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Monthly Archives: August 2012

Burnout or Balance

by DiAnn Mills Recently I took an honest evaluation of myself, and I didn’t like what I discovered. Exhaustion pelted my mind and body. Did I mention cranky? I rose earlier in the morning and hit the pillow later at … Continue reading

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40 Days of Prayer – Day 40

Day 40 For God’s presence and blessing Psalm 127:1–Unless the Lord builds the house, they labor in vain who build it; unless the Lord guards the city, the watchman keeps awake in vain. Oh God, our King and Redeemer, we … Continue reading

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How to Write GREAT Action Scenes!

By MaryLu Tyndall In any great action scene your reader should be feeling and experiencing the same stress, fear, and excitement your protagonist is feeling. You want your readers on the edge of their proverbial seats! You want them screaming, … Continue reading

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Ray Bradbury-A Writer’s Writer

by B.J. Bassett Ray Bradbury died this year at the age of 91. He was a writer’s writer. I remember many years ago when he gave up his monthly column in a magazine so an aspiring writer could publish his … Continue reading

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Writing to Music

by Lisa Jordan “Music speaks what cannot be expressed, soothes the mind and gives it rest, heals the heart and makes it whole, flows from heaven to the soul.” ~Author Unknown My two sons have musical abilities they didn’t inherit … Continue reading

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7 Reasons to NOT be a Writing Diva

by Carrie Fancett Pagels With the ACFW conference right around the corner, many may be tempted to pull their diva mantle out and pack it! Don’t! With narcissism so rampant in our culture that DSM revisions had to more narrowly … Continue reading

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Characters Make the Novel

by B. J. Robinson Want to write a heart-touching novel? Let your characters drive the story. Develop well-rounded ones so readers will be able to identify and connect. Begin with your main character. In my novels Last Resort, Southern Superstitions, … Continue reading

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The Bathroom Scale

by Suzanne Woods Fisher On a sunny summer morning, my husband walked into the kitchen. “I fixed the bathroom scale,” he said, looking pleased. “You weigh five pounds more than you thought you did.” Steve thought that was good news. … Continue reading

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What Do I Know?

by Eileen Key I’ve often heard “write what you know” and have done just that in many devotionals and articles which laid out events in my life-including the time my daughter was in FFA and I sheared sheep! That story … Continue reading

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ACFW New Releases: August 2012

More in-depth descriptions of these books can be found on the ACFW Fiction Finder website. Words in the Wind (Gateway to Gannah #2) by Yvonne Anderson — Marooned in a desolate canyon half a planet from home, a lone survivor … Continue reading

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Make a Plan and Write it Down!

by Lacie Nezbeth At a recent, local writer’s conference, the attendees (myself included) were taught by New York Times bestselling author Susy Flory, and one of the most popular literary agents known to man, Chip MacGregor. Some of the topics … Continue reading

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