Writers Tips

Writers Tips is an Oregon Christian Writers blog.

How to Reach Your Writing Goals

  Author Interview with Robin Jones Gunn by Lindy Jacobs As the new year rolls around, many of us will be reviewing the past 12 months and setting fresh writing goals. This is also the perfect time to take stock of our writing habits. Do we need to make any changes in our writing routine to make our goals a …

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Character Growth Words

  ~by Jill Williamson Years ago, my friend Stephanie Morrill, founder of www.GoTeenWriters.com, wrote a blog post in which she explained her process of assigning her main characters a word that summed up what they believed about themselves. For example, her main character’s word was “invisible,” and the antagonist’s was “second best.” These words enabled Stephanie to put her characters …

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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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