Even the flu can be a blessing

by Teresa Martin [Editor’s note: Here’s a pick-me-up for this flu season, even though it happened at Christmas!] Christmas is my favorite holiday. I love doing my Christmas shopping; writing Christmas cards, getting out the special china and crystal, and polishing all my tarnished silver-plated serving pieces. But last year, the week before Christmas, I
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Writing and the Principles of Sowing and Reaping

by Sarah Tun We reap what we sow. Isn’t that right? So here’s how I encourage us all, myself included, to pour into Authors Community in order to reap what we need from it. Writing is, generally speaking, a solitary experience. Here at Authors Community, we are a collective of individuals, accustomed to working primarily
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Decision

by Cecelia Lester (1st place in fiction under 500 words) He found himself walking along the beach. He mulled over the difficult news. Before he realized it, he discovered he was on the point, that spot where his life could have ended. He sat on the bench, letting his mind reflect on earlier times. His
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Writers Chat Interviewed Authors Community Partners

Partners’ Report The partners of Authors Community had a great time chatting with authors (both seasoned and newbies) on Writers Chat this week. Check out this video to find out more… Every Tuesday morning at 10am Central time you can go to the Live Facebook Writers Chat for some great fellowship and to learn some
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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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Determining ROI–or Success Rate

by Tom Blubaugh I was talking to an author client/friend the other day about return-on-investment (ROI). 100 % of most conversations about ROI involve money. The thought came to me that money is not the only ROI that can give an author satisfaction. If it is, then many authors would discontinue writing today since, on
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Why a Writer Needs Relationships

by DiAnn Mills Writers spend hours perfecting their manuscripts. The time, sweat, and tears that go into a remarkable writing project can’t be measured when our ability to create is always working. We live and breathe the words filling our mind and transfer them onto the page. Some say writing is an isolated profession, and
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Working through the Gray

by Jeffery Romine When I was co-chair for a medicinal chemistry program, my counterpart often insisted that the success of our executive director, his immediate supervisor, a man who had achieved not only a position of authority but respect within the organization, was due to his remarkable ability to see through the gray. At any
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