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{5 WAYS TO GROW THIS YEAR} as a writer and as a christian

January might be nearly half over (okay, that’s an exaggeration), but there’s still time to be making resolutions and goals!   Here I’ve compiled ten ideas for growing as a Christian and growing as a writer (five ideas each). What do they have to do with each other? Not much—it was just convenient to put them in a post together xD   1. Commit To A Bible Reading Plan They are millions of them out there, and they all encourage…

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{WHEN YOU FEEL LIKE YOU’RE GETTING WORSE} let’s talk perfectionism

picture from pinterest To be completely honest, I’ve been cringing over this very phrase for the past month: what if I’m getting worse?  In April, I wrote the second novel in my trilogy, Outcast. I can honestly believe that I was having a really good streak when writing that book. I can go back and read it and, for the first time, feel happy with my writing, knowing that it is good. It’s not all good, obviously, but it’s not…

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Why Every Writer Should Be A Beta Reader

Beta reading — I didn’t used to think about it much before I started writing seriously. (Fact About Me: I used to be jealous of the people who got to beta read my favorite books. still am. I mean, they got to read that book for free and give their opinion on it 😉 Then, last September, when I got my flash of inspiration to start spending hours a day at a keyboard (that’s how it went) I started thinking…

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What I Learned From My Alpha Reader

I recently had the experience of someone being the first to read my novel, the first to ever read my work.  In other words, I had an alpha reader. An alpha reader is the person who looks at your novel for the first time. The first set of eyes to glare at it after you. 😉 Some people have critique partners do this, or friends or family. I would suggest someone who knows you well enough to give positive but…

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Getting To The Heart Of Your Story Part 4: Unveiling Your Theme

Welcome to the grande finale of Getting To The Heart Of Your Story! I’m so excited to wrap up this series with one of my all-time favorite writing topics. theme. A simple word, but with so much power. Let’s get to it: (Pictures from Pinterest. An epic post deserves an epic picture)  What is theme? When I think of the word “theme,” I think of birthday parties. You know, when you were little and you’d have a “cowboy themed” birthday…

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