Archive for May, 2013

Best of the Best – First Quarter Contenders

Can you believe that tomorrow is the first day of June? That means were only a month away from announcing one of FaithWriters’ premiere awards – The FaithWriters Writing Challenge Best of the Best!

Each first place Editors Choice winner of the writing challenge during the challenge year (which runs from July 2012 to June 2013) is eligible. On July 1, 2013, the first, second, and third place entries will be announced – First Place Best of the Best (or BoB) [...]

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Intimate Details

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 your love.”

In The Daily Writer Fred White maintains: “Human intimacy lies at the heart of human nature.” [...]

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God Speaks Contest – A Few More Days to Enter

Have you entered our latest blog/article contest? It’s not too late – but we’re getting close! And the prize for first place is pretty substantial.

All you need to do is write an article, 750 words or less, about the God Speaks Bible, a color coded study Bible where God’s words are highlighted in different colors be it in first person, through an angel, a passage where God is speaking, through man, words of Jesus, and miracles and acts of God. [...]

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Strong Verbs Equal Strong Writing

Strong Verbs Equal Strong Writing
By Jennifer Slattery

There’s a common held misconception among new writers, and that is the idea that writing should come easily. Initially, I believe it does, until you begin to learn the nuts and bolts of the craft. Over time, as you analyze your writing in view of in-depth critiques, you’ll soon learn the importance of intentionality–in everything. Every detail, every introspection offered, every word choice, must advance the story. Otherwise it occupies needless space and threatens [...]

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FaithWriters Conference Workshops

In just over five weeks, Christian writers from across the country and world will be gathering in Portland, Oregon for what promises to be a wonderful time of learning, fellowship, and fun.

Yup – it’s nearly time for the FaithWriters Conference! Are you registered?

First – here are the basic details:

WHAT: 2013 FaithWriters Writing Conference: Nurturing the Whole Writer

WHERE: Radisson Hotel Portland (OR) Airport

WHEN: Friday, June 28, 2013 at 6pm through Saturday, June 29, 2013 at 8:30pm

COST: FW Platinum members $85, others [...]

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Finding it on the Map

World Map from the first modern atlasAbraham Ortelius [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

These days, paper maps, atlases, and compasses are perhaps more likely to be found in museums – or at least stored away – than spread out on the modern kitchen table when planning a trip or trying to locate somewhere. In modern times, we’re much more likely to use our GPS, plot our course through MapQuest, or use some newfangled gadget I’ve never heard of .

But, [...]

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Writing Season

I don’t know about where YOU live, but it’s warming up here in Michigan. And when it warms up, my computer time often decreases.

It’s too beautiful to sit inside and plug away on my laptop. My kids will be out of school in less than a month – so I’m losing some of that kidless time for a few months. While I CAN write with youngsters underfoot, it’s certainly easier without.

For me anyway, cooler weather is more conducive to writing [...]

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Book Titles

Book Titles
By Megan DiMaria

So, you’ve finished writing your masterpiece. What are you going to title it?

Titles are tricky. You’ve got to choose one that encapsulates your plot and theme. Also, it’s best to title your manuscript before submitting it to an agent or an editor. That way the project feels more complete.

Some ideas to keep in mind while choosing a title for your book are:
• Keep it short and sweet. With titles, less is more. Here are some examples from [...]

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Sharing Your Testimony

Every Christian has a testimony – many more than one. And these testimonies – whether they are about how you got saved or how the Lord was with you through difficulties – are powerful examples of God’s work. They are inspirational to many, whether believers or not. And as a writer, your written testimony has the power to change lives.

And FaithWriters is giving you the opportunity to possibly share your testimony, get it published, and receive royalties on sales!

Testimony Contest, [...]

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Re-Purposed

In honor of Mother’s Day in the States on Sunday

Re-Purposed
By Karen Wilber

“For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” Jeremiah 29:11 NIV

We were in the beginning weeks of a church-wide study of The Purpose Driven Life by Rick Warren. As we progressed from “What on Earth am I Here For?” to “You Were [...]

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