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Fiction Writing 101: Part 9 – Beguiling Beginnings – Janice L. Dick

Fiction Writing 101: Part 9 – Beguiling Beginnings – Janice L. Dick

Plato said, “The beginning is the most important part of the work.” Kimberly Yuhl suggests you have eight words to capture your reader’s attention. Rob Weatherhead states in the article, Say it Quick, Say it Well (please excuse the grammar), that the attention span of a modern internet consumer is short. “Studies have shown that 32% of consumers will start

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Faith Inspired — by Nikki Rosen

Faith Inspired — by Nikki Rosen

Francine Rivers authored more than 20 novels, all of them bestsellers. Rivers dreamt of being a writer even as a young child. In university she moved towards making that dream happen by majoring in English. When she heard that publishers wanted romance novels, she went to work and wrote a few love stories. She submitted them for publication and amazingly,

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Encouraging the Disillusioned Writer — Carolyn R. Wilker

Encouraging the Disillusioned Writer — Carolyn  R. Wilker

Recently I wrote a letter to a fellow writer who had become discouraged. How could I help her get her pen moving again—or her fingers to the keyboard? After thinking on it awhile, this is what I wrote:  Dear Discouraged Writer There’s so much to learn, between writer’s guidelines and grammar and the struggle with making the words sound right,

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Don’t Lose Your Stuff! Grandpa’s Letter About Backing Up — Jack Popjes

Don’t Lose Your Stuff! Grandpa’s Letter About Backing Up — Jack Popjes

Dear Mica, Kiki, and Ellie, I’m delighted with the latest stories you sent me! They are getting better all the time. I especially like the drawings that you made to illustrate them. I’m not at all surprised at how good your stories are, after all, you aren’t just any grandkids, you’re my grandkids.  I’m also glad that you’re each keeping

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Sound Bytes: Part 4 of Writing with Sensory Details – Sandi Somers

Sound Bytes: Part 4 of Writing with Sensory Details – Sandi Somers

Beethoven discovered he was losing his hearing as early as age 25. For a musician, nothing could be more disastrous.  In his depression he wrote, “Alas! How could I possibly refer to the impairing of a sense which in me should have been more perfectly developed than in other people, a sense which at one time I possessed in the

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Fiction Writing 101: Part 8 — Janice Dick

Fiction Writing 101: Part 8 — Janice Dick

In my Fiction Writing 101 series, I often refer to James Scott Bell and his writing books and tools, especially Plot & Structure. My copy is well-marked and highlighted. That’s where I first heard the differentiation between an OP and a NOP. OPs are Outline People, NOPs are Non-Outline People. The abbreviations are easy to remember but the meanings tend

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Good Intentions — Brenda Wood

Good Intentions — Brenda Wood

Does anyone else have a closet full of impulsive good intentions? I used to rush out to buy the materials for a new craft I wanted to learn, or fabric for another quilt. I signed up for a class or bought a novel I’d always wanted to read, but because I didn’t make time for the projects, I never sewed

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What are you looking for in a blog — Carolyn R. Wilker

What are you looking for in a blog — Carolyn R. Wilker

The May topic on my newsletter, FineTuned, focused on starting a blog. There I advised writers to begin a blog only if they are serious about continuing it. It takes a lot of content, and some effort to keep it going. And it’s best to have topics broad enough to address week after week and month after month. Such as

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How to Write 9,000 Words per Hour and Not Wear Yourself Out — Jack Popjes

How to Write 9,000 Words per Hour and Not Wear Yourself Out — Jack Popjes

If you are like most writers, you keep a daily journal, not only for the ordinary events of life, but for the more interesting experiences—the stuff of anecdotes—as well as descriptions of people, locations, and ideas for story plots and twists. Those of us who started writing decades ago probably have shelves of handwritten journals, diaries and notebooks. I accumulated

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Writing as Therapy — Nikki Rosen

Writing as Therapy — Nikki Rosen

Little Men by Louisa May Alcott has always been one of my favourite books. It’s a story full of compassion, grace, hope and transformed lives. However, the author is more known for her book, Little Women.  Publisher Thomas Niles suggested Alcott write a book about girls. He thought that would have widespread appeal. At first, Alcott wasn’t interested, but she

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