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Discouraged? Turn Your Focus to God

Discouraged? Turn Your Focus to God
By Suzanne Hartmann

Several years ago, after I had received over twenty rejection letters from querying agents for several months, I succumbed to discouragement. I questioned whether I was going in the right direction with my novel, The Race that Lies Before Us. Thankfully, God had the answer for me, but I had to look to Him to receive it.

The following week, my church began a Bible study called Experiencing God. As I looked [...]

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The Writing Challenge – It’s Not About the Song

Have you checked out the Spring Quarter’s topics for the FaithWriters Writing Challenge? I imagine they are quite familiar to you – but to enter, you need to throw that familiarity out the door.

Confused? Let me help. This quarter’s topics are Christian song or hymn titles – “Stand Up For Jesus,” for example – but your entries may NOT be about the song itself: the origins, verses, or anything else related to the actual song are off limits.

Doesn’t sound easy [...]

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Poem From a Broken Writer

Poem From a Broken Writer
By Abby Kelly

I felt sunlight softening soul into spirit,
Liquifying calcified dreams
Pressed dormant into crannies
Of this flesh-shell.

I felt icicles like prisms melting
Drips of radiant, golden life
Suspended from the end of despair
And soften, butter-yellow
Fall, back into this flesh-shell.

Yes, I felt sunlight soften my soul
Dripping spirit back into body
Filling, ever so slowly, back up this
Gutted flesh-shell.

I watched goals and dreams flitter
Like litter cross the street,
Fast and flimsy, uncharted, un-chased
Un-pursued.

Acorns pop beneath my feet,
Rebelling, I walk past lecture halls
And lessons.
I [...]

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Music and the Muse

Music and the Muse
by Randy Ingermanson

When you’re writing a full-length novel, you’re going to spend a lot of time typing your first draft. Probably at least 100 hours, and possibly much longer.

Anything that makes you more creative during those hundreds of hours will pay off hugely. It’ll take you less time to write your first draft. And your first draft will be better.

I recently asked a number of writers if they listen to music when they write. The reason I [...]

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A Lesson in Trust, For Writers

A Lesson in Trust, For Writers
by Linda Yezak

Have you ever read a book or manuscript written by someone who obviously doesn’t trust you? The author tells you what the character is going to do, then shows the character doing it, and finishes by interpreting the actions just in case you didn’t get it. Italics tell us the character is thinking, and the telling goes from there:

Clara saw someone who looked like Ron. I wonder if that’s Ron? She ran ideas through her [...]

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God Friday

GOD Friday
By Anna Caison

According to Ken Collins http://(www.kencollins.com), Good Friday in German is called Mourning (Karfreitag) Friday because it was on this day that the disciples of Jesus mourned at His crucifixion. He further adds that the word good had a secondary meaning, holy; and how in some phrases the words God and Good was switched around because of their similarity (ex: God be with you, today is simply, good-bye). So maybe at one time, Good Friday may have been [...]

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A Piece of Stained Glass

A Piece of Stained Glass
By Marlene Mesot

I don’t mind sharing myself with others, as in my writing, because this is how God can use me as a tool for His witness. Writing is a means of self expression, but when it is shared, it becomes universal. There is no greater example of how to write than the Holy Word of God. Even to those who do not believe its writings, the Bible is recognized as a great literary [...]

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Spring has Sprung!

Today is the first day of Spring – in the Northern Hemisphere, anyhow. (Fall starts tomorrow for our Southern Hemisphere friends) It means new life, Easter, Passover, spring break, spring cleaning, spring training. Lots of things like that – all starting up. It means thawing out, opening the windows for some fresh air, putting away the winter clothes (though here in Michigan, there’s no guarantee it’s quite time for that LOL), exercising outdoors, and all the fun things that come [...]

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Don’t Make Their Lives Easy

Don’t Make Their Lives Easy

By Gail Gaymer Martin

Too often authors make situations too easy for characters. They like the people they create, and just as they want happiness and success for their real life friends, they want the same for their characters. But a novel with easy to resolved problems is really a “why bother” story.

Real life piles problems on people every day, some easily solved and some not, so characters need to have similar lives. [...]

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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 [...]

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