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10 Ways a Writer can Give This Christmas

By DiAnn Mills Writers treasure giving Christmas gifts that are meaningful and personal. In the season‘s busyness, we too often become overwhelmed. We love every moment from November through December … parties, family time, worship, decorating, and the list goes … Continue reading

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Encouragement for Older Writers

By Laurel Blount A long, long time ago when I was in my twenties—back in the dark ages when there was no internet, no cell phones, and no social media—I submitted a book proposal to a well-known publisher. I was … Continue reading

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Remembering the Pacific War Through Story

by Linda Thompson Today is the seventieth-eighth anniversary of the attack on Pearl Harbor. Have you seen the Midway Movie yet? I can’t think of a more fitting way to commemorate the day. The movie delivers a pulse-pounding re-creation of … Continue reading

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Who Told You That?

by Henry McLaughlin Remember the old cliché? from childhood: sticks and stones may break my bones, but names will never hurt me? Not true. Words and names can actually do much more lasting damage. Cuts and bruises heal. Words and … Continue reading

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And Your Readers Are?

By Lynn Hobbs Years ago I was taught to write to a certain group selected to be your target market. Various writing workshops and writing conferences included this type of training. Age and gender or ages and genders were to … Continue reading

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ACFW New Releases: December 2019

December 2019 New Releases More in-depth descriptions of these books can be found on the ACFW Fiction Finder website. Contemporary Romance: Stranded for the Holidays by Lisa Carter — Running away led her right where she belonged. A new mom … Continue reading

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Thanksgiving

by Shirley E. Gould Today, on the fourth Thursday in November, we Christian Fiction Authors pause our writing to celebrate Thanksgiving Day. After all, we need a break from our keyboards from time to time. And it’s a chance to … Continue reading

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Beyond Writer’s Block

by Preston Shires A lot of people talk about writer’s block. To be honest, and I say this whispering, I really don’t know what they’re talking about. However, I do know that in order to write, one must have the … Continue reading

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From Disaster to Discovery

By Kathryn Haueisen Until I retired, most of my writing was work-related non-fiction. Critique groups, beta readers, and launch teams were all new concepts to me. I wrote my first novel without a critique group; didn’t yet know what a … Continue reading

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Dealing with Depression

by Elizabeth Musser I just launched my new novel, When I Close My Eyes, last week at the Atlanta History Center, a novel about mental illness and God’s grace. The novel opens with a hitman failing in his attempt to … Continue reading

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Tis the Season To Remember

by Gail Gaymer Martin As autumn passes, we remember our gratefulness as we celebrate Thanksgiving. Soon everyone’s mind turns to the next holiday, Christmas, as we again give thanks for the gift of the babe born in Bethlehem, our Savior, … Continue reading

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A Writer’s Prayer

By Sarah Hamaker I’ve been thinking a lot about prayers and writing these past few years. I’ve always loved that ACFW has a prayer room staffed with volunteers during the conference, and I’ve taken advantage of both praying and volunteering. … Continue reading

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Six Reasons Why Authors Edit Their Manuscripts

By Glynn Young Editing has been much on mind lately, and I’m learning that editing requires more of my time and focus than drafting the original manuscript. I’m working on the fifth, and final, novel in a five-book series. This … Continue reading

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Skydiving – Shifting Our Writer Expectations

by Deborah Clack My stomach dropped, but my feet were still on the ground. Staring at a man who was four inches shorter than my five feet nine, all I could think to myself was, “This is not who I … Continue reading

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What if We Could Start Over?

by Frank DiBianca Are you a relatively new writer? What most new writers need isn’t learning to write perfect prose. Line or copy editors can easily fix those errors unless the language has been murdered. The problem is writing prose … Continue reading

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