Writers Tips

Writers Tips is an Oregon Christian Writers blog.

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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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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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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