Top 15 Finalists for 2015 Page Turner

It is almost time to crown a new Page Turner champion.

That’s right – in just one week, just ONE winner will be announced out of the 41 entries submitted. That person will receive the following prizes:

  1. A fabulous cash prize of $500 (US);
  2. The offer of traditional publication of their winning manuscript by Breath of Fresh Air Press;
  3. Final editing of their manuscript (through Breath of Fresh Air Press);
  4. Free publicity and marketing of their book on all FaithWriters’ sites for twelve months following publication; and
  5. A special Page Turner Champion award plaque.

In addition, two runners up will each receive a $50 cash prize, a special Page Turner award plaque, and consideration for future publication by Breath of Fresh Air Press.

But, we have to wait until December 1 to find out who those people are. Oh, what to do in the meantime?

How about check out the list of the top 15 finalists? Sure, it isn’t the winners list – but they ARE on this list somewhere, right? And worthy of note, yes? Maybe check out their FaithWriters profiles and see some of their other writing.

But for now, here are the top 15 finalists for the 2015 Page Turner Contest (listed in alphabetical order by book title):

Anomaly by John L. Owens
Game of Kings by Zach Fox
Hotel Hope by Ed Decker
My Heart’s True Home by Diana Dart
One Act of Defiance by Rachel Malcolm
Sorrell’s Gun by Rachell Barrett
Sow the Wind by Gary W. Ritter
Such a Time as This by Meghan Andersch
The Children are Dying by Dave Walker
The Girl Under the Porch by Leola Ogle
The Indentured Daughter by Ruth Ann Cornelson
These Walls by Tracy Nunes
To Dig Up by Tisha Martin
Twisted Ribbons by Debbie Roome
Voodoo Vanquishing Vixen by Harriett Ford

Congrats, folks – and see you with the winners on December 1!

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Growing in your Writing: Try Platinum Membership

If you aren’t already, one great way to improve it is by becoming a FaithWriters Platinum member.

  1. Only Platinum members are eligible to enter the Page Turner first chapter contest - whose prize is publication with Breath of Fresh Air Press, a cash prize, and more (winners for this year will be announced in a few weeks – the contest will start up again next in January).
  2. Platinum members can receive up to three judge feedback reports per quarter on their Writing Challenge entries
  3. Three free writing craft books
  4. Free writing courses
  5. and MORE!

And now, new Platinum members can get their money refunded if they feel upgrading doesn’t improve their writing. That’s right: if you think becoming a Platinum member, and following our plan for writing improvement doesn’t make you a better writer, you can get your money back!

So, what is this plan? In short (click on the link right above here for all the details), you need to

  1. Enter the Writing Challenge 20 times over eight months
  2. Request at least six ratings reports on your challenge entries
  3. Review in Jan’s writing lessons the specific classes where the rating reports indicate your writing needs help
  4. Read top challenge winners with the eight rating categories in hand
  5. Make a minimum of 20 comments on others’ challenge entries
  6. Provide 3 critiques in the Critique Circle
  7. Submit 3 non-Challenge pieces to the Critique Circle

So – what are you waiting for? Give Platinum membership a try.


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The Power of Asking For Help

The Power of Asking for Help

By Randy Ingermanson

A lot of people go through life afraid to ask for help when they have a question. They’re afraid they’ll look stupid. Nobody wants to look stupid. So they don’t ask.  But there’s a way to ask for help that won’t make anyone think you’re stupid.

Ask Google. (Or any search engine of your choice. For simplicity in this article, I’m just going to talk about Google, but you can use whichever search engine you like.)

Let’s look at a few examples of questions you can ask Google and the kinds of answers you can get.

How do you add more memory to a 2012 MacBook Pro? There’s a YouTube video that will show you how.

What’s the difference between an S corporation and an LLC? There are many articles on this. Here’s one.

How do you format a novel in Scrivener? The makers of Scrivener provide a list of books that answer that question and many more here.

