American Christian Fiction Writers

American Christian Fiction Writers

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  • Writing When There are so Many Books

    By Rondi Olson Most people are encouraging when I tell them I am a writer, and that my debut novel is about to be released. Often they congratulate me, and some have assured me they will look for my book … Continue reading →

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  • New Genre Delights

    By Ian Acheson Contest season is very much upon us and the majority of my fiction reading for the next six months will be consumed by judging entries in various competitions both local and abroad. One of the reasons I … Continue reading →

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  • Audiences and Communities

    By Glynn Young Do you write for an audience? I don’t. Most of my career in communications focused on writing for an audience. It might be people listening to a speech; it might be people reading a magazine article or … Continue reading →

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  • The Reluctant Blogger

    By JPC Allen Last summer as I prepared for my first ACFW conference, I couldn’t have been more depressed about my chances of finding an agent. I had registered for the conference with high hopes because I was a semi-finalist … Continue reading →

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  • Brave the Blizzard

    By Chandra Smith I write this post on March 14, and, here in south central Pennsylvania, we have a blizzard. One of my critique partners suggested this storm is my fault because last week I put the finishing touches on … Continue reading →

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  • Eureka! Finding Gold in Research

    By Michelle Shocklee Writing historical fiction is a lot like digging for gold. No matter the era and setting an author chooses, enormous mountains of historical data loom over us, daring us to find those interesting nuggets and minute details … Continue reading →

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  • Tackling the Small Stuff

    By Sarah Hamaker I’m a details person, which translated well into my chosen profession of writer and editor. I notice things like misplaced commas, wrong usage of apostrophes (don’t get me started on how years can’t be possessive!) and subject/verb … Continue reading →

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  • Spring Cleaning…erasing some old lessons!

    By Dana Mentink I’ve got a very weird job, I’ll admit it. Oh not the teaching gig (I teach third grade) though that can be strange at times too. Recently I went to school dressed as a green crayon, but … Continue reading →

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  • Passive Voice

    by Lynn Hobbs Years ago I began attending writing workshops. My first encounter with passive voice left me undecided. Did I care about passive voice? Was this merely someone’s preference in writing? What did it matter, anyway? Was this something … Continue reading →

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  • Stand Alone Novel or Series?

    By Ane Mulligan Are you writing a novel that’s part of a series or a stand-alone one? Let’s talk about series. Readers love series. While Jan Karon wrote eleven books in the Mitford series, the average stands at three or … Continue reading →

  • Persist . . . or Play?

    By Sarah Sundin Once again my life paralleled the lives of my characters. While writing my latest release, When Tides Turn, I’d promised to not become overwhelmed by work, but I had. Only one thing to do—power through. Or so … Continue reading →

  • He Sowed Seeds, I Sow Words: Lessons on Writing from my Grandfather

    By Tamara D. Fickas Grandpa spent much of his life working the land, coaxing forth new life that would nourish many. Farming was in his blood, so he toiled long hours in the fields. Over the years, I realized there … Continue reading →

  • The Writer Challenge

    By DiAnn Mills How far are you willing to extend yourself to write a novel? Are you aware of the sacrifices that partner with the rewards of becoming a published writer? Do you ever wonder if you’re all alone in … Continue reading →

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  • Why I Write

    By Preslaysa Williams “Do what you love and the money will come.” Mama My mother always said this to me growing up, and Mama was right. When the school teachers pushed me to be a lawyer or a doctor, I … Continue reading →

  • ACFW New Releases: March 2017

    March 2017 New Releases More in-depth descriptions of these books can be found on the ACFW Fiction Finder website. Contemporary Romance: Reunion at Crane Lake by Robin Bayne — Colt’s memory is returning after the accident that ended his career. … Continue reading →

  • REWRITING: How to Avoid Too Much Introspection in Your Manuscript

    By Beth K. Vogt Let’s be honest with each other and admit that we all can get introspective at times – stuck in our heads as we ponder either a real-life problem or one our imaginary character is facing in … Continue reading →

  • Making the Most of a Diversion

    By Elizabeth Ludwig I found myself stranded in Bentonville, Arkansas recently, when the plane I was on from Grand Rapids, Michigan to Dallas, Texas, was diverted mid-air, to a tiny regional airport in Northwest Arkansas. Not only was this a … Continue reading →

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  • Time and Place: Researching Your Historical Fiction

    By Liz Curtis Higgs When I asked my fiction readers to finish the sentence, “I love historical fiction because…”, my favorite response was this: “It’s like a history class and an adventure, all rolled into one.” Yes! I’ll leave spinning … Continue reading →

