April McGowan

Push Past Self-Doubt

Writers frequently have doubts about their work. Award-winning author Tessa Afshar offers tips for how to resist self-doubt and the temptation to give up and keep going.   PREGNANCY – When my best friend became pregnant at the age of 40, I was struck by certain similarities between pregnancy, birth, and infant care and the writing life. My friend, an …

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2017 February Member News

February Prayer Time by Lindy Swanson Prayer Team Member Heavenly Father, we praise You for clothing us with Jesus’ righteousness that we might build up each other’s holy faith as we minister, presenting the sweet incense of our prayers, and offer our writing as a love gift to You. Give us a fresh outpouring of Your Spirit, in wisdom and in …

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From Novice to Novelist: How Contests Help Writers at Any Stage

By Camille Eide I’ve been entering writing contests since I began writing for publication 10 years ago, both as a pre-published and published writer. I’ve won, placed, and been passed over, but regardless of my stage as a writer or the outcome, I’ve never come away from a writing contest empty-handed. Why should authors enter a writing contest? Pre-published writers …

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2017 January Member News

Let us know the news about your writing (publishing accomplishments, upcoming book-signings, etc.). Jill Williamson, of Vancouver, just received a copy of her latest book King’s Blood along with a note from her editor saying she had set the record for longest Bethany House Publishers book! Tabitha Abel, of Chiloquin, recently had her story, “Why I Am Me,” accepted by …

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How to Create Compelling Characters

How to Create Compelling Characters by James L. Rubart Have you seen the T-shirt that says, “Careful or you’ll end up in my n­ovel”? Darci (my wife) bought me a sweatshirt with that saying on it years ago, and I love wearing it because of the responses I get from people. For the most part, they think I’m kidding. You …

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