Tag Archives: Writing Tips

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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You Better Believe That You’re a Heroine

Often what we need to hear most is reflected back to us through the journey of someone else. By Melanie Dobson Two children. A boy and girl. That’s what I saw in my mind’s eye as I looked out the window, studying the branches of a weeping cedar that draped toward the ground. The leaves were a silvery green, almost like …

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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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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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