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Honest Humor

By Preston Shires I don’t think of myself as a particularly funny guy, and I believe if you asked any one of my students, my opinion would be confirmed, especially after finals. However, I do like to write a story … Continue reading

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To Follow a Dream

By Chandra Lynn Smith I entered my first Genesis contest in 2002 before it was the Genesis Contest. I think about that pitiful entry now and feel very sorry for the judges who struggled through reading it. The thing is … Continue reading

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Integrity an Integral Requirement for Historical Fiction

By Donna Wichelman How many of you read historical fiction and why? I asked this question in an informal survey on Facebook to get a pulse on what makes the genre compelling. Many answers complied with what you would expect: … Continue reading

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Building Back the Walls

By Elizabeth Musser Lord, reading Nehemiah 3 this morning has brought me to tears. It’s basically just a list of names of people that I don’t recognize. There are not many who are superstars in the Word of God. Just … Continue reading

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Fool Proof Pitches

By Deborah Clack For those of you who are trekking across the country to San Antonio, Texas for the annual ACFW conference, let me dispel your fears. No cowboy boots required. But you might be thinking that ACFW is big! … Continue reading

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Are You a Scribe?

By Terri Gillespie These also are proverbs of Solomon, which the men of Hezekiah king of Judah copied . . . Proverbs 25:1, TLV Why did King Hezekiah’s men transcribe King Solomon’s proverbs over two hundred years after Solomon’s death? … Continue reading

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Writing Regrets

By Henry McLaughlin After several years on this writing journey and from talking with others on the same path, I’ve found six things I wish I had done differently. Maybe you share some of them. 1) Following trends instead of … Continue reading

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What is Your Character’s Happy Spot?

By DiAnn Mills Characters, like people, need a place to escape tension, stress, and conflict when life’s challenges threaten to steal their optimism. A writer uses a character’s happy spot to add a slice of real life to a three-dimensional … Continue reading

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A Spotlight on Forgiveness

by James R. Hannibal Last week in an AFCW blog, I wrote about pre-flighting your laser spotlight—putting thought and preparation into the message in your Christian fiction. This week, I’d like to delve deeper into this spotlight by offering some … Continue reading

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Lasers and Hermeneutics

By James R. Hannibal “There I was.” Isn’t that how all good war stories begin? Clean Hunter—the European version of Red Flag—was in full swing over Germany, France, and Belgium. I showed up in my target sector for a night … Continue reading

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Perseverance and Dreams

By Darlene L. Turner Let perseverance finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything. – James 1:4 (NIV) What happens when our well-thought out plans for our writing journey start falling apart? We receive … Continue reading

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The Four Movements of the Story Beats

By James R. Hannibal In a previous blog I told you about story beats—an author’s path through the woods. You don’t have to stay on the path, but knowing where it lies gives you the freedom to wander. These story … Continue reading

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A Cast of Characters

By Shirley E. Gould As we strive to craft amazing manuscripts, our plots and genres are nothing without great characters. An interesting hero or heroine coupled with a riveting plot keeps us at our laptops creating word count. For our … Continue reading

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Unexpected Blessings

Unexpected blessings could be waiting for you in your writing life . . . My first winter in Florida, I visited churches to call “home” while there. My church in Ohio I love has a little over five hundred. I … Continue reading

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The Freedom of a Path in the Woods

By James R. Hannibal Long ago, while attending the US Air Force Academy and working as a summer survival instructor, I wandered away from a campsite looking for firewood. Our search took us deep into the unmarked woods of the … Continue reading

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