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Discipline and Writing

Discipline and Writing

By Lynda Lee Schab

Writing lately has been challenging for me. I take that back. Writing has been virtually non-existent for me. . As I was mulling this over, I had an epiphany. Wanna hear it?

My book won’t write itself.

Deep, I know.

A while back, I saw a reporter interviewing Anne Hathaway on some entertainment TV show. Apparently, Anne had just lost about 15 pounds for a movie role. I know, right? The girl doesn’t have an extra [...]

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FaithWriters’ Daily Devotional

Did you know that FaithWriters puts out a daily devotional? And that you can get it for free in your email box, or put it on your site at no cost? AND that you could have your own devotional included?

Every day, a devotional by a FaithWriters member is posted at the FaithWriters Great Multitude Christian Daily Devotional area of the site. These short bits of God’s wisdom and encouragement from your sisters and brothers in Christ are a great way [...]

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Eight Ground Rules for Achieving Your Dreams

Eight Ground Rules for Achieving Your Dreams
by Megan DiMaria

Do you have a dream? A goal?

Is there a desire that has burned in your heart for years?

Or has a new vision popped into your mind?

Here’s the secret to staying motivated so you meet your goal:

Don’t wait until you accomplish your goal to be proud of yourself.

 Be proud of yourself every time you endeavor to reach your dream.
 
Be proud of every step you take to meet your goal.

Here are eight ground rules [...]

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Less than 24 Hours to Write your 50-Word Story!

Do you remember the contest/challenge I announced last Tuesday? To write an entire story in 50 words and post it in the comments of the original post? And that there might be a prize? Well, the deadline is 11:59pm ET TONIGHT(Friday, May 8), and as of Wednesday afternoon (when I wrote this post), we were only one new person shy of “earning” the prize.

Check out the original post for details – and to post your own 50-word story in the [...]

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8 Tips for Those with Social Media Commitment Issues

8 Tips for Those with Social Media Commitment Issues
By Edie Melson

We all know it’s important for writers to have a solid presence online. But many of us struggle with Social Media commitment issues. We have good intentions, but our follow-through may be less than stellar.

So today I’d like to share some tips to help you stay on track.
Stay Committed to Social Media
1. Set Reasonable Expectations. I think this is the most important piece of advice I can give you. When [...]

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Get Caught Reading

Have you seen the 50-word challenge on the blog from Tuesday? Check it out – you have until next Friday, May 8, to enter.

Writers love to write – but they also need to read. Reading – both in and out of your genre – can help improve your craft almost as much as writing can. And besides, if folks didn’t read, we’d all be out of a job (right??). And, reading is FUN.

May is National Get Caught Reading [...]

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A Fun and TOUGH Challenge

Writing tight.

It is definitely a challenge. For most folks, it is much easier to go on and on about something than to just get to the point. Learning to say a lot in just a few words is a hard-earned skill for many. Many folks here at FaithWriters have honed that talent in the Writing Challenge, which limits you to 750 words per submission. It really is harder than it looks.

But challenge-length entries aren’t the shortest ones out [...]

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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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