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Why Do Imperfect Characters and Story Worlds Resonate with Readers?

By Cynthia Herron You might think because I write Heartfelt, Homespun Fiction my story worlds are a delightful Sunday-Go-to-Meeting escape. Well, I can’t fib. That’s somewhat true…to a point. However— As a conscientious writer whose goal is to share a great story, I … Continue reading

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What is Your Character’s Happy Spot?

By DiAnn Mills Characters, like people, need a place to escape tension, stress, and conflict when life’s challenges threaten to steal their optimism. A writer uses a character’s happy spot to add a slice of real life to a three-dimensional … Continue reading

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A Spotlight on Forgiveness

by James R. Hannibal Last week in an AFCW blog, I wrote about pre-flighting your laser spotlight—putting thought and preparation into the message in your Christian fiction. This week, I’d like to delve deeper into this spotlight by offering some … Continue reading

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A Cast of Characters

By Shirley E. Gould As we strive to craft amazing manuscripts, our plots and genres are nothing without great characters. An interesting hero or heroine coupled with a riveting plot keeps us at our laptops creating word count. For our … 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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Tying It All Together: Wrapping Up a Series of Beloved Characters

By Kimberley Woodhouse As I was pondering what I’d like to write about in this blog, my email blinged several times. Inspiration hit immediately. Several new email had come in through my website from readers. Under the Midnight Sun just … Continue reading

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Christmases that Rock Your Characters’ World

By Susan A.J. Lyttek When I signed up to write this Christmas blog post, I had dozens of ideas on what I would write about. I knew, somehow, the star of my post would be my seasonal mystery Plundered Christmas. … Continue reading

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Character Description: Two Challenges

By Jean Kavich Bloom As a fiction editor, I find novelists can encounter a couple of challenges when it comes to character descriptions: (1) keeping track of them so they don’t accidently give their heroine, for instance, blue eyes in … Continue reading

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7 Critical Questions to Ask Your Character

By DiAnn Mills Writers are bombarded with how to prep for writing an unforgettable character. We want every story to be deeper than the previous one, and that means depth of character. Over the years of writing, I’ve gathered many … Continue reading

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Your Roots Are Showing

By Shirley Gould Working as a hairdresser for five years, I covered up a lot of roots. In those days when the bleached blonde hair grew out revealing their natural color, I’d apply bleach and toner to bring her back … Continue reading

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Don’t Be a Troublemaker

By Davalynn Spencer Did your mother ever tell you to stop being a troublemaker? How about your teachers? Friends. Well, if that task was hard to achieve in your childhood, and you’re a fiction writer today, now’s your chance to … Continue reading

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Three Boredom-Busting Tips

By Linda W. Yezak “The only rule I have found to have any validity in writing is not to bore yourself”—John Mortimer. If you follow Mortimer’s rule not to bore yourself, chances are good you won’t bore your reader either. … Continue reading

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Achievable Believable Character Transformation

By Donna L.H. Smith Romans 12:2 says, “Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable … Continue reading

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What Is the Message?

By Jean Kavich Bloom As an avid fiction reader and a fiction editor with more than thirty years in the Christian publishing world, I understand the power Christian fiction can have. Perhaps that’s one reason I’m concerned about a topic … Continue reading

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Ensemble Cast

by Christa Kinde In our books, the main character rarely operates alone. Depending on the needs of the story, we provide them with friends and neighbors, romantic interests and rivals, critics and supporters. The first book in my new YA … Continue reading

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