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7 Tips to Get More Comments on Your Blog

by Edie Melson Even today-with as many blogs on the Internet as there are-blogging is still a valuable part of building and maintaining an online community. But it’s rare for a blog to take hold and grow, if it’s not … Continue reading

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Right Writing

by Martha Rogers I love a good story, but recently I have read two good stories by a multi-published author that left me shaking my head. If the story hadn’t been good, I would have tossed the book aside. Things … Continue reading

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Writing is a Calling

Good morning all of you fellow writers-some published, some working toward being published. God blessed you when He called you to write. Some write fiction, some non-fiction, but all members of ACFW fill their pages, their stories, with the love … Continue reading

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The Upside of Rejection

By Brenda Anderson Rejection. A word most writers are intimately familiar with, a word filled with negative connotations. Merriam-Webster defines rejection as “the action of rejecting: the state of being rejected.” Sounds depressing, doesn’t it? In the midst of rejection, … Continue reading

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An Unexpected Gift from Alzheimer’s

by Suzanne Woods Fisher A few years ago, I started writing a weekly column on my blog called “Conversations with Dad.” My father was in the middle stages of Alzheimer’s disease and, because my parents lived across the street, I … Continue reading

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New Releases: May 2014

May 2014 New Releases More in-depth descriptions of these books can be found on the ACFW Fiction Finder website. Contemporary Romance: One More Last Chance by Cathleen Armstrong — Sarah Cooley’s ex-fiancé wanted to change everything about her. She has … Continue reading

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Resurrecting Beauty

by Christine Sunderland I have long been fascinated with the relationship between beauty, truth, and goodness. One of the joys of being a novelist is that I can create characters who share my fascinations. So in my recently published novel, … Continue reading

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Don’t Leave the Last 10% Unsaid

by Melissa Tagg There’s not a whole lot I can brag about when it comes to all things domestic diva-related. It’s not that I can’t do things like clean and cook-I just don’t generally have time to keep up in … Continue reading

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Details, Details

by Harry Kraus Let’s talk about the “fictional dream.” What makes people willing to suspend belief and enter into a make-believe world? How is this done successfully? I’ve been contemplating this recently as I’ve been reading the young adult novels … Continue reading

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Reflections of Tone

by Jennifer Sienes I’ve written enough now to realize that there’s been a pattern in not only what I write, but in how I write – no, I didn’t get the Tread Desk I’ve had my eye on for some … Continue reading

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How Writing Retreats Have Profoundly Impacted My Life

By Lindsay Harrel When I first began writing, I did everything I could to learn how to become a successful career novelist. I wrote a few books (kind of a given!). I read countless books and articles on craft. I … Continue reading

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Incredible Writing Done Credibly

by C. Kevin Thompson Have you ever read books that promised suspense, only to find they don’t deliver? Ever read a thriller that didn’t thrill? Ever read a romance between two people who never would get together in the real … Continue reading

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Writer, Examine Yourself

By Richard L. Mabry, MD Is the phrase “Know thyself” in the Bible? No. It was inscribed on the Temple of Apollo at Delphi. But it’s still good advice…especially for writers. I’ve been chained to the computer recently – not … Continue reading

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ACFW REWIND: Make a Plan and Write it Down!

(Editor’s Note: Today, ACFW re-runs a worthwhile post from the past, in this case from August 2012, in what we call ACFW Rewind, highlighting previous posts that deserve a second look. ) by Lacie Nezbeth At a recent, local writer’s … Continue reading

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Giving Back

by Roxanne Rustand Way back at the beginning of my writing journey, I’d been a lifelong, avid reader, but I knew nothing about writing fiction. I started my first story just for fun, not imagining it ever becoming a book … Continue reading

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