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ACFW Rewind: Keeping an Emotional Journal

It’s ACFW Rewind time. Today we’ve picked a blog from May, 2010. Enjoy this post on emotional writing. by Cathy Bryant Emotions. They run the gamut from elation to depression, overwhelming joy to unspeakable sorrow, hatred to love. Need more? … Continue reading

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Practice Makes Perfect

by Fay Lamb My son was once an accomplished violinist, but when he first started to play, his tutor, a first string with the local symphony orchestra, struggled with keeping him on task. One day my son Corey walked into … Continue reading

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ACFW Book Club

Have you heard about our ACFW Bookclub? Each month the club chooses two ACFW members’ books that have been submitted by the authors. I run the giveaway where the chosen authors (from our monthly poll) donate 4 copies of their … Continue reading

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Ten Tips For Better Characterization

by Maureen Lang 1) Realistic, natural dialogue. Like a musician with an ear for notes, be a writer with an ear for conversational rhythm. Read your dialogue aloud to be sure it sounds like what you hear around you-only better! … Continue reading

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Conflicted Hearts

by Laurie Alice Eakes Recently, a writer asked why conflict so often seemed to be understood as sniping and snarky comments between the hero and heroine. She knew that conflict had to arise from something more than attitudes verging on … Continue reading

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Book Review: Maggie’s Journey

Title: Maggie’s Journey (McKenna’s Daughters, Book 1) Author: Lena Nelson Dooley Publisher: Realms Date: October 2011 ISBN: 978161638589 Genre: Historical Fiction Reviewed by: Cara Putman With Maggie’s Journey, Lena Nelson Dooley crafts an engaging first book in a story of … Continue reading

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Writing in the Now

by Jill Elizabeth Nelson When teaching the techniques of Deep Point of View that will virtually squash issues with show/don’t tell, I emphasize the importance of writing lively, linear prose. In other words, every sentence must remain in the Now-not … Continue reading

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Counting Reasons to Attend Writers’ Conferences

By Becky Jacoby Five years ago, if anyone would have asked me about attending a writers’ conference, I would have advised against it. Even though I dreamed bigger dreams and was working steadily, I thought, “Why spend money to learn … Continue reading

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When the Words Won’t Come

by Mary Ellis Every writer whether our contemporaries or long gone has wrestled for hours when they can’t string seven words together into a concise sentence. We doubt ourselves, our mentors, the process we thought we’d perfected, even the quality … Continue reading

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A Writer’s Good Friend: Kindle Notes & Highlights

by Robin Lee Hatcher Recently, a number of writer friends have switched from the use of Kindles to the Nook or stated they are thinking of doing so. They’ve had different reasons for buying a new Nook. Always wanting to … Continue reading

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Subsidiary Rights

by Natasha Kern Natasha Kern Literary Agency I’ve been thinking recently about subsidiary rights because I’m going to Anaheim for the RWA conference. Attending RWA includes meeting with clients, editors and new writers and arranging a private lunch for my … Continue reading

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Book Review: Cooking the Books

Title: Cooking the Books (Sloane Templeton Mystery. Book 1) Author: Bonnie Calhoun Publisher: Abingdon Press Date: April 2012 ISBN: 978-1426733888 Genre: Contemporary Fiction Reviewed by: Cara Putman Sloane Templeton’s life is chaos in Cooking the Books. Her mom’s died, she’s … Continue reading

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Seven Days to Better Writing

by Janice Hanna Thompson What if I told you that your whole life could change in a week? You would sit up and take notice, right? The truth is, it can. If you’re a writer, all you need is one … Continue reading

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The ROY G BIV Approach

by Cynthia Ruchti Do they still teach elementary school children the colors of refracted light, rainbow-style, via the ROY G BIV method? Memorizing seven colors in a specific order is tough…until you learn the odd but hard to forget name … Continue reading

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Writing … Interrupted

by Beth K. Vogt I had another post written for today. The opening line? There’s always a reason – or two or three – not to write. I intended to blog about writing through the interruptions of life – and … Continue reading

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