The Forgiving Eye

by Steve Muir Sounds benevolent, doesn’t it? After all, forgiveness is a great virtue, right? In this case, unfortunately, wrong. The Forgiving Eye is the name I’ve given to a particular phenomenon that afflicts me – and I’m sure, most authors – when it comes to reviewing their own writing. Content is not the problem
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Give Us this Day – AC Contest Winner

by Connie Houston Unedited and Unabridged Our Daily Bread.  When I grew up, one of eight siblings living in public housing in Lackawanna, NY. , we ate bread every day.  My mother made cornbread for father. Not Jiffy.  Not cloying.  Mama’s cornbread was from scratch, savory, made with gritty, yellow cornmeal and cooked it in
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Chew on This Writers: Organization

by Randy Ingermanson [Editor’s note: Fodder for thoughtful planning now, gearing up for January 2019] Organization: Evolution, Not Revolution January is the big-money month of the year, I suspect, for people who run gyms. And people who sell diet plans. And anyone promising to make you over fast. We all want a revolution in our
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Secure Writer Success

By Lori Hatcher @LoriHatcher2 “For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways,” declares the Lord. “As the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts” (Isaiah 55:8-9). Never were truer words penned than these ancient words from the
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The Famous First Line

by Gina Burgess Google tells me that I have to have what the post is about in the first line. It is about first lines and how crucial are they? Kinda boring first line isn’t it? I had the misfortune of getting sick over Thanksgiving. It was the first Thanksgiving that I’ve ever spent alone,
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Inspiration with a Club

By Gina Burgess Truman Capote:Writing has laws of perspective, of light and shade just as painting does or music. If you are born with them, fine. If not, learn them then rearrange them to suit you. Just what we were talking about last week. Frankly, no two writers will work, or write, in the same way.
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Writing Rules the Good, the Bad, the Ugly

by Gina Burgess Like me, you may have wondered where in the world all those rules about writing came from. From people who supposedly know about writing. Duh. In one of my Facebook groups, someone asked, “What is the writing rule you dislike the most?” I’m amazed at some of the dislikes, so I thought
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