Archive for October, 2010

What’s on Your Nightstand?

QUICK UPDATE: Many of you may know that the FaithWriters server was down yesterday. Scott worked really hard to get it up and running again and is now in the process of restoring the backup and fixing all the errors. You may be unable to log onto the site at this time, but the message boards are back in action!

Since the server crashed the night before the new Challenge topic was to be announced and the entries for the week [...]

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Wednesday Word: The Leaves Ballet on the Sidewalk

The Leaves Ballet on the Sidewalk

by Angelo Faleiro

Friday is the day to do a special cleaning at my house. My tasks are: washing the bathrooms and cleaning the garage and the sidewalk. All of these tasks alone would be boring enough, but to make things worse, my house is on a busy avenue, with lots of trees that, even in the summer, love to drop their leaves. Moreover, all the time, [...]

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Writing Inspirational Romantic Suspense

WRITING INSPIRATIONAL ROMANTIC SUSPENSE

By Margaret Daley

An inspirational romantic suspense has three main elements: a suspense or mystery, romance and faith element. For me that means I have to juggle three aspects of a story within a 250-400 page manuscript. Not an easy task and one that requires a lot of planning and thought. In a suspense pacing is so important. A reader expects to be taken on a merry ride where the [...]

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Meet Member Tim Chezum

I just love Meet the Member Mondays, don’t you? It’s always fun to get to know other Christian writers! Join with me in getting to know fellow writer, Tim Chezum.  Tim has close to 100 articles posted on FaithWriters, most of those from The Writing Challenge.

LYNDA: Welcome, Tim! Start by telling us a little about yourself and your Christian testimony.

TIM: I’m 45 years old, born and raised in Southern California. I am the youngest of eight children, four boys and [...]

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Friday Free for All: What is Your Favorite Children’s Book?

When my kids were young, we read two books to them every night before bed. Now that they’re teenagers, they still talk about some of those stories, which proves to me that books are not only a great way to bond with our children, but a wonderful way to impress important messages upon our kids. Some of the books my kids still talk about are:

Froggy

Alice in Bibleland

Little Critter

Dr. Seuss (pretty much all of them)

The Berenstain Bears

In a rcent [...]

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Back in the Swing of Things

I have good news for all of you Challenge addicts! The Weekly Writing Challenge is back! After a brief hiatus (which seemed like months, I’m sure), a new Challenge quarter begins today.

For those of you who may not know what in the world I’m talking about (gasp!), the Weekly Writing Challenge is one of the most popular features of Faithwriters.com. Here’s how it works:

*A topic is posted on the Main Challenge Page.

*Write anything you wish – an article, short story, [...]

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Wednesday Word: Do Not Go Gentle

Do Not Go Gentle

by Lauryn Abbott

A couple of months ago, I began going to physical therapy three times a week. I’d like to say it’s because of an old sports injury, or a wild freak-accident I’d been in, or better yet, that I’d hurt myself rescuing a helpless kitten escape a burning building. You know, something cool like that, but that wouldn’t be the truth.

Sadly, the truth is much less thrilling [...]

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10 Tips for Writing a Synopsis

10 Tips For Writing A Synopsis
by Cathy Bryant, © 2009

A good synopsis can help sell your story. It’s often required not only by publishers, but by other writers from whom you are seeking an endorsement. Internet research on the topic of synopsis writing turned up a wealth of information, so I have summarized it here.

TIP #1: MAKE SURE THE FORMAT IS CORRECT.

*1-inch margins, single-spaced. This format seems to be the [...]

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Member Shoutouts: September Successes and Achievements!

It’s that time again! Time to grab our pom poms and hold our hands in the air for those high-fives! Join with me in cheering with FaithWriters members for their September successes and accomplishments!

J.P. BARNETT – The UK book review site, “Fantasy Book Review”, expressed interest in reviewing his debut adventure gamebook, “Invitation to a Feast”.

ORLANDO JAVIEN JR. – His book, God Made Me Pick Up Underwear, took second place in the ReadersFavorite.com comptetion.

DAVID IAN – Was hired by an International [...]

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Friday Free-for-All: September Highlights

Because it’s October 1 (I know, can you believe it?) today’s Friday Free-for-All question is simple.

With the kids back in school, maybe you’ve had more time to write. Tell us what you worked on last month. Any major accomplishments? Did you start a new project? Add thousands of words to your novel? Submit to a magazine? Enter the FaithWriters Challenge? Win an award?

WHAT WERE SOME OF YOUR SEPTEMBER WRITING HIGHLIGHTS?

Oh – and come back [...]

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