Encouragement, Inspirational, Spiritual Growth

Transitions—Part 1

Things are changing for me. For the last five years, I’ve focused on writing Christian fiction alone. Later this year or early 2020, I hope to launch an inner healing ministry called Refreshing Streams. Stay tuned. God has been stirring my heart to help others by bringing inner healing to life’s hurts. #transitions #refreshingstreams @donnalhsmith TWEETABLE

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Encouragement, Inspirational, Spiritual Growth

Happy New Year 2019! See the Possibilities—Part 4

What’s in front of you to do? Is it like “Let’s Make a Deal” — with Door #1, Door #2, Door #3? Do you have your fingers in many pies—or just a few? @donnalhsmith @a3writers #HappyNewYear2019 #Lookforward #SeethePossibilities TWEETABLE

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Plotting, Writing, Writing Ideas

Plotting 4 Pantsers – Part I

There are “outliners” or “plotters” in fiction writing. And then, there are “pantsers.” Plotters/outliners write out the essence of every scene and chapter before they write the first sentence. Pantsers, on the other hand, may have anywhere from a general idea to an informal “outline” of a few plot points they’d like to have in their story. They sit down at their keyboard, and it just sort of “flows” out. Many of us fiction writers are a combination. I figure I’m about 30% plotter and 70% pantser. I must know what story I’m going to tell and have a few general plot points to get the story where I want it to go. But how it gets there is all the fun. Are you a plotter or a pantser? #amwriting #plotting4pantsers @donnalhsmith @a3writers Tweetable

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building characters, romance

Writing Romance 101––Part VI

We’re still building a heroine named Susie. We don’t know too much about her yet. Here’s a good tip: use little flaws or imperfections to make your heroine someone your readers can identify with. Click to Tweet #amwriting #writingromance101 #craftingtheheroine

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Writing, Writing Ideas, Writing Resources

Writing Your Story from the Middle––Part IV

We’ve been discussing writing your story from the middle, by pinning down the protagonist’s “mirror moment.” It’s a moment of self-reflection to determine what their next move is. They consider where they’ve come from, so they can plan where they’ll go from here. Click to Tweet #amwriting #writefromthemiddle

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Writing, Writing Resources

Writers’ Conference Prep 101––Part III

Attending a writers’ conference is almost mandatory in order to advance yourself personally, and professionally. But you need to know what to expect. That’s why I’m writing these posts. I’ve attended numerous conferences, from a local one-day, to a multi-day conference far away. I’ve learned a lot, and hope to pass some of that along to you. Click to Tweet #amwriting #conferenceprep101

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Plotting, Writing, Writing Ideas

Writing Romance 101––Part I

So, you think you want to write a romance? It’s a great genre. We all love fairy tales where the prince and the princess live happily ever after, right? That’s probably where romance got its start. A story with a happy ending, where guy meets girl. They get together. Live happy. Click to Tweet #amwriting #romancewriting101

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personal stakes, Plotting, Writing, Writing Resources

Keeping the Middle Moving––Part I

You’ve heard of it––in more than one way. That awful, sagging, middle. In fiction, a sagging middle will bog down your story. Click to Tweet The reader may decide to stop reading. Not what you want. #keepmiddlemoving #amwriting

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Writing, Writing Resources

Writing Scintillating Scenes––Part XII

They key to writing a page-turner novel is creating scintillating scenes––they shine, they’re dazzling, unforgettable, and brilliant. Writing sparkling scenes make the story something the reader can’t put down and will read long into the night. Click to Tweet #amwriting #scintillatingscenes We wrap this up with another scene model: reading scenes in context.

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Emotion, Inspirational, Rejection Issues, Writing, Writing Emotion

We Interrupt This Series… Part II

A few weeks ago, I just had to share the news about finding my ethnicity, and confirming who my birth mother was. I also mentioned that a sister had reached out to me on this blog by leaving a comment, with hopes we could connect soon. Finding openness with new biological family members is healing. Click to Tweet #APD #sisters #family

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