Author Archives: ACFW

Help! I’m Lost and Can’t Find My Way

By Ane Mulligan I’d hit the 43,000-word mark in the fourth book in my Chapel Springs series. I knew the characters like I know myself. Better even, since I don’t pretend they don’t have faults. But the story stalled on … Continue reading

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Making Sacred Sense

By Christine Sunderland A church bell tolls over the lake. A white gull soars and dives, catching the wind current over the waters. We follow a path along the water’s edge to the local village, feeling the pebbly uneven cobblestones, … Continue reading

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Dress for Success and Corrie Ten Boom

By Carol Hamilton Today’s authors should be speakers, also. To become more comfortable before an audience and to allow your audience to be more at ease with you, learn to dress for success. When you stand on a stage, the … Continue reading

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Collisions with Purpose

By Norma Gail Sometimes life is like getting rear-ended, bouncing around like a rubber ball as the car does a complete 360, colliding with the median and curb, making you wonder if it will ever stop. The only question my … Continue reading

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Story Structure

By Katherine Reay As I begin a new story, my mind turns to structure. No matter how much I say I’m an “organic” writer, I need solid hooks on which to hang my musings. I can get lost easily if … Continue reading

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The Actions of Writing

by Sarah Hamaker Are you a writer? If you answered yes, do you believe, deep down inside, that you are indeed a writer? Too many times, we say we’re writers but our actions say another thing. For example, you meet … Continue reading

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A To Don’t List for Writer’s Conferences

By Tamara D. Fickas Springtime is easing into summer. Trees and flowers are blooming. The temperature is inching upward. On cue, the writing world is easing into conference season. One-sheets and proposals are bursting forth. Social media is a twitter … Continue reading

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The Capacity to Obey

By Davalynn Spencer “What if I run out of things to say?” For some authors, this can be a serious concern. Other writers dip from an ever-flowing font and never worry about where the next words are coming from. I … Continue reading

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ACFW New Releases: June 2016

June 2016 New Releases More in-depth descriptions of these books can be found on the ACFW Fiction Finder website. Contemporary Romance: Sweet Dreams by Cecelia Dowdy — A single mom trying to distance herself and her two year old daughter … Continue reading

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When Things Aren’t as they Seem

By Deborah Raney A few years ago, I was speaking at a MOPS group (Mothers of Preschoolers) in a small Midwestern town. As I learned to do from the wonderful speaker and writer Liz Curtis Higgs, I had picked out … Continue reading

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Writing Book Reviews: Help or Hindrance?

By Darlene L. Turner Five stars, four stars, or one star? What’s the best rating to give a book? Or should we even be doing book reviews? This is a question I ask myself quite often. Why? Because writing book … Continue reading

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My #1 Rule of Writing

By Tosca Lee Late one night while I was writing my second novel, Havah, I dragged myself home from a business trip–tired, bloated, grouchy, stinky‚Ķ and on deadline. I had two solid days at home before my next work trip … Continue reading

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It’s All “Write” with Me

By Robin W. Pearson I imagine Moses felt a spark when he stumbled upon the burning bush. Spending time in a den of hungry lions motivated Daniel, and crouching in the belly of a fish surely gave Jonah the encouragement … Continue reading

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Writing Through Grief

By Linda Robinson It’s hard to write anything when you’re grieving. I know that all too well. We recently lost our grandson, who was twenty-nine years old, had fought lymphatic cancer as a four-through-six-year-old, underwent two separate rounds of chemo, … Continue reading

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How to WRITE About When Everything Goes WRONG

by Allie Pleiter Write What You Know, Right? Writing about the difficulties in your life sounds like a sure-fire path to emotionally compelling work, right? You know exactly how it feels, you know the gut-wrenching progression of events, and it … Continue reading

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