Tag Archives: Oregon Christian Writers

2017 August/September Member News

  August/September Prayer Time by Lynn Hare Prayer Team Member  Lord, thank You for creative words that flow into the orchards of our manuscripts. For the seed of every rejected word that falls to the compost heap, we celebrate rich soil that bears Kingdom fruit. Some of Your best fruit grows in unlikely places! Thank You for the new friends …

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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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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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2017 March Member News

March Prayer Time by Lindy Swanson Prayer Team Coordinator Heavenly Father, We praise You for Your faithfulness, goodness, and unfailing love! Thank You for Your perfect love that casts out fear. We invite You to flood our hearts with an overabundant awareness of Your love to dispel all our fears. Thank You, Jesus, that You and Your Word are our …

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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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