Archive for October, 2011

Member ShoutOuts – October

Lots of wonderful accomplishments this month. Thanks for sharing them with me, so I can share them with our blog readers.

Anne Warden had a nursing article called “Can I Lose My Compassion?” accepted for publication in an upcoming issue of American Nurse Today, the journal of the American Nurses Association. AWESOME!

Julie Arduini is now part of the Christians Read blogging team. The blog is a place where authors come together to share their love of reading, the writing [...]

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Weekend Plans? Work on that Chapter and Synopsis!

Do you have a great novel started? Would you like the opportunity to possibly win a fabulous prize? It’s not too late.

This coming Monday night, midnight ET (THREE DAYS), is the deadline to enter the premier contest of FaithWriters: The Page Turner Contest.

All FW 500 platinum members (click here to become a platinum member) are eligible to enter. This year, the entries must be fiction, and the deadline is October 31, 2011 at midnight. The winners will be announced on [...]

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Setting: Beyond A Place (part 1 of 2)

SETTING: BEYOND A PLACE

By Gail Gaymer Martin

Readers want to have a sense of place instead of having infamous floating head conversations. Setting lends authenticity and a sense of place, but it is more than naming a the city or state or describing a room or building. Setting includes weather, month, year, time of day. An author can accomplish this task in one line. On the Miami shoreline, Edna looked into the stormy [...]

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Member Spotlight: Tim “BusBoss” Chezum

Though his name may not be familiar to some of the “newbies” here at FaithWriters, today’s member spotlight is, I’m sure familiar to many. I remember “the BusBoss” as one of the first people I met on the FaithWriters boards back when I was a newbie five plus years ago, and he’s still around (here and there) today.

And  so, without further ado, Tim Chezum!

JOANNE: Tim, tell us a bit about yourself.

TIM: I’m really kind of a shy and private [...]

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Writing Challenge: Commenting Time!

The first topic, Search Engine, of the “new” FaithWriters Writing Challenge (click to read about it) is in the process of being judged by the anonymous professional editors. So, you may ask: what’s next?

Sure – we have that new topic to write about. And you can always sit back and twiddle your thumbs for the next two weeks until Search Engine winners are announced. But why? Please, make a point of  popping in on the current Search Engine entries and [...]

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I Am NOT The Maid!

I Am NOT The Maid
By Deborah Oliver

As I was staring at my messy house this morning, I felt a sense of profound irritation. Last night’s dirty dishes were still on the table. My children have a little habit of “saving” their dinner. This is their polite, evasive way of avoiding a meal they don’t like. One bite into a meal (a bite that took exactly five minutes to get onto the fork and another [...]

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Christian Prayer Center Salutes Faith Writers

As a guest author, and Associate Pastor of the Christian Prayer Center, I have a deep respect for Christian authors, and those who take their writing seriously here.  For it is in writing that the gospel of the Lord has been passed down for thousands of years.  In this modern day, eloquent and descriptive writing is equally essential to our faith.

In modern Christianity, and in our digital age, there are many advantages to embracing the advancement of literacy.  Writers may [...]

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The Heart of a Christian Writer

The Heart of a Christian Writer
By Delia Latham

“Why do all of your stories reflect your faith?” It’s a common question for an inspirational author.

Ever wonder why Mary Higgins Clark continues to write such fascinating suspense? Ask Stephen King why he dreams up so many tales of horror. Question Danielle Steele as to her reason for book after book of unapologetic romantic drama. Why is J.K. Rowling so at home in the world of witches, warlocks and other strange [...]

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What Are Teens Reading…If Anything?

We writers like to think there’s an endless supply of readers for what we write – but if we’re honest, we realize we’re not just competing with other books/articles anymore.

Teens, perhaps more than anyone, are much more likely to be entertained with movies, TV, video games, social networking, apps, and whatever else is out there that this mid-40′s lady is clueless about. Books, as a rule, are not at the top of their wish lists.

Next week (October 16-22)  is Teen [...]

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So You Want To Master Social Media (part 2 of 2)

SO YOU WANT TO MASTER SOCIAL MEDIA:
Ten Tips to Help You Succeed
By Jill Hart

Click here for part one

Learn From Others One of the best things about being in business these days is that you have the opportunity to follow the pros and see what they are doing right. They eagerly give out tips, videos, etc. Make it a point to follow those who you respect and can learn from. Sit [...]

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