Writers Tips

Writers Tips is an Oregon Christian Writers blog.

Understand Your Calling as a Novelist

~By Jeff Gerke As a Christian, you are all called to minister to two main people groups: those inside the Church and those outside it. You have responsibilities toward both groups. However, I believe each Christian may be primarily called to one group or the other. For instance, those Christians with the spiritual gift of evangelism are going to spend …

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2017 Cascade Award Winners

Congratulations to all the 2017 Cascade Award Winners PUBLISHED Published Children’s Book Would a Worm Go on a Walk? by Hannah Hall Published Contemporary Book The Morning Star Rises by Sara Davison Published Historical Fiction While I Count the Stars by Valerie Banfield Published Memoir Lessons from a Son’s Life . . . and Death by Merrit Hearing Published Nonfiction Book …

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How to Make the Most of Your Conference Experience

By April McGowan The amazing Oregon Christian Writers Summer Conference is just around the corner. If you’re like me, you’re researching speakers, agents, and editors and trying to decide whom to pitch to, what to pack, and what to wear! Here are some plans I’ve put into practice to make the most of my conference experience. Pray: Pray for OCW …

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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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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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