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Writing from the Heart or To the Market

By Rondi Bauer Olson My first writer’s conference was with ACFW in 2009. I was so proud of my manuscript. Dystopians were hot, HUNGER GAMES had come out the year before, and it’s what I’d written! Agents and editors were … Continue reading

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What Are Friends For?

by Kathy Harris So, how are those New Year’s resolutions working out for you? We’re one week into 2016. That’s seven days you could have been writing. Six, if you take a day off for Sabbath rest. In one week … Continue reading

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Writing the Story of your Heart versus Writing Something “to get the sale.”

by Susan May Warren I receive a lot of questions from aspiring writers and this one caught my eye. Q: Have you ever had a story that you wanted to write, a spiritual message you wanted to share, but it … Continue reading

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Write What You Know?

By Katherine Reay As I generate ideas for my next novel, I realize a certain theme in everything I write. If you’ve read anything of mine, you’d probably say “classic literature.” While you wouldn’t be wrong… Goodness knows, with titles … Continue reading

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Why it’s Important for Mystery/Suspense Writers to Consider Motive

By Janice Cantore In criminal court, ascertaining motive or intent is an integral part of the legal process and sets the tone for sentencing. The determination of a person’s motive can mean the difference between the death penalty, life in … Continue reading

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Where Does Your Story Begin?

by Linda Brooks Davis Ever wonder how far back the roots of your story extend? With the recent release of my debut novel, “The Calling of Ella McFarland,” I find myself wondering when the story began. Was it in 2014 … Continue reading

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ACFW New Releases: January 2016

January 2016 New Releases More in-depth descriptions of these books can be found on the Where She Belongs by Keeper of the Stars by A Reluctant Melody byThe Lassoed by Marriage Romance Collection by Angela Bell, Lisa Carter, Amy Lillard, … Continue reading

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Writing Suffers If Faith Falters

by Linda Robinson If it were possible, writing would be number one on my priority list every day—after my Bible study, prayer, and quiet time alone with God. But “stuff” happens to interrupt schedules and plans. And as we all … Continue reading

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Memory Trees and Story Starts

By Chandra Smith When I signed up to do the blog for December 24, I told myself since I love Christmas it would be a piece of cake. I should have remembered the only part of our writing journey that … Continue reading

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Christmas Magic and Miracle

By Martha Rogers Mary Manners wrote a wonderful blog a few days ago about memories she had of Christmas. That’s one of the things I really love about this season of the year. So many wonderful memories are created and … Continue reading

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Twas Two Weeks Before Christmas

by Kim Gilliland Twas two weeks before Christmas When all through the house Not a creature was writing Not even a mouse With stockings all hung And gifts wrapped with care She hoped a writing idea Soon would be there … Continue reading

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Words Aptly Written

By Kathy Parish “A word aptly spoken is like apples of gold in settings of silver.” (Proverbs 25:11 NIV) When I was growing up a beloved English teacher always had a beautifully leather-bound volume titled Apples of Gold. It was … Continue reading

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Christmas Lights

By Mary Manners When the subject of Christmas gifts comes up, most people think of packages wrapped in colorful paper and shimmery bows, sitting under the Christmas tree, just waiting to be opened. When I think of Christmas gifts, I … Continue reading

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Flexibility & Change: Leaving the Day Job

By Ramona Richards Whether writing is your fulltime occupation, or whether you have day job and struggle to find time to lock down those images and characters tormenting your brain, you already know that being productive is a matter of … Continue reading

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Honoring God’s Calling in Our Lives

By Rondi Bauer Olson A few months ago I was making small talk at a wedding reception when another guest, someone I did not know, asked me what I did for a living. Up to that point in my life, … Continue reading

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