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ACFW 40 Days of Prayer: Day 38

2017 ACFW CONFERENCE – 40 DAYS OF PRAYER DAY 38 – 8/14/17 – KEYNOTE SPEAKER Then the Lord put forth his hand, and touched my mouth. And the Lord said unto me, Behold, I have put my words in thy mouth. —Jeremiah 1:9 Lord, today … Continue reading

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When Characters Start Talking

by Ann H. Gabhart Several years ago I had a part time job that allowed me to work from home, one I hoped would give me more time to write. It was a bear of a job. As the substitute … Continue reading

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ACFW 40 Days of Prayer: Day 39

2017 ACFW CONFERENCE – 40 DAYS OF PRAYER DAY 39 – 8/13/17 – THE AUDIO/VISUAL TEAM 1 Thessalonians 1:2-3 We give thanks to God always for you all, making mention of you in our prayer; Remembering without ceasing your work … Continue reading

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ACFW 40 Days of Prayer: Day 40

2017 ACFW CONFERENCE – 40 DAYS OF PRAYER DAY 40 – 8/12/17 – GOD’S PRESENCE AND BLESSING Dear Heavenly Father, Please bless this conference with your Presence, Peace, and Provision. Help the attendees to be led by You. Guide every … Continue reading

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How Not to Write a Series

By Linda W. Yezak I usually invite another author to join us when Billy and I work the Blueberry Festival in Nacogdoches, Texas. Having someone to display their covers helps draw readers to our table, but it also gives us … Continue reading

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Staying Dependent

By Ian Acheson A couple of recent online discussions made me reflect on my writing journey. At the same time, I had been reading Exodus 33 where Moses on being commanded to leave Sinai demanded of God that he wouldn’t … Continue reading

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Creating a Crazy-Good Critique Group

By J.A. Marx We fondly call each other critters, and I consider this group of serious writers essential to my writing career. I’m sure online critique groups work well, but I prefer face-to-face. For one, as the facilitator, I like … Continue reading

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Awesome Writing Advice to Ignore Completely

By Dana Mentink Advice is worth what you pay for it, as my father would say. Famous writers are brimming with advice. Let’s take the subject of inspiration. Author Frank McCourt said in a Writer’s Digest issue, “Sit and quiet … Continue reading

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Be Still

By Gabrielle Meyer Recently, I learned that one of the publishers I write for is closing their historical line. It was a blow I didn’t see coming as I watched my well-laid plans crash at my feet. After working for … Continue reading

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ACFW New Releases: August 2017

August 2017 New Releases More in-depth descriptions of these books can be found on the ACFW Fiction Finder website. Action/Adventure: Imperfect Lies by Elizabeth Noyes — When another woman emerges from the past to claim Mallory Cameron’s happily ever after, … Continue reading

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Five Reasons to Write Flash Fiction

By Leslie DeVooght Six months ago, I had no idea Flash Fiction existed, and much less considered that it could help my writing career. All that changed at the Florida Christian Writers Conference, when I attended Lindsey Brackett’s class on … Continue reading

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Self-Editing

by Lynn Hobbs The technique I use on self-editing a novel is different when I self-edit a short story. Seems like it should be the same, right? For many it is. Whatever works best for you is what I recommend. … Continue reading

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Twisting “Write What You Know”

by Gail Gaymer Martin When writers search for plot ideas, seasoned authors often respond write what you know, but I’ve found that this phrase means more than I’d thought. If we stick with what we know, our books could become … Continue reading

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Finding the Motivation to Write

by Susan A.J. Lyttek I love writing. You’d think after that statement that I would jump out of bed and head down to my notebooks and laptop with unbridled enthusiasm each morning. Not so. In fact, I will often putter … Continue reading

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When Social Media isn’t Social Anymore

By Norma Gail Any writer who handles the majority of their own social media is frustrated. Facebook was fun when it was just family and friends. Now that it’s a necessary part of my platform as a writer, I’ve developed … Continue reading

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