How do you write a novel? Google’s first choice for answering that question is my own article on the Snowflake Method here.

How do you install a new plugin for your WordPress blog? WordPress has a page that discusses plugins, how to install them, and much more.

If you’ve got a “how-to” question, Google almost certainly can find you an answer. Probably a whole page full of answers.

If you think about it, that’s pretty amazing. No matter what your question, no matter how stupid you feel, there’s a machine you can ask that will give you answers and will never try to humiliate you.

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Weary in Spirit?

Weary In Spirit?
By Annagail Lynes

When my spirit grows faint within me, it is you who watch over my way. In the path where I walk people have hidden a snare for me. – Psalm 142:3 (NIV).

God knows when you sit down. He knows when you get up. He knows your thoughts before you think them, your words before you say them. He knows what your future is going to be like, the choices you are going to make. He knows all about your past and can see your present circumstances

We get weary of our situation. We look around at the business we put so much effort into that isn’t producing the results we want. We see the kids that are rebelling. We focus on our parents’ failing health or what our circumstances are. We have ran the situation over and over in our head, not being able to come up with any viable solutions. We are weary in our spirits.

We can’t see the whole picture. We can’t see those little things, those foxholes, that are tripping us up, but God can.

God can see the business partner that might be misappropriating funds. God can see the people with whom your children are associating. God sees it all.

Instead of going to God and complaining about our situation, our problems, we need to surrender them. We need to totally and completely surrender them to God, letting Him do exceeding, abundantly above all we can ask or think in those circumstances (Ephesians 3:20).

God will always turn whatever we put into His hands into something wonderful, something beautiful, something far better than we could have come up with on our own.

Surrender those problems to God today, and watch what He will with them.

In the comments below, tell me what God is doing in your life today.


Annagail Lynes is a published author, pharmacy technician and starting her business as a life coach. Her work has been published in 21st Century, SeaLetter, Christian Home and School, You! and many more online and offline publications.

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Exciting News for Some FaithWriters Members!

I love being the bearer of good news – and sharing others’ successes is always LOTS of fun. You may have heard some of this news already – but even if you have, it is DEFINITELY worth celebrating again – don’t you think?

Dixie Phillips, a FaithWriters member for ten years (active member for several years), recently received a Gospel Music Association Dove Award for cowriting “Hidden Heroes,” performed by the Talleys. The song was named the Southern Gospel Song of the Year for 2015 in the 47th annual ceremony last month in Nashville. How cool is that?

Teri Wilson, who charmed us with her animal-related Writing Challenge entries (and others), has had five novels published by Harlequin, with one on the way. Her big news? One of those novels – Unleashing Mr. Darcy – is currently in production as a Hallmark Channel/Crown Media movie, with expected release in 2016. Wow!

And one more. With the 2015 Page Turner entries in the judging process, we are excited to announce that Lori Dixon‘s Page Turner winner from last year – Soles Defining Souls – has been released and is available for purchase at Amazon.

Exciting stuff! Congratulations, Dixie, Teri, and Lori!

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Setting Descriptions

Setting Descriptions

By Linda Yezak

 He clutches the package tighter to his chest and shoots a glance over his shoulder. Still there. No shakin’ them. Whoever’d hired them is sure gettin’ his money’s worth.

His eyes dart to the “Walk” sign at the corner, and he quick-steps through the noon crowd to the other side of the road. Another glance. Stupid gorillas are still there, not two dozen paces behind. Here–cut in here. Nice busy place to lose them between the rows of bright yellow bananas and sweet smelling peaches. On another aisle, pungent onions compete with the scent of fruit. An apron-clad store clerk washes celery and sets it artistically among the squash and eggplant.

Whoa! Hold the guavas, there! What happened to our hero’s panicked flight? What happened to the gorilla goons on his tail? I got distracted with the scene description, didn’t I?

You may read this and giggle, but I’ve actually seen similar prose in published books–a little less exaggerated, but enough to rip me right out of the scene.

