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Fighting Back: Sneak Preview

This week finds me going through my edited manuscript one word at a time, either accepting editorial changes, rejecting them, or adding new material that clarifies concepts or fleshes out characters. My mood oscillates between elated (I’m making a good … Continue reading

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For Those Who Want to Change the World

The pen is mightier than the sword.  At least it used to be. Today I’m not so sure. Writers and other lovers of literature often speak of the power of words. My editor has stated, “I have always believed that … Continue reading

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So How Many Scovilles is This Novel?

When it comes to reader reviews, authors of Christian fiction have it bad. Fantasy writers have it easier. So do writers of thrillers, suspense, whodunits, and historical fiction. It’s not common for someone to give to give a one-star rating … Continue reading

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All the Lonely People

Eleanor Rigby died in the church and was buried along with her name Nobody came As much as we authors like to imagine that our words are for the whole world, they’re not. Only a certain subset of readers will … Continue reading

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Ladies and Gentlemen of the Jury

When I received the envelope stamped “Jury Service: Your Civic Duty,” I rolled my eyes. Like almost everyone I know, I’ve been getting these summonses for years, and I am never chosen to be on a jury. So the notice … Continue reading

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What Clean Means, Part 2

We ended Part 1 of this two-part post by asking a question: How is it that scripture is clean and holy, despite containing a long list of scenes and situations that wouldn’t make it past the editorial standards review at … Continue reading

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What Does “Clean” Mean?

“Just in time for Christmas! Clean, powerful, fun.” An author friend of mine wrote these words to potential buyers of his several published books. That, along with several similar ads by other Christian authors, got me thinking: What does “clean” … Continue reading

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