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The Power of Happy Moments

For new writers, it is tempting to let drama and heartache swamp our stories. Now, while the saying is “only trouble is interesting,” today, I’d like to talk about how…

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The Drafting Process

Drafting a new novel can be overwhelming, but I find if you break it up, it helps to alleviate some of the pressure and put your focus where it needs…

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3 Ways to Incorporate Setting Description

It’s important for writers to recognize their weakness in order to work on correcting them. For me, it’s description. When I get my beta reader feedback, the one thing that seems to…

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The 3 Promises of Your First Chapter

The beginning of your story is your contract with the reader as to what they can expect if they pick up your novel. Start strong to hook your reader, continue strong to keep…

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Developing Secondary Characters

Sometimes, novels can come up a bit short on the word count and when that happens, we can be tempted to plop in a few scenes or add a new…

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7 Elements that Make a Great Character 

As I am going through and editing my third Victorian novel, I am re-evaluating how my heroine comes across on the page. In the first draft, the ideas are allowed…

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Capturing Your Story

Ever had a great idea for a novel, but didn’t know exactly how to capture it long enough to get it down on paper before it fluttered away into the…

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The Language of Flowers

One of my favorite aspects of the Victorian era is their value of sweet romance. As flowers were taken very seriously, dictionaries were soon sprouting up on how to interpret…

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Growing Your Craft

This month, I attended an American Christian Fiction Writers (ACFW) chapter meeting for the first time. In Louisiana, there weren’t any chapters near me, so when I heard that there…