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Category Archives: tips

Sometimes Things Change

by Deborah Lynne Hello fellow members of ACFW. Today I thought a good subject matter for my blog would be change. Change happens, even to the best of us, and sometimes it is a good thing-Sometimes it makes your story … Continue reading

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Writer Candy

by DiAnn Mills This blog is not about your favorite treat, although a bowl of M&Ms does seem to make the creativity flow at rocket speed. I want to talk about the kind of candy that sweetens our writing, the … Continue reading

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What To Do About Slime

By Sarah Hamaker Remember that old Nickelodeon TV show for kids where someone got slime poured over his head? That image of the green, gooey stuff cascading out of a giant bucket onto someone’s head came to mind when I … Continue reading

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The Enemy-enemy

by Beth Shriver The cursor blinks and still nothing. The hours tick by and you’ve written two sentences. You take a break to check your email. The phone rings. Now its lunch time. You sit down to write and see … Continue reading

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Writing in a Foxhole

By Cynthia Ruchti I admit it. I’m hyper-interested. I find everything fascinating and what isn’t fascinating is distracting. So imagine trying to focus to write a synopsis, a proposal, a chapter, a grocery list. Maybe you can identify. Melting icicles … Continue reading

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It’s Time to Quit Social Media

By Edie Melson It’s time to quit Social Media. Yep, you read that right. The Queen of social media is telling you it’s time to QUIT social media. NOT permanently (thought you were going to get out of it, didn’t … Continue reading

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Mining Your Life for Stories

By Marta Perry A number of years ago, I taught an evening adult class on journal writing. When the time came at our second session for participants to read their work, I felt a little apprehensive. What if nobody was … Continue reading

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From Russia with Love

By Susan May Warren This year marks the tenth anniversary of my first novel being published. “Happily Ever After” came out in 2003 just as we returned home from the mission field in Russia, and I still remember staring wide … Continue reading

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Ten Wrongs Don’t Make a Writer

Ten Wrongs Don’t Make a Writer How to Avoid the Top Ten Fatal Flaws in Fiction By Kathleen Y’Barbo We’re a little over a week into the 2014, the time when New Year’s resolutions begin to lose their shine and … Continue reading

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Write Tight

by Maureen Lang I’ve just finished my current Work In Progress, and I always share my first draft with at least one trusted friend and critique partner before starting my revision process. Fresh eyes have a way of spotting plot … Continue reading

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Researching A Contemporary Novel

by Gail Gaymer Martin A contemporary novel is set in the present, and yet I spend a great deal of time researching details of location, seasonal events, health issues, careers and more to bring reality to the novel. The last … Continue reading

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Celebrating the Little Moments in Your Writing

by Lisa Jordan I read a brief devotional from Joy for a Woman’s Soul, written by the Women of Faith ladies. The late Barbara Johnson had written a piece titled “Celebrate Joy.” She reminds us “celebrate anything you can think … Continue reading

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Amazon Reviews for You

by Eddie Jones Here we are in the midst of the most important shopping season of the year and (perhaps) your book languishes in the lost-but-not-found section of Amazon, B&N.com and Christianbooks.com. Oh what is a poor author to do, … Continue reading

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Second Act: When Success Comes Late

by Suzanne Woods Fisher My dentist likes to ask about my writing whenever I come in for my six-month check-up. Toward the end of the last visit, he made a grave error. “Imagine,” he said, shaking his head in disbelief. … Continue reading

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Praying Through the Burnout

by Casey Herringshaw Every writer, at some point, during their novel-creation career will most likely experience some period of burnout. It creeps up like a naughty third-wheel cousin and steals all enthusiasm you might have cultivated for this story. It … Continue reading

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