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40 video/audio lessons that take you step-by-step from idea to finished novel, taught by an award-winning, best-selling novelist and nationally acclaimed writing teacher. Easy, understandable, foundation elements essential for every genre. Learn Skills, Secrets and most of all... Story.

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A great book isn't written. . .it's rewritten. Learn how to analyze and fix your novel’s problems with this unique “self-editing” system. . .then arm yourself with over 40 Advanced Fiction Classes and rewrite your story into publication.

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You’ve worked too hard to quit now. Your story is nearly ready, but now it’s time to sell your novel. Learn the steps to creating a powerful proposal, secrets to pitching, the key elements to your marketing plan, a social media primer and how to create rabid reader fans. It’s time to ignite your career.

Featured Fiction Friday with Sharon Hinck

Today we’re continuing our Featured Fiction Friday series, and celebrating one of the authors that helped make the our contest possible. Introducing Sharon Hinck!

Q: Sharon Hinck, can you tell us a little bit about your new book?

A lost songkeeper must lead her people to a long awaited Deliverer

Eager to serve the One, a young songkeeper travels to the dark and foreign nation of Hazor, but her confusing, rough-edged companion has lost his Restorer gifts. As danger rises against them both, she loses her freedom, her memories, and her hope. Now even the very music of her soul is threatened.

In our world, Susan Mitchell no longer feels at home in the carpool lane. Burdened by the unhealed scars from her trips through the portal, she fights to suppress her worry about her son, who remains out of contact in Lyric. But when a mysterious message hints Jake is in danger, she and her husband are swept away—to the place they least expect.

Clan rebellions. Lost Restorers. Has the One turned away, or will the face of the Deliverer bring light to the darkness?

Book four of The Sword of Lyric series

Q: Do you have any writing advice for the MBT Audience?

Notice things that rekindle your joy and help you overcome the common resistance that we often confront on our way to tackling the empty page. Try new places to write, write (silently) alongside writing friends, write with your favorite cup of tea nearby, let your characters surprise you (and you can surprise them, too).

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Award-winning author Sharon Hinck writes “stories for the hero in all of us,” about ordinary women on extraordinary faith journeys. She has been honored with a Christy finalist medal, and three Carol awards for her previous books. Information about her novels as well as her devotional writing can be found at her sharonhinck.com website

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1 Samuel 1814 NASB 2015

May You Prosper as a Writer

Don’t you love it when God surprises you?

Well, God set me back in my red leather chair a few mornings ago … all because of one little word.

I was reading through 1 Samuel, thanks to the recommendation of Rachel Hauck, and came to 1 Samuel 18:14, which says:

David was prospering in all his ways for the LORD was with him. (NASB)

It was as if God said, “Stop reading right there. Stop.”

So I did — and I read and re-read that single sentence, lasering in on the word prosper.

I thought I knew what “prosper” meant. Success. Maybe financial … or maybe professional success … accolades. Achievements. But when I dug into the word, God turned my understanding of the word prosper upside down.

The Hebrew word is sakal and it means to be prudent, circumspect, wisely understand, wise behavior … to act wisely

David was acting wisely in all his ways for the LORD was with him.

As writers, we want to prosper.

And so often, we think of prospering as winning awards. Or landing an agent. Or signing a contract. Or doing well as an indie author — selling copious amounts of our novels. We think of prospering as success that we can deposit in the bank or declare to others on our Facebook page or display on our mantle or frame and hang on our wall

But how would our lives change if we thought of prospering as acting wisely? Imagine what would happen if our prayer was for God to prosper us — and what we meant was, “God, help me to be wise as I make my decisions today … as I interact with this agent or this editor during my fifteen mnute appointment … as I meet with my writers group.”

We’re all winding down 2015 and looking forward to 2016. Maybe you’re thinking you didn’t prosper as much as you’d hoped to during the past year … but then again, maybe you did prosper.

