Category Archives: Marilyn Turk

Storm Warning

By Marilyn Turk As I write this, I’m glancing out my window to see what this year’s first tropical storm or maybe hurricane is bringing to my neighborhood. So far, we’ve gotten only rain, despite the Weather Channel’s dire warnings. … Continue reading

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Commitments, Commitments, Commitments

By Marilyn Turk That feeling is starting to close in on me again. Just when I thought I was handling everything well, more “things” started vying for attention. Do you ever feel that way? Do you feel like you have … Continue reading

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Discovering a Book by Marilyn Turk

By Marilyn Turk People often ask me where I get the ideas for my books. Their question implies I’m creative and that I come up with these ideas all by myself. Not true. You see, I’m a historical writer, so … Continue reading

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Jack of All Trades?

By Marilyn Turk My father used to warn me against being a “Jack of all trades and master of none.” I suppose he said that because I had so many interests and so much trouble making up my mind about … Continue reading

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Spiritual Gifts and Writing by Marilyn Turk

By Marilyn Turk Recently, I began a study on spiritual gifts. The Bible has four chapters that address these gifts—Romans 12, 1 Corinthians 12, Ephesians 4 and 1 Peter 4. The gifts are divided into Motivational, Ministry and Manifestation. Although … Continue reading

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Mentor or Mentee?

By Marilyn Turk For the past year, I’ve wanted a writing mentor, someone who would advise me and help me on my writing journey. Ernest Hemingway is quoted as saying, “We are all apprentices in a craft where no one … Continue reading

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If you build it, He will come.

By Marilyn Turk If you’ve read my previous posts, you know I directed my second writers’ retreat this year. For months beforehand, I planned, prepared, and promoted the retreat, praying and trusting God to make it as successful as last … Continue reading

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Wildflower or Weed?

  By Marilyn Turk Am I a Weed or a Wildflower? When I go for a walk in our neighborhood, I head for the nature trail, preferring trees and greenery to asphalt and concrete. One of the benefits of the … Continue reading

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I Get By with a little Help from my Friends.

By Marilyn Turk A writer’s life can be lonely and isolated – separated from the activities of the world outside his or her office. However, the isolation is a choice dictated by the profession, a condition under which the writer … Continue reading

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To Learn or Not to Learn by Marilyn Turk

Have you ever met someone who seems to know it all? Or maybe you’ve dealt with children who believe they know more than you do? It’s very frustrating to deal with these people because when you try to help them … Continue reading

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The Right Word

By Marilyn Turk Writers are always searching for the right word, that word that captures the truest meaning of the moment in our stories. We try to abstain from the “weasel” words, the weak words that are commonplace like “just,” … Continue reading

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The Path Taken

By Marilyn Turk Two roads diverged in a wood and I – I took the one less traveled by And it has made all the difference. – Robert Frost   Are you tired of hearing about New Year’s goals or … Continue reading

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Celebrating Christmas Present

By Marilyn Turk In the famous Dickens’ story, A Christmas Carol, Ebenezer Scrooge is visited by three spirits – the ghost of Christmas Past, the ghost of Christmas Present, and the ghost of Christmas Yet to Come. Over the past … Continue reading

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The Christmas Story from a Writer’s Perspective

By Marilyn Turk The more I study the craft of writing, the more I read like a writer. I look at how the author tells the story, what adjectives and verbs they use, whose POV they use, and how many … Continue reading

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A Writer’s Thanksgiving by Marilyn Turk

By Marilyn Turk As we approach Thanksgiving, I’m counting my blessings as a writer. So often we writers tend to look at where we have failed. We focus on the rejections, the wasted time, the unfinished projects, the guilt of … Continue reading

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