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ACFW Volunteer Spotlight

This week’s volunteer spotlight is on Carrie Pagels. She serves as a Zone Director as well as an assistant helping with the monthly selections in the ACFW Book Club. On top of doing that she volunteers at the annual conference. … Continue reading

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Tim Tebow and the Christian Writing Life

by Jordyn Redwood Okay, I confess. I am a Tim Tebow fan. As of this writing, the Denver Broncos just stunned the Chicago Bears in a 13-10 overtime defeat. There is something magical happening and several in the media are … Continue reading

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Newbies Checklist

By Carrie Fancett Pagels As a fairly new zone director (spring 2011) I keep getting asked questions about newbies to ACFW or to Christian fiction writing. The best advice I got four years back when I joined was from Rachel … Continue reading

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What Makes a Fictional Character Believable?

by Ane Mulligan What makes a fictional character believable? It’s how real they are. Does the writing pull you, the reader, into the story enough for you to experience it? Do you feel like you’re part of it? That this … Continue reading

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ACFW Book Review

Title: Christmas at Barncastle Inn (Romancing America) Author: Susan Page Davis, Darlene Franklin, Janelle, Mowery, Lynette Sowell Publisher: Barbour Books Date: Sep 2011 ISBN: 978-1616264383 Genre: Contemporary Romance Reviewed by: Laura V. Hilton Four couples find romance at Barncastle Inn … Continue reading

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My First Booksigning Tour

by Rose Allen McCauley As I began this piece about the Georgia trip my husband I made Oct. 28-Nov. 6, 2011, I was reminded of how well our trip turned out, in spite of the many changes along the way. … Continue reading

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Keeping Our Focus

by Janet Lee Barton April 2005 we got news that was the beginning of a very hard year’s time for my family. We found out my brother-in-law had stage 4 cancer in both lungs that month. He declined treatment. In … Continue reading

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ACFW Volunteer Spotlight

When Robin Patchen was new to ACFW, she jumped right in as Chapter Secretary for the OCFW chapter when they needed her! Robin keeps up with their membership reports, as well as moderating for some of the online courses. She … Continue reading

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The Blessing of Using Beta Readers

by Keisha Gilchrist-Broomes You don’t know what you don’t know. Motivational speaker Les Brown teaches that truth-filled statement in several of his spirited talks. I had never considered what it might mean for my own work until I crept closer … Continue reading

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Deadlines: The Good, the Bad, and the Divine

By Kathy Harris What better time to talk about deadlines than during the holidays? In contemporary society our lives are fret with hurry most every day. But this time of year compounds those commitments, from holiday parties to shopping for … Continue reading

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The Passion in Our Stories

By Margaret Daley Why should you be passionate about what you write? People tell you when you start writing you need to write about what you know–or if not you’d better do a lot of research to familiarize yourself with … Continue reading

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Transition

Transition for a full-time freelancer – I didn’t know I was ready – Are you? When my wife accepted a job transfer to Colorado, it was our opportunity to realize a lifelong dream. We have wanted to move to this … Continue reading

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A Different Approach

by Dani Pettrey “So in everything, do to others what you would have them do to you, for this sums up the Law and the Prophets.” Matthew 7:12 God’s Word is replete with wisdom and this verse is no exception. … Continue reading

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ACFW Volunteer Spotlight

Stacy Monson is the Area Coordinator for Minnesota. She has spearheaded the formation of new chapters in their area. She has worked long hours to get things done. Stacy has also served as president of her local chapter. ACFW wouldn’t … Continue reading

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Seeking Serenity in a Writer’s Life

by Mary Ellis #1: Schedule your time carefully. Make a weekly calendar so you don’t miss a doctor’s appointment, dance recital, or the neighborhood cookout. Keep certain times “off limits”. Don’t sign up for meetings, exercise classes, or volunteer work … Continue reading

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