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Oo, Shiny by Steph Beth Nickel

Oo, Shiny by Steph Beth Nickel

Like most writers, I want my work to shine. I’m not particularly interested in awards or acclaim, but I do want it to be the best it can be. And now for the disclaimer … I want the first draft to burst forth sparkling like a perfectly cut diamond. I know. I know. Not going to happen! So what can

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How Dark Times Enhance My Writing by Janice L Dick

How Dark Times Enhance My Writing by Janice L Dick

It was the fall of 1994. My father had just been diagnosed with cancer. Apparently the disease had been at work for a long time. At Thanksgiving, we travelled to my parents’ home in Alberta for a bittersweet weekend. Meanwhile, my mother-in-law, who had been feeling poorly for years, was told she had a brain tumour. Surgery would take place

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Unblinded by Brenda J Wood

Unblinded by Brenda J Wood

“God it is dark where I am right now, dark. I can’t see any farther than the nose on my face … which to be honest is farther than most people–due to its size.” That’s a line from my journal during one of my times of loss and despair. It’s followed by: “How can I write when everything around me

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In the Dark About Dark Times by Tracy Krauss

In the Dark About Dark Times by Tracy Krauss

This month’s prompt asked, “How do dark times enhance our writing?” I’m sure I blinked, not quite sure I understood the question. I felt stumped. I felt stymied. I felt ill equipped to write on this topic.

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8 Resources to Take Your Poetry to the Next Level by Violet Nesdoly

Here, on the doorstep of April, I’m celebrating because it’s almost National Poetry Month! What better time to think and talk about how to improve our writing in general, poetry-writing in particular? And so, I’m excited to share eight resources that have helped me in writing about poetry (as a many-year online and FellowScript poetry columnist) and in writing poems

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11 Tools to Take Your Writing to the Next Level by Steph Beth Nickel

11 Tools to Take Your Writing to the Next Level by Steph Beth Nickel

I’ve been exploring several resources to take my writing to the next level. You may want to check out some of them as well. (Please note: At the present time, I am not an affiliate of any of these people or products.)

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Spring Ahead: Take Your Writing to the Next Level by Janice L Dick

Spring Ahead: Take Your Writing to the Next Level by Janice L Dick

This time of year, when the days lengthen, the weather warms, and the birds sing with more joy, is a great time to blow out the cobwebs on our writing. Sometimes we get bogged down; at least I do. We struggle on, doing our best to do our best. Spring has a special way of giving us a boost, especially

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When They Come by Brenda J Wood

When They Come by Brenda J Wood

Disturbing current events struggle through our brains every day now. What is our response? Several writers have already posted their comments online, comments like “Be careful what you say. People might not buy your books.” Seriously, is that our goal: selling books? SERIOUSLY? Aren’t we Christian writers with the purpose of glorifying God?

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Wait, Weight, and Getting Swept Away by Pamela Mytroen

Wait, Weight, and Getting Swept Away by Pamela Mytroen

Before we get swept away in crafting an exciting plot, we need to wait! Wait until we weigh down our main character. Susan May Warren pointed out recently in a blog post on Novel Rocket how important it is that we connect with the characters. “Plot is interesting, but not unless it is about someone we care about.” What makes

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Cultivating a Love of Writing by Tracy Krauss

Cultivating a Love of Writing by Tracy Krauss

Consider the Future I grew up in small town Saskatchewan, surrounded by a sea of grain fields and nurtured by an agricultural mindset. To make a living as a farmer, one has to have tenacity in the face of uncontrollable obstacles. Grain prices fluctuate, markets can collapse, and nobody but Jesus can control the weather! “Next year…” is probably the

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