Archive for August, 2013

Christian Book Blog Contest Deadline Approaching!

Did you know you only have JUST UNDER TWO WEEKS to enter the current FaithWriters blog contest?  The deadline for the current contest, Christian Books, is a week from this coming Monday! That’s right – on Sept 10, 2013 at  midnght Eastern Time, the contest will close. And this contest can benefit just about EVERY member – not just the winners (who will get great prizes, by the way).

The current blogging contest is meant to promote the FaithWriters bookstore, a [...]

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Putting the Foundations Under Your Dreams

On this day, the 50th anniversary of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr’s “I Have a Dream” speech, a devotional from a FaithWriters member about making dreams come true – writing or otherwise.

Putting the Foundations under Your Dreams
By Wangari Murathe

“For a dream cometh through the multitude of business; and a fool’s voice is known by multitude of words”. Ecclesiastes 5:3 (KJV)

You cannot achieve your vision by mere wishing or talking about it. It takes hard work to achieve success. [...]

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Learn How to Write Devotions that Sell

Learn How to Write Devotions That Sell
By Edie Melson

One of the questions I get the most is how to write devotions that sell. Unless you’re writing flash fiction or poetry, a devotion will be one of the shortest pieces you’ll ever write.

A devotion is a piece that illustrates a truth through a story. Almost always, the truth being illustrated is a Scripture from the Bible. Occasionally you’ll run into other truths illustrated in a similar fashion, but these are generally [...]

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Those Sneaky Austrians

A bit of fiction – with a touch of truth – about the writing life, juggling responsibilities, and subliminal messages (by yours truly).

Those Sneaky Austrians

By Joanne Sher

12:54pm Well, today’s the day. My professor told me that I just needed to set some time aside and protect it, and my goal will be within reach.

So, I did. Three hours once a month, starting in about five minutes. The phone will be off the hook. Email, Facebook, Twitter, and my [...]

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A Day for Poetry

Not all the folks at FaithWriters write stories, devotionals, and articles. There are quite a few poets among the membership. And even if you’ve never written a poem, most likely you’ve at least read some (the Old Testament books of Psalms and Lamentations, among others, are books of poetry).

And today, August 21, by declaration of who-knows-who, is Poet’s Day. (but, in case you’re wondering, I did NOT make it up! LOL) A day to, perhaps, write a poem? Or read [...]

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Five Tips on Writing for Anthologies

Five Tips on Writing for Anthologies
By Lynda Lee Schab

Many writers get their publication start with anthologies. Typically shorter in length, writing a brief testimony or flash fiction piece is much more “doable” than, say, authoring a full-length novel or conducting the research required for a feature article. If seeing your story in a Chicken Soup for the Soul book is something you’ve been dreaming about, then read on.

Here are a five simple tips for bettering your chances of getting published [...]

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A Tribute to Writers

A Tribute to Writers
By Maria Franco

Words make a writer. The strong potential of words can never be underestimated as it conveys a thousand expressions. Words make a writer come alive. It is the writer’s very thoughts and emotions down on paper. An integral part of the writer’s mind, heart and soul lives on in those words. These words may relate to life, love, nature, beauty, etc. It is the privilege of a writer to use the power of words, to [...]

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Can You Relate?

If you’ve been writing for any length of time, you’ve likely heard, more than once, the need to “show” and not “tell” – to get inside your characters and allow your readers to experience what they are experiencing, instead of just telling your audience what the character is going through. If you want your readers to connect with your chIaracters, they need to  feel like they ARE your character.

My first novel-length manuscript (currently unpublished ) is a non-fiction book about [...]

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A Weak Hook: Don’t Make This Common New Writer Mistake!

TOP 10 MISTAKES NEW FICTION 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 the most difficult things for a new [...]

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Page Turner Novel Contest Deadline Approaching

Are you working on a novel? Do you have an idea for one? Do you need motivation to get on the bal and start getting it written?

Well, FaithWriters may just have the contest for you. But don’t delay TOO much longer – the deadline is less than three months away for the Page Turner Contest. This year it’s fiction’s turn.

All FaithWriters Platinum members (not a Platinum member? Click here to upgrade) need is the first chapter of their novel (fiction) [...]

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