Archive for December, 2011

Looking Forward into 2012

I don’t know about you, but I have a hard time believing that 2011 is nearly over. In just two years, it will be 2012, the start of a new year.

People approach the new year differently. Some make New Year’s resolutions, while others “soften it” a bit by making goals, or even dreams. I know some who choose one word to be their focus, while others choose a verse, a quote, or a picture. Some make their own mishmash [...]

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Member Shout-Outs for December

It’s time to give a cheer for these awesome FaithWriters’ members and their writing accomplishments!

DAVE WALKER has just published God In The ICU. It is about his experiences, as an anaesthetist who prayed for his patients, in seeing God respond to prayer: Medical drama, personal drama and, chiefly, honoring our awesome God. WONDERFUL!

DAVID BUTLER‘s historical novel The Poor Preachers (Penname Arthur D. Bardswell) has been published. It centers around reformer John Wycliffe’s time in 14th Century England. He began [...]

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Intimate Details

Praying your Christmas was wonderful and CHRIST-filled. Now a bit of food for thought

Intimate Details
By Sydney Avey

Corruption, depravity, desperation, sex, medical emergency: Is this not the stuff of great stories? Intimacy is the common element that creates a heartwarming or chilling tale.

Today I am pondering the connections between two writers’ explanations of what inspires readers.

Roger Rosenblatt concludes in Unless it Moves the Human Heart: “The heart that you must move is corrupt, depraved and desperate for [...]

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‘Twas the Day before the Night Before Christmas…

And…we’re all getting ready. Right? Remember, in all the hustle and bustle, the TRUE reason for the season.

And Joseph also went up from Galilee, out of the city of Nazareth, into Judaea, unto the city of David, which is called Bethlehem; (because he was of the house and lineage of David:) To be taxed with Mary his espoused wife, being great with child. And so it was, that, while they were there, the days were accomplished that [...]

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All I Want for Christmas: A Writer’s Wish List

ALL I WANT FOR CHRISTMAS: A WRITER’S WISH LIST

By Dorothy Love

The Christmas catalogs are arriving at my house in a flurry. The other day I noticed a page in one of them devoted to writers. The gift suggestions included an oversized coffee mug, a gift card to an office supply store, a box of chocolates, a tee shirt with the message: Ask Me About My Novel. Here’s what I think most writers, [...]

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Announcing the 2011 Page Turner Winners!

And now, what we’ve all been waiting for. Out of EIGHTY ONE entries, a winner and two runners up have been announced!

The winner of the 2011 FaithWriters/Finesse Fiction Page Turner is

The Powerful Odor of Mendacity by DEE YODER

Congrats, DEE! Enjoy your prize of:

A  cash prize of $800.

Free editing of their manuscript (up to 300 pages).

Free publicity and marketing of their book on all FaithWriters’ sites for twelve months following publication.

A special Page Turner Champion award plaque.

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Cuddling Up With a Good (Christmas) Book

It’s one of the mainstays of fiction: the Christmas book. Dozens, if not more, come out each year. Whether they’re contemporary or historical, realistic or fantasy, adult, YA, or children’s, if you’re looking for a book to get you into the spirit of Christmas, you don’t have to look far.

I have a stack of children’s Christmas book I pack up with the Christmas decorations in January and pull out again for a “brief visit” during the Christmas season. God Gave [...]

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Why Not To Try to Write the Perfect Chapter One Before Moving On

TRYING TO WRITE THE PERFECT CHAPTER ONE BEFORE MOVING ON

By Suzanne Hartmann

(Part of TOP TEN NOVEL STARTING MISTAKES by Suzanne Hartmann)

Chapter one is so important that if we’re not careful, we can spin our wheels trying to make it perfect. This isn’t necessarily bad if you’re finished with the first draft and revising. However, if we try to make chapter one perfect before we move on to chapter [...]

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The Writer’s Waiting Game

THE WRITER’S WAITING GAME

By Jeannie Campbell, LMFT

When writers have yet to enter the published category of author, they oftentimes feel like they are a spectator on the sidelines of publishing. During this time, it’s easy to lament a lack of publishing credits so much that you fail to see what God is doing during your waiting. It’s during the waiting that God strips you of your silly ideals and notions that [...]

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A Christmas Favorite

Most of the Christmas specials on television (for kids anyway) are fun – but aren’t much about the true reason for the season. Plenty of Santa, snow, Rudolph, presents, etc. But Jesus’ birth in a manger? Naa.

With one notable exception (if there are others, I’m not familiar with them!).

Exactly 46 years ago today, “A Charlie Brown Christmas” premiered on CBS. The first animated TV special based on the Peanuts characters, it has endured throughout these years, despite its, well, blatant [...]

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