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Holidays Greetings 2017

 

All of us are writers in one way or anotherAs such, we understand the importance of rewriting and tightening our drafts. We always look for ways to eliminate unnecessary adverbs or adjectives, phrases, and other redundant words in sentences. With this thought in mind, here is my special and somewhat witty holiday greeting for you.

Rough draft:

Wishing you a merry and blessed Christmas and a happy and prosperous New Year.

First rewrite:

Wishing you a merry Christmas and a happy New Year.

Second rewrite:

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year.

Third rewrite:

Merry Christmas and more.

Fourth rewrite:

Happy Holidays.

Final draft:

Hi!

—Charles and Laura


Yea, I know; I’ve blogged this greeting before, but it’s still applicable. Happy Holidays y’all.


 

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16 Things I Would Tell My Younger Writing Self

Much wisdom in this post, especially for writers. Another great article by Anita Agers-Brooks from WordServe Water Cooler.

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Writer ComparisonsWhen I was starting out, I learned some of my expectations were myth instead of facts. For me, it’s another reminder that there are things in life I don’t know I don’t know, until I experience for myself. Can you relate? In hindsight, there are several things I would tell my younger writing self.

Sixteen Things That Surprised Me As a New Writer

  1. Book signings rarely spur big sales — they’re more hype than help. But good speaking events still consistently drive buyers to your book tables.
  2. Once you succeed as a published author, at least 25% of the people you meet will want you to help them write the book they’ve always dreamed of writing. For free.
  3. You will need to protect your writing time fiercely. The more you achieve, the more other things will try to impede.
  4. Publishing success is not always fair. A good book can…

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The God We Draw Our Readers To

Sara’s blog post hit the mark, at least for me it did. Those of you who are Christian writers and authors can benefit from her comments.

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“Your book really helped draw me closer to God.”

Are there any more thrilling words for a Christian author to hear? That is, after all, our ultimate goal, isn’t it? To point our readers to God?

That is certainly the reason I write. Because God gives me the stories and I want to be obedient in writing them down to the best of my ability and to do what I can to get them into the hands of readers. Not for my glory, so they can know me better, but for His glory, so they can know Him better.

So yes, that feedback thrills me like no other. And it also terrifies me like no other. Because it compels me to ask myself: Is the God my story has just drawn someone closer to the one true God? Or have I allowed my incomplete, in-a-mirror-darkly comprehension of who God truly…

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How to Know if You are a Writer – Matthew 7:24-29

A great post by Kathy S. Davis. Not just for writers, but for anyone who is passionate about their craft.

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I was perched near the top of a tall building, under the Tower of Babel sign, trying to address the crowd. The problem was, only a few of my listeners understood what I was saying. The rest were raising a ruckus trying to find someone who spoke their language, making it impossible for anyone to hear me. My nightmare turned out just as it did in the Bible, my audience parting a hundred different ways.

I’m glad it was only a dream.

obyvatel. stockxchngIs writing for you?

The need to communicate with others is a basic need, but how do you know if writing is the best outlet for you?

The first thing I would ask, if you wonder about calling yourself a writer, is how important is it to you?

I have been writing consistently for more than forty years. Writing helps me think, or understand, my world. It helps me communicate better when I speak, because I’ve…

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2017: The Journey

I love the “riding a train through the mountains” illustration in this blog post: helpful and encouraging. All of us, writers or otherwise, should try to ride our trains with the same mindset. All aboard!

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The writing life is as full of ups and downs as a train ride through the Rocky Mountains. For those of you who put your words to paper and send them out to the world to read, this is not a revelation. As I write this post, there are just four hours left in 2016, a perfect time to reflect on the year that was, and to look ahead to the one about to begin.

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Personally, it was a year of both peaks and valleys with my writing. I had two romantic suspense novels come out, the second and third books of a trilogy. The books, and the series as a whole, received great reviews and feedback, a definite mountain experience. Sales were somewhat disappointing, however, which at times was deflating.

I finished writing and am now in the polishing-and-receiving-critiques phase of a two-book series, which is very exciting. Not…

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How to survive the book review blues

For those of you who are writers, here are four things to remember about reviews and not-so-helpful comments.

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roses I have a love-hate relationship with book reviews.

Every time I get a good review, I’m happy. When I get a stellar review, I’m ecstatic. I feel like I’ve done what I hoped to do: I’ve connected with a reader and given them a journey they wouldn’t have experienced otherwise. When dog-lovers tell me they laughed, cried, and were inspired by my memoir Saved by Gracie: How a rough-and-tumble rescue dog dragged me back to health, happiness, and God, I feel blessed that my story reached and touched them. When reviewers rave that my supernatural thriller Heaven’s Gate: Archangels Book I made them want to stand up and cheer, I get goosebumps of joy.

All those multi-starred reviews on my books’ pages at amazon.com, Goodreads, or barnesandnoble.com reassure me that the hours I pour into my writing are worth it: my books entertain, educate, and illuminate, and, gosh darn…

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Holiday Greetings to All

Yea, I know, I’ve blogged this message before, but it’s still applicable. Happy holidays to everyone.

Charles Earl Harrel

Merry Christmas

All of us are writers in one way or another. As such, we understand the importance of rewriting and tightening our drafts. We always look for ways to eliminate unnecessary adverbs or adjectives, phrases, and other redundant words in sentences. With this thought in mind, here is my special and somewhat witty holiday greeting for you.

Rough draft:

Wishing you a merry and blessed Christmas and a happy and prosperous New Year.

First rewrite:

Wishing you a merry Christmas and a happy New Year.

Second rewrite:

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year.

Third rewrite:

Merry Christmas and more.

Fourth rewrite:

Happy Holidays.

Final draft:

Hi!

—Charles and Laura

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