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Use the …phone

By Shirley Gould In crafting Christian fiction, we, as writers, use twists and turns in our plots to grab the reader’s attention, plunging them into our fictional world. We spice our prose with interesting characters, places and themes carrying them … Continue reading

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He Gave It a Year

By Christen Civiletto Morris Expectations can be tricky. The wrong word choice can raise or lower them. A skewed perception can twist them. Expectations are especially difficult when it comes to those we create in our family about our writing. … Continue reading

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You Heard Write

by Michelle Arch Last month I attended the Orange County Christian Writers Conference. Having attended the event previously in 2012, I had vacillated before registering earlier this year. My experience three years ago was a high point in my writing … Continue reading

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Do Unto Others

By Tamara D. Fickas Do unto others. That was the devotional given by Beth Vogt one Saturday morning in our local ACFW meeting. She talked about what this looks like for writers. How if we want a mentor, we should … Continue reading

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Three Writing Challenges That No Longer Scare Me

By Kathleen Y’Barbo This year, I celebrate fifteen years in as a published author and ten years with my fabulous agent, Wendy Lawton of Books & Such Literary Agency. Next year, in 2016, I will celebrate twenty years as a … Continue reading

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Daily Dialogue

By Lynn Hobbs Conversations written with emotion are excellent page turners. When the reader is offered an in-depth look into two characters particular situation, I recommend having both characters point of view to consider, instead of skimming over the conflict … Continue reading

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Called or an Offering?

By Ian Acheson I’ve always found the topic of “one’s calling” fascinating. We all wonder at times in our lives what our specific calling is and it’s a topic that has consumed many pages of books, blog posts, conference notes … Continue reading

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Who’s Afraid of the Multiverse?

By Bruce Hennigan Recent successful series such as Stephen Lawhead’s “Skin Map” books utilize one of the most common staples of fiction, parallel worlds. The idea is not a new one. George MacDonald in “Phantastes” used such a device in … Continue reading

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ACCEPTED!

By Marilyn Turk As writers, we long to hear or see that word. Our writing has been accepted – by an editor who wants to read it, a publisher who wants to publish it, or a reader who wants to … Continue reading

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Can You Make It to the End?

by Kathy Harris A few weeks ago, award-winning Hollywood director Alejandro Monteverde stood in front of a small gathering in Nashville, Tennessee to celebrate an advance screening of his film “Little Boy.” Monteverde told the audience that he had initially … Continue reading

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In the middle of difficulty lies opportunity

by C.E. Hilbert “In the middle of difficulty lies opportunity.” Albert Einstein Simon Peter, who had a sword, drew it and struck the high priest’s servant, cutting off his right ear. John 18:10 Some days you have to eat all … Continue reading

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Lessons I Learn While Watching Television Shows

By Kariss Lynch I am an avid reader. I am also an avid television consumer. Why? Because ultimately I am a story lover. I still firmly believe that the book is ALWAYS better than the movie, but there are times … Continue reading

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3 Writing Cues from The Flash

By Beth K. Vogt “The Flash” is must-watch TV in the Vogt household. On Tuesday nights, my husband, teen daughter, and I hunker down in the family room eager to see what’s going to happen in Central City, home to … Continue reading

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Rewrites…

By Katherine Reay We like to call them edits. Or perhaps macro-edits, if we want to sound crafty. But sometimes, they are simply re-writes – a ponderous process to push the story where it should have already been. I’ve just … Continue reading

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The Rhino in the Writer: Thick Skin & the Value of a Critique Group

By Hannah Conway Join a critique group. Yes, that’s some of the soundest advice given to me regarding the wonderful world of writing. Yet, the next part of that advice? Well, it’s more on the strange side. Develop rhino skin. … Continue reading

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