Join ACFW |  Forgot Password |  Login: 

Category Archives: Brainstorming

“Drawing” on Your Creative Resources

by Betsy Lowery As a writer whose nonfiction offerings lean more toward deep ideas than toward useful application, I’m happy to offer to my ACFW community a very simple and concrete idea. In chapter 9 of The Wrong Type of … Continue reading

Share
Posted in ACFW, Advice, Authors and writing, Brainstorming, Friends of ACFW | Tagged , , , , , | 1 Comment

Help! I’m Lost and Can’t Find My Way

By Ane Mulligan I’d hit the 43,000-word mark in the fourth book in my Chapel Springs series. I knew the characters like I know myself. Better even, since I don’t pretend they don’t have faults. But the story stalled on … Continue reading

Share
Posted in Advice, Authors and writing, Brainstorming, Friends of ACFW, writing | Tagged , , , , , | 4 Comments

Those Stories in My Head

By Martha Rogers Like the raindrops in the song, these stories keep falling on head and filling it with ideas. Peg Phifer posted a quote on our Novel Track writing loop, and it suits me to a T. “GOD PUT … Continue reading

Share
Posted in Advice, Brainstorming, Characters, Friends of ACFW, writing | Tagged , , , | 7 Comments

A Brainstorming Session

By Lillian Duncan So, I’m sitting at my computer pondering what to write for the first of my four ACFW blogs for the year. Time for a brainstorming session! I could try to find a sneaky way to promote my … Continue reading

Share
Posted in Advice, Authors and writing, Brainstorming, Friends of ACFW, writing | Tagged , , , | Comments Off on A Brainstorming Session

Story Glimmers

by Ann H. Gabhart A writer needs time to gather a story, to let the glimmers spark out of that mysterious dark center of the imagination where stories are born. At times the glimmers may sparkle but still be as … Continue reading

Share
Posted in Advice, Authors and writing, Brainstorming, Friends of ACFW, writing | Tagged , , , , , | 3 Comments

Finding the Ideas

By Katherine Reay I’m at the beginning of a new story. I handed in my latest manuscript last week and, while I wait for the first round of edits, “the little grey cells” are busy seeking new characters, new emotions … Continue reading

Share
Posted in Advice, Authors and writing, Brainstorming, Characters, Friends of ACFW, tips, writing | Tagged , , , , | 3 Comments

Creative Outlines

by Donna K. Rice Several years ago, while browsing an airport bookshop, I spotted Idea Mapping by Jamie Nast. Intrigued, I picked it up and took it along on my journey. The book explores the process of taking ideas, speeches, … Continue reading

Share
Posted in Advice, Authors and writing, Brainstorming, Friends of ACFW, Plots, tips | Tagged , , , , | 4 Comments

Mining Your Life for Stories

By Marta Perry A number of years ago, I taught an evening adult class on journal writing. When the time came at our second session for participants to read their work, I felt a little apprehensive. What if nobody was … Continue reading

Share
Posted in Advice, Authors and writing, Brainstorming, Friends of ACFW, tips, writing | Comments Off on Mining Your Life for Stories

Simple Story Starters

by Jordyn Redwood Most authors I know are people watchers. Sitting and observing people is a fascinating way to generate story ideas. If you haven’t just let your imagination run wild doing an exercise like this-let me offer a few … Continue reading

Share
Posted in Advice, Authors and writing, Brainstorming, Friends of ACFW, Plots | Comments Off on Simple Story Starters

Making Memories

by Dani Pettrey My daughter got married last weekend. It’s hard to believe my baby girl is all grown up and now a wife of her own. My husband is a wedding photographer and was able to capture this gorgeous … Continue reading

Share
Posted in Advice, Authors and writing, Brainstorming, Characters, Friends of ACFW, Plots, tips, writing | 2 Comments

Help–I’m stuck!

by Denise Hunter If you’ve been writing novels for any length of time, you’ve gotten stuck. I’m not talking about writer’s block, I’m talking about STUCK. When this happens to me, it means 1 of 2 things. Here they are, … Continue reading

Share
Posted in Advice, Authors and writing, Brainstorming, Encouragement, Friends of ACFW, tips, writing | Comments Off on Help–I’m stuck!

Do You Have to Write What You Know?

by Crystal Laine Miller Beginner writers are often told to “write what you know,” which isn’t bad advice. When you’re learning to write, it will keep you concentrating on the craft and not worrying about the research quite as much. … Continue reading

Share
Posted in Advice, Authors and writing, Brainstorming, Encouragement, Friends of ACFW, Plots, tips, writing | 3 Comments