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The Fragrance of Fiction

By Carol Lerner I’ve been reading all kinds of fiction lately. This is a good thing, as for years I’ve had difficulty finding fiction that kept my interest. I’ve finally figured out what makes me stick with a story-it’s the … Continue reading

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40 Days of Prayer: Day 36

Day 36: Topic: Those teaching continuing education Psalm 28:7a–The Lord is my strength and my shield; my heart trusts in Him, and I am helped. Dear Lord Jesus, I pray for each of the continuing education speakers for the conference … Continue reading

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40 Days of Prayer: Day 37

Day 37: Topic: ACFW members unable to attend the conference Jeremiah 29:11–For I know the plans that I have for you, declares the Lord, plans for welfare and not for calamity to give you a future and a hope. Dear … Continue reading

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40 Days of Prayer: Day 38

Day 38: Topic: Keynote Speaker – Lauraine Snelling Jeremiah 1:9–Then the Lord stretched out His hand and touched my mouth, and the Lord said to me, Behold, I have put My words in your mouth. Dear Lord, we ask You … Continue reading

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40 Days of Prayer: Day 39

Day 39: Topic: The audio/visual team I Thessalonians 1:2-3–We give thanks to God always for all of you, making mention of you in our prayers. Lord, we give thanks for the members of the audio/visual team, lifting them in prayer … Continue reading

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40 Days of Prayer: Day 40

Day 40: Topic: God’s presence and blessing Psalm 127:1–Unless the Lord builds the house, they labor in vain who build it; unless the Lord guards the city, the watchman keeps awake in vain. Dear Jesus, Thank You for this conference. … Continue reading

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Three Magic Phrases for a Writer

by Richard Mabry Early in my road to writing, author and teacher Alton Gansky taught me to ask a magic question: “What if?” One of his books began when he noted the presence of a military installation in a deserted … Continue reading

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5 things to do to prepare for the ACFW Conference

by Susan May Warren The ACFW conference is less than two months away and I can’t wait! Even now, I’m gearing up to hang out with my favorite peeps, fellow authors and the My Book Therapy community (The Voices.) And, … Continue reading

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Demystifying Contest Scores

By Lisa Godfrees We’re writers. At some point in our careers, we entered a writing contest. Some of us found encouragement there. Maybe we received kind remarks from a judge that gave us courage to continue. Maybe we semi-finaled, finaled, … Continue reading

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Making Research Fun

By Donna Schlachter I’ve seen the way some authors’ eyes nearly roll up into their heads at the word, “research”. After all, that’s just dry, boring stuff. We’re always told to ‘write what we know’. If we have to research … Continue reading

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Are You Living Your Happily Ever After?

by Courtney Hilbert “We always believe our first love is our last, and our last love is our first.” Unknown As a writer, the palette of love provides innumerable shades of color with which to paint a story. Despite the … Continue reading

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Writing for “The One”

By Kariss Lynch Every Tuesday night, three thousand young adults across Dallas come for a little get together we call The Porch. For three years now, I’ve volunteered, entering the worship center to fulfill my assigned task of shepherding people … Continue reading

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Writing Effective Book Club Discussion Questions

By Sarah Sundin Book clubs. As readers, we delight in socializing with book-lovers. As writers, we delight in connecting with avid readers. Since I belonged to a book club long before I was published, I knew the importance of a … Continue reading

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Breaking the Rules

by Laura McClellan Any novelist who studies craft reads a lot about the rules: Show, don’t tell. Avoid adverbs. No head-hopping. These rules have developed to help us create fiction that welcomes the reader in, with no barriers to the … Continue reading

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Suzy Shepard Gray, Wonder Dog

by Shelley Shepard Gray Suzy, our twelve year old miniature dachshund, killed a field mouse two weeks ago. Usually I’m not a fan of things like this, but I have to admit to having a bit of a shock and … Continue reading

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