Archive for February, 2013

Member Shout-Outs for February

Let’s congratulate these FaithWriters members for their accomplishments!

Debbie Roome and her mother Dorothy Ade wrote a book of Debbie’s disabled sister’s life to date, Loving Leanne. It is now available on Amazon.

Ken Lambert and Amy Matzke’s nonfiction book, Top Ten Most Influential Christians Since the Apostles, is now in its second edition and is available for sale.

Lynda Schab‘s new marketing ebook, This Little Writer Went to Market, is now available in the FW bookstore, Amazon, and Smashwords.

Stephanie Craig and Lynda [...]

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Maximize Your Time

Maximize your Time
by Jennifer Slattery

Today I’d like to share a few ways to avoid time-sapping pitfalls while maximizing every moment for optimum productivity. In A Woman After God’s Heart by Elizabeth George, she talks about foregoing the good to find the better and foregoing the better to find the best. In writing, this means evaluating each moment in order to determine the best use of your time.

Organize your day around your creativity. For example, I need silence when I write. [...]

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Don’t Miss the Equipped to Defend Contest!

Have you heard about the latest writing/blogging contest at FaithWriters? It’s a great opportunity to help equip college-aged students to defend their faith in a secular world – AND to win prizes and exposure.

Simply write a 500-word-or-less article promoting www.CrossExamined.com‘s mission of equipping kids to defend their faith and/or the apologetics book Gravity (video-linked flip page ebook or text-only ebook) – written by FaithWriters owner Michael Edwards.

With seventy plus percent of Christian youth leaving the church after high school, college [...]

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Evaluating a Story Idea

Evaluating a Story Idea
By Megan DiMaria

How do you evaluate a story idea for your novel? How do you determine if it will fly?

As a rule of thumb, if a topic fires your passion, it’s a good idea to pursue a story based on that topic. However, if the topic is only important to you or only familiar to you or only true to you, it doesn’t necessarily make it universal enough to interest readers.

So, how do you know if your [...]

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The 2013 Page Turner Contest is Now Open

Do you have a half-written novel gathering dust in the bottom of your desk? A first draft after participating in NaNoWriMo? Have you had an idea for a novel brewing in the back of your mind for years?

Have we got a contest for you – it may be just the spur you need to get writing and polishing. We’ll even give you to the end of October to do it.

FaithWriters.com, Finesse Writing and Editing Service, and Breath of Fresh Air [...]

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The Writer

FaithWriters has now made it easy for folks to be notified when their free reprints are being used – who is using them, where, and when! When someone goes to a free reprint and clicks on “use your article for free,”  they are brought to a form where they can input where and when the article will be posted, a note to the author, and contact information if desired. This should allow for less wondering who, and where, your articles [...]

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An Interview with Terri Blackstock!

Terri Blackstock is a New York Times best-seller, with over six million copies sold worldwide. She has had over twenty-five years of success as a novelist. Terri spent the first twelve years of her life traveling in an Air Force family. She lived in nine states and attended the first four years of school in The Netherlands. Because she was a perpetual “new kid,” her imagination became her closest friend. That, she believes, was the biggest factor in her becoming a [...]

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Want To Do More With Your Writing? Learn to Say No.

Want To Do More With Your Writing? Learn to Say No
By Edie Melson

I don’t mean no to writing opportunities—say no to some other things in your life. We all only have so much time in a day. And if you’re like me, it’s filled to overflowing. So that means changing some priorities.

Sounds easy, but to anyone who’s tried, it can be tough to carve out time for writing.

Here are some tips I’ve used to help me realign my life.

Decide where [...]

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Winners – and a New Writing/Blogging Contest!

The winners of January’s blogging contest have been announced – and February’s contest is under way. Look below for details

First, January’s writing/blogging contest, “One Hundred Percent,” was meant to benefit  Wellspring International, an arm of Ravi Zacharias International Ministries. This ministry supports ministries who seek to save women and children affected by sex slavery, human trafficking, bride burning, AIDS/HIV, elderly, healthcare, Iraq refugees and other projects.

And the winners:

Platinum and Gold members:

1st Place: When Walls Talk by Paula Titus [...]

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God’s Three Greens For The Writer

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.

God’s Three Greens for the Writer
By Colin Swann

God’s Green Room is a writer’s reality and reassessment area.

The reality is that just one in a million writers will be the author of a classic and probably as few as a handful will write a best seller. One may succeed and go on [...]

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