Battling Discouragement

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By Allie Pleiter @alliepleiter As an author and book coach, I’ve battled—or guided another writer through—just about every creative hurdle. Today I’ll share a chapter from WRITER CRISIS HOTLINE, a writerly advice book I co-authored last year with my coaching partner Cathy Fyock. Let’s tackle one of the most common laments we hear from authors: discouragement. Writing a book can …

Musings About Writing and Printing Motivations

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By Dwight David Croy In the 1960’s, the way to get an “A” in the subject of English in High School was to be a good creative writer. The mechanics were secondary, the organization was secondary, punctuation and the spelling was also secondary. If you were fortunate enough to get a teacher that smoked weed, these things were not even …

ACFW New Releases: June 2024

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June 2024 New ReleasesMore in-depth descriptions of these books can be found on the ACFW Fiction Finder website Biblical: Petra: An Unbroken Legacy by Lisa L. Dorsey — Embark on a journey through time and faith. Witness as the survival of a family’s faith intertwines with pivotal moments in history to build a spiritual legacy anchored in God’s steadfast Love, …

Dog, dogs, and more dogs as the star or supporting characters in fiction

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by Cindy Ervin Huff @Cindyhuff11Huff As a writer, I’m an avid reader and find there are lots of interesting books written either from a dog’s POV or surrounding dogs. Some are lap dogs that share their opinion with the reader about their human or working dogs that save the day repeatedly. Some are super friendly while others are aggressive and …

Planting Season

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By Janet Morris Grimes It’s that time of year again. Time to get our hands dirty. Time to prune old branches and brush to make room for new growth. Time to attempt to add splashes of color or garden vegetables or frame our yard with budding trees. Time to dig a hole in the ground, cultivate seeds, and come up …

Do You Outline, or Do You Write into the Dark?

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By Glynn Young @ gyoung9751 A problem developed while I was writing my fifth novel. The problem had to do with what I conceived as a minor character – a four-year-old boy who would grow to adulthood during the story. But he wasn’t the main character; far from it, in fact. He was supposed to have a bit role. Unfortunately, …

Love on a Whim

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By Suzanne Woods Fisher @suzannewfisher My husband, Steve, isn’t just serious about making ice cream; he’s practically a scientist about it, especially when it comes to vanilla. He’ll pore over textbooks, drive hours to source the perfect vanilla beans, and doesn’t hesitate to spend a bit more on top-notch organic dairy from small farms. Whenever friends come over for dinner, …

Why Write a Biblical Novel?

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By Linda Dindzans @lindadindzans First… What is a biblical novel? The vast cast of biblical characters is both historic and religious. They are not fictional. Their lives, faith, and teachings are accurately recorded in scripture. A biblical novel is not scripture. The tale is generated in the “offstage space” of the settings and characters of the sixty-six books of the …