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ACFW Conference Prayer: The Praise Band (Day 35)

ACFW Conference Prayer for the praise band as they practice and lead worship Psalm 150:6–Let everything that has breath praise the Lord. Praise the Lord! Lord, Thank you so much for the opportunity to come before You in corporate worship. … Continue reading

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The Four Movements of the Story Beats

By James R. Hannibal In a previous blog I told you about story beats—an author’s path through the woods. You don’t have to stay on the path, but knowing where it lies gives you the freedom to wander. These story … Continue reading

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ACFW Conference Prayer: For Those Teaching (Day 36)

ACFW Conference Prayer – For Those Teaching Workshops Proverbs 1:5—A wise man will hear and increase in learning, and a man of understanding will acquire wise counsel. Father God, Thank you for providing wise counsel to Your children. As these … Continue reading

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ACFW Conference Prayer: For Those Who Can’t Attend (Day 37)

ACFW Conference Prayer for those unable to attend conference Jeremiah 29:11–For I know the plans that I have for you, declares the Lord, plans for welfare and not for calamity to give you a future and a hope. Father God, … Continue reading

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ACFW Conference Prayer: Keynote Speaker (Day 38)

ACFW Conference Prayer for Keynote Speaker, Frank Peretti Jeremiah 1:9–Then the Lord stretched out His hand and touched my mouth, and the Lord said to me, Behold, I have put My words in your mouth. Heavenly Father, we are so … Continue reading

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A Cast of Characters

By Shirley E. Gould As we strive to craft amazing manuscripts, our plots and genres are nothing without great characters. An interesting hero or heroine coupled with a riveting plot keeps us at our laptops creating word count. For our … Continue reading

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ACFW Conference Prayer: For Audio/Visual Teams (Day 39)

ACFW Conference Prayer for the Audio/Visual Team 1 Thessalonians 1:2-3 We give thanks to God always for all of you making mention of you in our prayers. Father, we are so grateful for all the talented people who work so … Continue reading

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Unexpected Blessings

Unexpected blessings could be waiting for you in your writing life . . . My first winter in Florida, I visited churches to call “home” while there. My church in Ohio I love has a little over five hundred. I … Continue reading

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ACFW Conference Prayer: God’s Presence (Day 40)

ACFW Conference – Day 40 Prayer – God’s Presence & Blessing Psalm 127:1 CEB – “Unless it is the Lord who builds the house, the builder’s work is pointless. Unless it is the Lord who protects the city, the guard … Continue reading

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The Freedom of a Path in the Woods

By James R. Hannibal Long ago, while attending the US Air Force Academy and working as a summer survival instructor, I wandered away from a campsite looking for firewood. Our search took us deep into the unmarked woods of the … Continue reading

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Worth It

  There’s a doctor in the family now. After years of training, studying, interning, pulling double shifts, observing, practicing, and paying, paying, paying, a nephew-in-law is officially a doctor. I can’t imagine the school loans he’s facing as he takes … Continue reading

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Family Reunion

  “How are the family reunion plans coming, sis?” “Oh, didn’t you hear? We’re doing a virtual reunion this year.” “What?” “Life is busy, you know. Lots of other activities to work around. Plus the expense. Imagine what we’ll each … Continue reading

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Power’s Back On

by Cynthia Ruchti Summer storms sometimes mean power outages. A recent storm left our neighborhood without power for five days. The electric company crews were busy around the clock trying to remove fallen trees and repair line damage. Our neighborhood … Continue reading

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Editing as Writing, and Writing as Editing

By Glynn Young A friend and fellow writer asked me if I edited my writing as I wrote or after I finished a draft. My answer was yes. I do both. I edit as I write, over and over again, … Continue reading

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Where Does Your Validation Come From?

By Tammie Fickas Early Tuesday morning my phone vibrated with an incoming text from a friend congratulating me on being a finalist in a flash fiction contest. A whoop of surprise burst out before I could stop it. I quickly … Continue reading

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