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The Last Fifty Pages: The Art and Craft of Unforgettable Endings, James Scott Bell / A Book Review

Bell Writes Finishing Well James Scott Bell. 2019. The Last Fifty Pages: The Art and Craft of Unforgettable Endings. Woodland Hills, CA: Compendium Press. The hardest part of ending a post or book is to end gracefully. It is generally good to offer a chiastic return to your opening comments or to highlight the theme …

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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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Prayers for Writers

I believe writers enjoy their own writing twice. As writers, they enjoy wrestling to give birth to their vision in words. Then as readers, they rediscover their own words with a certain surprise: “Wow! Did I write that?” Words and language and writing have power. Writing preserves our best thoughts and gives them a life …

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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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