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Write What You Know

By Lynn Hobbs Have you ever read a book that kept your attention? Was it informative? I have been fortunate enough to read many and I can assure you, they will remain in my library to be shared and reread … Continue reading

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To Enter or Not to Enter: The Author Life and Awards

by Kimberley Woodhouse Writers ask me all the time about the benefit of entering book award contests. This is a tough one to talk about, because a lot of the contests require the author to enter their own work. And … Continue reading

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Put Out to Pasture—Or Not?

By Kristi Holl I just returned from a research trip in the Yorkshire Dales in northern England, the setting of my historical work-in-progress. It was my second time to stay in this small village, whose buildings date back to the … Continue reading

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Nine Things You Learn when You Write (That You May Not Learn if You Don’t)

by Kathy Harris If we study the craft of fiction, we can learn a lot of important things, from how to write proper point-of-view to how to format a manuscript. And, while each of these skills is vital to becoming … Continue reading

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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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Managing the Post-Conference Checklist

By Kariss Lynch Right about now, many of you are chugging coffee, staying up late, and stressing out over your post-conference checklist. Many of you may have met new writing partners or received requests from agents and editors. And some … Continue reading

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All Things through Christ—Even Write

By Suzanne Bratcher Most of the writers I know personally are, like me, newly published. Almost all of us write in spite of daunting life challenges. One friend home schools her four small children. Another one works forty hours a … Continue reading

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What Influenced You to Become a Writer?

By Patricia Bradley Most of us are writers here on the ACFW blog, but first we were readers, at least I was. I’ve read several blog posts lately that talked about what our favorite books as children were, and when … Continue reading

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The Amish and Foster Care  

By Suzanne Woods Fisher As I was researching the foster care system for a book called Stitches in Time, I came across all kinds of troubling statistics. Some you’d expect: In recent years, a surge of children in the foster … Continue reading

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Insert With Caution

By Lynn Hobbs A quote from Herbert Hoover: “The whole of the inspirations of our civilization springs from the teachings of Christ and the lessons of the prophets. To read the Bible for these fundamentals is a necessity of American … Continue reading

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Conference Overload?

by Shannon Moore Redmon The conference is almost over. Only one more day left. We’ve packed information into every cranny of our mind and our hearts love the new friendships forged, but a bit of anxiety starts to fester. How … Continue reading

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Called to Write

By Kathryn Haueisen I can still clearly remember one particular day when I was a teenager reading in a wingback chair. What I remember most clearly is that day I realized I want to be a writer. That idea planted … Continue reading

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Honest Humor

By Preston Shires I don’t think of myself as a particularly funny guy, and I believe if you asked any one of my students, my opinion would be confirmed, especially after finals. However, I do like to write a story … Continue reading

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Building Back the Walls

By Elizabeth Musser Lord, reading Nehemiah 3 this morning has brought me to tears. It’s basically just a list of names of people that I don’t recognize. There are not many who are superstars in the Word of God. Just … Continue reading

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Fool Proof Pitches

By Deborah Clack For those of you who are trekking across the country to San Antonio, Texas for the annual ACFW conference, let me dispel your fears. No cowboy boots required. But you might be thinking that ACFW is big! … Continue reading

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