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Why Write?

By Michelle Arch I’ve spent nearly every weekend this year (and many weekends of the previous four years) working on my novel-in-progress and MFA thesis, Time of Death. To date, only a handful of workshop peers, a few contest judges, … Continue reading

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The Care and Feeding of Readers

By Suzanne Woods Fisher A few months ago, I was tracking the traffic numbers on the Amish Wisdom blog and noticed a significant spike during the course of one week. An interview with a well known, bestselling author had been … Continue reading

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Listening to the Story

By Jane Kirkpatrick Some years ago I wrote a novel based on the life of a Native American woman. I’d worked for many years on an Indian reservation and had many native friends who helped me capture the essence of … Continue reading

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Top 3 things I’ve learned about Brand from Reality TV

By Traci Tyne Hilton That’s right. Blogging TV again. Why? Because there is no better place to learn about brand right now than Food Network Star, and because I love watching TV. #3: Your brand is your unique point of … Continue reading

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The Creative Person’s Guide to Time Management

By Judy Christie As a writer, I am drawn to creative people-smart, funny, interesting, innovative, imaginative. I am blessed to interact with fiction writers who explore and imagine and adapt to a dizzying rate of change, a combination that clogs … Continue reading

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ACFW Rewind: Stop, Drop & Roll – Adding the Crisis Scene

(Editor’s Note: Today, ACFW re-runs a worthwhile blog from the past, in this case from May 2012. This is what we call ACFW Rewind: highlighting previous posts that deserve a second look.) by Janice Thompson You’re at the 3/4 point … Continue reading

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Pass It On

by Susan Lyttek Writing can be a lonely business. With exceptions of co-authored materials or group brainstorming, most writing and editing is done solo. That is the nature of it and that is a good thing. God designed the process … Continue reading

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The Fragrance of Fiction

By Carol Lerner I’ve been reading all kinds of fiction lately. This is a good thing, as for years I’ve had difficulty finding fiction that kept my interest. I’ve finally figured out what makes me stick with a story-it’s the … Continue reading

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Three Magic Phrases for a Writer

by Richard Mabry Early in my road to writing, author and teacher Alton Gansky taught me to ask a magic question: “What if?” One of his books began when he noted the presence of a military installation in a deserted … Continue reading

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Demystifying Contest Scores

By Lisa Godfrees We’re writers. At some point in our careers, we entered a writing contest. Some of us found encouragement there. Maybe we received kind remarks from a judge that gave us courage to continue. Maybe we semi-finaled, finaled, … Continue reading

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Making Research Fun

By Donna Schlachter I’ve seen the way some authors’ eyes nearly roll up into their heads at the word, “research”. After all, that’s just dry, boring stuff. We’re always told to ‘write what we know’. If we have to research … Continue reading

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Writing for “The One”

By Kariss Lynch Every Tuesday night, three thousand young adults across Dallas come for a little get together we call The Porch. For three years now, I’ve volunteered, entering the worship center to fulfill my assigned task of shepherding people … Continue reading

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Writing Effective Book Club Discussion Questions

By Sarah Sundin Book clubs. As readers, we delight in socializing with book-lovers. As writers, we delight in connecting with avid readers. Since I belonged to a book club long before I was published, I knew the importance of a … Continue reading

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Breaking the Rules

by Laura McClellan Any novelist who studies craft reads a lot about the rules: Show, don’t tell. Avoid adverbs. No head-hopping. These rules have developed to help us create fiction that welcomes the reader in, with no barriers to the … Continue reading

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Are You A Predictable Writer?

by Lynn Hobbs How often have you started reading a book and quickly figured out what would happen next? Ho-hum…how boring. Interest is lost, yes, but any reader will notice a predictable pattern after several similar books by the same … Continue reading

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