When the action is fast paced, detailed setting description simply does not work. You want your words and sentences short–not choppy, but short and quick to read. So stopping the action to set the scene isn’t the best route to go. Use a broader stroke when painting the scene, and combine the three previous lessons to keep the pace:

He clutches the package tighter to his chest and shoots a glance over his shoulder. Still there. No shakin’ them. Whoever’d hired them is sure gettin’ his money’s worth.

His eyes dart to the “Walk” sign at the corner, and he weaves around rushing nooners to the other side of the four-lane.

Another glance. Stupid gorillas are keepin’ pace, not two dozen paces behind. Here–cut in behind the peach stand. The apron-clad veggie hawker shots him the evil eye, but he don’t care. One more second and the goons’ll be closer. One hefty push topples the peaches, and he skedaddles through the fruit stall and out the back way.

Keep him in character and in the scene, and use the props to help describe the setting.

Sometimes the pace allows for more description. When it does, use the opportunity to set or enhance the tone.

Here’s a piece from one of my neglected manuscripts. In it, the MC, Claire, has a suspicion that the town’s mighty Sinclair brothers know the whereabouts of her surrogate grandmother, their great aunt. She’s afraid someone has kidnapped her, but she can’t get anyone to believe her claims. She decides to investigate on her own:

She turned left down Filmore Street, where home after stately home paled in comparison to the Stanfield mansion. “Re-elect Senator Marcus Stanfield!” placards planted ten feet apart down its entire length marred the street’s atmosphere of rich antiquity. She scowled at Marcus’s handsome, smiling face peering at her from the cardboard signs. The Stanfield brothers didn’t have an ounce of the kindness and compassion their late parents had possessed. They were nothing more than a waste of skin.

Her chest tightened as she pulled into the drive of their five-acre estate. When Mr. and Mrs. Stanfield were alive, they hosted Easter egg hunts and July fourth fireworks displays for the town’s children. At Christmas, their immense house had always been lit up like a fairy land castle. Today, with the charcoal skies overhead and the wind picking up from another wave of storms, the place looked menacing. The wet weather had given the brick drive a sweaty sheen, and the arched entry into the imposing mansion looked like a gaping mouth ready to gobble her whole.

Describing your character’s setting deserves as much attention as describing your character. In fact, the exercise can enhance your character’s description and add depth to him. When used to help set the tone, description can add depth to your scene also.

In other words, setting descriptions are a tool readily available to anyone who prefers a pen to a brush, a screen to a canvas. But like any other artist’s tool, it requires practice.


lindayLinda W. Yezak lives  in a forest in east Texas, where tall tales abound and exaggeration is an art form. She holds a BA in English and a graduate certificate in Paralegal Studies. Thirty years later, she’s finally putting her degree in English to good use, combining it with her natural inclination toward story-telling to create fun, unique novels, which include Give the Lady a Ride, The Cat Lady’s Secret, and The Simulacrum. Her major non-fiction title is Writing in Obedience, cowritten with Hartline literary agent, Terry Burns.

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November is For Writers

You know how it is National something or other (actually, MANY somethings or others) every single month of the year? Don’t believe me? Check out this fun list of monthlong, weeklong, and daylong celebrations. There is always something.

Well, looking over the list, it seems that November is for writers. Not only is it National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo), but it is ALSO Family Stories Month, National Memoir Writing Month, Picture Book Month,  and Picture Book Idea Month. Plus, November 9-13 is National Young Reader’s Week, Sunday was National Author’s Day, November 10 is National Young Reader’s Day, and November 15 is I Love to Write Day.

So, whether you’re trying to get your 50,000 words in for NaNoWriMo, working on a memoir, brainstorming a great idea for PiBoIdMo, or working on a Writing Challenge entry, this month is for YOU. Get busy!

How many of these had you heard of? Planning to participate in any?

