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Don’t Neglect Life for Writing

By Anne Mateer Do you desire to populate your stories with people that leap off the page, characters that “live” in readers’ imaginations? I sure do. But that kind of writing usually doesn’t happen in a vacuum. It requires engagement. … Continue reading

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Be a Critter-Getter

By Linda Robinson If I were forced to choose only one blessing I’ve gleaned from my membership in ACFW, it would be hard. After much thought, I would have to say it occurred when I chose to become a part … Continue reading

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Lean on Me: Why Fellow Writer Friends are Important

by Tamara Fickas Writing is solitary work. The idea of a hermit sitting at his computer/typewriter pounding out word after word has been around a long time. I sometimes think that’s what appeals to me about writing. As an introvert, … Continue reading

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How Writing Retreats Have Profoundly Impacted My Life

By Lindsay Harrel When I first began writing, I did everything I could to learn how to become a successful career novelist. I wrote a few books (kind of a given!). I read countless books and articles on craft. I … Continue reading

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The Enemy-enemy

by Beth Shriver The cursor blinks and still nothing. The hours tick by and you’ve written two sentences. You take a break to check your email. The phone rings. Now its lunch time. You sit down to write and see … Continue reading

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A Word about Communion

by Rebecca DeMarino Like many writers I’ve been choosing a “word for the year” for a few years now. Sometimes the word chooses me. It will be the word I meditate on, pray about and try to include in a … Continue reading

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How to Keep That Conference Feeling All Year Long

by Melissa Tagg The annual ACFW is one of my absolute favorite times of year. It’s like Christmas meets my birthday meets all those fun college classes. (You know, versus the classes you HAD to take…like anything even remotely math … Continue reading

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What A Writer Needs

by Dani Pettrey Every writer is different and every writer has different needs while writing. I always write with a piece of dark chocolate and a coffee drink (Mocha, Americano, etc.) at hand. I always write my first drafts longhand, … Continue reading

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Celebrating the Variety

by Jason C. Joyner I’ve been a watcher of the Christian fiction industry for several years now as an aspiring writer. I’ve enjoyed reading great books, interacting with thoughtful authors, and helping to promote CBA books through blog tours and … Continue reading

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3 Easy Steps to a Successful ACFW Conference – even if You’re Not Attending!

by Beth K. Vogt I’m heading to Indianapolis tomorrow, getting a few days head start on the ACFW conference. I started a mental checklist weeks ago, about the time my Twitter feed and Facebook page filled up with “I’m going!” … Continue reading

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Encouragement for the Discouraged

by Lindsay Harrel As most of us know, this writing journey can be filled with a lot of valleys. Experiencing writer’s block. Being stuck at home when everyone else is attending the big conference. Feeling like you’re on the outside … Continue reading

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Conference Benefits

by Dani Pettrey I’m often asked if the cost of attending a writing conference is worth it, particularly for the unpublished author. I can only speak from personal experience, but I have found writing conferences to be extremely worthwhile, especially … Continue reading

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The Art of Not Rushing

by Lindsay Harrel I’m impatient by nature. I see something I want and I make a plan to go for it. Sometimes, no matter the cost. But as an author of Christian fiction…well, I just can’t. I can’t force myself … Continue reading

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The Writer’s Life Is A Solitary Life. Or Is It?

The Writer’s Life Is A Solitary Life. Or Is It? How to build a viable community. A writer’s life is a solitary life. The very act of shutting oneself away to write a novel implies solitude, aloneness. If not physically, … Continue reading

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