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Emily Bergstrom
"Most people are about as happy as they make up their minds to be." - Abraham Lincoln
"Most people are about as happy as they make up their minds to be." - Abraham Lincoln
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So You Want To Be a Writer?
I took my dad along with me to my first writers' conference. I was sixteen years old. Normally, there is a Teen Track at the Mount Hermon Christian Writers' Conference , but that year, due to low turn out, I attended the mainstream fiction track. At dinner,...

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Everything Counts
I'm writing this post because I just finished a book. Good enough reason to to write a post, don't you think? Actually, any time I finish a book, I'm either inspired, or horrified that certain things made it past an editor's scrutiny. So! In light of these ...

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The Stages of Life
When you hit your twenties, things begin to change. Suddenly, life events you longed for and dreaded come to pass. In many ways - there's an excitement and anticipation. At twenty, you feel like a true adult, not just legal in the eyes of the law (though ma...

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How to Fix the Sagging Middle
We all run into this problem at some point or another. You start off writing this amazing story. Your beginning is beautiful. You love your characters. And you know exactly where you want the story to wind up in the end. But somehow, in the middle of it all...

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INFJs Won't Lock a Slammed Door
I remember, about two or three years ago, a friend and I were walking back to my apartment when she proceeded to tell me about this thing called the "INFJ Door Slam" - a friend of hers does this. Funny thing though - I'm an INFJ, and I'd never heard of it. ...

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The Who's Who of Voice
Dialogue is the
foundation of expressing a character's thoughts and opinions. It can
show the ways that they interact with other characters, or even give the
reader a sense of where the character comes from based on their
grammar. Each character's dialo...

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Tears at the Altar
I'm not one to cry. But oh how I was fighting the tears as I saw her enter through the back door on her father's arm. There were diamonds in her eyes. And in that moment, I knew everything was about to change. And I saw it coming months ago. I remember sitt...

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Less of Me
Tonight, I felt distracted while singing the somewhat routine words of worship. It would take a novel to truly explain everything God has been teaching me over the last several weeks. But within the lyrics of the song, my ears caught the line, "More of you ...

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The Ultimate Love Story
Writing a book or a story is the beginning of a beautiful relationship between you and your imaginary characters. Don’t even try to resist the urges to laugh at your funny one-liners, cry when your favorite character dies, or obsessively hate your villain. ...

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Mirror, Mirror
Have you ever seen a movie in which the acting is terrible? The lines seem forced and unreal, the actor’s tones and facial expressions are either too cheesy and cliché or not dramatic at all, and you go away from the movie theater wishing you didn’t waste t...
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