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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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Overcoming a Writer’s Biggest Fear–Marketing and Promotion

By DiAnn Mills We writers embrace words, brainstorming sessions, hours to write, and constructive criticism, but there is one critical aspect of the writer’s life that shakes us to our core. Marketing and Promotion The nightmare of our career. We … 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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Crawling Into Your Character’s Brain

By Kariss Lynch Few things drive me to crazy story rants quite like shallow characters. I want to open a book and dive in, enjoying the dance of meeting new people. I want characters with depth that make me want … 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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Lessons Learned from Walks on the Beach

by Mary Ellis Do you remember the age-old story about the starfish? As told to me as a child, a young girl was walking along the beach with her grandfather when they happened upon thousands of starfish left behind with … Continue reading

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Let Go and Let God Write

By Lenora Livingston In my seventy-six years of living, never once in my wildest dreams did I ever envision myself writing a novel. No, not me, no way! In my school days, I always cringed at the very thought of … Continue reading

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Real People

By Georgia Florey-Evans As you might guess from the title, we are looking at characters. Unless I stick with the “Real People” and host a gossip session like none other. When I started writing only three years ago, I was … Continue reading

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The Season Between

By Chandra Lynn Smith Early morning is quiet these days. The summer songbirds have already moved out. The gaggle of Canada Goose that spent the summer raising young and lazing on my pond have left. The robins, whose arrival indicates … Continue reading

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Show Vs Tell Gone Wild

By Ane Mulligan To draw your readers into your story, you want to create an experience for them. But that experience is filtered through your POV character. You know that already? Good. But are you layering the senses into your … Continue reading

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National Forgiveness Day

By Elizabeth Ludwig The theme in many of my books has been forgiveness–both giving and receiving. It seems fitting then, that that I talk about National Forgiveness Day. This year, it falls on October 29. Who knew? I certainly didn’t. … Continue reading

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The Joy of the Lord is My Strength

By Barbara J. Scott Joy? “What’s joy got to do with writing?” the Grinch would say. Aren’t writers supposed to pour their blood, sweat, and tears onto the page? Aren’t we supposed to suffer for our craft? I remember the … Continue reading

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A Different Kind of Contract

By Nancy Ellen Hird When I first began to write for publication, I heard a Christian business man talk about how he made an employment contract with God. He said it made a huge difference in his attitude toward work … Continue reading

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