April McGowan

Five Common Storycrafting and Wordsmithing Mistakes and How to Fix Them!

By Susan May Warren No STAKES! Your character must have something at STAKE that makes the reader care and want to read more. Authors often start with backstory or creating the storyworld instead of getting to the character’s immediate problem, creating a sympathetic situation where we see him interacting with his world, setting him up for the inciting incident (or …

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2017 July Member News

July Prayer Time by Lynn Hare Prayer Team Member   Lord, thank You for seeing the beginning from the end and bringing our writing projects to completion in Your time. Time is in Your hands (Psalm 31:15). Show us how to be good time managers, keeping wise our priorities: You, family, work, writing, ministry, and community. Introduce fresh ways to …

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Seven Secrets of a Great Pitch

by Michael Hauge With the Oregon Christian Writers Summer Conference fast approaching, you want to be ready with a powerful short pitch of your novel or screenplay or biography. Here are the seven key elements of a great pitch, as I describe in detail in my book Selling Your Story in 60 Seconds: The Guaranteed Way to Get Your Screenplay …

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You Better Believe That You’re a Heroine

Often what we need to hear most is reflected back to us through the journey of someone else. By Melanie Dobson Two children. A boy and girl. That’s what I saw in my mind’s eye as I looked out the window, studying the branches of a weeping cedar that draped toward the ground. The leaves were a silvery green, almost like …

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Appointment Advice: Designing Effective One-Sheets

By Karen Barnett Many of us are busily preparing for conferences like the upcoming Oregon Christian Writers Conference in August. We’re brushing up manuscripts and proposals, practicing our pitches, and deciding which professionals we’d like to meet. A valuable tool to carry into an editor or agent appointment is a well-designed one-sheet. If you’re anything like me, no matter how …

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