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Happy December 21 from Jeanette. Today I spent a chunk of my writing day on a project that felt like homework. Usually I enjoy the type of assignment involved but this just wasn’t clicking. On top of that, my head was foggy from a cold, both sons are off school, and four days before Christmas all I want to do is bake and watch movies. Can you relate? Then maybe you’ll benefit from how I dealt with it.

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IMG_3428 Happy Friday, all! Janice Thompson here, to talk about editing. I know, I know. Not exactly ho-ho-ho material. (More ho-hum, right?) Well, think again!  A good edit will lead to a great manuscript, which is definitely a "merry" thing! So, let's get started. 

Are you well into your manuscript?  Perhaps you've even completed your first
draft? Congratulations!
 I’m sure a million
questions are running through your mind. 
What comes next?  Is it
ready to submit?  Maybe. Maybe not.  As soon as you’ve finished
writing, put your manuscript away. Set it aside. Don’t read it for a period of
time and consider this quote:

There is no great writing,
only great rewriting.


Justice Brandeis

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JeanneBeach3vvvvsmJeanne Dennis here. Since June, I’ve been a member of the CAN Board. Even though you haven't heard from me personally for several months, I post the CAN book releases on this blog every Tuesday and help keep the CAN website up to date. 

During this holy season, I wanted to touch base with you again and express what’s in my heart. We live in a time of personal, political, and financial uncertainty. Countless people now struggle with poor health or finances; suffer the loss of loved ones, jobs, or homes; or deal with other crises. Pain and loss often feel more acute during this traditional time of joy, hope, and peace.

People need our words as writers and speakers now more than ever. So even if the paragraph above describes our lives, let’s make this Christmastime a season of trust – trust in the One who knows all things perfectly, does all things well, and makes all things beautiful in His time.

 

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Patterns and Progress

By Amber Stockton

December, 2009

 

ISBN-10: 1602606870

ISBN-13: 9781602606876


Shannon Delaney was right.

Every time she might consider changing her stance on what other people called progress, something bad would happen and she would be proven right again. Take the day Jacob Berringer almost ran her over in that new Model-T, for instance. And he had the nerve to suggest she'd been daydreaming? Or the Titanic. A marvel of modern invention. Look where that got them. Or how about the new tractor her brother insisted they try out. What did he get from that? A broken arm. Why can't things just stay the way they are—the way they should be?

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MyPictureBy Deborah Rather aka Arlene james

Merry Christmas! Hope your Thanksgiving celebration was as bright as my own and that the holiday season brings you untold joy.

This is the time of year when families get together and friends show up, a time of decorations and gifts and indulgence. It's also the time when I most love being a writer.

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