Author Archives: ACFW

Something You May Not Know About Writing a Book

By Vickie McDonough The idea of writing a book sounds fascinating, and many parts of the process are. Research trips rank up at the top of the fun scale. Traveling to a place you may have never visited before and … Continue reading

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Down in the Valley, Valley so Low

For those of you unable to attend the recent ACFW conference, there’s an understandable tendency to be down because you’d like to have been there. But right about now those who did attend may also be feeling a bit low. … Continue reading

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Want to Write for Love Inspired Historical? Emily Rodmell tells how

Good morning everyone. I’m Emily Rodmell, and I’m the associate editor for Harlequin’s 3 Love Inspired lines (Love Inspired, Love Inspired Suspense and Love Inspired Historical). I’m here today to talk to you about the great opportunity we have at … Continue reading

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Afictionado Carol Edition Up

Because of the outstanding work of Afictionado’s staff of reviewers, and particularly our book review editor Vicki Talley McCollum and web guru Carl Nasal, we were able to post our Special Edition on the Carol Award finalists and winners early! … Continue reading

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ACFW conference — Carrie Pagels

If this post goes up on the ACFW blog on September 22, I will be enroute to the annual ACFW conference. I attended for the first time last year.  And what a difference the conference made to me and what … Continue reading

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Start Making Your List

By Kathy Harris We unpublished writers are always looking for ways to discern how far we are in our writing journey. One of the best guides can be found at Randy Ingermanson’s website, www.advancedfictionwriting.com/art/freshman.php. By answering only five questions you … Continue reading

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Don’t Imitate Others — Follow God’s Directions

By Lena Nelson Dooley In 2005, so many people were starting blogs. I had no idea what a blog was, and I didn’t know if I was supposed to do one. I asked some other writers I was connected with … Continue reading

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Five Things I Learned on my Way to Publication

by Rose Allen McCauley I have been a member of ACFW for nine years now, since I joined in Sept. 2002, right before the first national conference. Several times at conferences, I’ve heard the statistic that it takes an author … Continue reading

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Do What You Are: by Tina Radcliffe

Life is a balancing act, and the words of Alex Cross, in James Patterson’s, Along Came a Spider, “Do what you are,” are a challenge when applied to our daily lives. If you were to list those things that fill … Continue reading

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Key to a Continuity

I’m so happy to be here. I’m a lurker on the ACFW main loop. I’m on AOL and for some reason, I bounce when I try to comment over there. So … I read a lot of posts and every … Continue reading

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Contests–We love to hate them. But should we?

by Sandra Orchard Every year the writing contest season climaxes with a flurry of complaints on writers’ loops about conflicting judges’ comments and incongruent scores. Been there. Done that. Totally empathize. But…from my experience entering contests is a worthwhile investment. … Continue reading

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HUMILITY OR APATHY–The aversion to marketing.

ACFW Blog posting by Christine Lindsay author of SHADOWED IN SILK, winner of the 2009 Genesis for Historical. All of us in ACFW know the writing of Christian fiction is a ministry. And if we’ve been at it for a … Continue reading

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Pacing–I’m Dancing as Fast as I Can

By Margaret Daley The structure and pacing in a book is what holds the story together, moving it forward. Pacing and structure (what scenes go where) involves how you convey the characters and plot. In order to talk about pacing … Continue reading

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That Inspirational-Writing Mirror: Shirley Kiger Connolly

I often wonder why Christians choose to write inspirational fiction books. Some might be sending a specific, heartfelt message. Some could be out there with that hope to eventually become wealthy. Some could be voracious readers, and hear themselves saying, … Continue reading

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ACFW Conference Memories

ACFW Conference 2007 – Ronie, Dineen Miller, Camy Tang! Writers Share Their Fondest Memories I am a professed lover of the American Christian Fiction Writers (ACFW) and I try to help out wherever and whenever I can. With all my … Continue reading

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