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Writing like David

By Melissa Tagg So…King David. I kinda love him. I’m talking about David in the Old Testament. The one who took down Goliath. I love the guy and it’s not so much his giant-slaying ability that warms my heart as … Continue reading

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ACFW 40 Days of Prayer: Day 40

2015 ACFW CONFERENCE 40 DAYS OF PRAYER DAY 40 PRAYER – TOPIC: GOD’S PRESENCE AND BLESSING Father God, You are our great Almighty Father, and we thank You for the opportunity to join with one another in working for Your … Continue reading

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Creating Characters: Who Will You Be?

By Johnnie Alexander I rested in a vinyl chair, weary and in pain, pensive and in love. My day-old daughter nestled in my arms, her thick black hair brushing against her shoulders. “Who will you be?” I whispered. In that … Continue reading

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Are You a Marlin or a Dory?

By Allie Pleiter Hand any writer multiple tasks, and you will find out a lot about their personalities very quickly. Some of us tend to be the kind of people who determinedly hammer at a single, linear task batch until … Continue reading

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Communicating Biblical Truth through Christian Fiction

By Norma Gail “You connect with your audience when they identify with your pain.” Notes I took at a workshop a few years ago resonate with every word I write. The message stayed with me because of its truth. As … Continue reading

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Not Qualified? Think Again!

By Sarah Sundin “Who am I to write a novel? I didn’t major in English! I’m ‘just’ a mom/teacher/police officer/nurse.” Ever think something like this? Many of us feel our lack of literary credentials will block us from achieving our … Continue reading

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Teaching Writers

By Susan Lyttek There’s a huge difference between teaching a writing class and teaching writers. Let me explain. Most of the year, I teach writing classes to kids and teens. When teaching a writing class, you start with the assumption … Continue reading

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ACFW New Releases: August 2015

August 2015 New Releases More in-depth descriptions of these books can be found on the Be My Valentino by One More Wish by Island Dreams by An Unexpected Family by Stealing Jake by Through Waters Deep by 12 Brides of … Continue reading

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Using Psychology to Create Deep Characters

A PSYCHOLOGICAL APPROACH TO DEVELOPING GRIP-YOUR-HEART CHARACTERS By J.A. Marx How do we write a poignant story that’s realistic, emotionally satisfying yet not watered down? After you’ve given your character a personality, a vocation, a purpose for living, and a … Continue reading

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Writing: A Gift From the Lord

By Kim Gilliland Writing. I can’t speak for anyone else, but for me to put my thoughts on paper is a driving force. However, if no one reads my words, is it like the proverbial tree in the forest – … Continue reading

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Measuring Greatness

By Loretta Eidson Recently, I posted this quote by Mark Twain on Hootsuite: Great people can make you feel that, you too, can become great. I’ve heard numerous times throughout my life that if we want to be smart we … Continue reading

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Summer book overload…send help!

By Dana Mentink Hi, all. Dana Mentink here. Summer is a special time for an elementary school teacher/writer. As we settle into that nice long break from school, my summer goal is the same this year as it has been … Continue reading

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Double Cross – Romantic Suspense Musical?

by DiAnn Mills Writers often invent ways to challenge their minds and explore various means of creating story. Our goal is to fashion unforgettable characters and develop distinct plots. All the while we’re reading books by our favorite authors, viewing … Continue reading

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Something is Greater than Nothing

By Anne Mateer I’m not very good at math. Never have been. I still have to use cheats to add and subtract, multiply and divide. Recently, however, I did have a mathematical epiphany. (And yes, it has to do with … Continue reading

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Top Blogging Mistakes Made by Authors Online

By Edie Melson Blogging is a great way to connect with our online audience. And while there are a lot more people out there doing it well, I still see some common mistakes. These things affect a blog, making readers … Continue reading

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