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Category Archives: Encouragement

What to do with the new?

By Julie Kay Everyone has been the “new kid.” At school or work. In church. New kid at ACFW. It’s exciting, right? Maybe for some. For me, being the new kid morphs into a triplex of thrills, spills, and anxiety … Continue reading

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Are You a Lion? Or a Scaredy-Cat?

By JPC Allen I’ve never been very good at finding role models, except in fiction. A few years ago, I became interested in finding a role model in the Bible. Although Jesus is the perfect role model for believers, I … Continue reading

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Four Ways to Heed Correction

By Terri Gillespie One who heeds discipline is on the path of life, but whoever ignores correction goes astray. Proverbs 10:17, TLV The deadline for the Genesis Contest looms. Pre-published writers are busy checking and double-checking their submissions to be … Continue reading

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Alert to Life

By Deb Haggerty As authors and speakers, we must always be alert to life. That is, we should always be paying attention to what goes on around us. You never know when an accidentally overheard conversation will give you your … Continue reading

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Writing Tips from Paul and Joshua

By Lana Christian From conception to conclusion, every step of writing takes us out of our comfort zone. As faith-based writers, we also strive for excellence that pleases God. Collectively, that takes strength and courage. Scriptures for both abound. While … Continue reading

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A New Author’s Path to Publication

by Frank DiBianca Today, I am interviewing an author who is very well-known (at least to me): my wife, Kay DiBianca. Kay’s debut novel, The Watch on the Fencepost, is a cozy mystery/romance published by Crosslink Christian Publishers and released … Continue reading

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Bad Reviews Aren’t Fatal

By Suzanne Woods Fisher A few weeks before my first novel was due to release, I received an advance review from Publisher’s Weekly. That moment is seared in my mind: I remember the time of day it was when I … Continue reading

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Are you Courageous?

By Molly Jebber Are you courageous? Are you struggling to find the courage to do something Jesus Christ is asking you to do? I can empathize. Courage is hard sometimes. I was a Director for Pharmaceutical Research, and I needed … Continue reading

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Write Where You Are

By Kathryn Haueisen “I lift up my eyes to the hills—from where will my help come? My help comes from the Lord, who made heaven and earth.” Psalm 121:1-2  I live in one of the flatter regions of the country, … Continue reading

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“Check Your Battery!”

by Kristi Holl Remember the scene from Sister Act when Whoopi Goldberg is training her nuns to sing on key? The oldest (nearly deaf) nun is joyfully pounding away on the piano, oblivious to how far she is out of … Continue reading

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Writing Over Speaking

By Cindy Patterson This summer I took the trip of a lifetime … a mission’s trip to Israel.  Before the trip, our team of twenty met on several occasions to prepare and discuss what to expect. At our last meeting, … Continue reading

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I Have a Voice!

by Kathy Harris If you’re going to get heard, you can’t just raise your voice. You’ve got to set yourself apart, showing you have something special to say, and that you have a unique way of saying it. — Jeff … Continue reading

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A New Year’s Prayer

By Elizabeth Musser Dear Lord, As 2020 opens like a blank manuscript before me, please hear my heart. May the words I write this year be well-chosen and crafted to the best of my ability. Oh, I know the first … Continue reading

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What We Experience Affects What We Write

By Kimberley Woodhouse Write what you know. We’ve all heard it. But is that always the best advice? It worked for the character Anne in her vignettes of Avonlea, and it worked for Jo of Little Women, right? But what … Continue reading

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Those Important First Pages

by Jamie Chavez Sometimes you set out to do a thing for one reason only to find it was so much more than you ever imagined. More than you could have actually planned. In this case, I learned just how … Continue reading

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