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Course Overload by Steph Beth Nickel

Course Overload by Steph Beth Nickel

Course Overload I have a tough time passing up a deal … especially on writing and writing-related courses. How about you?

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3 Tips to Filling the Idea Bank by Janice L Dick

3 Tips to Filling the Idea Bank by Janice L Dick

3 Tips to Filling the Idea Bank Where do our ideas come from? Best answer: everywhere. I’m visiting with friends and someone mentions a strange circumstance that intrigues me. Or talks about a quirky character they met. Or refers to a larger-than-life experience they read about online. These are all fodder for the idea mill. First lesson: Be observant. Listen.

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Acknowledge This by Brenda J Wood

Acknowledge This by Brenda J Wood

Do you struggle with acknowledgments for your inside book cover? Yes, me too. What I have to say isn’t always what I want to say. Alan Greenspan said, “I know you think you understand what you thought I said, but I’m not sure you realize that what you heard is not what I meant.”

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Behind Those Walls: A Story Lesson from HGTV by Pamela Mytroen

Behind Those Walls: A Story Lesson from HGTV by Pamela Mytroen

Ever notice how even the most mundane reality show, such as renovating a kitchen, includes drama? It’s never as simple as knocking down a wall and installing new cabinets. Never! Tension ratchets up when asbestos – gasp – is found in the ceiling, or nob and tube wiring is discovered in the walls. Disaster! And then a commercial break delays

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Out of the Box Writing Ideas – Literally by Tracy Krauss

Out of the Box Writing Ideas – Literally by Tracy Krauss

There are some wonderful standbys when it comes to finding writing inspiration. Take a walk in nature. Reflect on a passage of scripture. Listen to music. And of course, always have that journal handy for when the muse strikes! Here are a few more that you might want to add to your arsenal.

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Rhythms of Summer Writing by Violet Nesdoly

Rhythms of Summer Writing by Violet Nesdoly

I’m all for respecting the rhythms of the year. When it seems that the whole world is on vacation, I feel like going on vacation too. Working this “logic” into a writing life can be tricky, especially if the summer is your main time to write. 

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Be Inspired by Steph Beth Nickel

There’s nothing I enjoy much more than taking a walk, camera in hand. Below are a few pictures I’ve taken over the years. May they inspire your writing. Steph Beth Nickel is the coauthor of Paralympian Deborah L. Willows’ memoir, Living Beyond My Circumstances, published by Castle Quay Books. They are currently working on a follow-up book, Still Living Beyond My

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Summer Inspiration by Janice L Dick

Summer Inspiration by Janice L Dick

Ahhh! Summer is here—finally—and I can kick back and relax. Oh, wait. I have a book to write, blogs to schedule, social media to follow. And…my garden needs weeding again, small as it is. And…it takes me about three hours to mow the grass on our large farmyard. And…the flowers need to be watered often this year because it’s so

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Hiding in Plain Sight by Brenda J Wood

Hiding in Plain Sight by Brenda J Wood

Hiding in Plain Sight Yes, that is me, incognito on Canada Day here in my little town, Why ever are you dressed like that? Because I can, Because, though highly visible, I am hidden in the crowd, Don’t point fingers at me; you do the same thing. It’s got nothing to do with the hat, but with the hiding, We

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Five Ways to Stay Motivated in the Summer by Pamela Mytroen

Five Ways to Stay Motivated in the Summer by Pamela Mytroen

Summer brings a new set of scents, sounds, and sights, and yet with all the travelling, friends visiting, and extra responsibilities such as painting that fence or gardening, it is difficult to squeeze writing into the mix. Here are five ways I have discovered that help me stay on track in the summer: 1. Take a course to keep yourself

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