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Monthly Archives: December 2013

Praying Through the Burnout

by Casey Herringshaw Every writer, at some point, during their novel-creation career will most likely experience some period of burnout. It creeps up like a naughty third-wheel cousin and steals all enthusiasm you might have cultivated for this story. It … Continue reading

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Joy Before the Blessing

by Melissa Tagg I’ve often admired Samuel’s mom in the Bible. (I’m talking Samuel the “Here I am, Lord, send me” guy.) She stops eating…she weeps…she prays…she makes a vow to God. And when God blesses her with the son … Continue reading

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Chasing the Light

by DiAnn Mills • Chase: to pursue • Light: a source of illumination • You: the committed writer What does chasing the light of story mean to you? Do you find it difficult to focus on what aspect motivates your … Continue reading

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Writing Fast and Furious

by Lynn Hobbs Have you ever been writing when words flow fast, and you hurry to make your point? It seems like your novel, or your character suddenly has a life of its own and takes over. It can be … Continue reading

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Breathe Life into your Manuscript

by Anne Greene During the writing of Masquerade Marriage, I thought I knew what being in deep point of view meant. I thought I wrote deep point of view. I knew I had to stay inside the character’s head. I … Continue reading

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Wall of Misconception

by Stan Crader When writing non-fiction, always reference primary sources. Years ago, Dr. Peter Lillbac wrote an article criticizing the 9th circuit court’s ruling that the pledge of allegiance was unconstitutional. Following the publication of the article Peter received a … Continue reading

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How Writers Can Hurry Less and Worry Less at Christmas

By Judy Christie When I was a girl, I went shopping at a Woolworth’s store that had a costume-jewelry counter and a ring-sizer that looked like an old-fashioned telephone dial. Curious, I put my finger into a variety of holes … Continue reading

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The Heart of the Matter

by MaryAnn Diorio Writing fiction, like all of life, is a matter of the heart. Scripture tells us that “people look at the outward appearance, but the LORD looks at the heart” (I Samuel 16:7). The heart is the seat … Continue reading

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ACFW New Releases: December 2013

December 2013 New Releases More in-depth descriptions of these books can be found on the ACFW Fiction Finder website. Contemporary Romance: Her Holiday Hero by Margaret Daley –Together, Jake and Emma will discover it takes a different kind of bravery … Continue reading

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Being Adept at technology doesn’t make you a writer!

by Mary Ann Kerr The tools for writing can be a distraction. There are so many programs from which to choose and which one is the best for writing? How does one know which one to choose? I have a … Continue reading

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