Archive for October, 2013

Five Steps to Active Writing

Five Steps to Active Writing
By Jacki McGuyer

You’ve worked hard and long to finish your manuscript. You’ve edited so many times, you’re positive every word is perfect. You’ve slashed all the passive phrases from the text. Now you’re ready to submit your work to agents and publishers.

WHOA, wait a minute. You may have missed the forest for the toothpicks. During the editing process, it’s easy to get hung up on story, plots, and characters, missing the passive and redundant words. Not [...]

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THREE DAYS until Page Turner Deadline

Procrastinators – it’s time to stop putting your polishing off – the deadline to submit your entry for FaithWriters’ Fiction Page Turner contest is literally just around the corner. On Thursday night, October 31 at 11:59 ET, submissions for FaithWriters’ biggest contest will close. Don’t delay – there won’t be another opportunity to enter fiction until 2015!

For the unfamiliar, Page Turner is a novel-length manuscript contest – but you don’t need the whole novel! All you need to do is [...]

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NaNoWriMo – Give It A Try!

Hi, folks! Here’s a post, from an “expert,” on a writing challenge you may or may not have heard of. It starts a week from today. Several FWers have participated in the past, and will again this year. Might it be for you? Read on and find out!

NaNoWriMo – Give It A Try!
By Rick Higginson

 National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) is upon us, and as a seven-time participant and winner, I’ve been asked to write a little something about the event.

The [...]

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Member Spotlight: Meet Pauline Brakebill!

It’s been a while since we’ve had a FaithWriters member spotlight – and it seems it’s time we change that. Read on to learn a bit about writer and mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother Pauline Brakebill.

JOANNE SHER: Hi, Pauline, and welcome to the FaithWriters blog. Tell us a bit about yourself.

PAULINE BRAKEBILL: I am a 76 year old mother of 6, grandma of 22, and great-grandmother to 1½. We have also foster–parented around 200 troubled youth. We raised one young [...]

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Novel Starts and Stops

Novel Starts and Stops
By Linda Yezak

I recently finished two novels written by two authors with timing trouble. One didn’t know where to start the story, and one didn’t know where to stop.

The first, written by a newbie, opened with the main character on a walk. During that walk, she reminisced over events that had just occurred. I’ve done that before–a paragraph or two devoted to action that occurred before the book’s “page 1.” I got dinged for it, too. When [...]

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How God Provides – a New Contest!

Every one of us can look back on our lives (some of us may not have to look back much at all!) and see ways the Lord has provide for us when we needed Him – often when we least expected it. And now, FaithWriters has given you a wonderful opportunity to share one of those incidents – and possibly win prizes in the process!

The newest Blog contest – How God Provides – is now open – and besides sharing [...]

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Dictionary Day

I love the dictionary. I know I’m not the only one, either While the numbers are few and far between, there are SOME other people who understand how excited I was when my husband gave me a copy of the Concise Oxford English Dictionary – for Valentine’s Day. One man’s romance is another man’s doorstop, right?

I love learning about the origin of words, and the many different definitions they may have, or have had, over the years. When [...]

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Have You Written (or Started Writing) A Page-Turner?

Have you had a novel idea in your head for years (or months? or days? or even minutes?), and just needed the motivation to get it started? Have a novel already written and not sure if it’s any good? How about one in progress that you’re looking to test?

If so, FaithWriters has just the contest for you – but you’re running out of time! The deadline for the FaithWriters Page Turner Contest – the biggest contest we run – is [...]

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So, Tell Me About Yourself…

A little over two years ago, I did a post here very similar to this one – and I figured it was time to do it again. And besides, I haven’t done a member spotlight post in a while – and this might be a good way to get some names!

There are thousands of FaithWriters members – and a fair number of folks who read this blog on a somewhat regular basis. But we don’t really know many of you [...]

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It Won’t Work Unless You Work It

It Won’t Work Unless You Work It
By Dorcas Graham

The thing about success is that it is a mystery to most of us. It is a risky thing to work at something for weeks, months or even years before seeing results.

In the beginning, everyone is your biggest supporter. Everyone likes a good success story; more than that, people just like new, including you. That fresh, clean smell of a brand, spanking new project is like euphoria unleashed. The air feels cleaner, [...]

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