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Making Our Joy Complete

1 John 1:3-4: We proclaim to you what we have seen and heard, so that you also may have fellowship with us. And our fellowship is with the Father and with his Son, Jesus Christ. We write this to make our joy complete (NIV). Why write? Do you ever ask yourself this question? I know […]

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Style Errors That Scream “Amateur”

Writers, show professionalism by knowing your grammar and style—and by proofreading your work. Recently, I’ve noticed obvious grammar and style errors in both print and online publications. Either they aren’t using editors, or their editors are overworked. Make sure your work is free of these marks of the amateur. Plural for words ending with “st.” […]

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Making Sure Your Writing Has Style

Does your writing have style? Most writers pay attention to grammar, the mechanics of language, which is not the same as style. “Style” means “a distinctive manner of expression,” according to Merriam Webster online dictionary. As you ground yourself in grammar, be aware that there are different style guides for different segments of the publishing […]

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Writing Ideas from Summer Vacation

Did you take a road trip this summer? Perhaps you spent some time at the lake or on the river. Or maybe you spent some fun time on a stay-cation. You may not have thought about writing while on vacation. But, fiction and nonfiction writers alike can be inspired by their summer activities. Think back […]

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Fall Holidays and Writing

Summer vacation is behind us, but there are a number of holidays coming up this fall. Use them for writing material. If you are an article writer, you know most publishers like to include holiday-themed material. You may have to submit as much as a year in advance, though. What if you’re a fiction writer? […]

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