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When Real Life and the Writing Life Collide

By Kathleen Y’Barbo Watch out or you’ll end up in my novel! We’ve all seen this slogan or others like it on t-shirts, mugs, and all sorts of items. Until recently, I hadn’t given the process of creating characters from … Continue reading

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ACFW 40 Days of Prayer – Day 25

2015 ACFW CONFERENCE 40 DAYS OF PRAYER DAY 25 PRAYER – TOPIC: FOR THE TECHNOLOGY TO WORK There was a time Lord where we would trust in You to provide good seats so everyone could see the speaker or hear … Continue reading

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ACFW 40 Days of Prayer: Day 26

2015 ACFW CONFERENCE 40 DAYS OF PRAYER DAY 26 PRAYER – TOPIC: FIRST-TIME ATTENDEES Abba-Father, remind each first-time conferee that You are by their side, holding their hand, calming them, and they only need to ask for Your strength. Remind … Continue reading

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ACFW 40 Days of Prayer: Day 27

2015 ACFW CONFERENCE 40 DAYS OF PRAYER DAY 20 PRAYER – TOPIC: CONFERENCE STAFF 1 Thessalonians 1:3 New International Version (NIV): We remember before our God and Father your work produced by faith, your labor prompted by love, and your … Continue reading

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ACFW 40 Days of Prayer: Day 28

2015 ACFW CONFERENCE 40 DAYS OF PRAYER DAY 28 PRAYER – TOPIC: SPOTLIGHT SESSIONS Proverbs 2:6 – For the LORD gives wisdom, and from His mouth comes knowledge and understanding. Dear Heavenly Father: We thank You for hearing our prayers. … Continue reading

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Conflicted about Conflict?

By Ane Mulligan My first novel was a Biblical fiction in which I strung together a bunch of scenes from Jesus’ life, interspersed with the fictional characters. There was no conflict, other than the Pharisees wanting to crucify Jesus. I … Continue reading

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ACFW 40 Days of Prayer: Day 29

2015 ACFW CONFERENCE 40 DAYS OF PRAYER DAY 29 PRAYER – TOPIC: PAID CRITIQUERS AS THEY WORK ON SUBMISSIONS 2 Thessalonians 2:16-17 – “May our Lord Jesus Christ himself and God our Father, who loved us and by his grace … Continue reading

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Bum Glue

By Janice Cantore What do you do when you’re stuck at a spot in your manuscript? As you sit in front of the computer you seem to be hitting delete more than anything else, or worse, you’re staring at a … Continue reading

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ACFW 40 Days of Prayer: Day 30

2015 ACFW CONFERENCE 40 DAYS OF PRAYER DAY 30 PRAYER – TOPIC: AGENTS AT THE CONFERENCE Father God, thank You for the agents willing to travel to the conference. We ask that You keep them safe and in good health. … Continue reading

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A Shy Girl at a Writers Conference

By Tamara D. Fickas Conference season is winding down, but the ACFW conference will be happening next month in Dallas. This time of year, posts about what to do at a writers conference abound. We spend a lot of money … Continue reading

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ACFW 40 Days of Prayer: Day 31

2015 ACFW CONFERENCE 40 DAYS OF PRAYER DAY 31 PRAYER – TOPIC: EDITORS AT THE CONFERENCE Psalm 141:2 – “May my prayer be set before you like incense; may the lifting up of my hands be like the evening sacrifice.” … Continue reading

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Setting…perhaps more important than you think!

By Roxanne Rustand Where do you start, on your journey toward a cohesive and sellable story? There is no single right or wrong way. Ask most writers, and they will say they use a consistent starting point each time they … Continue reading

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ACFW 40 Days of Prayer: Day 32

2015 ACFW CONFERENCE 40 DAYS OF PRAYER DAY 32 PRAYER – TOPIC: BRANDILYN COLLINS AS SHE EMCEES Psalm 66:16 – Come and hear, all you who fear God; let me tell you what he has done for me. Father God, … Continue reading

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No Time? No Money? Throw a Party!

By Sarah Sundin With a brand-new series launching August 4, I wanted to throw a launch party. Then my daughter chose July 18 as her wedding day. I knew I’d have no time or energy for another big event. I … Continue reading

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ACFW 40 Days of Prayer: Day 33

2015 ACFW CONFERENCE 40 DAYS OF PRAYER DAY 33 PRAYER – TOPIC: FINANCES FOR THOSE ATTENDING “My help cometh from the LORD, which made heaven and earth.” Psalm 121:2 King James Version (KJV) Father, God, as we plan our participation … Continue reading

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