American Christian Fiction Writers
Angie Breidenbach

Angela Breidenbach is Mrs. Montana International 2009, a multi-award winning inspirational speaker and the author of the Gems of Wisdom: For a Treasure-filled Life and the Gems of Wisdom Companion Guide, the Creative Cooking Series including the new release of Creative Cooking for Simple Elegance from Westbow Press. Other works by Angela include compilation books and devotionals from Guidepost, Group, and articles in magazines, ezines, and newspapers. She connects missions to her work with Hope’s Promise Orphan Ministries and the Jadyn Fred Foundation. Angela serves as an assisting minister for her congregation in Missoula, MT. She volunteers as the American Christian Fiction Writer's Publicity Officer. You can interact or learn more about Angela Breidenbach at these sites: on Wednesdays each week.

The Legacy of Goals

Fiction Finder

Are you falling apart from fatigue as a go-getter? Deadlines, contests, jobs, families, and even volunteer commitments pull a writer from every side. What do you do when the many hours in front of a computer take their toll on your weary eyes and cause headaches? But you’re not a quitter! After all, your kids are watching. So what do you do?

Ask your ACFW peers.

What do you do when the many hours in front of a computer take their toll?

Margaret Brownley: Put your monitor brightness at 25 and your contrast at 75. That sure made a difference for me.

Kristin Billerbeck: I found that plain eyeglasses with no prescription helped my eyestrain. I’m very sensitive to see the flickering of the screen. You can buy fake glasses at Michaels for $3, so it’s worth a try.

Nikki Arana: I had this problem when I was under a deadline and in front of the computer ten hours a day. The version of Word I had let me change the background color of the screen to light blue. So you are reading your ms (manuscript) on a light blue background. It solved my problem.
Angie’s note: It doesn’t change the way your page will print, just the view on screen. Click on Format, then on Background (if you have Word 2007, go to Page Layout and click on Page Color). This should bring up a palette of choices. Try a few to find your favorite or click More Colors and use the palette color wheel. I’m currently trying lavender!

Mary Hake: I’ve heard to look at something in the distance, like out a window, every half hour. You could set a timer to remind you. It’s also a good time to stand and stretch.

Dorothy Clark: I had a physical therapist tell me to place your monitor so your eyes naturally focus on the bottom quarter of your screen. That way you don’t have to tip your head and bend your neck into an unnatural position.
Angie’s note: A small wire plate stand from any hardware store adds air circulation for your laptop while raising it to protect your neck and thereby avoiding headaches.

ACFW members reach out to one another in compassionate support by offering ideas to help meet deadlines, answer expert questions, build writing knowledge, manage eyestrain, and encourage during tough times. Do you belong to a group like this, where people understand what you’re going through? The strength in a common vision is astounding. One plus one isn’t two, it’s exponential with those of similar mind-sets, especially when you think about the next generation. Those who strive for their goals are living examples of daily wisdom. Are you showing your children and grandchildren that dreams are a worthwhile pursuit? Are you modeling that helping others is desirable and fun? Do you share failures as a stepping-stone to success?

As I look back on two years of volunteer service, I see phenomenal growth in our organization. ACFW is expanding into an amazing force in the publishing industry—a force that helps authors and industry professionals work together to build a stronger future and share the stories God places on our hearts. Though I will miss serving in the capacity of publicity officer, it’s been a memorable experience. Now my writing and speaking will again become a priority. The future adventure is yet to be written. But I won’t be on that journey alone. Being a part of ACFW enables me to join forces with friends who will push me to continue toward my goals, build bigger dreams, and share ideas like those in this article. Together we can be living examples. We can create a legacy of goal-getters, not just go-getters.

Here’s another idea: Put ACFW membership on your Christmas list or give it as a gift to someone who dreams of writing. Watch out, though! You may create a legacy of goal-getters—an exponential legacy.


Do you know about the public side of American Christian Fiction Writers?


Afictionado: (ACFW’s monthly e-zine) now has social networking buttons to tweet, e-mail, and facebook each article

Fictionfinder: ( helps you find the book you want, the content rating, reviews, and all genres in Christian fiction. If you haven’t checked it out yet, it’s a must!

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