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Gimghoul Castle in at UNC Chapel Hill

Gimghoul Castle in at UNC Chapel Hill

While the United States doesn’t have the remnants of medieval castles in the same way that Europe has them dotting across their ancestral lands, North Carolina does have a few treasures of our own. One such location is Gimghoul Castle, an historical structure built of stone in the architectural style of a castle situated on the east side of University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (UNC Chapel Hill). Throughout the last century, Gimghoul Castle served as the lodge and…

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How to develop a character sketch that works for you

How to develop a character sketch that works for you

Each writer has to find something that works for them. Over the years I’ve picked up a few things from books I’ve read and workshops I’ve attended and adapted them to my style. I hope some of what I’ve posted here is helpful. The first thing I do is take time getting to know my characters. I begin with the hero and heroine and move onto the other main characters and then the secondary characters. For names, I like to…

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Review of Jamestown TV Series

Review of Jamestown TV Series

In case you haven’t heard, a new colonial show about the Jamestown Colony is out, created by Downtown Abby creator of Carnival Films. Established in 1607, the colony is made up of mostly men who have survived the starving time and the Indian uprisings. The show is set in 1619 and opens with three women sailing into the colony, full of dreams and a determination to start fresh lives. For the first time, they meet the men who have paid…

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Avoid the Pitfalls of Writing Contests & Turn them into Must-Have Benefits

Avoid the Pitfalls of Writing Contests & Turn them into Must-Have Benefits

I have a confession to make. I don’t like writing contests, but I do believe in their value. The best advice I can give new writers about entering writing contests, is be very selective in the number and kind of contests you enter. Writers around the globe are busy revising and polishing their manuscripts for another chance to see their written words sparkle bright with hope and dreams of success. They work up the courage to send it out in…

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Build trust in your readers

Build trust in your readers

At a time when overall book sales are in a steady decline, Christian book publishing in the CBA market (Christian Book Association) continues to experience a rising increase. But with this success comes a heavy price — for as we all know–what goes up, must come down. According to Christian Retailing, between 2014 and 2015, Christian book sales increased by 10.5% to 52.4 million units sold in the U. S. As a result of this kind of success over the last…

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