Archive for the ‘Announcements’ Category

The Key to Writing Good Fiction—Put Your Reader to Sleep

The Key to Writing Good Fiction—Put Your Reader to Sleep

By Edie Melson

Yes, you read the title correctly. Put your reader to sleep.

Okay, maybe not completely to sleep, but at least allow them to dream. What does dreaming have to do with writing? Everything. The dream I’m referring to is the fictional dream. If you’ve never heard the term before, don’t worry. I guarantee you know what I’m talking about. I think author, John Gardner says it best.

“What counts in [...]

1 Comment

Blog Contest Winners – and Another to Enter

It’s time to send a hearty congratulations to the winners of November’s FaithWriters Blog Contest, How God Provides.  With over two dozen entries, the hosting website and ministry,, had a tough time choosing winners, but here they are!

1st Place – How God Provides What Santa Cannot, by Penny R. Koontz as told to Harriett Ford (Harriett receives $150.00 in paid writing assignments from and her entry posted on 100 Christian blogs)

2nd Place – How God Provides Rest, by [...]

Comments Off

Some Christmas Reading AND Writing

With December upon us, FaithWriters has some great ways for you to get in the REAL Christmas spirit – the spirit of remembering Christ’s birth. Whether you’re in the mood to write something, or just need a break and want to read some quality writing, FaithWriters is a great place to stop.

For the reader, be sure to check out the December issue of FaithWriters Magazine. With everything from a touching, humorous piece on the true message of Christmas, to lovely [...]

Comments Off

Congrats to our 2013 Page Turner Champions!

After almost 12 months of excitement and nail-biting suspense, it is time to announce the winners of the seventh annual Writing and Editing Service/Breath of Fresh Air Press Page Turner Contest.

The 2013 Page Turner Writing Contest began on January 1, with the focus for the year being fiction. Entrance to the competition was open to all members of the FaithWriters Platinum 500, and 47 submissions were received before entries closed on October 31.

Entries comprised a synopsis, outlining the planned [...]

1 Comment

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 [...]

Comments Off

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 [...]

Comments Off

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 [...]


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 [...]

Comments Off

NaNoWriMo – Give It A Try!

Hi, folks! Here’s a post, from an “expert,” on a writing challenge you may or may not have heard of. It starts a week from today. Several FWers have participated in the past, and will again this year. Might it be for you? Read on and find out!

NaNoWriMo – Give It A Try!
By Rick Higginson

 National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) is upon us, and as a seven-time participant and winner, I’ve been asked to write a little something about the event.

The [...]


Member Spotlight: Meet Pauline Brakebill!

It’s been a while since we’ve had a FaithWriters member spotlight – and it seems it’s time we change that. Read on to learn a bit about writer and mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother Pauline Brakebill.

JOANNE SHER: Hi, Pauline, and welcome to the FaithWriters blog. Tell us a bit about yourself.

PAULINE BRAKEBILL: I am a 76 year old mother of 6, grandma of 22, and great-grandmother to 1½. We have also foster–parented around 200 troubled youth. We raised one young [...]

Comments Off