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Life brings each of us strange personal experiences. This spring I traveled to visit my mother in Kentucky. When I checked into …

December 13, 2017

The first page of your book determines whether the reader will continue reading or if they will move on to another book. …

December 7, 2017

We all have things that inspire us. Some may marvel at a glorious sunset; others may find inspiration in a painting or …

December 6, 2017

By Doug Peterson My arm felt like it was going to fall off. I was in my forties at the time, …

December 5, 2017

  Then the Lord answered me and said: “Write the vision and make it plain on tablets, that he may run who reads it. Habakkuk 2:2 NKJV …

December 2, 2017

Email campaigns work wonders. It’s true that emerging college graduates consider email an outdated form of communication, but the rest of us …

November 30, 2017

There​ ​is​ ​a​ ​unique​ ​magic​ ​to​ ​epiphany.​ ​That​ ​“A-HA!”​ ​moment​ ​when​ ​all​ ​of​ ​the​ ​elusives tumble​ ​into​ ​perfect​ ​place,​ ​and​ ​the​ ​picture​ …

November 27, 2017

Progress has stalled on our latest writing project. We avoid our desk, tamp down the guilt, and stay busy doing anything but …

November 24, 2017

My pastor and mentor, Larry, grimaced at me back in my early twenties. “Why do you like those scary movies and books? …

November 22, 2017

At any given time, I have at least half-a-dozen stories binging around in my head. That’s just how my brain works. I …

November 19, 2017

Overwhelmed. Exhausted. Enlightened. I struggled to stay awake on the drive home from the Ohio Christian Writers Conference, my conference companion and …

November 16, 2017

Normally in these articles about magazine writing, I focus on positive ways to make a difference. From my years in the publishing …

November 13, 2017

This week we have a recap of the inaugural Ohio Christian Writers Conference as the attendees discuss the ins and outs of …

November 9, 2017

“Oh, you’re a fantasy writer? I love ‘The Lord of the Rings.’” “I don’t write that kind of fantasy.” “What other kind …

November 7, 2017

The writing life stands poised to strike fear into the most steadfast heart—launching arrows of self-doubt, rejection-terror, and insecurity. What if my …

October 24, 2017

I started working as a professional writer when I was seventeen. So completely captured by the craft, I made the decision to make …

October 22, 2017

Have you memorized the list of prepositions yet? Trust me, quickly recognizing prepositions will help you in the long run because we’ll …

October 18, 2017

Technical writing is a different kind of writing. As a matter of fact, it is a very different kind of writing. It …

October 16, 2017

In this Writers Chat episode, award-winning author and MFA student in Communications: New Media and Marketing Bethany Jett shares tips and best …

October 12, 2017

Until the last century, men dominated the realms of literature, letters, and learning. We read nothing of women exchanging rhetoric and positing …

October 2, 2017

We’re continuing with the parts of speech with a discussion about prepositions. These words never change their form. They link nouns, pronouns, …

September 28, 2017

Author, speaker, and overall funny man Bob Hostettler has cost me too much money. He keeps writing books. And I keep buying …

September 25, 2017

  Adverbs are words commonly used to describe or modify a verb, and adjective, or another adverb. To test whether or not …

August 19, 2017
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We’ve spoken before about how little details can help color your storyworld. Societal habits, mating customs, dinner choices, and environmental aspects are …

August 10, 2017

Following the dream of becoming a writer involves so much more than just learning how to write. Sure that’s a biggie and …

July 29, 2017
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