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Page Turner Deadline TOMORROW

Writers are often procrastinators. If that’s you, and you have a fiction manuscript you’d like to enter in the Page Turner Contest, it’s time (past time, honestly ;) ) to get a move on. Because at midnight on October 31 – that’s TOMORROW, folks – your chance will be gone – until 2017. (2016′s contest will be for non-fiction)

Maybe you’ve got a half-written manuscript gathering dust in the bottom of your desk. Perhaps it’s something you wrote during NaNoWriMo last year. It could even be an idea that’s been brewing in the back of your mind for years. Whatever the stage of your novel, this contest may be just the nudge you need to get writing and polishing – but get it in before tomorrow night, or it will be too late.

Any Platinum member (click here to upgrade) is eligible to enter the first chapter and a synopsis of their fiction manuscript with a Christian worldview in this contest by the October 31, 2015 deadline. The winner will receive a $500 cash prize, free editing of their manuscript, the offer of traditional publishing with Breath of Fresh Air Press, free publicity and marketing of their book on all FaithWriters’ sites for twelve months following publication, and a Page Turner Champion award plaque. Two runners up will each receive $50 cash, a Page Turner award plaque, and consideration for future publication by Breath of Fresh Air Press.

You can find more details here – and even more here if you are already a platinum member. So, get busy on your manuscript – time is running out!

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Write What You Know?

Write What You Know

By Gail Gaymer Martin

Everyone has heard the phrase “write what you know,” and yet writing  -whether contemporary or historical – takes research, no matter how much you know.

Keeping your story accurate is important to give readers a sense of truth when they read your work. One significant error can cause readers to distrust everything you say. It is easy to question the write-what-you-know statement, because if all writers did that, where would the thrillers be, the murder mysteries, the fantasies, the paranormal novels?

But write what you know is a reminder that writers can improve their fiction but using their personal knowledge to enhance the story. By providing a few details using sense imagery, emotion, experience and insight, they bring novels to life far greater than if they leave out those details. Warning: avoid overdoing the descriptions. Select only purposeful and significant personal experiences or emotions and use it for the betterment of the book. Also, when using real towns and places, avoid negativity.

Which details does this cover?
∙ Familiar settings: Capture the language, local ambiance and personality of the town using the five senses, significant traditions and activities in the town or city, interesting characters, real businesses, parks, and stores, history that influences or impacts the present.
Example: Besides making it real, people who live in this city or who have visited this city enjoy reading about a place they know and have been. Increases book sales.

∙ Career or Work Experiences: Abilities and/or education needed, descriptive details important to the story or to bring it to life, attributes needed to do this job, the negative and/or positive nature of the career, and how it impacts the character’s personal life.
Example: Computer programmer is needed to dissect a code to save the world.

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Writing Challenge – Writing AND Feedback

Have you jumped in to the Writing Challenge? We just started week four of the current quarter yesterday, and things are underway – including the ability to get ratings reports on your entries.

If you are a Platinum member  (click here to upgrade), you can receive up to three free judges’ ratings reports per quarter on any entry that does not place in the Editor’s Choice. Simply use the simple form to make the request between the time winners are announced and the following Thursday (one week window to request the report). So, if you entered the “Fold” challenge and didn’t place in the EC, get your ratings report request in soon!

Besides the ratings reports, another great way to improve your writing is to read others’ entries – and there is a great opportunity for that in the Writing Challenge as well. While last week’s “Clarify” entries are being judged (and anonymous), you can give them a read today - and give folks those wonderful yellow boxes of feedback. And watch for the brick throwing thread on the Forums- an opportunity to post a link to your own entry for feedback (and to check out others’).

And, of course, there’s actually ENTERING the Writing Challenge. This week’s topic is “Mix,” and there is plenty of room for your piece on the topic (review the guidelines here if you need a refresher course). Platinum and Gold members can enter each week if desired – and even Silver members have a total of four opportunities to give the Challenge a try.

Rise to the (Writing) Challenge!


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