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Still Thankful

It’s the day after Thanksgiving here in the US. But that doesn’t mean our thanks needs to stop.

We have many, many things to be thankful for. But, at the root of every single one is one simple, mind- blowing, undeniable fact: God’s love is eternal. From everlasting to everlasting, from creation to the new heaven and earth, from the smallest transgression committed by accident to Satan’s rebellion, His love endures forever.

Are you STILL thankful to God for [...]

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Top 15 Finalists for 2015 Page Turner

It is almost time to crown a new Page Turner champion.

That’s right – in just one week, just ONE winner will be announced out of the 41 entries submitted. That person will receive the following prizes:

A fabulous cash prize of $500 (US);
The offer of traditional publication of their winning manuscript by Breath of Fresh Air Press;
Final editing of their manuscript (through Breath of Fresh Air Press);
Free publicity and marketing of their book on all FaithWriters’ sites for twelve months following [...]

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The Power of Asking For Help

The Power of Asking for Help
By Randy Ingermanson

A lot of people go through life afraid to ask for help when they have a question. They’re afraid they’ll look stupid. Nobody wants to look stupid. So they don’t ask.  But there’s a way to ask for help that won’t make anyone think you’re stupid.

Ask Google. (Or any search engine of your choice. For simplicity in this article, I’m just going to talk about Google, but you can use whichever search engine [...]

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Weary in Spirit?

Weary In Spirit?
By Annagail Lynes

When my spirit grows faint within me, it is you who watch over my way. In the path where I walk people have hidden a snare for me. – Psalm 142:3 (NIV).

God knows when you sit down. He knows when you get up. He knows your thoughts before you think them, your words before you say them. He knows what your future is going to be like, the choices you are going to make. He knows [...]

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Setting Descriptions

Setting Descriptions
By Linda Yezak

 He clutches the package tighter to his chest and shoots a glance over his shoulder. Still there. No shakin’ them. Whoever’d hired them is sure gettin’ his money’s worth.

His eyes dart to the “Walk” sign at the corner, and he quick-steps through the noon crowd to the other side of the road. Another glance. Stupid gorillas are still there, not two dozen paces behind. Here–cut in here. Nice busy place to lose them between the rows [...]

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Write What You Know?

Write What You Know
By Gail Gaymer Martin

Everyone has heard the phrase “write what you know,” and yet writing  -whether contemporary or historical – takes research, no matter how much you know.

Keeping your story accurate is important to give readers a sense of truth when they read your work. One significant error can cause readers to distrust everything you say. It is easy to question the write-what-you-know statement, because if all writers did that, where would the thrillers be, the murder mysteries, [...]

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Running Out of Time to Enter Page Turner

It’s October – the middle of the month, even. 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 two and a half weeks 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 in the bottom [...]

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Spirit-Inspired Words

Spirit-Inspired Words
By Shari Weigerstorfer

I was bogged down trying to find the appropriate verbiage for an article I was writing. Agitation replaced enjoyment as I contemplated the merit of two equally good words. I decided to take a break and straighten up my office. As I gathered up the morning newspaper, an advertising slogan jumped out at me: Do you have too many choices? I thought, How appropriate! I have an entire dictionary to choose from!

I don’t believe I’m the only [...]

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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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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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