  • God is in Control

    By Deb Haggerty How many times do we rush blindly into our days, perhaps breathing a brief “God guide me” on our way out of the bedroom to get coffee and dive into our plans? I was reminded recently that … Continue reading →

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  • New Year’s Goals and the Reminder That Good Bridges Make Good Connections

    By Catherine Stuart As we hit the reset button with the New Year my notebook filled up with goals. Goals that were very different from each other, and I realized prioritizing was the key to success. This year for me … Continue reading →

  • Three Ways to Keep Your Writing on Track

    By Lisa Jordan Recently I bought a new train set for my childcare program. One of my Little Darlings waited patiently while I assembled it, then proceeded to move the three-car train along the tracks. If he pushed too hard … Continue reading →

  • Making Conversation

    By Linda W. Yezak Ever since our vocabulary extended beyond “Mama” and “Dada,” most of us have been engaged in verbal communication, although true communication is rarely limited to voice alone. Human dialogue, human interaction, is a complex series of … Continue reading →

  • Writing What You Don’t Know

    By Deborah Raney My novels Beneath a Southern Sky and its sequel, After the Rains, are set in the Amazon rain forests of Colombia, South American. Beneath a Southern Sky was a RITA Award winner and went on to win … Continue reading →

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  • “Isn’t that an oxymoron?”

    By Davalynn Spencer “No, you moron. It isn’t.” I’d like to say the above response to the title question is from a salty character in one of my novels. It’s not. It’s from a pile of words in the back … Continue reading →

  • Write Your Own Book

    By Lorraine Beatty If you’ve been writing for a while, you’ve probably collected dozens of books on writing, and stacks of notes, handouts and pamphlets with even more advice and instruction. Each book holds valuable insights on improving your craft. … Continue reading →

  • Writing with Children – For Moms and Dads

    By Preslaysa Williams I once told another mom about my writing “hobby,” and she advised I put the writing on hold until my children were out of the house for good. I refused to put my dreams on hold, but … Continue reading →

  • Making A Statement

    By Cynthia Ruchti Let’s start a protest. A noisy, raucous protest with banners and signs and eardrum- piercing loud speakers blasting the clever quips of our cause: • Make books, not war! • An author’s child goes hungry tonight. Fair … Continue reading →

  • Lingering in His Presence

    By Ian Acheson Word for the year? Huh? Explain that to me. That was me a few years ago. Here I was in my late forties and I’d never heard of the thing. Why limit your year to a single … Continue reading →

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  • God’s Plan for You

    By Patricia Bradley “For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” Jeremiah 29:11 God has a plan for each … Continue reading →

  • ACFW New Releases: February 2017

    February 2017 New Releases More in-depth descriptions of these books can be found on the ACFW Fiction Finder website. Biblical: Redeeming Grace by Jill Eileen Smith — When famine visits Bethlehem, Boaz holds out hope for rain while his relative … Continue reading →

  • Who Needs You Today?

    By Molly Jebber In “Two Suitors for Anna,” I show an Amish woman, Anna, who loves God and has a good life, until her world turns upside down when the love of her life, Noah, leaves their community instead of … Continue reading →

  • Don’t Quit Your Day Job: 3 Things to Help you Navigate Working and Writing

    By Tamara D. Fickas Writing is such a glamorous life. Writers get to sleep in, play all day, write amazing pieces, and bring in the big bucks. Or not. If you, like me, are one of the those writers who … Continue reading →

  • Is Today Really Necessary?

    By Mary Manners My dad’s birthday is today. He would be turning eighty. It’s amazing, looking back over the memories, how quickly the time has passed since he first encouraged me to pursue my love of writing. Dad has always … Continue reading →

  • What Is Given Him From Heaven

    by Elizabeth Musser Recently, the Lord whispered encouragement (and conviction) to me through a verse from the third chapter of the Gospel of John. We all know that chapter and that verse. But actually it’s not the one to which … Continue reading →

  • What to Do with a Negative Review

    By Liz Curtis Higgs I’ve never been voted off the island, named the weakest link, or told what not to wear, but as a novelist I’ve weathered my share of criticism—constructive, destructive, and otherwise. A sharply-worded email from a disgruntled … Continue reading →

  • First Chapters Syndrome

    By Rondi Bauer Olson Last year my nebulous-but-fantastic-sounding goal was to “write every day.” I did a pretty good job. Five or six days a week I opened my laptop and typed a few hundred to a few thousand words. … Continue reading →

  • Combating the Doldrums

    By Linda Brooks Davis Ever find your enthusiasm for a writing project flagging? I have. Have you figured out what to do about it? I pull out this photo of Ella, my granddaughter. And remember. My daughter called me in … Continue reading →

