Archive for February, 2014

Broken Record Writing

Broken-Record Writing
By Delia Latham

With the advent of CDs and streaming music, the term “broken record” is fast becoming obsolete. I’m hoping most people still know what it means.

Even if the experience is not personal, most of us have heard the result of a scratched record. The needle gets hung in the scratch, the record keeps spinning, and the result is an annoying repetition of the same words – over and over…and over again.

It happens in writing as well. Sometimes our [...]

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The End of the Challenge Quarter is Near!

So, have you entered the FaithWriters Writing Challenge lately? If you haven’t (or even if you have), and you want to get in on this quarter’s topics, you only have a few more weeks. That’s right – this quarter, which has topics focused on “ends,” is close to ITS end. This week’s topic – The Short End of the Stick – is the eighth topic of the quarter, which means only two more follow before we have a short break.

What [...]

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When Readers Hate Your Characters

When Readers Hate Your Characters
by Dorothy Love

So, when my book Beauty For Ashes released a couple years back, the reviews came in from bloggers and from Amazon readers. I received my share of positive reviews, but I’ve been surprised at the strong reaction to one of my secondary characters from some readers. One reader said Mary made her so mad she wanted to throw the book across the room. Another said Mary is a woman you love to hate.  One [...]

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Xulon Publishing Package: YOU Help Decide

As mentioned previously, FaithWriters and Xulon Press are teaming up to award two comprehensive publishing packages to upgraded members. One of the packages will be used to produce a second testimony book, with testimonies from fifty Gold and/or Platinum members. Another will be rewarded to a single Platinum member for the best fiction manuscript with a sound biblical message. These packages are worth over $4,000 each. Click here for more details on these packages and how to enter.

But what about [...]

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Stick to It!

Stick to It!
By Jennifer Slattery

Today wasn’t one of my best writing days. Although I hit my word count goal, I didn’t stagger away from my computer until near three. Since I normally start novel work by 7:30, that made for a long day. One with editing and publicity work still waiting to be conquered.

In light of my rather murky muse, it’s no wonder I considered a major gear shift. In fact, as I puttered around the house, sweeping away the [...]

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Newest Blog Contest with Cash Prizes

Are you ready for the next blogging contest? It’s an opportunity to help FaithWriters itself, let folks know about a few wonderful publishing opportunities, AND possibly win a cash prize.

What is a blogging contest, you ask? Get some general details at the FW blogging contest page. In brief, you need to write an article about the assigned topic following the guidelines, and post it in three different places. Judges will choose the best ones, and those people (for this specific [...]

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The Conflict Web

The Conflict Web
By Gail Gaymer Martin

While skimming an article on a variety of writing fiction topics, a new thought came to me—the complexity of conflict. Though I’ve shared many posts on conflict, one element that comes to mind hasn’t been covered, and that is the spider element of conflict. By this I mean, as a spider weaves a tangled web—and has numerous legs—so can conflict.

One basic conflict can be multifaceted with outreaching legs that add to the conflict. Let me [...]

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Xulon Press Publishing Packages to be Awarded!

Have you heard the big news? FaithWriters is working with Xulon Press to award three comprehensive publishing packages – plus discounts on Xulon publishing packages and more – during 2014.
 
Xulon Press has been around for years and is one of the largest Christian self-publishers. FaithWriters has negotiated an arrangement with them that offers definite financial savings at the time you contract with them, as well as providing the added protection of dealing with a publisher that not only wants you [...]

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