Opal Writers Magazine

Opal Writers Magazine is for WRITERS. Are you writing a book? Or are you a creative writer striving to be published? Opal Writers Magazine features bestselling authors every month. Our articles are written by successfully published authors, on the craft of writing, marketing, and selling your book.

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DECEMBER 2022 ISSUE

Author of the Month:
Naomi P. Lane
Letters from My Dead Sister

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Author of the Month Jennifer A Gordon
November 2022 – Jennifer Anne Gordon

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Articles to Improve Your Writing

IMPROVE YOUR WRITING

Nanowrimo challenged me

NaNoWriMo Challenged Me

BY SUSAN CALDER School trained me to begin new projects in September or January, after summer and holiday breaks. I’ve started all of my novels during these months. By the time National Novel Writing Month comes along in November I’m usually into a first, second, or third draft and don’t need NaNoWriMo to cheer me …

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How to Market and Sell Your Book

MARKETING YOUR BOOKS AND WRITING

Attending in person writing conventions

Attending an In-Person Writing Convention in Today’s World

In September my friend Pam and I flew to Minneapolis to attend Bouchercon World Mystery Convention’s first on-site event in three years. I sat on a panel and handed out my author cards, but the main purpose of our trip was to present Calgary’s bid to host Bouchercon 2026. Tourism Calgary recruited Pam and me to co-chair the venture.

For the Literary Aficionados

FICTION

ADERS DRIN

AND JOURNEY THROUGH THE YUKERSNOK MIRE 1 The actual moment of realization cannot be pinned down to an exact time. It happened over a vast period and came to fullness only when …

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POETRY & PROSE

The Happiness Catcher

THE HAPPINESS CATCHER

In a land distant both in time and place,the most sacred object is a butterfly netwith big holes in it—symbolizing happiness. For, you see, we spend so long chasing happiness and then, having captured it, we try to embrace it with both our arms and hold it close to our hearts, yet it wriggles free …

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Writing Midrash for the Book of Ruth

Midrashim take the form of giving speech or utterance to biblical characters whose behaviors, actions, or words raise unanswered questions. The Midrashic process lives on today as writers and speakers continue to elaborate on biblical sources in poems, narratives, songs, and sermons that illustrate the text’s vitality and universality.