  • Sending your Submission to an Agent

    by Tamela Hancock Murray Submitting your work to an agent can be scary, but it doesn’t have to be. A few simple steps will help you gain confidence, regardless of your method. Unsolicited submission This is when you are querying … Continue reading →

  • Take the Stage

    By Shirley E. Gould I’ve heard it said that “Life is what happens when you have other plans.” I totally agree. Interruptions and distractions plague the writer’s life. When you mix in events such as weddings, birthdays and anniversaries and … Continue reading →

  • A Matter of Emphasis

    by Christa Kinde When I joined the ACFW, I figured I’d encounter people with similar gifts, interests, and goals. Hey, it’s all there in the name–American Christian Fiction Writers. But the more I thought about it, the more I began … Continue reading →

  • SMART Goals for Writers

    By Preslaysa Williams I always get excited about a new year. I have a chance to start fresh and do something new. I’ve set goals, met goals, and left others unmet. Every new year, my goal setting skills have improved. … Continue reading →

  • Encouraging One Another

    by Kathy Harris I thank my God every time I remember you. In all my prayers for all of you, I always pray with joy because of your partnership in the gospel from the first day until now, being confident … Continue reading →

  • How Brainstorming and Eating Pizza with Friends can Lead to a Book!

    By Rose Allen McCauley Did you know the Twelve Days of Christmas start on December 25 and end on January 6th on Epiphany–the day the wise men first saw the Christ Child? To most people it means figuring out something, … Continue reading →

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  • Lessons Learned from Walks on the Beach

    by Mary Ellis Do you remember the age-old story about the starfish? As told to me as a child, a young girl was walking along the beach with her grandfather when they happened upon thousands of starfish left behind with … Continue reading →

  • Let Go and Let God Write

    By Lenora Livingston In my seventy-six years of living, never once in my wildest dreams did I ever envision myself writing a novel. No, not me, no way! In my school days, I always cringed at the very thought of … Continue reading →

  • Real People

    By Georgia Florey-Evans As you might guess from the title, we are looking at characters. Unless I stick with the “Real People” and host a gossip session like none other. When I started writing only three years ago, I was … Continue reading →

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  • The Season Between

    By Chandra Lynn Smith Early morning is quiet these days. The summer songbirds have already moved out. The gaggle of Canada Goose that spent the summer raising young and lazing on my pond have left. The robins, whose arrival indicates … Continue reading →

  • Show Vs Tell Gone Wild

    By Ane Mulligan To draw your readers into your story, you want to create an experience for them. But that experience is filtered through your POV character. You know that already? Good. But are you layering the senses into your … Continue reading →

  • National Forgiveness Day

    By Elizabeth Ludwig The theme in many of my books has been forgiveness–both giving and receiving. It seems fitting then, that that I talk about National Forgiveness Day. This year, it falls on October 29. Who knew? I certainly didn’t. … Continue reading →

  • The Joy of the Lord is My Strength

    By Barbara J. Scott Joy? “What’s joy got to do with writing?” the Grinch would say. Aren’t writers supposed to pour their blood, sweat, and tears onto the page? Aren’t we supposed to suffer for our craft? I remember the … Continue reading →

  • A Different Kind of Contract

    By Nancy Ellen Hird When I first began to write for publication, I heard a Christian business man talk about how he made an employment contract with God. He said it made a huge difference in his attitude toward work … Continue reading →

American Christian Fiction Writers

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  • Sacred September Seasons

    By Christine Sunderland Christian writers are keenly aware of time’s seasons, and today, a few days after September 11, 2016, we remember to remember the New York City attacks, fifteen years ago. In many ways, my most recent release, The … Continue reading →

  • What Not to Wear Writer-Style

    By Melissa Tagg A few years ago, I got stuck in a dress. I mean reeeally stuck. Arms over my head, uncooperative fabric playing boa constrictor with my torso while my sister laughed at me inside the department store dressing … Continue reading →

  • Getting Naked on the Page

    By Lenora Livingston In my lifetime, I have spent a lot of time, money, and effort trying to improve my writing skills. I have taken long courses and short courses, attended writing seminars, and joined writing groups. But the best … Continue reading →

  • Procrastination Explanation

    By Patti Shene Gonzales I’m a procrastinator. The one thing in my life I procrastinate most? My writing. When I was pursuing my Bachelor of Science degree in nursing at what was then University of Southern Colorado in Pueblo, we … Continue reading →

  • Meet Deadlines with Simple Math

    by Tamela Hancock Murray During your publishing journey you may have the delightful problem of too many deadlines. You may have to ask yourself if you can accept another contract because you’re so busy. I’ve advised many clients about this … Continue reading →

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