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Are You Really a Writer?

Are You Really A Writer?
By Suzanne Lieurance, the Working Writer’s Coach

People always ask me, “How do I tell if I’m really a writer?”

I tell them that’s an easy question to answer.

If you’re really a writer, you write.

But that’s not all real writers do.

Real writers also take joy in the writing process itself instead of simply wanting to have written something.

Someone who is really a writer loves the process of writing, even when the process is torturous, as it can be [...]

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Congratulations to Writing Challenge Quarterly Cash Winners

A HUGE congratulations to EVERYONE who entered the FaithWriters Writing Challenge this past quarter.  Just by submitting an entry, you are a winner. But some pieces rise even higher than that to place – while others go even higher than that.

And that is what the quarterly cash awards are meant to recognize. The highest scoring entry in EACH LEVEL over each entire ten-week quarter receives a $50 cash prize. This past quarter had a cooking theme – from fold to [...]

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Meet Page Turner Runner-Up Rachel Malcolm

See the interview with Page Turner winner Debbie Roome here, and other runner up Harriet Ford here.

Rachel Malcolm has been at FaithWriters for three years now – and now her novel has been named as a runner-up in the Page Turner contest! Read on to learn more about her writing, her family, and her other passions – plus some tips for  those of us who want to get serious about writing.

JOANNE SHER: First of all, congratulations on placing [...]

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Query Letter Mistakes to Avoid

Part of Suzanne Hartmann‘s Top Ten Query Mistakes Blog Series

Query Letter Mistakes to Avoid
by Suzanne Hartmann
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There are so many literary agencies out there that it can be tempting to send a generic letter out to bunches of agencies at the same time to see who shows interest in your book. The problem is that not every agency represents each subject and genre, so sending out a generic query letter to every agency under the sun is the [...]

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Meet 2015 Page Turner Champion Debbie Roome!

Debbie Roome is no stranger to the Page Turner. This is her third time named as a finalist – but THIS time, her book Twisted Ribbons has taken the top prize. Read on as we hear about Debbie’s writing, her passions, and what inspires her.

JOANNE SHER: First of all, congratulations on your win! Can you tell us a bit about how you found out (I believe you were actually on vacation)? What was your reaction?

DEBBIE ROOME: I was visiting my [...]

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Ruthlessly Eliminate Hurry

Ruthlessly Eliminate Hurry

By Jennifer Woodley

There is a quirky quote I found pinned at eye level near the kettle in the kitchen. It reads ‘Ruthlessly Eliminate Hurry’. Simple to read, however, not so simple to do. It reminds me of the wise words of Evelyn Underhill describing our current state of being. “Most of us live such fractured and fragmented lives that centeredness (wholly centering on one thing) is a foreign word to us. The moment we try to [...]

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Still Thankful

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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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