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An Ordinary Writer Writing Ordinary Books

By Sarah Hamaker Who wants to be ordinary? If I asked that question at an ACFW conference, I doubt anyone would raise their hand. For some reason, ordinary has become associated with dull, listless, uninteresting and uninspiring. As writers, we … Continue reading

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A Prayer for Writers

By Beth K. Vogt I’ve come across different writers prayers throughout the years. I’ve even collected a few of them from various conferences, tacking them up near my desk so I can stop and pray through them as I fast … Continue reading

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A Spoon Full of Sugar…Yes, Please

By W.G. Reese You’ve finished that article, short story, or novel that you poured your heart into for days, weeks, and months. Whoever reads this miraculous compilation of facts, imagery and relatable emotion will enjoy — no, be enthralled and … Continue reading

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Permission to Dream Your Stories

By Chandra Smith One of my favorite things at a writer’s conference is the mealtime conversations with other writers about their stories and their characters. It is probably the only place writers can talk about the people in their heads … Continue reading

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The Broken Pencil

By Kathy Parish Early in my Christian walk, I came across a quote attributed to Mother Teresa: “I am like a little pencil in God’s hand. He does the writing. The pencil has nothing to do with it.” At that … Continue reading

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When Mentoring Goes Wrong

By Ramona Richards You know, you do need mentors, but in the end, you really just need to believe in yourself. –Diana Ross Who knew such a simple piece of advice could make someone burst into tears. All I said … Continue reading

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How to Know When It’s Time to Give Up

by Cathleen Armstrong I met her the second day of the ACFW Conference when I sat down next to her at the lunch table. “How’s your conference going?” I smiled at her as I opened my napkin. This is conference-speak … Continue reading

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Where Are You Going?

By Lillian Duncan Hebrews 11:8 says, “By faith, Abraham when called to go to a place he would later receive his inheritance obeyed and went, even though he did not know where he was going.” This verse should speak to … Continue reading

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Confessions of an Auditory Learner

By Mary Lou Cheatham I am an auditory learner. Not just any auditory learner, but one with ADHD. I’m a compulsive multitasker with the need to have some concurring physical motion in order for my brain to work creatively. Perhaps … Continue reading

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How to Handle Criticism

By Donna L.H. Smith I hope to bring a fresh perspective to a sensitive subject. As writers, we’re regularly critiqued, edited, and otherwise told to change our text. It can get downright discouraging if we don’t have the proper attitude … Continue reading

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Recovering the WOW!

By Ian Acheson As December progressed I began to meditate upon a word for 2016. Last year, my word was ADORATION. I’ve loved taking a few moments at the beginning of a day reflecting on a characteristic of God.1 Over … Continue reading

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Unlocking the Doors

By Donna Schlachter Do you sometimes feel, in trying to get your book published, that you’re rattling at one locked door after another? Perhaps you’re struggling to find an agent, or maybe you’ve been submitting directly to publishers and gotten … Continue reading

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Writing Through Grief

By Darlene L. Turner “I will lift up mine eyes unto the hills, from whence cometh my help” (Psalm 121:1 KJV). I stare out the living room window, my vision blurring and tears forming. I shuffle into the kitchen and … Continue reading

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10 Things That Steal Our Writing Joy

By Edie Melson I’m a member of several writing groups, and I’m always amazed at the different reactions people have to similar situations. For instance, one writer might leave a critique session in tears, questioning whether or not the call … Continue reading

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When Writing Calls Your Name

By Ruth Douthitt Recently, I had the privilege of hearing agent and writer, Karen Ball, speak at a small writers conference in Phoenix. I didn’t really want to attend the conference. I haven’t written much these last few months and … Continue reading

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