Archive for January, 2013

Member Shout-Outs for January

Congratulations to the following FaithWriters members for their exciting accomplishments!

LINDA ROBINSON‘s new release, Rails of Freedom, is now available.

S.L. WHITAKER‘s horror novel with a Christian message, The Raggedyman (a 2007 Page Turner Finalist), is now available.

ROBERT VALLEAU‘s debut novel, Mystic Dreams and Dusty Roads, is now available.

ANDREW BERNHARDT‘s first book, Seeing Jesus: A Disciple’s Perspective, is now available.

MARY ANNTHIPPE BANE‘s first book, Confessions of a Church-Hopper, is now available.

I so love hearing about your accomplishments. Would LOVE for you to [...]

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Creating: Every Scene Is A ____

Creating: Every Scene Is A _____
By Randy Ingermanson

Sometimes I worry that my critique group hates me. Every month when we get together, each writer brings one scene to be critiqued.

Sometimes the writing is terrific. Sometimes it isn’t.

But whether the writing is good or bad, one of the most common problems I see every month is with the scene itself.

All too often, things just happen, but nothing really changes. So the scene may be well-written, but it isn’t important to the [...]

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Lots of FaithWriters Writing Opportunities!

Was one of your New Year’s resolutions to do more writing? Well, FaithWriters is a great place to stretch your writing muscles, and we’ve got several opportunities and contests going on that you’re sure to find one or more that interests you. Check out the links for more information.

The One Hundred Percent Blogging Contest: Write a 600 word or less realistic fiction or nonfiction story promoting WellSpring International,  an outreach of Ravi Zacharias International Ministries. Deadline is January 31 at [...]

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The Most Famous Signature in America

Whether you are published or not, I’m sure you’ve at least thought about how you would autograph your published work. Would you include your middle name? Would you make the letters loopy or pointy? What else would you write, if anything?

It’s very unlikely, though, that your autograph would become as well-known as that of the man who was born 276 years ago today.

Yes, John Hancock, merchant, statesman, and patriot of the American Revolution was born on [...]

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How Do You Find Your Voice?

How Do You Find Your Voice?

By Dorcas Graham

When I hear people talk about finding their voice, it sounds like a mysterious process where they sit very still, eyes closed and channel in that spirit which reveals the profound and peculiar. To some, maybe it does, but it doesn’t have to be this way. You see, you don’t exactly find your voice, no more than you find your personality. It’s already a part of you. But you must give [...]

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Testimony Contest is Now Open!

Click here for guidelines and to enter.

We are delighted to bring you some information on our sponsor for the Testimony Contest. J.J. Hebert is a best-selling Christian fiction author. His debut novel Unconventional has been the number one best seller in Amazon’s inspirational category many times.

We believe J.J. Hebert brings several very unique things to the table for the members of FaithWriters. For one thing he is a guy, and the guys are greatly outnumbered at FaithWriters. He is also [...]

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Don’t Just Learn It

FaithWriters Magazine is back – with some wonderful fiction, articles, and poems by FaithWriters members. Check out the January 2013 issue here!

Do not merely listen to the Word, and so deceive
yourselves. Do what it says. James 1:22 NIV

I learned a lot about writing over the past year. But at the moment, it isn’t doing me a bit of good.

Some of you may know that I dedicated 2012 to learning more about the craft of writing. To that end, [...]

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Hooking Your Reader

Top Ten Mistakes New Writers Make

A Weak Hook

By Suzanne Hartmann

A Weak Hook
Definition = A hook is a story beginning that grabs the readers’ attention so much that it’s like hooking them with a lure. They have to read on because they’re so curious about what’s going to happen.

Related Issue = not starting the story at the right point. Often, determining the correct starting point for the story is one of [...]

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The Habit of Writing Daily

The following article was submitted by a FaithWriters member. Are you interested in seeing your writing here on the FaithWriters blog? Check out this link for more information.

The Habit of Writing Daily
by Grace Olumayowa Aideloje

You may have heard that to be an accomplished writer, you must write daily, no matter how little.

Why?

Because you are a writer.

Medical doctors. Teachers. Traders. Broadcasters. Stockbrokers. You name the profession: they all do their work daily except maybe when they are on vacation or some [...]

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The 2013 Page Turner Contest is Open!

If you’ve got a half-written manuscript gathering dust in the bottom of your wardrobe, or have a first draft after participating in NaNoWriMo, or have had an idea for a novel brewing in the back of your mind for years, FaithWriters has a contest that may be just the spur you need to get writing and polishing.

The Seventh Annual Page Turner contest, sponsored by Faithwriters.com, Finesse Writing and Editing Service, and Breath of Fresh Air Press, [...]

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