Join ACFW |  Forgot Password |  Login: 

Finding Your Book’s Perfect Fit

by Robin Johns Grant Whether you’re a published author or still on the road to publication, you’ve probably been asked to identify books that are similar to yours. Publishers want to know that you can identify your target audience. But … Continue reading

Share
Posted in Books, Friends of ACFW | Tagged , | Leave a comment

Are You Imprisoned?

By Donna K. Rice In Ephesians 3:1, Paul describes himself as a prisoner of Jesus Christ for the Gentiles. Paul was Jesus’ prisoner. The Apostle proclaimed himself void of options in career pursuits. His love for Jesus bound Paul to … Continue reading

Share
Posted in Advice, Authors and writing, Encouragement, Friends of ACFW | Tagged , , , | 2 Comments

Permission to Noodle

by Anne Mateer Confession time. For all my aversion to math, I thrive on measurable productivity. A number of words written. A number of pages revised. The number of books read in a week, month or year. The amount of … Continue reading

Share
Posted in Advice, Authors and writing, Encouragement, Friends of ACFW | Tagged , , , , | 6 Comments

Genetics-Based Grammarianism

By Michelle Arch In a world of tweeting, texting, chattering, status updates, desktop messaging, flash fiction, and the ubiquitous shrunken novel, rhetoric and the art of epic articulation, sadly, are no longer appreciated and extolled. Murky millennial jargon and cryptic … Continue reading

Share
Posted in Advice, Authors and writing, Friends of ACFW | Tagged , , | Leave a comment

Research Surprises

by Susan Lyttek One of the first things I do when I get an idea for a story is research. I enjoy the process. More often than not, its results surprise me, taking the story in a different direction or … Continue reading

Share
Posted in Advice, Authors and writing, Friends of ACFW, research, writing | Tagged , , , , | 1 Comment

Motivation’s the Key

By Ane Mulligan Back on April 4th, I blogged about the 8 basic lies people believe. It can be as innocent as an ever-tired, exasperated mother wiping up yet another spilled glass of milk. “Can’t you do anything right?” If … Continue reading

Share
Posted in Advice, Authors and writing, Encouragement, Friends of ACFW | 2 Comments

Perseverance

By Loretta Eidson To win a race requires planning ahead, seeking out appropriate training methods, pacing yourself, and pressing toward the goal. It takes an inner drive to jump the hurdles of daily obstacles in order to build muscle and … Continue reading

Share
Posted in Advice, Authors and writing, Encouragement, Friends of ACFW, writing | Tagged , , , | 4 Comments

Mystery or Suspense – Which is it?

By Gail Gaymer Martin People often ask the difference between a mystery and a suspense, and writers will provide varying answers. Have you ever tried to identify the difference between suspense and mystery? It’s not easy. A mystery is suspenseful, … Continue reading

Share
Posted in Authors and writing, Encouragement, Friends of ACFW, Plots, writing | Tagged , , , | 2 Comments

Playing it Safe

Playing it Safe By Katherine Reay Working on my third manuscript seems to be an exercise in conquering fear. Someone told me that my second would be the most difficult, but now that it’s behind me – and it will … Continue reading

Share
Posted in Advice, Authors and writing, Books, Characters, Encouragement, Friends of ACFW, Plots, tips, writing | Tagged , , , , | 1 Comment

Define Success

By Jennifer Sienes I am not a published author. Let me repeat that-I am not a published author. Okay, technically, I suppose that’s not true. I’ve had some short stories and an article published. But since the majority of my … Continue reading

Share
Posted in Advice, Authors and writing, Encouragement, Friends of ACFW, writing | Tagged , , , | 7 Comments

My Two Cents Worth

By Lillian Duncan I thought I’d give my two cents worth of advice to new and/or unpublished writers today. So here goes: Practice! The only way to get better at something is to practice! I just read that it takes … Continue reading

Share
Posted in Advice, Authors and writing, Encouragement, Friends of ACFW, writing | Leave a comment

Tripping Over Legos

By Cynthia Ruchti Novelists hope their proposals, contest submissions, and manuscripts elicit the response “This is no amateur!” and we want much more, of course, like how the piece moved the reader or editor or judge emotionally which is different … Continue reading

Share
Posted in Advice, Authors and writing, Friends of ACFW, tips, writing | Leave a comment

The Writer’s Life

by Henry McLaughlin The writing life is many things. It’s a calling, a mission, an opportunity to change people’s lives for the better. And it is all those things. But it’s something else as well: Writing is a JOB. Over … Continue reading

Share
Posted in Advice, Authors and writing, Encouragement, Friends of ACFW | 5 Comments

Building the Faith of a New Generation

by Cathy Gohlke My life has been changed through stories-especially the stories of Jesus, and writers who, Divinely inspired, penned on parchment the very breath of God. I never worry that the Bible, essential and timeless, will go out of … Continue reading

Share
Posted in Advice, Authors and writing, Encouragement, Friends of ACFW | 4 Comments

Getting in Touch with Your Inner-Psychopath

by C. Kevin Thompson At the Academy of Achievement,1 Sue Grafton spoke to a group of college-age attendees, encouraging right-brainers in the crowd to consider a life in the Arts. As I listened to this presentation, I was struck by … Continue reading

Share
Posted in Advice, Authors and writing, Books, Encouragement, Friends of ACFW, tips, writing | 3 Comments