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Monthly Archives: April 2013

ACFW New Releases: May 2013

More in-depth descriptions of these books can be found on the ACFW Fiction Finder website. Follow the Heart by Kaye Dacus — An American woman is sent to England to marry wealth, but finds herself torn between the poor man … Continue reading

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The Writing Journey – Smile No Matter What!

by Donna L. Rich My last speaking engagement was with the Optimists Club, and they asked me to speak on my writing journey. Since they were optimists, I had to tell them about smile no matter what. When I was … Continue reading

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On the Road to Publication Be Sure to Pack A Lot of Patience!

by Pamela S. Meyers I’ve always dreamed of writing a story set in my picturesque hometown, and God surely blessed me when I was given the opportunity to do so by Summerside Press. This past weekend I launched my novel … Continue reading

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Back Story vs Character History, Part Two

by Rachel Hauck Welcome back. Yesterday we discussed the differences between character history and back story. Today, let’s learn more about character history and how to use it to strengthen your writing. Like I said yesterday, Character History is hot, … Continue reading

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Back Story vs Character History, Part One

by Rachel Hauck Ding, ding! Referee: “Ladies and gentleman, welcome to the first ever bout between Back Story and Character History.” Wahhaaaaa. Cheeerrrs! Ref: “In this corner, from the New York City, wearing black shorts, weighing in at a hefty … Continue reading

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Conference Benefits

by Dani Pettrey I’m often asked if the cost of attending a writing conference is worth it, particularly for the unpublished author. I can only speak from personal experience, but I have found writing conferences to be extremely worthwhile, especially … Continue reading

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Psychopaths in Fiction

by Jeannie Campbell, LMFT Colloquially, people use the term psychopath (pronounced sigh-COP-ah-thee) to indicate that someone is “crazy,” but this would be a gross overstatement. I’ve got family members who are crazy, but are not remotely psychopaths. In the psychological … Continue reading

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Therapists in Fiction

by Jeannie Campbell, LMFT I like to think that any professional, not just therapists, would laugh at their fictional counterparts. I assure you that Drs. Frasier Crane and Hannibal Lecter are hardly representative of the majority of us. No, authors … Continue reading

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ACFW REWIND: Developing the Real Life Substance

(Editor’s Note: Today, ACFW re-runs a worthwhile post from the past, in this case from February, in what we call the ACFW rewind, which highlights previous posts that deserve a second look. ) by Michael Lee Joshua I “live” in … Continue reading

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Engaging Events

by Suzanne Kuhn Every time you you have an event, whether it is a book signing, a meet and greet, a launch party, or speaking with a book club, you are representing yourself as the flagship of your brand. How … Continue reading

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WRITING: a Potentially Problematic Passion

by J.A. Marx When I was a child, I didn’t write stories, I acted them out. Living in the heart of the Rockies, my playground was made up of rock outcroppings and climbing trees. Today’s term for this type of … Continue reading

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Inspiration for a Story

by Sandra Robbins When I first started writing, I was somewhat shocked to find that I would be an active participant in the marketing of my books. So I said a prayer and jumped right in. Besides all the resources … Continue reading

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Managing Bookstore Signings

by Jordyn Redwood As many as there are books, there are just as many opinions as to whether or not authors should do bookstore signings. This was one of the things I was relatively surprised to learn on my publishing … Continue reading

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Going Through A Phase

by Cynthia Ruchti “This is driving me crazy! I’ll never get the hang of it!” Two months later: “What did I ever do without it?” We’ve seen the pattern before. From open fire to fireplace to cast iron stove to … Continue reading

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Inspired to Write by Grandma

by B.J. Young On my tenth birthday, my grandmother gave me a gift I still hold in my hands, fifty years later. She gave me my first book. The rose colored cover is now tattered and discolored. The title, Heidi, … Continue reading

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