Sarah Hamaker

Writing In-Scene

by Til Turner One important element of the fiction writing craft is developing character and/or plot “in-scene.” The goal of in-scene development is to avoid info dumps—summary passages that halt the narrative to give character, setting or plot information. Forward motion is a hallmark of good writing. Letting your scenes convey as much relevant information …

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A Writer’s Prayer

I’ve been thinking a lot about prayers and writing these past few years. I’ve always loved that ACFW has a prayer room staffed with volunteers during the conference, and I’ve taken advantage of both praying and volunteering. Prayer is also top of mind because CCWF recently published an anthology of prayers for writers, which we …

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My Ideal Reader

By Sarah Hamaker, CCWF President Lately, I’ve been thinking a lot about my ideal reader. Who is she? What does she like to do? What does she read? Where does she live? What is her family life like? What draws her to pick up a book? What does she like to feel after reading a …

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Resolving Tension

By Sarah Hamaker. CCWF president As writers, we work with tension all the time—without tension, our stories would sag and our heroes and heroines would have very boring relationships. But this blog is about the tension we experience between what we want to work on and what we have to work on. For many of …

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