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Monthly Archives: March 2012

Book Review: “Husband Material”

Title: Husband Material Author: Annette M. Irby Publisher: White Rose Publishing Date: Feb 2012 ASIN: B005DL8SCS Genre: Contemporary Romance Reviewed by: Patricia Woodside Café owner Lara Farr has had her heart broken such that she’s not in the market for … Continue reading

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A Boy, A Girl, and a Love Fern

by Janelle James Years ago, I had the chance to train for the circus. Alas, I am not currently traveling with Ringling Bros. But I don’t consider the experience a waste. I learned an important lesson from tightrope walking that … Continue reading

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Ten Tips for New Authors

by Suzanne Woods Fisher So…you’ve got a book contract. Congratulations! But now it’s time to sell your book. Your publisher has a marketing plan, but the focus is on retail outlets. You want to try to help your book gain … Continue reading

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The Ticking Clock: A Novel Timeline

by Janet Chester Bly We started in July. Our deadline for Stuart Brannon: The Final Shot was November 1st. Steve left us 7,000 words, a one-page synopsis and a list of characters. We assigned ourselves to listen to the audio … Continue reading

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The Importance of Character Quirks!

by MaryLu Tyndall Character quirks are one of the many things that help create a vision of the character in the reader’s mind. They help separate the character from others in the book and give them a unique visible or … Continue reading

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Take Another Step

by Kathy Harris What do you do when you see a fork in the road? You pray. Hard. And then you take a step. How many times have we all faced a difficult decision? A roadblock? A detour? Not knowing … Continue reading

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When it Comes to Getting an Agent…

by Wendy Lawton Books & Such Literary Agency When it Comes to Getting an Agent. . . A Pitch May Not Result in a Catch More writers attend pitching workshops than ever before. They hone their hooks and polish their … Continue reading

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What’s in a Name?

by Lisa Jordan While working on my third novel, I emailed my agent and asked her thoughts about my characters’ names. She suggested I change one because having two old-fashioned names may confuse the reader with the genre. So I … Continue reading

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Posted in Advice, Authors and writing, Friends of ACFW, research, revisions, writing | 6 Comments

Enhancing Your Creativity

By Victoria Bylin Wouldn’t it be nice if creativity were a faucet you could turn on and off? Imagine a shiny chrome spigot with a fancy handle, the kind that moves in a circle and changes temperature and flow with … Continue reading

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How One Simple Trick Made My Novels Come Alive

by Sandra Orchard From a young age, we’re taught to not be tardy. We’re told that punctuality is a virtue, and that being early is even better. Not so in writing. The trick that took my novels from good to … Continue reading

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When You’ve Lost Your Voice

by Sandra Heska King I’ve been reading this week about Zachariah in Luke 1. He draws the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to serve behind the curtains. The greatest day of his life. He’s gone a long time though, and the people outside … Continue reading

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What’s Your Writing Worth?

by Jordyn Redwood It’s tax season. Are you currently evaluating what your writing is worth? My husband, who is an accountant, came up to me and asked, “Do you know how much you’ve spent on writing this last year?” It … Continue reading

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God is in Control

by Sandra Bishop MacGregor Literary During a recent conference call with my fellow MacGregor Literary agents, I allowed myself to mutter that my to-do list is half a steno pad long. We all lamented together about the reality that our … Continue reading

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Scene Beginnings

“It was the best of times, it was the worst of times”… -Charles Dickens, A Tale of Two Cities (1859) Not a bad beginning, eh? When we sit down to craft the opening line of our novel, I think almost … Continue reading

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Ten Tips to Help You Write More Words

By Carrie Turansky Whether you’re an aspiring author or multi-published, it’s often a challenge to meet your writing goals. Here are ten tips that will help increase your writing productivity. 1. Write with instrumental music playing in the background. I … Continue reading

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