ve poured a lot of my time and energy into writing weekly blogs on my website in an attempt to connect and gradually grow a following. Writing blogs was never something I thought I’d

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The Memoir of Autobiography by Brenda J. Wood

The Memoir of Autobiography by Brenda J. Wood

December 10 is the deadline for this page, the same day my son was born so many years ago. He came a bit earlier than expected, as I remember it. His version of the story is quite different. Pretty much every memoir we write is like that. You, the author, see it and write it from your perspective. Our participants,

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