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Florida Christian Writers' Confence starts each year with teaching and inspiration.
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Tips for Mastering Dialogue - A note from Doc Hensley regarding his Saturday workshop on "Mastering Dialogue":   If you've ever watched episodes of "The West Wing" or read the late Robert B. Parker's series of Spenser novels, then you know what a delight it is to enjoy excellent dialogue. I've written ten novels and published more than 100 short stories, and it always pleases me when a critic or reviewer will say, "And Hensley's dialogue is snappy, clever, and always on the mark."  I work h...

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Self-Editing: The Key to Better Writing -   If you are serious about communicating clearly and persuasively through your writing, then you must become your best critic. And that involves learning how to edit your work well. Editing involves word selection, punctuation choices, correct spelling, and paragraph divisions. It also includes your writing’s tone and pace, the validity and effectiveness of your arguments, how your writing is organized, the clarity of your message, and your ability ...

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Poetry: Cross-Training for Prose Writers -   At my first writing conference 30 years ago, the keynote speaker, a non-fiction writer, praised the virtues of poetry. She said that if we wanted to strengthen our prose, we needed to learn poetry writing. Why? “Because it teaches you to use just the right word.” Poetry teaches us to use just the right word.  So I’ve developed the class “Poetry: Cross Training For Prose Writers” for both poets and prose writers who love the art and craft of langu...

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Issues Writing That Matters -   Americans are divided over a host of issues, including immigration, terrorism and security, race, religious liberty, government control vs. civil liberties, free speech vs. political correctness, gun rights vs. gun control, abortion, euthanasia, different conceptions of marriage and family, American history, and intelligent design vs. naturalistic evolution. Within the American church, Christians are also divided over the social issues already mentioned as we...

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7 Trends in Book Publishing - A writer went out to sow seed. As he was scattering the seed, some fell along the path, and negative reviewers snatched it up. Some fell on rocky places where it did not have much exposure. It sprang up quickly because the readership was both small and loyal. But when the next blog post went up, the book withered because the site had no roots. Other seed fell among thorns, which grew up and choked sales. Still other seed fell on good soil, where it produced a c...

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Ethics for Christian Writers - Christian writers often find themselves asking these questions: My protagonist lived a wild life before he came to know the Lord, and I want to keep him real. How can I show his depravity in a “Christian” book? As a believer, should I consider writing for a secular market? I know God wants me to tell my story of abuse, but if I name names, some people will get hurt or angry. What can I do? As these questions illustrate, our personal ethics (our values or moral...

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Ministry Multiplied - by, Alton Gansky There may be a book in your file cabinet. Maybe a dozen books just waiting to see the light of day. A pastor friend told me of the most important thing he learned in seminary. He was seated in class when the professor made a simple statement: “Gentlemen, if you want to expand your ministry, then write.” There wasn’t much of a response from the students, but those words set off fireworks in my friend’s brain. As they should in the minds of every pastor ...

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Guidelines for Effective Networking -   The publishing industry is like all the rest. Networking is key. Meeting editors and agents as well as other authors is paramount in the journey to publication—that is why attending writers conferences is so valuable. But once your book is released, networking continues to be play a role. Networking is essential to drive traffic to our sites and our books. Here are some tips from Deb Haggerty and a taste of her workshop, “Networking: Nuisance or Neces...

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Stay Current: Keep Italics Out of Your Fiction -   © 2016 Angela Hunt   Kathy watched as Tom entered the room and circled the punch bowl. He hasn’t changed a bit...and that’s why my heart is pounding! Kathy watched as Tom entered the room and circled the punch bowl. He hadn’t changed a bit...which probably explained her pounding heart.   Twenty years ago, the standard practice for writing interior monologue (a point of view character’s thoughts) was to put the thought in italics and switch ...

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To E-Book Or Not To E-Book: That is the question -   Last week I enjoyed a hearty discussion with fellow writers on the question of e-books. There were lots of pros and cons coming from all directions. The question that kept coming up is why, from a marketing stand point, would we want to take the time, energy, and money to mount the e-book bandwagon? Here is what I gleaned from our conversation and a few "lessons I've learned" in making this leap myself. First, determine your goal. E-booki...
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