Planting Season
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by ACFW
2w ago
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 with the best plan of action for those seeds to blossom. An extensive amount of preparation and research has already been invested long before planting season arrived. Soil is tested and tilled into rows. Holes created and measured to allow room for roots to spread. Seeds are carefully pl ..read more
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Do You Outline, or Do You Write into the Dark?
American Christian Fiction Writers | The Voice of Christian Fiction
by ACFW
2w ago
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, he had a different idea. I kept floundering with the manuscript because this kid kept sticking his head in. It was as if he was demanding a bigger part of the story. I was hitting dead end after dead end, and my writing was going nowhere. I did the only thing I knew to do. I ..read more
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Love on a Whim
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by ACFW
2w ago
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, they unknowingly sign up to be part of his latest experiment, complete with blind taste tests and feedback sheets, all under Steve’s watchful eye. Steve’s zeal even took him to Penn State’s Ice Cream School—yep, that’s a ..read more
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Why Write a Biblical Novel?
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by ACFW
3w ago
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 Bible. The author may utilize both fact and fiction to create a work that offers Truth, redemption, and restoration. There are a Trinity of reasons to write a biblical Novel… THE FATHER Because it is God’s will for you. You hav ..read more
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ACFW New Releases: May 2024
American Christian Fiction Writers | The Voice of Christian Fiction
by ACFW
3w ago
May 2024 New ReleasesMore in-depth descriptions of these books can be found on the ACFW Fiction Finder website Contemporary Romance: A Cameo for a Cowgirl by Carolyn Miller — Welcome to Three Creek Ranch, home of the James family for over a hundred years, complete with its own Western movie set. Franklin James might be a famous pro hockey player, but just because he’s Cassie’s older brother doesn’t mean she wants to step into the limelight. She’s too busy helping her dad run the ranch and managing the ranch’s movie set, and negotiating with the giant egos of movie stars like Harrison Woods, w ..read more
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Downsizing Has an Upside
American Christian Fiction Writers | The Voice of Christian Fiction
by ACFW
3w ago
by Melody Morrison I wanted to write, but we were supposed to be down-sizing. Yuck. I faced a wall unit of books, games and toys. Over 750 youth and children’s books called my name. Stopping to read “a little”, I didn’t accomplish much. Today two thirds of the books are still on the shelves and five piles designated for various possible locations remain in the room. Then there are the 2500 additional books arranged on other shelves throughout the house. Daunting. Eight grandchildren range from college ages to seven. They are wonderful readers, but Laptops, iPads, Tablets and Kindles have taken ..read more
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Take Aim: Finding Your Target Audience
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by ACFW
3w ago
by John Matthew Walker  @jdubmd If you’ve ever been to a writers conference or critique group, you’ve heard the phrase “target audience.” But what does it really mean? Who is your target audience? And why is it so important? Imagine yourself taking up a new hobby. It sounded crazy. You didn’t really want to do it, but you reconnected with that one daredevil friend from high school, and she’s invited you to her archery club. You’ve done the work, bought all the right gear, and watched a lot of videos on archery. Now it’s time to go to the range. Does the instructor or your friend ask, “Wha ..read more
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My Reading Journey
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by ACFW
3w ago
By Dwight David Croy At my late stage in life, God gives permission to go on a writing mission. It is an extension of the great commission. The professional writing mission is new to me, but a welcome outlet for ministry. Books will not rival the living breathing Word of God, but they have a role to play in each time period in history. If a writer is extremely fortunate and talented, a writer may create something that spans a couple of centuries like “Pilgrims Progress”/ “In His Steps.” Churches, people, cultures, and books have a part to play in the discipleship of believers. Often, we measur ..read more
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Beating the Rain
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by ACFW
1M ago
By Chandra Lynn Smith I’m sitting at my desk this morning pretty much feeling like the weather. Pennsylvania is known for its fickleness about changing seasons. We can go from winter to spring to summer to mud all in the same day. And yes, around here we truly do feel like we have a fifth season called mud. This morning when I look out the window over my left shoulder, the clouds have broken and brilliant sunshine casts rays of light through the trees. Yet, as I look out the window in front of me the rain is pouring down. Raining while the sun is shining. I grew up in North Carolina and Georgi ..read more
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Trusting God When an Unexpected Crisis Interrupts Your Life
American Christian Fiction Writers | The Voice of Christian Fiction
by ACFW
1M ago
by Donna Wichelman @DonnaWichelman Have you ever faced an unforeseen event and had to find the courage to trust God even in those difficult circumstances? Most of us have probably endured such a time. Sometimes, it comes out of the blue just when everything seems to go your way, and you’re riding high on the happiness train. We writers are not immune even when the deadline for our manuscripts is looming. On January 5, 2024, I had a reverse shoulder replacement surgery. All was going exceptionally well in my post-surgery period until I had complications due to a stress fracture. Photo 610 ..read more
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