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Have You Failed Enough to Be a Success?

By Susan A.J. Lyttek 1 Corinthians 15:58 NLT:  So, my dear brothers and sisters, be strong and immovable. Always work enthusiastically for the Lord, for you know that nothing you do for the Lord is ever useless. If you look … Continue reading

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Permission Granted

By Melissa Bennett I’m going to say something that goes against the grain. Something that is deeply contrary to our Western culture. It might feel more than a little uncomfortable and some may even take offense. But I’m going to … Continue reading

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Mama’s Secret

By Renee Hodges Enough. I’ve said it to the server at our favorite Italian place as she grated a gracious amount of Parmesan cheese on my meal. I’ve growled it through gritted teeth at a child testing my patience. I’ve … Continue reading

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Cooking Up Story Ideas

by Ann H. Gabhart Where do you get your ideas? That’s a question most writers are asked at one time or another. Here’s an answer one writer, Sarah Zette, gave that might make you smile. My joking answer to this … Continue reading

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What If All We Had Was Dialogue?

By Cynthia Ruchti For three decades, I wrote scripts for a daily 15-minute radio broadcast. The first portion of the broadcast was a slice-of-life scene by two women walking through the kinds of things life can throw at any of … 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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I Mowed My Grass

By Julia Kay I mowed my grass. Big deal, right? Yet, we find posts similar to this on social media. Some folks share their health problems, minor details of life, or political views. It’s a rather large spectrum. What does … 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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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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Research Can Amaze You

By Janetta Fudge Messmer Years ago (2009) I had the privilege of working with multi-published author, Janice Hanna Thompson on a book idea. I was a newbie and the two of us brainstormed a story in my living room in … Continue reading

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Always Too Many Words

by Ann H. Gabhart Have you ever been asked to condense a novel you have written down into one sentence? Perhaps fifteen to twenty words? You are talking about a story that perhaps took you one hundred thousand plus words … Continue reading

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