What Stories Matter?

Cynthia Herron Snippets of Life, Writing 2 Comments

Over the years, I’ve blogged often about story. As you would expect, stories are near and dear to my heart. I love to read them, write them, and listen to others tell them. It’s my firm belief that everyone has a story. Not everyone is a writer, but all of us have life experiences to draw from. We may journal, …

Sharing Great News

Cynthia Herron Writing 2 Comments

A few months ago, I shared that I was a 2016 ACFW Genesis (Double) Semi-Finalist. Today I’d like to share more great news. I received word that I finaled in both categories I entered! I now move into the finalist stage of ACFW’s Genesis Contest. I’m humbled and ohh so blessed to have advanced in this prestigious contest. To have …


Oh, Happy Day! You’re a Writer! (…and so are a million others)

Cynthia Herron Writing 2 Comments

I know. But don’t let the blog title fool you. Today’s thoughts are all about the love. And who can’t use more of that? Great! Let’s go! (((HUG))) When I was a little girl I loved creating. I absolutely adored anything I could put my own creative stamp on. I liked to color, paint, and make things with my hands …


BEST of the Blog (Encouragement You Can Use)

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Down in the dumps? Off-kilter? Has the bad news left you breathless? Today if that’s you, no worries! We all need a pick-me-up from time to time. We need a safe place without all the noise. Well, I’m tickled you’re here. This is THE place without the excess racket. It’s just good, ol’ down home meat-and-potatoes, heartfelt, homespun encouragement. Welcome! …


Pre-Published? 10 Things to Do While You Wait

Cynthia Herron Writing 2 Comments

If you’ve followed the world of writing/publishing for any length of time, you well know the ups and downs of this fun (and often crazy) career path. Just this week, another brick and mortar store in our neck of the woods took a hit. They’re closing mid-December. I’m sad to see it go, but I can’t say I’m surprised. They’d …


Turn Your Nail-Biting Sojourn into Your Brightest, Winning Season

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“Mrs. Herron…We have your son’s lab results back. It’s serious.” There were no preliminaries. No shoot-the-breeze kind of niceties. Just words. Plain, succinct, gut-wrenching words that conveyed the gravity of the situation. I braced myself for the worst and struggled to hold onto some sense of normalcy. This couldn’t be happening. I had a proposal to finish. Despite my mom-like …

Red Christmas box

Celebrate the Season with ACFW MozArks

Cynthia Herron Writing 4 Comments

Well, ’tis the party season! On Monday our local American Christian Fiction Writers (ACFW) chapter, MozArks, met for our annual Christmas party. We’re a small, but growing group of Missouri/Arkansas writers who meet monthly for fun, fellowship, and of course, writing-related events and workshops. We often have special speakers and periodic write-ins, and sometimes we’ll gather informally during the year …

Hyatt at Indy

Past ACFW Conference Highlights

Cynthia Herron Writing Conferences 6 Comments

Tomorrow is the official ACFW conference kick-off! Due to some schedule conflicts I’m cheering from the sidelines this year, but I’ll be there in spirit. Today as many of our friends are preparing for this annual writers conference, I thought it might be fun to highlight some past years’ conferences. If you’re feeling a little blue about missing this year …

Fall pumpkins

Fall into the Ozarks

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It’s almost here! Can you feel it? For this born and bred Ozarkian gal, fall is my absolute favorite time of year! I adore the cool breeze and glorious color. If I must endure the 30 degree temperature shifts (sometimes, literally overnight), then I figure it’s finally payback. Fall in the Ozarks is a time like no other. There’s lots …

Faith, Family, Freedom…and Writing Conferences

Cynthia Herron Writing Christian Fiction

I worked on the perfect blog post for today. It centered around 9/11. It was chock-full of encouragement and love. I talked about faith, family, freedom, and writing conferences. I was about to tie it with a pretty bow when–you-know-what happened. I hit “save draft” (just to be safe should the “auto-save” not work) and need I say more? Probably not. …