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The Elusive Comma — Carolyn Wilker

The Elusive Comma — Carolyn Wilker

In writing classes, particularly when it comes to grammar, we often get in a discussion over commas. While one throws up her hands and says, “Let the editor fix it,” another asks, “Tell me again where they go.”

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Writing Goals and Distractions — Janice Dick

Writing Goals and Distractions — Janice Dick

I’ve come to my office to write. That’s the plan, but my actual behavior is often quite different from my intent: 9:30 AM  Go upstairs to office 9:35 AM  Tidy desk, clean up desktop, align folders. 9:45 AM  Check emails (there might be a message from my agent or an editor, or even that contest I entered…oh, there’s the church

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Writers Read??? — Brenda Wood

Writers Read??? — Brenda Wood

Read! Not me!!  “I am a writer,” I declared. So I slavishly struggled my words onto paper for years, feeling guilty every time I stopped for a relaxing reading break. Then someone told me writers need to read, read and read some more!

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5 Reasons you should create your own writer’s notebook — Ruth L. Snyder

5 Reasons you should create your own writer’s notebook — Ruth L. Snyder

Every writer should have a notebook that goes everywhere with them and is used every day. Why? Here are my top five reasons: 1. To keep track of possible topics for stories or articles – Ideas come to writers at the strangest times and places. You could be sleeping, or walking down the sidewalk, or driving in your car.

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Start Where You Are — Brenda Wood

Start Where You Are — Brenda Wood

Struggling with a topic? Don’t know how to get that fascinating novel onto paper? Let me ask …do you journal? Our story may actually set someone else on the path to freedom because it gives encouragement and hope. It honours God and becomes a ‘remembrance’ stone.

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Showing or Telling? — Carolyn Wilker

Showing or Telling? — Carolyn Wilker

A student wrote a story about a day she walked her dog to the park and about their discovery of a body. She had hurried to a nearby house to ask someone to call police, and when the police arrived, they wanted her to give a statement. She wrote that she felt shaken from the experience. Those are the bare

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Measuring Success as a Writer — Brenda Wood

Measuring Success as a Writer — Brenda Wood

James Patterson just published his millionth book and Thomas Kinkade is selling paintings by the tons and then there is …us. What is the matter with us? Why isn’t our work broadcast around the globe? What are we doing wrong?

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Moving on after rejections — Carolyn Wilker

Moving on after rejections — Carolyn Wilker

Dear Writer, I have it on good authority that you are not alone in getting rejections. It’s part of the writing business. It’s painful, I’ll allow, for I have received them too. But truly, what do you do with your rejection notices?

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Write using your 5 senses — Ruth L. Snyder

Write using your 5 senses — Ruth L. Snyder

A phrase we hear often as writers is “Show, don’t tell.” One way we can do this more effectively is to include descriptions using all five senses. “Sensory words paint vivid pictures that relate to the five senses: sight, smell, hearing, touch and taste. In fiction, non-fiction and poetry, they serve as a type of shorthand to evoke memories or feelings

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On Writer’s Block: Help for writers who need it — Carolyn Wilker

On Writer’s Block: Help for writers who need it — Carolyn Wilker

Have you ever had a day that you couldn’t write? When the blank computer screen seems to taunt you? You’re not alone. Books and articles have been written on the topic, telling writers how to break free of it and what to do when it hits.

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