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Monthly Archives: July 2019

Heading for Heaven

by Christine Sunderland In The Fire Trail (eLectio, 2016) I considered the border that runs between civilization and un-civilization, between the civilized world and the wilderness. Once Adam and Eve were expelled from the Garden of Eden, mankind has worked … Continue reading

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Vacations Can Stimulate Novel Writing

By Gail Gaymer Martin  Anything we experience that’s new to us is something we can keep an eye on and tuck into our mind and memories. As a novelist, I tend to view my surroundings with creativity and story possibilities. … Continue reading

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Get Closer to Your Story With the Power of “Why?”

by Carol Alwood Space exists between us and our stories. As much as we can imagine these fictional dreams, we can’t transcribe unfolding events. There’s a rift between what we imagine and what we write. This gap, depending on how … Continue reading

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Writing Dreams and Conference

Why are there so many posts about ACFW’s national conference? Because we love conference time. Because we believe in the dreams of our members. And we want to provide a place for face-to-face learning, meeting with editors and agents, and … Continue reading

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5 Ways an Author Website Can Help Grow Your Platform

By Elizabeth Ludwig I belong to several organizations for writers. In recent months, one topic of conversation crops up more than any other…author websites, and the questions being asked are almost always the same. Do I need an author website? … Continue reading

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What’s So Great About a Conference?

What’s So Great About a Conference? I’m doing quite well on my own, you say. And you may be completely right. But often writers believe they’re doing fine without the camaraderie, networking, instruction, and excitement of the conference because they … Continue reading

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ACFW Conference – More Benefits

Learning, worship time, appointments, fellowship are all part of ACFW’s national conference. And this year, we are looking forward to the Early Bird session at the ACFW Conference with best selling author Robert Dugoni! “The Advanced Fiction Writing is the … Continue reading

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ACFW’s National Conference – Benefits

If you’re still considering attending the ACFW Conference this year in San Antonio, TX add this to your consideration: As part of your registration cost, you have the opportunity to sign up for slots to meet with agents and editors! … Continue reading

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Can God Use Your Writing?

By Tammie Fickas Can God use you for His glory? Do you ever wonder about that? Writers are often their own worst critics, and the enemy loves to capitalize on that. He can get your thoughts all tied up in … Continue reading

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The Puzzle Method

By Kristi Holl Starting a new novel can be overwhelming. Our minds jump around as we fill dozens of colored sticky notes with snippets of ideas. Eventually we end up with hundreds of bits of information. Where do we start … Continue reading

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LISTENING: It’s Almost Like Being There (Giveaway)

By: The ACFW Leadership Team Writers write. And research. And ponder. And listen. We listen in on conversations so we can write authentic-sounding dialogue. We listen to podcasts about marketing and to interviews to incorporate historical accuracy in our stories. … Continue reading

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Show Up Empty

By Linda Thompson I spent an evening a couple weeks ago at a Bible study, discussing John Chapter 2 and the wedding at Cana. The story is a familiar one. Our Lord turned water into wine, and the master of … Continue reading

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Battling the Chickenhawks of Writing

by Laurel Blount Let’s talk about chickenhawks–and writing. My sister and her husband recently adopted a beautiful little girl, and our whole family fell in love. Hayleigh is spunky and and refreshingly honest–as three year olds tend to be. My … Continue reading

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ACFW New Releases: July 2019

July 2019 New Releases More in-depth descriptions of these books can be found on the ACFW Fiction Finder website. Contemporary Romance: Hometown Hope by Laurel Blount — In the three years since her mother’s death, widower Hoyt Bradley’s daughter, Jess, … Continue reading

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