Archive for February, 2016

FaithWriters Gathering Registration Open!

It has been a few years since FaithWriters folks have gathered in person – but that will be changing – and SOON!

In just five months, FaithWriters from across the US (and even around the world!) will be meeting in McDonough, Georgia for the Ignite Your Passion Writers’ Gathering – and registration is now open!

This year’s FaithWriters Gathering is not another writing conference, and it’s not quite a writing retreat. It’s fun, encouragement, fellowship, and hands on workshops. You will write.

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Characterization: Journey to Awareness

Characterization: Journey to Awareness
By Gail Gaymer Martin

Every novel moves the main characters toward growth on their journey from unawareness to awareness. This happens in any genre from suspense to romance. And it happens in real life. We all make mistakes and, hopefully, learn from them.  So do all the main characters in a novel when they are confronted with a situation or an individual whose demands cause opposition that results in change.

Change can be positive or negative. Negative change creates [...]

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How Are Those Goals Going?

Well, we are a month and a half into 2016 – a time when many people have already fallen flat on any New Year’s resolutions/goals they may have made last month. It is easy to get discouraged when we look back and see what we hoped for – and realize we haven’t gotten much closer. And if you are on MY side of the globe, the winter doldrums that may or may not have hit certainly don’t help.

But it’s okay. [...]

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Making Something Out of Nothing

Making Something Out of Nothing
By Delia Latham

Genesis 1:1 In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.

God put His “Seal of Approval” on creativity from the start.

He brought forth the earth and seas and sky and everything above, below and in between – out of “thin air,” as the saying goes. But it wasn’t magic. It was creation (the act of producing or causing to exist, according to Dictionary.com).

And it wasn’t easy. God needed rest after he’d finished His [...]

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Smother Them with Kisses (A Valentine devotional)

Smother Them With Kisses
By Pam Ford Davis

I just had a light bulb revelation. A thought shed light on a much-used expression, ‘Smother them with kisses.’ Okay, to smother is to leave one breathless. Hey, that was a hit song. [Jerry Lee Lewis, 1958]

Valentine’s Day is rapidly approaching. I’m a hopeless romantic; will I smother my sweetie with kisses and shower him with love? Nah, the customary “Happy Valentine’s Day” will suffice.

Inwardly, all blossom when receiving outward expressions of love. The [...]

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Delicious Writing

The FaithWriters Writing challenge is well under way for 2016 – in fact, we are halfway through the first quarter. As you may have heard, this year’s challenge quarters are unthemed, which means the next topic could be just about anything. And this week, we are looking for something…well…delicious.

So, wanna jump in to this week’s challenge? If you are a platinum or gold member, you are more than welcome to write an entry, between 150 and 750 words, with a [...]

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Five Tips for Creating an Effective Newsletter

Five Tips for Creating an Effective Newsletter
By Dorothy Love

Staying in touch with our readers has never been more important than it is now, in these days of shrinking markets and expanding options for the way stories and other types of entertainment are delivered.  I’ve been doing some research on what makes a newsletter worth the time, effort and money it takes to develop, circulate, and maintain it. I studied the newsletters that arrive in my in-box almost daily and thought [...]

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How About Some Haiku?

Did you know that February, the shortest month of the year, is National Haiku Writing Month  (NaHaiWriMo) – a month celebrating the shortest poetry form? (I didn’t until two days ago ) The challenge is to write one haiku a day the entire month of February. Which means, since this post is going live on February 2, you are only a day behind!

I am sure most of you learned haiku in school – but, contrary [...]

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