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Originally posted on TheRamblingMuse:

Well, maybe a little afraid.

Yesterday, I read a piece of creative non-fiction/memoir for the first time, aloud, to an audience. I will be honest and say I nearly fell apart. I didn’t think I’d have the courage to read the piece in its entirety, and before the last page I thought for sure I was going to faint. You see, non-fiction has that effect on me. I’m mainly a writer of fiction. I like to tell the truth disguised as a lie. I like to tell stories using characters to live out the truth, because I don’t necessarily want to talk about myself.

Reading non-fiction/memoir at Books&Books in Coral Gables, FL

Reading non-fiction/memoir at Books&Books in Coral Gables, FL

But in non-fiction, in memoir, your obligation is to your self and to the audience, and the obligation is to be honest. It’s to go deep, to peel the layers at the surface and delve into the truth…

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(Book Review) Plain Faith: A true story of tragedy, loss, and leaving the Amish, by Ora-Jay and Irene Eash with Tricia Goyer

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Originally posted on Evangelical Church Library Association:

Plain Faith
Reviewed by: Ceil Carey

Ministry TItle: ECLA co-president

Church: Community Christian Church in Yorkville, Illinois


Title:Plain Faith: A true story of tragedy, loss, and leaving the Amish

Author: Ora-Jay and Irene Eash with Tricia Goyer

Publisher: Zondervan

Publication Date: 2014

Format: Book

Length: 208 pages


The Eash family lost two daughters in a tragic buggy accident, one that the father feels is his fault. This book relates their journey starting from that loss that eventually takes them to leaving the Amish and giving their hearts to the Lord. Written in a very matter-of-fact manner and interspersed with many letters, Plain Faith is a testimony to searching hearts following God’s leading despite the many heartaches caused by leaving the religion and culture of their former life.

Because these are not professional authors, at times their writing is rather stilted. Yet the story is intriguing and inspiring and…

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5 Ways To Write Real-Speak Dialogue

Originally posted on Carly Watters, Literary Agent:

book quotesDialogue is a strange part of writing fiction. On one hand, it’s supposed to sound like real people, but on the other hand it’s supposed to advance plot. How is it supposed to do so many things?


1. Use dialogue to show the relationships between characters.

Are they close? Make sure they share information that they’d tell no one else, or they gossip about other people. Don’t forget to have them use affectionate nicknames that show a history.

2. Avoid routine exchanges in real life conversation in exchange for the most interesting thing.

We all know the boring conversations we have throughout the day. Writing fiction means you get to avoid those mundane conversations and replace them with the most interesting things. Whenever you have your characters talk about their day stop yourself to make sure that there’s a larger point being…

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Why I Write

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Originally posted on Writing After Dark:

Why do authors* write? How did they get started? It’s a question that’s often asked and each answer is as unique as the author themselves. The Why I Write blog hop is a fun way to gain insight into what inspires people, giving readers the stories behind the storytellers and perhaps fostering encouragement in other creative minds. I was lucky enough to be asked to participate in this blog hop by lovely writer, Amy Good. Thank you so much Amy for tagging me! If you’re curious, you can read her Why I Write (it’s awesome) and check out the other lucky people that she tagged, too. If you’re on Twitter, join in on Friday Phrases (which was created by Amy.) I may veer slightly off-topic here, but I promise it will all lead back to the main question. Ready?

Is there an untold storyinside you-The answer to the question of why I write is most likely rooted in my childhood. I didn’t have many…

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Originally posted on Clara54's Weblog:

accept reject keys

Happy Friday, creatives! I’m curious. How do you handle rejection, criticism and even rude comments about your work? As a recent recipient of two out of three, in recent weeks, I’d say I’m not down for the count and I will continue to soldier on.

Writers and authors know the deal, but in that moment of rejection, we are bruised human beings because those words of rejection sting our creative efforts. We are professionals and know rejections are not personal. Criticisms, on the other hand, can be questionable. Snide comments of your work is best served by ignoring the haters.

In a March interview with author and blogging guru of The Write Practice,Joe Bunting, I asked “How do you handle criticism?” He said simply “I grieve then get back to writing.” I think that timeless response should serve as a reminder to all of us that it’s the work that…

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7 Book Layout Errors You Will Want to Avoid

Originally posted on Savvy Writers & e-Books online:


Joel Friedlander wrote a great article “7 Formatting Errors That Make Your Book Look Unprofessional”, helping self-publishing authors to get to know the in- and outs of book layout. This is not the only useful post, a whole cornucopia of advice for authors who want to create print books can be found on, Joel’s website.  He asks: “Although our books may be self-published, we sure don’t want them to look sub-par, do we?”

Books Should Look Like from Traditional Publishers

Writers certainly try to launch their books without the long delays or the uncertainty if they get a traditional publisher contract. The best way to have a great book layout is through a professional.  However, some authors don’t want to use a book lay-outer, or don’t want to fork out the costs involved.  Another way to solve a lot of these print book formatting problems…

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