Ever since childhood when I first saw the film Somewhere in Time, starring Jane Seymour (Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman) and Christopher Reeve (Superman), I dreamed of visiting Mackinac Island (pronounced Mak-i-naw). Once the writing bug bit me, I searched for a good story to set on Mackinac. Two years after sending the story to my […]
Perhaps you’ve been reading the industry news lately and noted that Christian publishers are putting out way fewer books than they did a few years ago. This is for various reasons — Christian bookstores closing, publishers consolidating and buying each other out, and so on. Agent Chip MacGregor wrote a blog post on this recently […]
Today we hear from writer Emilie Hendryx. Drawing from real life as a writer is not only helpful but also crucial in my opinion. What you draw out is what matters. Taking your cue from real life, use these three things to strengthen and enliven your fiction. 1) Motivation Read news stories or talk with […]
When I was brainstorming for my Valentine’s story, “My Candy Valentine,” I thought of those candy hearts with sayings printed on them. I was surprised to learn that “conversation hearts” have been around since 1866, in plenty of time for my 1916 story. Necco, the company that makes the conversation hearts, adds new sayings every […]
The woman on the bicycle, pedaling away. What’s she leaving behind? Give us your story for a caption!
by author Cathy Elliott I remember the day my writing career formally began. My daughter had just called with happy news, announcing her engagement. We chatted for a while about how the lucky man proposed. And about her beautiful ring, of course. Then I hung up the phone and a curious notion came into my […]
So, what’s her story, folks? We need a caption!
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King David gives some excellent advice in the following verse about accepting constructive criticism: Let the godly strike me! It will be a kindness! If they correct me, it is soothing medicine. Don’t let me refuse it. Ps. 141:5a (NLT) If you’ve ever learned from a tough critique, the advice in this verse probably sounds familiar. […]