ACFW Volunteer Spotlight

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When Robin Patchen was new to ACFW, she jumped right in as Chapter Secretary for the OCFW chapter when they needed her! Robin keeps up with their membership reports, as well as moderating for some of the online courses. She has also volunteered her time with the OCFW chapter quarterly newsletter. She is an awesome volunteer who helps out at …

The Blessing of Using Beta Readers

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by Keisha Gilchrist-Broomes You don’t know what you don’t know. Motivational speaker Les Brown teaches that truth-filled statement in several of his spirited talks. I had never considered what it might mean for my own work until I crept closer to writing “The End” on the fourth draft of my novel. By the time I reached the end of my …

Deadlines: The Good, the Bad, and the Divine

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By Kathy Harris What better time to talk about deadlines than during the holidays? In contemporary society our lives are fret with hurry most every day. But this time of year compounds those commitments, from holiday parties to shopping for gifts to end-of-the-year work and/or school obligations-not to mention the added expectations and desires to spend time with our families. …

Transition

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Transition for a full-time freelancer – I didn’t know I was ready – Are you? When my wife accepted a job transfer to Colorado, it was our opportunity to realize a lifelong dream. We have wanted to move to this area of the country for many years. However, she had a job in order to make the transition but I …

ACFW Volunteer Spotlight

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Stacy Monson is the Area Coordinator for Minnesota. She has spearheaded the formation of new chapters in their area. She has worked long hours to get things done. Stacy has also served as president of her local chapter. ACFW wouldn’t be the organization it is without members willing to work at the local level as well as the national one. …

Seeking Serenity in a Writer’s Life

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by Mary Ellis #1: Schedule your time carefully. Make a weekly calendar so you don’t miss a doctor’s appointment, dance recital, or the neighborhood cookout. Keep certain times “off limits”. Don’t sign up for meetings, exercise classes, or volunteer work if it interferes with the family dinner hour, Sunday morning church services, or other events you hold sacred. Make sure …