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Writing Christmas Fiction

by Susan A.J. Lyttek It’s one thing to reminisce about Christmases gone by and to tell our own tales. But how do we go about creating traditions for a fictional character and make it seem both compelling and realistic? First … Continue reading

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5 Tips for Weary Writers in the Christmas Season

by DiAnn Mills No other time of the year can be more difficult to write than at Christmas. We writers are simply distracted with all the fun and excitement this time of the year brings. The season involves creativity, and … Continue reading

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What Inspires a Writer

By Elizabeth Musser I often get asked the question by readers, “What inspired you to write this novel?” And my answer is usually the same each time. “Life.” So, so many things in life have inspired my novels. My first … Continue reading

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Going Through the Motions

By JPC Allen I am sure all of us have wondered, sometime in the middle of December, between shopping and baking and attending various social functions, if all this flurry of activity truly celebrates the coming of the Messiah. Do … Continue reading

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“Passive” Mania Blues

By Loretta Eidson I’m a high school graduate who majored in Home Economics and Math. English and Literature weren’t necessary to me at the time. Remembering how to dissect a sentence or conjugate a verb lasted about as long as … Continue reading

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Honor the Craft

By Henry McLaughlin James Scott Bell posted a blog called Don’t Ever Mail It In where he wrote about the attitude that we’ve reached a certain point in our writing where we don’t have to improve. What struck me most … Continue reading

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Writing Out of My Comfort Zone

By Lee Tobin McClain I’m usually a planner… I’m a planner in all areas of my life. I write grocery lists, yearly goals, and daily plans. Most relevant to this post, I plan out my novels. I have chapter outlines … Continue reading

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Getting Naked on the Page

By Lenora Livingston In my lifetime, I have spent a lot of time, money, and effort trying to improve my writing skills. I have taken long courses and short courses, attended writing seminars, and joined writing groups. But the best … Continue reading

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The Writing Life Interrupted

By Michelle Shocklee Interruptions in life happen to all of us at some point. Sometimes they’re dark and scary, perhaps due to a storm raging that has nothing to do with the weather. (Although as many of our friends and … Continue reading

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Writing and Staying Healthy—Was Your Mother Right?

By Roxanne Rustand Yes—she was right, about getting enough sleep, exercise and eating properly.  But how easy it is, to ignore that wisdom when there aren’t enough hours in the day to work on your writing career! Whether you are … Continue reading

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The Miracle of Music

By Christine Sunderland Music, an ordering and art of sound, is a profoundly intriguing phenomenon. What is, after all, music? Why is it deeply personal and grandly universal at the same time? What is the “music of the spheres?” I … Continue reading

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Three Tips for Writing a Novella that Feels Like a Full Book

by Melissa Tagg I wrote my first novella in 2014…and, true story, I had noooo clue what I was doing! I’d published three novels at the time. I’d written short stories in college. But nothing in-between. Since then, though, I’ve … Continue reading

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When a Writer Hits a Wall

By Joanna Davidson Politano “There is nothing to writing. All you do is sit down at a typewriter and bleed.” ~Ernest Hemmingway Writers often find we cannot escape the lure of creating stories, yet it’s both freeing and frustrating, isn’t … Continue reading

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Is Brandilyn Collins a Rock Star in the Christian Fiction Market?

by Michael Hicks Thompson I’ll let you decide. Not only has Brandilyn Collins been on the ACFW Executive Board since 2001 (one year after its founding), she’s the emcee for the annual conferences. She’s won the Carol Award three times, … Continue reading

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ACFW New Releases: December 2017

December 2017 New Releases More in-depth descriptions of these books can be found on the ACFW Fiction Finder website. Contemporary: Rebecca’s Redemption by Lee Carver — A nurse seeking redemption for past sins joins a doctor contending against the jungle. … Continue reading

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