Writers Tips

Writers Tips is an Oregon Christian Writers blog.

Sensible Writing

by Kay Marshall Strom Years ago—in another life, it seems—I dabbled in writing TV and movie scripts. In some ways it was easier than writing books, because the audience can look at the screen and see what is happening. They hear passion in the actors’ voices, and they too are moved. They feel fear, and it propels the story forward. …

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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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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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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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Writers as Champions

My family and I have been in Taekwondo for the last four years and we will soon test for our second-degree black belts. Training is hard and messy, often leaving bruises. Or, as happened this spring, leaving us with injuries. But we all know that the hard work will pay off—we’ll be stronger and in better shape. The same is true …

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