Writing Tips

Nadine Brandes Talks about “A Time to Die”

I e-met my next guest, Nadine Brandes, as a newbie writer on the ACFW Critique Loop. I loved her writing so much, not to mention the suggestions she had for mine, I begged her to join my first critique group. She’s been on this blog before, telling us about her editorial services—which I’ve gratefully used—but … Continue reading »

Categories: Author Interviews, Book Launch, Current Books, Dystopian, Fiction, Guest Author, Heroine, Speculative, Suspense, Teen, Writing Tips, Young Adult | Comments Off

Randy Ingermanson on The Snowflake Method, Independent Publishing and ACFW

What a thrill to host the inimitable Randy Ingermanson on IC today. It was learning Randy’s Snowflake Method of story development that made the process of novel creation a reality for me so many years ago. So when I found out Randy had decided to publish a “How To” book on writing using the Snowflake … Continue reading »

Categories: Agent/Publisher Info, Author Interviews, Book Launch, Current Books, Fiction, General Writing Tips, Guest Blogs, Independent Publishing, Self Publising, Writing Resources, Writing Tips, Writing Tips | 7 Comments

Camy Tang on Writing, Independent Publishing and Knitting

It’s always so wonderful to have an author back on IC for a second visit. Mostly because it means I haven’t offended her yet ;o). Which is why I am excited to have Camy Tang here today to add some insight to the worlds of writing, independent publishing and, yes, knitting. Camy, thank you for … Continue reading »

Categories: Author Interviews, Book Launch, Contemporary, Current Books, Fiction, General Writing Tips, Guest Author, Guest Blogs, Historical, Independent Publishing, Regency, Romance, Suspense, Writing Tips, Writing Tips | 4 Comments

Why This Published Author Decided to Self-Publish! By MaryLu Tyndall

The writing industry is changing. And in my opinion, for the better! I am the author of more than fourteen novels, all historical romances, all published by Barbour Publishing. I started my career back in 2005 when I received my first contract for a Christian Pirate trilogy, and it’s been a wild ride ever since! … Continue reading »

Categories: Agent/Publisher Info, Announcements, Book Launch, Current Books, Fiction, Guest Author, Guest Blogs, Historical, It's Complicated, Musings, On My Mind, Romance, Suspense, Writing Tips, Writing Tips | 13 Comments

Introducing Sally Bradley, Editorial Services for the Traditional and the Indie Author

I don’t know about you all, but most of the year-in-review blogs I’ve read from publishing professionals have mentioned not only the impact of indie publishing on the industry, but also the fact that this segment of authorship is growing. For years I’ve been reluctant to go this route myself, and I’m glad, as Heather … Continue reading »

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The ONE Crucial Self-Publishing Tip You’d Rather Not Hear—By Heather Day Gilbert

  *See below, how you can enter to win a Smashword’s or Kindle coupon for Heather’s novel, God’s Daughter. * . . . When I thought about self-publishing tips I wanted to share, they all hinge around this: Don’t release your book too soon. You only get one chance to make your debut author impression. … Continue reading »

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Writer As Creator

One of the amazing things about being a writer is how it gives one a glimpse of what it is like to be God. No, I do not have the power to alter realities … but I do have the power to alter “unrealities.” And oh what an exciting prospect. I can make new worlds … Continue reading »

Categories: Character Development, Contemporary, Current Books, Devotionals, Fiction, General, Hero, It's Complicated, Musings, On My Mind, Romance, Writing Tips | Tags: | 1 Comment

Should You Write A Life-Changing Book?

I have a pet peeve. Okay, maybe more than one, but I’ll only rant about the one for now. I’ve always loved how God created this vast world with so many different parts. Different cultures, different music, different people with different gifts, and … different books. So why is it that people still go on … Continue reading »

Categories: Contemporary, Current Books, Fiction, General, General Writing Tips, It's Complicated, Musings, On My Mind, Writing Tips, Writing Tips | 3 Comments

Eek! I’m Becoming My Characters!!!

I used to have bone-straight hair. Really! I’d curl it with every kind of apparatus available to vain young women, but the hair just wanted to point down like it had weights attached to the ends. What happened? First Chris, then Tiffany—my characters—that’s what. I don’t know about you, but when I write people I … Continue reading »

Categories: Character Development, Contemporary, Fiction, General, It's Complicated, Uncategorized, Writing Tips, Writing Tips | 5 Comments

She Never Had a Rejection, By Carol Barnier

Today, I’m pleased to have Carol Barnier as my guest. I couple months back I read the following article in the Word Serve Water Cooler, and loved it. After contacting Carol, she not only graciously agreed to let me reprint it here, she also guested on Living the Body of Christ a couple of times. … Continue reading »

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