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Monthly Archives: October 2011

YOU. THE WRITER

By Tina Radcliffe Today I’m presenting a helpful guide to assist you with assimilating with the rest of the world. I understand that occasionally writers go out into the world and mingle with non writers. (But I don’t recommend it.) … Continue reading

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An Author Needs a Teachable Spirit

By Lena Nelson Dooley A teachable spirit is a major key to success in all areas of your life – family, work, any kind of relationship. You obtain wisdom when you become teachable. Giftedness is a dime a dozen, teachableness … Continue reading

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Something You May Not Know About Writing a Book

By Vickie McDonough The idea of writing a book sounds fascinating, and many parts of the process are. Research trips rank up at the top of the fun scale. Traveling to a place you may have never visited before and … Continue reading

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Benefits to the Digitization of Books

At a writing conference last year, industry professionals said publishing has changed more in the last seven months than in the last twenty-seven years combined. It’s true. Publishing is in frenzied state of mind-boggling change and rapid-fire flux. No one … Continue reading

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What I Learned on My Writing Journey

My writing journey began when I realized how much I like to make up stories and live in a fantasy world where I could create the perfect family, especially after my parents’ divorce. I made up stories for my paper … Continue reading

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ACFW Volunteer Spotlight

This next volunteer highlighted is Sharon Srock who is relatively new to ACFW (less than 2 years) but was willing to jump in as Chapter Treasurer for the OCFW chapter when they needed someone to fill that role. Sharon uses … Continue reading

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After All, It is my Blog, Right?

One of the first things any writer needs to do is to establish a web presence. Following are a couple of tips to help you do it the right way. * Buy your own domain name. The friend that will … Continue reading

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Learning to be Flexible

The first year I worked as a school principal I led my faculty in a year-long study of personality types. By understanding basic personality differences in individuals, we learned how to work with both children and other staff members whose … Continue reading

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ACFW Volunteer Spotlight

I am pleased to showcase Kathy Cretsinger for the volunteer spotlight for ACFW this week. She volunteers in several places within ACFW. She helps with the ACFW book club, leading discussions of various books. She is also the Area Coordinator … Continue reading

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Write Where it Hurts

At the recent ACFW Conference in St. Louis, my writing critique partner Deb Raney and I taught a class together and part of my session included “writing where it hurts.” It’s often said that God never wastes a hurt. It’s … Continue reading

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Writers & Community

“You must be a writer.” My best friend and I say that to each other all the time. Whenever one of us comes up with a unique phrase or a play on words, the other one pops up with the … Continue reading

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Using Real Life Experience in Fiction

People are always telling us to write what we know. The best way to do this is to write our real life experiences into our make believe world through the layered fabrics of our characters’ lives. This doesn’t mean that … Continue reading

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Down in the Valley, Valley so Low

For those of you unable to attend the recent ACFW conference, there’s an understandable tendency to be down because you’d like to have been there. But right about now those who did attend may also be feeling a bit low. … Continue reading

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God’s Plan for our Writing

Regency romance writing called me. Not the calm drawing room conversations and country walks of a Jane Austen, but the swashbuckling romance such as Sylvester or The Wicked Uncle by Georgette Heyer, or even better, the “Sanguinet” series by Patricia … Continue reading

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ACFW Volunteer Spotlight

Janet Lee Barton was instrumental in starting the OCFW (Oklahoma City, OK) chapter. She was the President of the chapter for its first two years and did a great job in that role. She has spoken to the group several … Continue reading

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