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Monthly Archives: September 2018

Waiting, Writing, and Why You Must Not Quit

By Cynthia Herron Most writers will tell you the in-between seasons are the hardest. Because I’ve promised to tell you the truth, I won’t sugarcoat it. They are. Waiting (especially a prolonged season of waiting) is like a knife to the weary writer’s … Continue reading

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Of Brides and Books

By Laurel Blount My daughter is getting married in October, so our family’s immersed in a chaotic whirl of wedding planning. Coincidentally, while I’m launching my oldest child into her “happily-ever-after,” I’m also celebrating the launch of an entirely different … Continue reading

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For Those of Us At Home

By Chandra Lynn Smith I sit at my desk on Tuesday morning, two days before the ACFW Conference begins. Many of you may be traveling today. This is the first year since 2012 I have missed the conference.  It’s funny, … Continue reading

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ACFW Conference Prayer: God’s Will Be Done (Day 1)

2018 ACFW Conference 40 Days of Prayer Day 1 – Topic: That God’s will be accomplished at the conference Psalm 115:1–Not to us, O Lord, not to us, but to your name give glory. As the conference approaches, LORD, we … Continue reading

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ACFW Conference Prayer: Safe Travel (Day 2)

2018 ACFW Conference 40 Days of Prayer DAY 2 – Topic: Safe Travel with Good Weather Luke 8:24b–And He got up and rebuked the wind and the surging waves, and they stopped, and it became calm. Father God, we come … Continue reading

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Getting The Most From A Writers Conference

By Rachel Hauck I confess it took me awhile to get the hang of writers conferences. Why? Because I attended with the hope of networking with the best of the best or pitching a knock-their-socks-off story idea. My focus was … Continue reading

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ACFW Conference Prayer: Early Bird and Post Conference Sessions

2018 ACFW Conference 40 Days of Prayer Day 3 – Topic: Early Bird and Post-Conference Sessions Proverbs 2:2–Make your ear attentive to wisdom, incline your heart to understanding. Dear God: Thank You for making the Early Bird and Post-Conference sessions … Continue reading

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Got Conference Nerves? You’re Not Alone!

By Grace Hitchcock Three years ago, I attended my first writers conference and I cannot tell you how nervous I felt! Doubts flew through my head: I’m a poser. These men and women have so much more experience than me and … Continue reading

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ACFW Conference Prayer: Wisdom for Executive Board

2018 ACFW Conference 40 Days of Prayer Day 4 – Topic: Wisdom in decision making for the Executive Board as they meet Romans 15:5–Now may the God who gives perseverance and encouragement grant you to be of the same mind … Continue reading

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The Blank Page

By Henry McLaughlin Get it down. Take chances. It may be bad, but it’s the only way you can do anything really good.  –William Faulkner How many of us hesitate to start writing? Even authors who have been at it … Continue reading

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

Day 6 – Topic: For Worship Pleasing to God  2 Corinthians 5:9 – Therefore we also have as our ambition, whether at home or absent, to be pleasing to Him. Lord, as we meet each day for a time of … Continue reading

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Mixing Truth in Fiction

By Jodie Wolfe As a reader and writer of historical romance, I’m one of those people who read the author notes at the end of the book to discover which part of the story is based on various historical happenings … Continue reading

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ACFW Conference Prayer: Health for all Attendees (Day 7)

2018 ACFW Conference 40 Days of Prayer Day 7 – Topic: Health for all attending the conference Psalm 139:14a–I will give thanks to You, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made. Father God, we give thanks to You today for … Continue reading

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Confessions of a Research Fanatic

By Kathleen Denly Most campers pray for clear skies and pleasant weather. The summer before my senior year of high school, however, I was fervently praying for a rainstorm. Not just any rainstorm. I wanted a gully-washing downpour that would … Continue reading

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

2018 ACFW Conference 40 Days of Prayer Day 8 – Topic: For a Smooth Registration Romans 8:28–And we know that God causes all things to work together for good to those who love God, to those who are called according … Continue reading

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