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Tips for Using the 5 Senses

by Ane Mulligan Sight, sound, smell, touch, and taste create experiential fiction, a story so in-the-moment, the reader hears, smells, and tastes what the characters do. To do that, we want to show the action. Here are some tips for you. … Continue reading

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ACFW Conference Prayer – For Those Who Mourn (Day 11)

2017 ACFW CONFERENCE – 40 DAYS OF PRAYER DAY 11 – 9/10/17 –  THAT WE MOURN WITH THOSE WHO MOURN Heavenly Father, as we prepare for our conference, open our hearts to those who are mourning this year, to those … Continue reading

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ACFW Conference Prayer – That We Rejoice (Day 12)

2017 ACFW CONFERENCE – 40 DAYS OF PRAYER DAY 12 – 9/9/17 – THAT WE REJOICE WITH THOSE WHO REJOICE Romans 12:15 – Rejoice with those who rejoice. (ESV). Father God, we lean on You to stir within us a … Continue reading

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Going Live (or on the Record) with Zoom

By Johnnie Alexander A few weeks ago, three friends and I—from four different states and three different time zones—got together on Zoom to brainstorm a story I’m working on. Thanks to Zoom’s gallery view format, we could see each other … Continue reading

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ACFW Conference Prayer – Hotel Staff (Day 13)

2017 ACFW CONFERENCE – 40 DAYS OF PRAYER DAY 13 – 9/8/17 – HOTEL STAFF Though I am free and belong to no man, I make myself a slave to everyone, to win as many as possible…I do all this … Continue reading

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When You Don’t Final—Handling Feedback from Contests

By Rachel Dylan When I first started writing I entered numerous writing contests for unpublished authors. I was excited to enter and see what others thought about these crazy stories that had developed inside my head. These contests were a … Continue reading

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ACFW Conference Prayer: For our Conference Treasurer (Day 14)

2017 ACFW CONFERENCE – 40 DAYS OF PRAYER DAY 14 – 9/7/17 – PAM HILLMAN, CONFERENCE TREASURER Shout joyfully to God, all the earth! Sing about the glory of His name; make His praise glorious. Psalm 66:1-2 (HCSB) Dear Lord, … Continue reading

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Questions from a Young Writer

by Ann H. Gabhart Recently I was interviewed by a young high school girl with dreams of writing the same as I had many years ago at her age. Selena hoped I might reveal some magic path to being a … Continue reading

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ACFW Conference Prayer – For Robin Miller, Conference Director (Day 15)

2017 ACFW CONFERENCE – 40 DAYS OF PRAYER DAY 15 – 9/6/17 –  ROBIN MILLER, CONFERENCE DIRECTOR Heavenly Father, we thank You for all the ways You’re working to ensure the conference goes smoothly. We lift up Robin Miller, Conference … Continue reading

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Hold the Dream Lightly

By Lorraine Beatty Dreams are funny things. They can sustain us, they can torment us or they can rip our hearts to shreds. But we can’t live without them. As writers we dream of that first contract or that perfect … Continue reading

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ACFW Conference Prayer: Genesis Finalists (Day 16)

2017 ACFW CONFERENCE – 40 DAYS OF PRAYER DAY 16 – 9/5/17 – FINALISTS IN THE GENESIS CONTEST Psalm 135:5-6 (NKJV) For I know that the Lord is great, And our Lord is above all gods. Whatever the Lord pleases … Continue reading

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5 Reasons to Attend a Writers Conference

By Patricia Bradley Are you wondering if you should attend the upcoming ACFW conference, or any conference, for that matter? Let me give you five reasons why you should. Meeting people who “get” you. Have you ever tried talking to … Continue reading

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ACFW Conference Prayer: For Those Pitching Projects (Day 17)

2017 ACFW CONFERENCE – 40 DAYS OF PRAYER DAY 17 – 9/4/17 –  CLARITY OF SPEECH FOR THOSE PITCHING PROJECTS Heavenly Father, You know every word before it is on our tongue. Please give clarity of thought and speech to … Continue reading

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Even the “Big Dogs” Struggle

By C. Kevin Thompson I picked up a copy of Lee Child’s debut novel, The Killing Floor. It was his first Jack Reacher novel. Originally published in 1997, this edition (the fifth edition in 2012) is a mass paperback and … Continue reading

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ACFW Conference Prayer – For Conferees (Day 18)

2017 ACFW CONFERENCE – 40 DAYS OF PRAYER DAY 18 – 9/3/17 – FOR CONFEREES TO GRASP WHAT IS TAUGHT AND TO GROW FROM IT “If any of you lacks wisdom, you should ask God, who gives generously to all … Continue reading

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