Archive for September, 2015

You Think English is Easy? Our Crazy Language

You Think English is Easy?  Our Crazy Language
By Lynda Lee Schab

This was sent to me by a fellow author and I knew I had to share it. Let me know if you can think of any more.

  
You think English is easy??

1) The bandage was wound around the wound.
2) The farm was used to produce produce.
3) The dump was so full that it had to refuse more refuse.
4) We must polish the Polish furniture
5) He could lead if he would [...]

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Writing Challenge Ratings Reports for Platinum Members

We are about to offer the best new tool we have offered in years to greatly improve your writing. Can you imagine how much you could improve your writing skill by receiving a review on your submission from the Writing Challenge judges?

Starting this next Writing Challenge quarter, which begins October 1, Platinum members can receive up to three rating reports per member a quarter on their entries. These reports come directly from the judges. They will clearly let you know [...]

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Summer 2015 Writing Challenge Quarterly Cash Winners

A HUGE congratulations to EVERYONE who entered the FaithWriters Writing Challenge this past quarter.  Just by submitting an entry, you are a winner (at least in my book! I haven’t gotten a single piece in yet this year). But some pieces rise even higher than that to place – while others go even higher than that.

And that is what the quarterly cash awards are meant to recognize. The highest scoring entry in EACH LEVEL over each entire ten-week quarter receives [...]

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How to Handle Flashbacks

How to Handle Flashbacks

by Dorothy Love

Should I use a flashback in my novel? If so where does it go? How do I get in and out of the flashback scene?

Good questions. Not every novel benefits from the addition of a flashback–a scene that takes a character back in time to  relive a previous event. But it can be  useful if your novel covers a period of years, or if your present story has its origins in a past [...]

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Page Turner Deadline In a Month and a Half

Autumn (on this side of the world, anyway)  is nearly upon us. And for FaithWriters folks, that can mean only one thing – the deadline for the ninth annual Page Turner Contest is sneaking up on us. In a mere six and a half weeks, the opportunity to be considered for a publishing package for your fiction manuscript will be gone – for two years! (Next year’s contest will focus on nonfiction)

Maybe you’ve got a half-written manuscript gathering dust [...]

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Remembering

There are some pictures I still can’t look at without choking up, without mourning. Without forgetting Who is in control. But no matter what I remember, it’s still true. He is sovereign of our days and nights. Of our blessings and curses. Of good and evil. And we rejoice in all he has done over the last fourteen years. May we NEVER forget the reason for Patriot Day.

Though the fig tree does not bud and there are no grapes on [...]

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What Are You Saying?

What Are You Saying?
By Annagail Lynes

“Open wide your mouth and I will fill it.” (Psalm 81:10, NIV)

I hate talking on the phone.

I have to call people every day at work. I have to order their medication. I needed updated insurance information. Are they still on a certain medication? Do they need me to refill it?

I don’t mind doing podcasts, but I can’t talk in public without looking at someone, even if it is myself in the mirror.

The anxiety comes from [...]

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How an Author Handles Doubt

How Authors Handle Doubt
by Megan DiMaria

Some days it’s difficult to feel confident about your writing. Fears pop up like dandelions after the first spring rain.

Those worries and questions play on a loop in your brain:

*Is this good enough to be published?
*Does it make sense?
*Will anyone want to read it?
*Do I sound ridiculous?
*Am I wasting my time?
*Will I ever be pleased with this project?

And on and on and on . . .

I’m not the first writer to have these doubts. And I [...]

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Save the Date: July 15-16, 2016 – FW Writer Celebration!

Save the date! 15-16 July 2016.

Join us in McDonough, Georgia for the FaithWriters’ Celebration for Writers.

Thank you to the gracious people of First Baptist Church, McDonough, for so willingly hosting our gathering.

This is not going to be a heavy conference. In fact, we aren’t calling it a conference at all. This will be a place to fellowship with other writers, get hands on experience, write with likeminded people, get feedback, develop new skills, and have lots of fun.

If you are [...]

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