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Worthy Words

Therefore this is what the LORD says: “If you repent, I will restore you that you may serve me; if you utter worthy, not worthless, words, you will be my spokesman. Let this people turn to you, but you must not turn to them. