Archive for November, 2013

Sin Is Like A Wild Goose

Sin Is Like a Wild Goose
By annie keys

One year my youngest son, Paul, told me not to thaw the turkey, he was going to go goose hunting. The day before Thanksgiving, before the sun was even awake, he headed out to hunt.

Indeed, he DID bring home a goose! I told him I’d cook it when it showed up in my kitchen sink plucked and gutted; mama doesn’t clean game.All smiles, he happily went outside with his hunting knife and [...]

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FaithWriters Updates/Goings Ons

Several things going on here at FaithWriters over the next few weeks – and I thought you might like to hear about some of them. If so – read on!

FaithWriters Writing Challenge

We are currently in the eighth week of the Fall Quarter of the challenge, which has focused on animal-related sayings/idioms. The current topic (with a deadline of 11am Thanksgiving morning ET) is Wolf in Sheep’s Clothing. Get your entry in before the deadline – and watch for the next [...]

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Worthy Words

Therefore this is what the LORD says: “If you repent, I will restore you that you may serve me; if you utter worthy, not worthless, words, you will be my spokesman. Let this people turn to you, but you must not turn to them. Jeremiah 15:19 NIV

I love words.

This probably isn’t earth-shattering news to most of you. I imagine most writers are at least mildly fond of them. It’s rather difficult to write without them, and though much can be [...]

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Tips for First Drafts

Author and Editor Suzanne Hartmann shares a couple tips for writers as they work on the first drafts of their novel-length manuscripts. Check out a few more here.

Use Some Type of an Outline

Although seat-of-the-pants writers will chafe at this, it is a good idea to write out your thoughts about your story before you begin writing. This doesn’t necessarily mean it has to be in a form an outliner would call an outline, but it will at least give some [...]

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Thanksgiving-Related Contest – Just Two Weeks to Enter!

How has God provided for you? How have you seen His provision in the lives of others?

If you have a story (and I’m sure we ALL do!), have we got a contest for you! But don’t delay – you only have two weeks to submit your entry!

The newest FaithWriters blogging contest, “How God Provides,” is an opportuntiy to share God’s provision with readers, benefit a wonderful Christian ministry, and maybe even win paid writing assignments.

Simply write an article of 750 [...]

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Where Do You Get Your Writing Ideas?

We’re halfway through the FaithWriters Writing Challenge‘s last quarter of 2013, about a third of the way through NaNoWriMo (and PiBoIdMo – which you probably know NOTHING about – but that I’m participating in!), and less than two months from the end of the year.  Oh – and the latest blogging contest ends in less than thre weeks. And sometimes around this time, our idea well starts to run dry.

With Thanksgiving, Christmas, and the new year on the horizon, it’s [...]

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Writing the Line: Christian vs. Secular Fiction

Writing the Line
By Delia Latham

What makes Christian fiction Christian?

If I had to sum it up in one word, I’d use “relationship.” The major difference in a secular romance and an inspirational one really is that simple: the emotional connection (relationship) between the hero and heroine, and between the characters and God.

Aside from the stringent expectation of quality writing, certain additional standards exist in the world of Christian fiction. A writer hoping to place a manuscript in this market would do [...]

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The Writing Challenge – Jump In!

Have you participated in the FaithWriters Writing Challenge lately? It’s a fabulous way to improve your writing , get used to writing to a deadline and word count, and even get some encouragement and feedback on your entries. Lots of FaithWriters have grown tremendously as writers by entering the Writing Challenge. So give it a try – or come on back!

This quarter, the topics are animal-related sayings, so there is A LOT of room for creativity! Feel free to let [...]

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Don’t Waste Your Disasters

FYI – the FaithWriters blog schedule will be changing, starting next week, to Tuesdays and Fridays (with an occasional extra post as needed)

Don’t Waste Your Disasters
By Randy Ingermanson

Bad things happen all the time to novelists.

You get in a car accident.
Your hard drive crashes.
You lose your job.
Somebody in your family dies.
You get robbed at gunpoint.
A fire breaks out in your apartment building.
You break a leg.

The list is endless. Most of these are very bad, and some of them are incredibly awful. [...]

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