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Trusting the Truth

By Christine Sunderland I look through my kitchen window to the slopes of Angel Mountain (aka Mount Diablo in Northern California). A white cross rises in the green grass, recently watered with rain. I jot notes on a lined yellow … Continue reading

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A Pick-Me-Up for the Weary Writer

By Cynthia Herron  As a little girl, I created masterpieces. I rocked my world with art and zany inventions. I made stuff from unusual materials—egg cartons, fabric swatches, wallpaper samples—you name it. I used it. I adored anything I could … Continue reading

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Let Go and Let God Write

By: Lenora Livingston In my seventy-nine years of living, never once in my wildest dreams did I ever envision myself writing a novel. No, not me, no way! In my school days, I always cringed at the very thought of … Continue reading

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The Bird and the Worm—Research for Historical Fiction

By Sarah Sundin When writing historical fiction, we need to research with both the eye of the bird and the eye of the worm. A bird soars high. It sees for miles in all directions and senses what’s happening in … Continue reading

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When Your Spouse Reads Your Work

It’s just plain crazy! I have to tell you about the most unusual week of my life. My man reads his Bible, and things that are necessary for his job, but that’s about it. It’s so hard for me to … Continue reading

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“Don’t Push Me”

By Leslie DeVooght My two-year old niece proclaims, “patience is waiting with a happy heart.” Apparently, I gave her mother the book In This House, We Will Giggle by Courtney DeFeo. My family studied one virtue a month from this … Continue reading

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ACFW New Releases: February 2019

February 2019 New Releases More in-depth descriptions of these books can be found on the ACFW Fiction Finder website. Amish Romance: Convenient Amish Proposal by Jan Drexler — When Bethany Zook’s childhood friend returns to Indiana Amish country a widower, … Continue reading

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Enjoy the Journey – Even the Detours

by Tracy Popolizio Last year I was given a great, hidden treasure. A book! I say hidden because I didn’t realize the impact it would have on me until months later, when, shuffling through my stack looking to see what … Continue reading

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Beautiful in His Time

By Cathleen Armstrong How does it happen so fast? New Year’s Day always dawns with so much promise—365 days, a whole year, lie open like the pristine pages of a brand-new journal. The possibilities are infinite. This is the year … Continue reading

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Traits of a Successful Critique Group

By Henry McLaughlin I’m sure we’ve all participated in or heard stories about horrible experiences with critique groups. I’ve had a few myself. Unfortunately, I may have contributed to some of them. To any writers I did this to, I … Continue reading

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Dare To Know

By Kim A. Gilliland I have often heard or read in writing courses over the years — write about what you know. I have also heard and read how absurd that notion is. I wonder, which is correct? Perhaps it’s … Continue reading

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What We Learn While Waiting

By Elizabeth Musser  I received a wonderful gift over Christmas: contracts for two new novels with a publishing house I not only respect but one I had worked with for many years. And then for many years, I didn’t. Work … Continue reading

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One Step at a Time

By Rondi Bauer Olson We write because we love words, stories, and touching people’s lives. We write because we can’t stop, and because it is God’s calling on our lives. Unfortunately, working as a writer can have some unhealthy side-effects. … Continue reading

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Tying It All Together: Wrapping Up a Series of Beloved Characters

By Kimberley Woodhouse As I was pondering what I’d like to write about in this blog, my email blinged several times. Inspiration hit immediately. Several new email had come in through my website from readers. Under the Midnight Sun just … Continue reading

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Making Sleep Loss the Goal

By Chandra Lynn Smith You’re in your favorite chair, maybe even sitting sideways across its arms. A cone of light from the only lamp on in the house shines over your shoulders. The dogs are curled up at your feet … Continue reading

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