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Thursday’s Tips: Reworking Cliches

Communication One goal—perhaps the central objective—of writing is communication. Whether we’re penning fiction or nonfiction, we’re trying to communicate ideas and story. Our words matter; our phrasing matters. One of an editor’s jobs is to interpret what the writer...

Thursday’s Tips: Questions for your Opening Scene

Story openings can be very confusing. There are a few unasked questions an author must answer in the opening pages of a story in order to hook readers.  Have you ever started a book and wondered what was happening? I mean, you could see the story playing out, but...

Thursdays Tips: Formatting

It was such a pleasure to meet some of you at the recent American Christian Fiction Writers’ conference. Whether we met at the conference or not, perhaps you’re gearing up to submit a query through our on-line system (the only way to do so). Here’s the main link for...

Thursday’s Tips: Preparing for Writers’ Conferences

I’ll see some of you at ACFW in Dallas in a couple of weeks. Getting ready takes courage, especially if you’ve signed up for agent or editor appointments. Here are some tips to help you get ready: First, make yourself familiar with what that house is looking for. Read...

Thursday’s Tips: A Likable Main Character

Do you read for pleasure? Of course, we writers are also students of books after we take on the study of the craft. I’m reading a book “for pleasure” right now that isn’t working for me. Why? Because I can’t relate with the heroine, which means I don’t sympathize with...
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