Archive for August, 2014

Blank and Blank – Rise to the Challenge!

Well, we’re in the middle of the current Writing Challenge quarter, and the topics have been pretty fun – and always double! This quarter, every topic is TWO words that you need to write about (this is AND, not OR), and whether it be husband and wife, salt and pepper, or day and night, some wonderful pieces were created.

The newest topic, which opened yesterday, is CUP and SAUCER. Lots of ways to approach it. And there are still a handful [...]

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So You Want To be a Writer

So You Want to be a Writer

By Jennifer Slattery

First of all, run now, while you still have a chance. Just kidding. But seriously, writing is not for the thin-skinned. And it isn’t nearly as glamorous as it might seem. In fact, most days you’ll be glued to your computer, still in PJ’s at two in the afternoon, ball cap by your side in case one of your normal, presentable neighbors happen by. Although truth be told, you probably [...]

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Have You Written a (Nonfiction) Page Turner?

Got a great nonfiction book in your drawer? Or started on your computer? Or even just an idea for one? If you are a FaithWriters Platinum member, there is a fabulous contest you can enter, at no charge, that could get your book published!

The eighth annual Page Turner writing contest (sponsored by FaithWriters.com, Finesse Writing and Editing Service, and Breath of Fresh Air Press) is now open, and this year, it’s for non-fiction. All you need to do is write the [...]

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What Do You Do For a Living? Your Characters at Work

What Do You Do For a Living? Your Characters at Work
By Dorothy Love

Giving your characters the right job can help your novel in three ways:

*it helps with characterization
*it lends credibility you, the author
*it suggests ideas for plot

In medical novels, cowboy-themed novels, and detective novels, the job is the novel. If Miss Marple were not an amateur sleuth, there would be no story, for example. But you can still use your character’s job to characterize him/her, because the why of someone’s [...]

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Another Month to Submit Your Testimony!

In case you haven’t seen, the deadline to enter FaithWriters’ second Testimony contest has been extended another month. You now have until September 15, 2014 to submit your testimony for possible publication (and participation in royalties) in FaithWriters’ second testimony book.

All upgraded  members (click here to upgrade if necessary) who were not published in FaithWriters’ first book Trials and Triumphs are eligible to enter. Simply write your testimony (either of salvation or of keeping your faith during struggles) according to [...]

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Conflict that LIfts the Bar

Conflict that Lifts the Bar
by Gail Gaymer Martin

Problems, crises and conflicts need solutions, but the conflict needs to be strong. It can’t be running out of wine at a party or disagreeing on what movie to see. You all know that arguments and disagreements aren’t worthy of being considered a conflict in fiction.

A conflict needs to involve a vital situation or issue needed for the main character to reach his goal. He needs enough money to pay the taxes and [...]

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Five Facts About Writing Contests

Five Facts About Writing Contests

By Lynda Lee Schab

Thinking about entering a writing contest? Here are a few things you may want to keep in mind:

The best things in writing aren’t always free. People often complain about writing contests that aren’t free. Hey, free contests are great, but they also tend to be sponsored by huge publications that have huge prize budgets or wealthy donors. And that equals huge competition for you. Yes, someone has to win and it [...]

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Private Messenger now available to ALL members!

All members can now receive direct private messages from anyone interested in their writing through private messenger. If you had previously listed your email address in your profile, it should be removed now to reduce potential spam to your email address. Private messenger provides you with a level of privacy and security you did not have when posting your actual email address.
 
If you are a Silver member and have never been able to check your private messages, there may be [...]

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Win A Xulon Best Seller Package – Raffle

Have a book you have been considering self-publishing? FaithWriters has several ways you can be in the running to win a Xulon Bestseller Package (over $4,000 retail value!) – and the newest one just went live today!

For our newest contest we are holding an old fashioned raffle with a hi-tech touch. There is no purchase required and you could win a Xulon Publishing Package ($4,383.00 Retail Value) to be used for any type of Christian book you desire. All FaithWriters [...]

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