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New Genre Delights

By Ian Acheson Contest season is very much upon us and the majority of my fiction reading for the next six months will be consumed by judging entries in various competitions both local and abroad. One of the reasons I … Continue reading

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Audiences and Communities

By Glynn Young Do you write for an audience? I don’t. Most of my career in communications focused on writing for an audience. It might be people listening to a speech; it might be people reading a magazine article or … Continue reading

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The Reluctant Blogger

By JPC Allen Last summer as I prepared for my first ACFW conference, I couldn’t have been more depressed about my chances of finding an agent. I had registered for the conference with high hopes because I was a semi-finalist … Continue reading

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Brave the Blizzard

By Chandra Smith I write this post on March 14, and, here in south central Pennsylvania, we have a blizzard. One of my critique partners suggested this storm is my fault because last week I put the finishing touches on … Continue reading

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Eureka! Finding Gold in Research

By Michelle Shocklee Writing historical fiction is a lot like digging for gold. No matter the era and setting an author chooses, enormous mountains of historical data loom over us, daring us to find those interesting nuggets and minute details … Continue reading

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Tackling the Small Stuff

By Sarah Hamaker I’m a details person, which translated well into my chosen profession of writer and editor. I notice things like misplaced commas, wrong usage of apostrophes (don’t get me started on how years can’t be possessive!) and subject/verb … Continue reading

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Spring Cleaning…erasing some old lessons!

By Dana Mentink I’ve got a very weird job, I’ll admit it. Oh not the teaching gig (I teach third grade) though that can be strange at times too. Recently I went to school dressed as a green crayon, but … Continue reading

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Passive Voice

by Lynn Hobbs Years ago I began attending writing workshops. My first encounter with passive voice left me undecided. Did I care about passive voice? Was this merely someone’s preference in writing? What did it matter, anyway? Was this something … Continue reading

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Teacher Tools for the Writer: How to Use Google Forms to Make the Writing Life a Bit Easier

By Hannah Conway After eight years away from the classroom, I went back to teaching full-time. World History with Seventh Graders y’all! Pray for me. My Google searches went from “what does a bullet hole wound look like?” to “Middle … Continue reading

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Stand Alone Novel or Series?

By Ane Mulligan Are you writing a novel that’s part of a series or a stand-alone one? Let’s talk about series. Readers love series. While Jan Karon wrote eleven books in the Mitford series, the average stands at three or … Continue reading

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Persist . . . or Play?

By Sarah Sundin Once again my life paralleled the lives of my characters. While writing my latest release, When Tides Turn, I’d promised to not become overwhelmed by work, but I had. Only one thing to do—power through. Or so … Continue reading

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He Sowed Seeds, I Sow Words: Lessons on Writing from my Grandfather

By Tamara D. Fickas Grandpa spent much of his life working the land, coaxing forth new life that would nourish many. Farming was in his blood, so he toiled long hours in the fields. Over the years, I realized there … Continue reading

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The Writer Challenge

By DiAnn Mills How far are you willing to extend yourself to write a novel? Are you aware of the sacrifices that partner with the rewards of becoming a published writer? Do you ever wonder if you’re all alone in … Continue reading

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Why I Write

By Preslaysa Williams “Do what you love and the money will come.” Mama My mother always said this to me growing up, and Mama was right. When the school teachers pushed me to be a lawyer or a doctor, I … Continue reading

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ACFW New Releases: March 2017

March 2017 New Releases More in-depth descriptions of these books can be found on the ACFW Fiction Finder website. Contemporary Romance: Reunion at Crane Lake by Robin Bayne — Colt’s memory is returning after the accident that ended his career. … Continue reading

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