Resurrecting Righteousness

ACFW Authors and writing, Encouragement, Faith, Friends of ACFW, writing Leave a Comment

By Christine Sunderland Angel Mountain is a resurrection story, so I was pleased the novel was released shortly after Easter last year by Wipf and Stock Publishers. One of my main characters is Abram Levin, a Jewish refugee who converts to Christianity in his later years. He spends his last days in a sandstone cave as a hermit, singing, praying, …

Pushing Through Growing Pains

ACFW Authors and writing, Encouragement, Friends of ACFW, tips, writing Leave a Comment

By Kariss Lynch I found out I was pregnant with our first child two months before my fourth book baby was set to launch into the world. Needing mental energy to finish editing Heart’s Cry and having no physical energy in the first trimester was quite a doozy. However, the more I pushed through and the further we have traveled in this …

Unmasking Righteousness

ACFW Authors and writing, Encouragement, Friends of ACFW, writing 1 Comment

By Christine Sunderland In my recently released novel, Angel Mountain (Wipf and Stock Publishers), the hermit Abram calls for repentance, crying from a precipice, preaching to a gathering in the meadow below. He does not mask his words or his face. He tells the truth as he has been told to do. As Anglicans, we observed Ash Wednesday last week, …

Finding Purpose, Promise, and Blessing in Writing

ACFW Authors and writing, Encouragement, Friends of ACFW, writing Leave a Comment

By KD Holmberg As a woman of a ‘certain age,’ I embarked on a writing journey I didn’t plan, know what to expect, or even have a destination in mind. Like the patriarch Abraham in Genesis, God spoke to me as a friend, and on May 12th, 2006, He gave me a purpose, a promise, and a blessing. I attended …

Discouragement Is a Choice

ACFW Authors and writing, Critiques, Encouragement, Friends of ACFW, writing Leave a Comment

By Henry McLaughlin One given in the writing world is we will get discouraged. An area where I’ve been discouraged is when a story doesn’t work. My fingers are like stones on the keyboard. What seemed like a great story idea flickers like a dying fire. The plot is what my Italian friends call a frittata. The characters are flat …

Formulaic vs Great Expectations

ACFW Authors and writing, Encouragement, Friends of ACFW, writing Leave a Comment

By Davalynn Spencer “I don’t want to write formulaic stories,” the workshop attendee said. “They’re predictable and boring.” I understood what the man was trying to say, but I didn’t agree which how he said it. And isn’t that what this writing gig is all about – how we say what we say? Readers who enjoy specific genres of commercial …

On Your Left

ACFW Authors and writing, Encouragement, Friends of ACFW, writing Leave a Comment

By Lynn H. Blackburn One of my family’s favorite things to do is to ride the Virginia Creeper Trail. Built on an old railroad bed, the Virginia Creeper Trail offers a unique biking experience. Seventeen miles. Downhill. Really. It’s an amazing ride. The scenery is stunning, and the trail is open to cyclists of all experience levels. As you head …