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Monthly Archives: February 2012

Silly Love Songs

by Ami McConnell Thomas Nelson, Inc. John Lennon’s iconic self-portrait hung on my cubical wall for years. His whimsical art was a wink to my arty inner-poet. But I have turned a corner recently. I’m wearing my (virtual) Paul McCartney … Continue reading

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Tackling a Writer’s Fears

by Les Stobbe Leslie H. Stobbe Literary Agency Fear, like a ghostly apparition haunts all of us as writers. For some it is a memory of a parent’s or teachers deprecating comment, like “Don’t ever consider becoming a writer.” For … Continue reading

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Just Do It

by Daniella Ojo Last Sunday I went to a church I sometimes visit that’s closer to where I live. It’s been a particularly cold winter so far and the night before we had about 3 or 4 inches of snow. … Continue reading

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America’s Mythology

By Darlene Franklin I am a New Englander by birth and proud of it. I didn’t make it west of the Mississippi River until I was twenty-two. Nor did I watch many Westerns on television. My heroes were the Minutemen … Continue reading

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ACFW Volunteer Spotlight

This week I am featuring Syndi Powell. You all know her as the woman (TOTW coordinator) who posts every week with a topic of the week centered around something to do with the craft of writing. She has done this … Continue reading

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Writers Write!

by Lillian Duncan Writers write! For most of us, we don’t make a living from our writing. For you that do, congratulations. For the rest of us, what happens when a crisis comes? Can we justify the time, money, and … Continue reading

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Chapter Ending Hooks

by Mary Connealy End each chapter in a way that hooks the reader and keeps them turning the page, because if someone is going to set a book down it’ll be at the end of a chapter. So how to … Continue reading

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Voice

by Michelle Grajkowski 3 Seas Literary Agency Louis Armstrong. Etta James. Toby Keith. Eddie Van Halen’s guitar riffs. What do all these musicians all have in common, besides being the top of their musical genres? Voice. Each one of these … Continue reading

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The Greatest Love of All

by Lorraine Walker February pulls our heartstrings, bringing to mind those we love. Celebrating with our special heartthrob (my husband of forty years), children exchanging sweet notes at parties, and let us not forget the greatest love of all. Our … Continue reading

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“Does Anybody In The Group Know…?”

by Dr. Richard Mabry Writers do research. It’s part of the process. We don’t want to write about a car going west on Commerce Street in Dallas when the street is one-way eastbound. So we are careful to check those … Continue reading

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ACFW Volunteer Spotlight

This week’s volunteer in the spotlight is Lisa (Elizabeth) Ludwig. She has been a Zone Director for the Southwest Area for a while. She is the coordinator for The End Program for ACFW, verifying all the books as complete manuscripts. … Continue reading

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Getting Away from it All…to Write

by Mary Ellis When most people think getaway weekends, or week-long vacations somewhere warm and sunny or even day-trips into the countryside, they want to disconnect from work. But after writing a dozen books, I’ve discovered out-of-office experiences can greatly … Continue reading

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New Releases – February 2012

More in-depth descriptions of these books can be found on the ACFW Fiction Finder website. Love Finds You in New Orleans by Christa Allan — (Historical Romance from Summerside Press – Guideposts). Picture Perfect Family by Renee Andrews — Missionary … Continue reading

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