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Thursday, July 27, 2017

The Two Longings of a Story According to C. S. Lewis

by Peter Leavell, @PeterLeavell

He wanted to be a better man because of a character I created. After a lifetime of alcohol, he stopped drinking. He stopped hitting his wife. He hit off on the TV and took her to a museum and dinner.

He hasn’t looked back.

One of dozens of similar letters about my Western series made me revisit my writing philosophy to figure out why these men are cleaning up their lives and thinking outside themselves.

The idea comes from the first book I read on how to write, written by C.S. Lewis.

Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Giving Back

by Yvonne Lehman, @YvonneLehman

When my great-American, best-selling, internationally-acclaimed novel was rejected, resulting in my becoming physically ill and spiritually deficient, I had to re-think what this writing life was all about. Perhaps God wasn’t going to put a novel in my brain, let it flow from my fingertips, and didn’t really want to work for me as my agent who would earn 10%.

Thinking I might have more to learn, had only a high school education, I began taking one literature, then English, course at a time and discovered there was more to writing than my inspired thoughts.

Tuesday, July 25, 2017

The Importance of Asking Why

by Lisa Jordan, @lisajordan

Until last month, I'd spent the last nineteen years of my life working as an early childhood educator. While working with young children, one of the questions I’d heard most often in my career was, “Why?”

Children ask this question constantly because they are sponges, soaking up all kinds of information. If they’re given one answer, chances are they’ll continue asking why to find another. Sure, it can be annoying, but it’s how they learn. Many times I’d ask them why and they’d usually tell me "because."

Monday, July 24, 2017

3 Tips for Beginning Writers

by Beth K. Vogt, @bethvogt

An author-friend recently posed this question: What is the best advice you can give to someone who is writing a manuscript, attempting to get published?

I pondered the subject for several days, tossing thoughts back and forth, and then settled on a trio of lessons learned.

Sunday, July 23, 2017

What’s the Deal with a Memoir?

Cindy Sproles, @CindyDevoted

I have a memoir. It’s done. It’s good. But no one wants to look at memoirs. Why are they so hard to sell?

It’s important to know the facts and remember there is always an exception to the rule. There are some writers who end up in the right place, at the right time, with the perfect manuscript, but for the most of us, our hard work doesn’t supersede the obstacles . . . especially with a memoir.

Saturday, July 22, 2017

5 Habits of a Successful Writer

by DiAnn Mills, @diannmills

Emulating those whose writing careers have soared into bestseller status provides us with amazing role models. We look for a roadmap with precise steps and no detours. But every writer is different, and the destination isn’t always reached the same way.

We can accomplish the same goals as those writers who inspire us. It’s a matter of determining the practices that most fit our personalities. The following is what I feel makes a notable difference in a writer’s career.

Friday, July 21, 2017

The Power of the Pen

by Jennifer Delamere, @jendelamere

Got a tough scene to write? One that has you stumped? Step away from the computer! Enjoy the de-stressing freedom of writing with pen and paper.

That’s advice I picked up some years ago from another author. She told me whenever she was stuck, she would take pen and paper, sit in an easy chair, and just begin to jot down notes or ideas.