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Category Archives: Encouragement

Requested Material

By Lorraine Beatty It’s the end of October. Two months since the ACFW conference and the point at which editors are back on track with reading submissions. How many of you sent in the proposals or full manuscripts that were … Continue reading

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An Expectant Heart

By Ian Acheson Late last year a pastor spoke a word over me about the Lord wanting to give me a new book, a new optimism and referenced Habakkuk 2:2-3 which talks of waiting on a new vision. I stored … Continue reading

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Words of Wisdom

by Mary Manners “If you’re going to do something, then do it right.” Those words, spoken by my father, came to me the winter of my thirteenth year as I delivered newspapers along my route on the streets of Elmwood … Continue reading

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Precious Endurance

By Tanara McCauley This month marks the one year anniversary since we rescued our dog Charlie from an animal shelter. Having grown up with dogs, I thought Charlie would be a perfect addition to our family and a source of … Continue reading

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October!

By Martha Rogers October! How I love this month. To me, October ushers in the holiday season with the most gorgeous display of colors nature could provide. Orange, gold, red, yellow and burnt orange burst forth in an array only … Continue reading

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Plastic Flowers

By Shirley E. Gould I hated the plastic flowers that were popular when I was young. They looked cheap, artificial and were hard to the touch. I informed my family that when I die, I don’t want any plastic flowers. … Continue reading

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Writing in the Valley of Discouragement

By Connilyn Cossette Writing a second book, under contract, and after you’ve actually written most of the third is a daunting prospect. But that is what I was faced with when delving into Shadow of the Storm, the second book … Continue reading

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Keeping the Writing Going When Your Life is in Chaos

By Allie Pleiter As I’ve been finishing my 2017 non-fiction How to WRITE When Everything Goes WRONG, I’ve been talking with a lot of authors about how they tackle the challenge of meeting a deadline under far less than ideal … Continue reading

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Speak Your Message

by Carol Hamilton Sell more books by developing a speaking platform. Do you shudder at the thought of presenting anything before an audience? To make yourself more comfortable, choose a topic you are passionate about and know well. Talk about … Continue reading

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Why We Can’t Give Up

by Catherine West While at ACFW’s annual conference in Nashville this year, I was reminded of something. I had the opportunity to pass through the ‘waiting room’ of the appointments area a couple of times, and oh, the pressure was … Continue reading

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The Field of Dreamers

By Robin W. Pearson Some soybeans spoke to me one day. Actually, it wasn’t the soybeans, but rather a cornstalk growing smackdab in the middle of them. That lone plant told me to keep pressing no matter what the world … Continue reading

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Scarce as Hen’s Teeth

By Linda Brooks Davis Ever consider writing about chickens? Neither have I. Until now. I’m involved in a Bible study seeking a deeper understanding of the Holy Spirit. Today’s lesson was subtitled “God wants to dwell among humble people.” Our … Continue reading

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Making Stuff Up

By Davalynn Spencer “Just make something up,” my husband said when I told him I had a blog post to write for ACFW. Well, um, yeah. That’s what we do as American Christian Fiction Writers. We make stuff up. But … Continue reading

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Friendship

By Deborah Hackett As fall arrives and many breathe a sigh of relief from the heat and the mosquitoes, we turn our attention to gathering wood for the fire or savoring that first Pumpkin latte while inhaling the scent of … Continue reading

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Giving Back Through Endorsements and Reader Reviews

By Elizabeth Musser Write now–ah-hem, excuse me–right now, I have a ‘stack’ of novels on my bedside table. Well, they actually reside within my Kindle. None have been published–yet. Some will come out next year with a traditional publisher, several … Continue reading

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