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Changing Perspectives

By Kathleen Denly In 2017, my husband and I adopted a beautiful, miraculous little girl from China that—despite her young age—taught me a lot about perspective. According to her paperwork, she should have had spastic dyplegic cerebral palsy in addition … Continue reading

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Books that Empower Writers to Excel

By Frank DiBianca I have a recurring nightmare in which I walk onto the stage of a packed symphony hall. I hold a violin and bow in my hands. The conductor turns to me and smiles. Suddenly, I realize I … Continue reading

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Ensuring Your Deadline Doesn’t Kill You

By DiAnn Mills Writers value deadlines. Well, maybe not. But the looming dates do help to keep us focused, on task, and writing, our favorite activity on the planet. Sometimes though we think those deadlines are out to kill us. … Continue reading

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Distractions or Disruptions

by Loretta Eidson Are you struggling with relentless distractions? If you’re like me, your calendar fills with deadlines, projects, and commitments. Finding the time to complete each task weighs on our minds. At times, we have so much going on … Continue reading

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Passion to Persevere

By Davalynn Spencer My writing desk sits in the middle of a tiny spare bedroom facing a window. The wall space next to the window is covered with framed prints of my book covers, a few awards, and two decorative, … Continue reading

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A Writer’s Success—A Project Always Under Construction

By Donna Wichelman During these days of quarantine, a writer friend has sent quotes of the day to our writers’ group. I’ve enjoyed the many words of encouragement, but one struck me as particularly profound: “Success is a project that’s … Continue reading

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Writers, Lead the Way!

By Sarah Sundin This week marks the 76th anniversary of the D-day landings in Normandy on June 6, 1944. While studying the US Army Rangers on D-day for my latest novel, The Land Beneath Us, I was struck by aspects … Continue reading

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Writing in the Midst of Chaos, Pandemics, and Life

by Kimberley Woodhouse The past few months have been weird. There, I said it. Of course, I don’t think any of us will soon forget COVID-19, coronavirus, stay-at-home orders, masks, church services all moving to online, or any of the … Continue reading

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Writing Quotes

by Henry McLaughlin Many of us have writing quotes to inspire or nag us. Or to nudge us to keep writing. A few of my favorites include: “If my family didn’t want me to write about them, they should’ve behaved … Continue reading

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Creativity—Keeping it Pure

by Terri Gillespie “In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.” Genesis 1:1, TLV Creativity. Taking nothing and making something. Albert Einstein said, “Creativity is intelligence having fun.” I love that. The Creator of the Universe—our Heavenly Father—sure … Continue reading

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When Your Setting Takes on Character

By Norma Gail Setting that takes on character brings our stories to life in the minds of our readers. When the author knows the setting well, small details can enhance what our characters experience. In a recent review by Connie … Continue reading

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The Big Squeeze

By Linda Brooks Davis Ever tried the Big Squeeze object lesson? Present four identical sponges that have been soaked in four different liquids, each clear and visually indistinguishable from the others. Ask participants if they can identify the liquids without … Continue reading

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Making It Real

by Kathy Harris In a plot twist few had fathomed––although Dean Koontz predicted something eerily similar in his 1981 novel The Eyes of Darkness—a tiny organism too small to see without a microscope has turned our lives, and our livelihoods, … Continue reading

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How Can YOU Reach a Broader Audience?

By Mesu Andrews When I was choosing dates to write for the ACFW blog, I noticed that today, May 21st, is Ascension Day. Now, I’m a theological mutt. Mom’s charismatic. Dad was Quaker. My grandparents were Pilgrim Holiness ordained ministers—both … Continue reading

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5 Business Tools to Aid our Writing

By Kass Fogle By day, I don my Human Resources cap and march into the office ready to drive results through project work, endless meetings, and to-do lists. But like anyone’s plan for the day, mine turns on a dime … Continue reading

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