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Monthly Archives: January 2013

Don’t Carry the Burden Alone

By Tamara D. Fickas Writing a book has been my dream for years. I’ve prayed for opportunities and submitted my work to the Lord. When an opportunity finally happened, I managed to forget one of the most important aspects of … Continue reading

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Casting Notes For Character Auditions

A Novel Writing Exercise by Janet Chester Bly My husband, Steve, dictated these sketchy notes to me in the hospital on May 21st, 2011, concerning his novel, “Stuart Brannon’s Final Shot”. He passed away a few weeks later . . … Continue reading

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Beat Your Own Drum

By Deborah K. Anderson (Original version published in CFOM, December 2011) If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however … Continue reading

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To Market, to Market to Buy a Fat Pig…

by Crystal Laine Miller “…Home again, home again, jiggedty-jig!” How many times did we sing that song as kids? And we caught many product commercials on our three-channel TV that we noticed from singing the interesting jingles. Well, guess what? … Continue reading

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ACFW Rewind: Learning by Teaching

(Editor’s Note: Today, ACFW re-runs a worthwhile post from the past, in this case June 2012, in what we call the ACFW rewind, highlighting previous posts that deserve a second look. ) by Rachel Hauck At the ACFW conference in … Continue reading

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The Write Stuff

by Michelle Arch As an MFA student, a short fiction writer, an aspiring novelist, and a literary blogger, I reflect frequently on the issues of universality and marketability in relation to art. Whether composing a chapter of my novel, a … Continue reading

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ACFW REWIND: The Numbing Nature of Numbers

(EDITOR’S NOTE: This post originally published in May 2012 on ACFW’s blog. Allen Arnold was founding publisher of Thomas Nelson Fiction, and now serves as a member of ACFW’s Executive Board.) by Allen Arnold We live in an industry with … Continue reading

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Lessons for Writers from The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Society

by Suzanne Woods Fisher www.suzannewoodsfisher.com Not long ago, I attended a benefit for an adult literacy program that featured Annie Barrows, co-author of the best selling book The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Society. Annie’s aunt, Mary Ann Schaffer, was … Continue reading

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Get moving!

by Myra Johnson January is speeding swiftly away, and (if I were to hazard a guess) so are many of our New Year’s resolutions. So to help us get back on track, I’d like to talk about . . . … Continue reading

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Too Much of a Good Thing?

by Sherri Stone As a relatively new and pre-published writer I have spent my first year in ACFW trying to soak up and follow every last drop of writing advice I’ve received from my fellow members this year. Frankly, I’ve … Continue reading

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Critique Partner Matchmaking

by Melissa Tagg This past year has been one of dreams-come-true for me. Only dream that hasn’t come true? A proposal from Tim Tebow. Um, I guess he was too busy playing football. (Playing being a relative term, in this … Continue reading

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Days of Silence

by Dr. Richard Mabry God made a promise to an old and childless Abraham that someday he would be the father of many nations. Fourteen years after that, Isaac was born to Abraham and his wife, Sarah. Did you ever … Continue reading

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Mapping out the New Year

By Tina Radcliffe With the New Year comes reflection and evaluation as we map out the course for the year ahead. In order to reach your goal you must have a map and you have to plan. Come on. When … Continue reading

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What Writers Do on Summer Vacation

by Mary Ellis I’m occasionally asked by readers how I spend my vacations. Touring Europe with a rail-pass? Spending a month meditating in the mountains of Tibet to prime the creative well? Or perhaps relaxing on a secluded beach somewhere … Continue reading

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ACFW Rewind

(Editor’s Note: Today, ACFW re-runs a worthwhile post from the past, in this case December 2011, in what we call the ACFW rewind, highlighting previous posts that deserve a second look. ) What Makes Your Fictional Character Believable? by Ane … Continue reading

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