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Passed Over

by Terri Gillespie “For the vision is yet for an appointed time. It hastens to the end and will not fail. If it should be slow in coming, wait for it, for it will surely come—it will not delay.” Habakkuk … Continue reading

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Creating in the Quiet with God

By Tara Johnson “Quiet the mind and the soul will speak.” ~ Bhagavati We are living in wild times and these past few weeks have yanked busy schedules to a grinding halt. I’ve often heard people say how much they … Continue reading

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Let It Go!

By Darlene L. Turner Let perseverance finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything. James 1:4 (NIV)  Can’t you hear Elsa singing, “Let it go, let it go…”? Throughout my writing journey there were … Continue reading

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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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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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Context, Context, Context

By Kimberley Woodhouse  *disclaimer – this post may or may not include the word poop. You have been warned. If you’ve been to Bible College or Seminary, or even if you are just an avid studier of the Bible, you … Continue reading

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Five Things You Can Do After the Writing Storm

By Glynn Young The manuscript sits with the publisher. A fifth novel, it’s the last of a series. The story arc that began with listening to an airplane music program in 2002 is coming to an end some 18 years … 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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Editing Pet Peeves

By Deb Haggerty As an author and an editor, I read—a lot! And I find I get impatient with certain contrivances authors tend to overdo. I realize part of what we do as writers is our voice, but I also … Continue reading

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Perception, and Making It Real

By Lynn Hobbs Writing your story is just that; your story. If you are making a point using a situation as an example or attempting to show a lesson learned; readers will decide for themselves if it could be applied … 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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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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How to Win at Writers’ Conferences

By Deb Haggerty What is your goal when you go to a writers’ conference or convention? Is it to sell your latest book? Is it to learn more about your craft? Preparing yourself for the occasion is important. When teaching … Continue reading

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