Reframe your thinking about prospering. Put aside the dollar signs and contracts or the lack thereof  … and think about those times when you prayerfully made wise decisions, allowing God to lead your yes and your no. And then take that truth with you into the new year so that you will continue to prosper as the LORD is with you.

May you prosper as a writer — today and every day! 



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How To Keep Motivated To Write

Rachel Hauck, Princess Ever After

How do you keep motivated to write when you’re 1) burnt out 2) tired 3) haven’t heard the best writing news and/or 4) your muse has gone on vacation to Tahiti?

I asked my friends because I recently went through each of these scenarios. The answers were inspiring. I hope they help you as well.

“Daily goals. I’ve found I need to decide beforehand what I’m going to do, because when the time comes, and I don’t “feel” like writing, I’ve already decided I’m going to write anyway. I may be tired, burnt out, feeling uninspired, etc., but words on the page can be fixed, so I write them. As for writing after receiving bad news, I use it as fuel to improve–especially if I’ve been given specific feedback. I have to let myself wallow for a couple of days, but then I pull myself up and remember that I’ve been called to this ministry by God, and if I’ve been called, I’ve been equipped and I have what it takes.”

Gabrielle Meyer, Author

“Deadlines. When you’re on deadline, you don’t get to say, “Oh, I’m not inspired today.” You just have to push through. And that can, quite honestly, be hard. But knowing you’ve got an editor waiting on you is darn good motivation.

What has helped me when I’m burnt out is to jump on my elliptical for twenty minutes or go take a walk. Doesn’t have to be a long walk. That space to breathe and relax and restock your creative energy is so important.

When bad writing news comes, I think one of the best things to do is step away. Maybe tell a couple trusted friends or family members. But don’t talk and talk and talk about it. Don’t open up the computer and obsess over whatever project got the bad news. For me, I need to close the laptop and go watch a movie or hang out with friends or take a bubble bath. Naps are amazingly soothing too. And then pray. And feel…I’m BIG on letting ourselves actually feel the weight of our dreams, and that includes both hope but also grief when we hit bumps.

And when the muse is gone, here are two tricks given to me by two friends. The first is from Susan May Warren. She told me once when I’m stuck in the story or feeling uninspired, to just tell myself the story out loud. Just recite the story from beginning to end…it sounds simple but it’s an amazing way of rekindling what sparked your story in the first place. The second comes from my friend Hillary Manton Lodge–she gave me this advice when I was having a blah writing day a few months ago. She suggested I journal…about the story, how I was feeling, whatever scene I was in. And she was so right, there was something about putting literal pen to literal paper and just journaling it out…within an hour, I was back at work.”

Melissa Tagg, Author

I brainstorm with a buddy or watch a Peptalk. Sometimes I make myself write even if it is bad and eventually it kicks my juices into gear. But there are times I feel as though I am spinning my wheels and it is almost painful. Those times I use my designated writing time for prayer.

Tari Faris, Writer

A publisher’s deadline will definitely motivate you. They don’t understand I didn’t feel like writing one week, so I’m going to miss my deadline. When I experience burn out, or I’m tired, or receive a rejection, and even when my muse goes on vacation without me, I’ve learned

1) Take a 30-minute nap.

2) Often the hardest part of writing is starting. So I set a timer and write for 10 minutes. It can be anything, but preferably your WIP. I figure anyone can write for 10 minutes. I give myself permission to stop at the end of 10 minutes if I want to, but I never have.

One thing I’ve learned: I’ve written six books now and each one has been different. At some point on the first four, there was a struggle to get the book finished. Books 5 and 6, I had to depend on God to give me the next paragraph, sometimes even the next word. But He called me to write, and he was faithful to give me the words. Every time.”

Patricia Bradley, Author

Isn’t that inspiring? It’s September and many of you (especially me) made goals at the beginning of the year. If they haven’t happened yet or 2015 hasn’t turned out as you’ve expected, I hope this has encouraged you. God has got this! He is faithful. What motivates you to write when your discouraged?



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