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Let’s Go Back! Flashbacks and Making Them Work

By Cindy Patterson As writers, it’s our job to transport our readers into our stories so deeply, they feel as though they’re no longer reading. This is no easy task. We spend so much time working out our plots, scenes, … Continue reading

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Discerning

By Christine Sunderland I have been in a process of discernment, seeking God’s will. Discernment requires discipline, and as we enter the Lenten season, we discipline ourselves to know the will of God in our lives. Discernment for a novelist … Continue reading

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Change Your Motive, Change the World …and the industry

by J.A. Marx If you’ve been around ACFW for any length of time, you’ve heard the one question every agent and editor asks: “Who’s your audience?” The tighter we narrow down the audience for our story, the happier we make … Continue reading

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Novel Preparation 101

By DiAnn Mills We writers have habits, some quirky, that help us get started on new writing projects. Today I’d like to share with you how I organize my thoughts and preparations before writing chapter one, line one of a … Continue reading

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Your Character’s Voice

by Sarah Sundin (@sarahsundin) I’m a California girl. I’m ashamed to admit I use the word like as filler on a regular basis. My young-adult children use vocabulary not even known in the rest of the country. If I were … Continue reading

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Do the Angels Cheer for Underdogs?

by Kathy Harris Please allow me to interrupt the post I’d originally planned for today to journey into the land of “what if.” After all, we’re an organization of “what if” writers, and it’s imagination that inspires our stories. I … Continue reading

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What Do Some Experienced Writers Have in Common with Mother Guppies?

By Mary Lou Cheatham Our first aquarium held only five gallons, but we loved it. At the pet shop we bought some guppies. The clerk said, “Better buy one of these.” “What is it?” “It’s a trap to keep the … Continue reading

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Speaking to Book Clubs, Is It Worth Your Time?

By Nora St. Laurent Having run two book clubs, inside of a book store, and one that met on-line, I have witnessed the excitement felt by readers, firsthand when they can either meet with an author, or speak with them … Continue reading

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What Hindered You?

By Shirley E. Gould As 2017 winds down and we approach 2018, we make resolutions, set goal and decide to make changes in our lives. But, many times those adjustments are short lived and we repeat our actions of the … Continue reading

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In Prison Last Week

by Donna K. Rice The clanking sounds of the doors rolling closed behind actors entering a prison in the movies are accurate. Last week, I experienced hearing that noise behind me for the first time. It made me think about … Continue reading

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The Unwrapped Gift

by Kathy Harris It was a package much like the others, but it had somehow gotten lost among the branches of the tree. Perhaps a bit smaller, and more plainly wrapped, for a while it remained hidden behind the more … Continue reading

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The Gift of Waiting

By Suzanne Bratcher December 20, five days until Christmas. The waiting is almost over! Then come the gifts. Right? Waiting isn’t a gift: waiting is the time before the Big Event. For most writers, the Big Event is publication of … Continue reading

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Savor the Season

By Shirley E. Gould We, authors, polish our prose as our word counts rise in order to share our stories with the masses. It’s tedious work we’ve dared to under-take. I’ve been working on a contemporary romantic suspense series for … Continue reading

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Writing Christmas Fiction

by Susan A.J. Lyttek It’s one thing to reminisce about Christmases gone by and to tell our own tales. But how do we go about creating traditions for a fictional character and make it seem both compelling and realistic? First … Continue reading

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5 Tips for Weary Writers in the Christmas Season

by DiAnn Mills No other time of the year can be more difficult to write than at Christmas. We writers are simply distracted with all the fun and excitement this time of the year brings. The season involves creativity, and … Continue reading

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