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11 best books on writing

The 12 Best Books on Writing I’ve Ever Read

June 8, 2015

Regardless how many books I’ve written (nearly 200) and sold (over 70 million), I fear if I’m not learning, I’m stagnating. My late mother was a convincing example of one who never believed she had arrived. Mom was not only a piano teacher well into her eighties, but she was also a piano student. So […]

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Steven King Writing Tips

A Guest Blog from Stephen King—Yes, that Stephen King

May 11, 2015

Okay, let’s get a few things straight right from the top: This is going to be a very long post, but I’m not going to apologize for it because: 1—I need to brag about how I know Mr. King; 2—I promise it’ll be content-rich; 3—You’re going to learn Voice merely by osmosis, beyond what he’s […]

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What You and I Can Learn From Patricia Raybon

April 21, 2015

Who she is   Her essays have been published in The New York Times Magazine, Newsweek, USA Today, The Chicago Tribune, The Denver Post, Guideposts, and aired on National Public radio. The first two of her five books, My First White Friend: Confessions on Race, Love, and Forgiveness (Viking/Penguin) and I Told the Mountain to Move (Tyndale) were award winners. Her latest book (Undivided: A Muslim Daughter, […]

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White blooming flower

Faith-Based Words and Phrases

March 30, 2015

 Guest blog by Dr. Richard Lederer As Christians approach Easter, commemorating the resurrection of Jesus Christ, this seems like a good time to think about the influence of faith on the words we speak and hear and write and read every day. We think of carnivals as traveling entertainments with rides, sideshows, games, cotton candy, […]

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Amateur writing mistake

Are You Making This #1 Amateur Writing Mistake?

January 2, 2015

Are you looking for the secret sauce that will turn you into a bestselling author?  After 21 New York Times bestsellers, I can tell you there is no shortcut. But writers still often ask me for that Yodaesque bit of wisdom “you’d give me if you could tell me only one thing…” So here it is: Avoid on-the-nose writing. It’s […]

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