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Monthly Archives: September 2017

Five Lies Every Character/Writer Believes

by Angela Arndt Every good character has obstacles to keep him from reaching his goals. Whether your heroine is a nuclear scientist creating a secret device to save the world or a receptionist who’s secretly in love with the town … Continue reading

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ACFW Conference Prayer – For Worship Pleasing to God (Day 6)

2017 ACFW CONFERENCE – 40 DAYS OF PRAYER DAY 6 – 9/15/17 –  FOR WORSHIP PLEASING TO GOD Lord Jesus, our goal here on earth and in Heaven is to please You with our worship and praise. Holy Spirit, we … Continue reading

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When Writing Stops Being Fun

By Rondi Bauer Olson I had so much fun with my first baby. I dressed him up in the cutest outfits, played with his baby toys while he drooled on them, and took enough pictures to fill multiple scrapbooks. Then, … Continue reading

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ACFW Conference Prayer: Health For All Attending Conference (Day 7)

2017 ACFW CONFERENCE – 40 DAYS OF PRAYER DAY 7 – 9/14/17 – HEALTH FOR ALL ATTENDING THE CONFERENCE Lord, You made our bodies, and You designed the way they work. We ask that during our conference, You give those … Continue reading

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ACFW Conference Prayer: For A Smooth Registration (Day 8)

2017 ACFW CONFERENCE – 40 DAYS OF PRAYER DAY 8 – 9/13/17 – FOR A SMOOTH REGISTRATION “And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to … Continue reading

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Attacking Atychiphobia

By Andrea Boeshaar What’s Atychiphobia? In my book My Heart Belongs in The Shenandoah Valley: Lily’s Dilemma, I address atychiphobia or the fear of failure. One of my two main characters, Mac Albright, is terrified to fail. For him, it’s … Continue reading

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ACFW Conference Prayer – For Casey Miller/Appointments (Day 9)

2017 ACFW CONFERENCE – 40 DAYS OF PRAYER DAY 9 – 9/12/17 – CASEY MILLER AS HE FINALIZES APPOINTMENTS Heavenly Father, we thank You for bringing Casey Miller to this conference to provide the important service of scheduling all ACFW … Continue reading

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The Cost of Choice

By Angela Beach Silverthorne Someone asked me why I loved to write. So many words ran through my mind, but one stood out. CHOICE. I feel a need to write about the cost of choice, to show readers strategies that … Continue reading

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ACFW Conference Prayer – The Families at Home (Day 10)

2017 ACFW CONFERENCE – 40 DAYS OF PRAYER DAY 10 – 9/11/17 – THE FAMILIES WE LEAVE AT HOME Likewise the Spirit helps us in our weakness. For we do not know what to pray for as we ought, but … Continue reading

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Tips for Using the 5 Senses

by Ane Mulligan Sight, sound, smell, touch, and taste create experiential fiction, a story so in-the-moment, the reader hears, smells, and tastes what the characters do. To do that, we want to show the action. Here are some tips for you. … Continue reading

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ACFW Conference Prayer – For Those Who Mourn (Day 11)

2017 ACFW CONFERENCE – 40 DAYS OF PRAYER DAY 11 – 9/10/17 –  THAT WE MOURN WITH THOSE WHO MOURN Heavenly Father, as we prepare for our conference, open our hearts to those who are mourning this year, to those … Continue reading

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ACFW Conference Prayer – That We Rejoice (Day 12)

2017 ACFW CONFERENCE – 40 DAYS OF PRAYER DAY 12 – 9/9/17 – THAT WE REJOICE WITH THOSE WHO REJOICE Romans 12:15 – Rejoice with those who rejoice. (ESV). Father God, we lean on You to stir within us a … Continue reading

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Going Live (or on the Record) with Zoom

By Johnnie Alexander A few weeks ago, three friends and I—from four different states and three different time zones—got together on Zoom to brainstorm a story I’m working on. Thanks to Zoom’s gallery view format, we could see each other … Continue reading

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ACFW Conference Prayer – Hotel Staff (Day 13)

2017 ACFW CONFERENCE – 40 DAYS OF PRAYER DAY 13 – 9/8/17 – HOTEL STAFF Though I am free and belong to no man, I make myself a slave to everyone, to win as many as possible…I do all this … Continue reading

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When You Don’t Final—Handling Feedback from Contests

By Rachel Dylan When I first started writing I entered numerous writing contests for unpublished authors. I was excited to enter and see what others thought about these crazy stories that had developed inside my head. These contests were a … Continue reading

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