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Monthly Archives: May 2012

Personality and Writing Style

by Martha Rogers I’ve read a lot of discussion about organization and writing. For those of us who are SOTP (seat of the pants) writers, writing an outline or any of the other myriad organizational strategies boggles our minds. However … Continue reading

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A Rose By Any Other Name …

by Maureen Lang The more books an author writes, the greater the struggle to find the right character name-ones they haven’t used before. Like everything else, names are subject to taste. Take Homer, for example. Not your unusual choice for … Continue reading

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ACFW Rewind: Becoming a More Productive Writer

Editor’s Note: Welcome to ACFW Rewind! ACFW strives to bring you interesting, varied, and helpful posts on the craft of writing and the writing industry. And every once in a while, a previous post deserves to be re-published so the … Continue reading

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Encouragement: From an Agent’s Point of View

by Terry Burns Hartline Literary The writer’s testimony that I have on my personal website comes from a time nearly 20 years ago when I was attending the conference in Glorieta NM as a writer (that’s the conference that is … Continue reading

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It’s Mother’s Day!

Take a moment to honor your mother, whether here on earth or in heaven.

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Know What You’re Entitled to as a Writer

By Cynthia Ruchti As you make progress on this journey of writing, it’s important you know your rights. What are you entitled to? 1. Have a contest judge evaluate your entry according to how hard you worked and how long … Continue reading

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No More Mrs. Nice Guy

by Keli Gwyn Are you too nice to your characters? I was. I used to ache for the characters in the stories I read as the authors forced them to endure one trial after another. When I began writing, I … Continue reading

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Confessions of a Historical Author … Who Hates Research!

by Julie Lessman “But I don’t write “historicals,” I said stupidly to my agent. “I write romance.” Uh, wrong. And, yes, I really was that green, a writer who didn’t consider the historical aspect of my story as important as … Continue reading

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ACFW Volunteer Spotlight

JoAnn Swearingen is our volunteer in the spotlight this week. She is the Area Coordinator for Kansas. She does her job efficiently and well. She is always professional and has helped the Zone Director when needed as well as the … Continue reading

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Book Review: Over the Edge

Title: Over the Edge Author: Brandilyn Collins Publisher: B&H Books Date: May 2011 ISBN: 978-1433671623 Genre: Christian Suspense Reviewed by: Lisa Lickel I live and play in rural Wisconsin where ticks are a nuisance. After reading this book, I will … Continue reading

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The Numbing Nature of Numbers

by Allen Arnold Senior Vice-President, Fiction Thomas Nelson, Inc. We live in an industry with instant access to data. Numbers sorted in endless graphs, grids and pivot tables to tell if a novel, an author, a genre or the entire … Continue reading

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The Ten Words You Need to Hear

by Chip MacGregor, President MacGregor Literary Inc. As you begin preparing for this year’s ACFW conference, I’d like to suggest you keep ten words in mind… 1. READ. Don’t just show up and wonder who the speakers are. Read the … Continue reading

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Writing From The Hero’s Point Of View

by Becky Wade What’s the matter with the following passage? ‘As Daniel strode from his office building towards his car he glanced upward at the cumulus clouds flowing languorously across the sky. Sunshine poured over him like a benediction. What … Continue reading

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And They Lived Happily Ever After

by Lisa Jordan I’m a sucker for happy endings. I admit it and make no apologies for it. I’ve heard complaints about romance novels being predictable-they end the same way with the hero and heroine concluding with the realization they’re … Continue reading

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Do You Need That Character?

by Mary Connealy I’m doing an interesting and very educational thing with a book. The third book in the Kincaid Bride series which releases this August. Over the Edge, the crazy brother’s story. At my editor’s suggestion I’m taking out … Continue reading

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