Archive for June, 2012

Member Shout Outs for June

Come and cheer on the following FaithWriters in their accomplishments!

KATHY C. STEVENS‘ fourth book, Seeing Through a Glass Darkly, is now available  as an ebook on and on her website. WONDERFUL!

BELLA ROSSITER‘s book, Pride Kills – Forgiveness Heals, has been published and is available on GREAT!

KELVIN FOWLER‘s poem, Her Journey, won a poetry contest at Christian Creative Writers. FABULOUS!

LYNN GIPSON‘s short story, Just Breathe, Said Jesus, was recently published in the Christian [...]

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Ministry Blog Contest with Paid Writing Opportunities!

FaithWriters is excited to announce the first of several ministry blog contests with PAID writing opportunities as the first and second place prizes.

Anyone is eligible to enter these contests (silver, gold, or platinum members), and, in addition to the prizes, they could lead to paid writing opportunities at the ministry.

The first contest, which opened Monday and runs through July 9, is for Pocket Testament League (, an 119-year-old ministry devoted to leading people to a saving knowledge of Christ and [...]


Last of the Contenders: Best of The Best

Our first blog contest with a paid writing opportunity for 1st and 2nd place is NOW OPEN. The winner will get two writing assignments which pay $100 per assignment. 2nd place will receive 1 assignment for $100. Third place receives $25. The ministry is the Pocket Testament League and your assignment is to write in 500 words or less a promotional review of their ministry. Full details can be found here (and here on the [...]

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Staying in the POV Character’s Perspective

Staying in the POV Character’s Perspective

By Suzanne Hartmann

(Part of Top Ten Ways To Show Instead of Tell)

A fun way to stay in the POV (point of view) character’s perspective is to pretend that a camera sits on top of the character’s head and it has a probe that picks up the person’s thoughts and knowledge base. You can only write what the camera can record (what the character sees, hears, [...]

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The Longest (or Shortest) Day of the Year

(Depending on where you live, of course!)

In case you forgot/didn’t know/didn’t car, today is the summer solstice here in the Northern Hemisphere (you Aussies, and others in the Southern Hemisphere, it’s the winter solstice.). So, depending on where you live, it is either the longest or shortest day of the year.

Here in Grand Rapids, MI, the sun rises at 6:03 am, and doesn’t set until 9:25. That’s fifteen hours and twenty-two minutes. In Sydney, Australia (where the lovely Deb Porter [...]


Best of Best Announcement Two Weeks Away!

Check the following posts to see some of the contenders:  here, here,  here, here,  here, and here.

It’s time to feature a few more of the contenders for Best of the Best. The first place entry overall from each of the 36 Writing Challenge topics between July 2011 and June 2012 are all in contention. Only one, however, will be selected as THE Best of the [...]

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Inspiration…and Perspiration

Sometimes my writing flows. The story appears in my head fully formed. The words pour out of my fingertips. It feels like the Lord Himself is dictating my prose.

I love it when writing happens like that. Don’t you? But it’s rare…for me anyway. Most of the time, I get an idea, and I start writing, but it doesn’t exactly slide from my head to the paper (or computer screen) fully formed. Writing can be, and often is, a lot of [...]


Writing Your Obligatory Scene

Writing Your Obligatory Scene

By Dorothy Love

Whether you call it the climax of the story or the “obligatory scene” as Albert Zuckerman does in his book Writing the  Blockbuster Novel, it’s the biggest scene in your novel, usually takes more space than the scenes leading up to it, and has the potential to make or break your story. So it’s worth the time to make it as strong as possible. Here are a few things to [...]

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Last Chance to Qualify for This Year’s BoB

The current Writing Challenge topic, GUARD YOUR HEART, is the last topic of this quarter – and your last opportunity to qualify for this year’s Best of the Best. Just enter before 10am FRIDAY (why Friday instead of Thursday this week? Click here to find out!).

Check the following posts to see some of the contenders:  here, here,  here, here, and here.

It’s time to feature a few more of the contenders for Best of the Best. The first place [...]

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Announcement: Current Writing Challenge

Some of you probably noticed that we had technical difficulties with the topic change yesterday for the FaithWriters Writing Challenge.  Somehow,  Current Affairs, the topic that was supposed to go live, did not, and instead was marked as “judged.”

Mike and Deb worked to figure out a solution last night, and as of this morning, things are as back to normal as they will be. The Current Affairs entries are now available in the usual place (here’s a link) for comment, [...]

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