Tag Archives: Writer Tips

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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Pitch Perfect

Polish your pitch: get ready for the conference! By Sally Apokedak Good pitches are essential. As an agent, I get excited when I read a great hook because good books with great pitches practically sell themselves. So, what do you need in your pitch? Three things are vital: an interesting, relatable character a desire a conflict A Character You don’t …

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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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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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