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Category Archives: Authors and writing

When We Write, Who Are We Trying to Please?

by D.L. Koontz “No way. Uh-uh. Nope. Never woulda’ happened.” I raised a skeptical eyebrow at the park ranger who said my Civil War character, Will, a cool hero-type dude, could NOT have been near Burnside Bridge at Antietam Battlefield … Continue reading

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5 things I’ve Learned from (almost) 4 Years of Publishing at Amazon

by Traci Tyne Hilton Since publishing my scrappy little novel about the plucky blonde Realtor back in 2010, I have spent hundreds of hours studying Amazon, what makes it tick, and what makes writers with equal talent have such wildly … Continue reading

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Shop Local

By: Suzanne Kuhn, SuzyQ Shop local? It’s a concept many of us embrace, especially surrounding the holidays. It should be a lifestyle choice for all authors, regardless of season. For many authors it’s their dream to one day see their … Continue reading

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Natural Imagery

by Elizabeth Musser “The best images come unbidden”-so said my high school English teacher after reading my first novel years ago. While kindly complimenting me on many aspects of the story, he pointed out that at times I ‘beat the … Continue reading

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The Worst Publishing Advice Ever

by Tamera Alexander When I became a member of American Christian Fiction Writers in 2001 (or actually, American Christian Romance Writers back then), I joined this fabulous organization knowing little more than that I loved story and I wanted to … Continue reading

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No More Sagging Middle!

by Denise Hunter It’s no secret to my writer friends that my least favorite part of writing happens during the middle of the book. They don’t call it the sagging middle for nothing, folks. If you’re not really careful, that … Continue reading

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Praying for Our Readers

by Cheryl Wyatt I recently saw the film Son of God, produced by Mark Burnett and Roma Downey. One scene spoke to me with regard to praying for readers. I once asked God the best way to reach readers. His … Continue reading

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Using the Gift

by Phyllis Keels When a dear friend edited a draft manuscript for me, I was grateful not only for her time and talents, but also for something else she did. She had the manuscript printed and spiral bound so she … Continue reading

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YA Dystopia Recipe

by Bonnie S. Calhoun The latest reading phase for YA (and a lot of adult readers) is the dystopian genre. A dystopian is categorized by a world set in the future, unlike the world we live in today. I’m even … Continue reading

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Writing Goals

by Lynn Hobbs Ever consider writing a 50,000 word novel in thirty days? Without pausing to edit, your creativity continues as new dialogue and plots are recorded to expand your imagination and story. Or at least it did for me … Continue reading

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Writing and Research

By Elizabeth Ludwig I never realized when I started out writing historical romance that I would need to develop an archeologist’s skill when combing the Internet. On top of crafting a good story, writing anything with historical significance requires a … Continue reading

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Weaving Family History Into Fiction

by Gail Gaymer Martin A number of years ago, I connected with a family member from England who had spent years locating members of the Gaymer family as part of her genealogy research. The connection provided me with history going … Continue reading

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Journal: A Writer’s Tool Everyone Can Have and Six Ways to Achieve It

by Rebecca DeMarino If a journal is not in your writer’s tool kit, it should be. Proven to be a stress reliever and healthy for mind and body, it can also unleash the creative juices in each of us. While … Continue reading

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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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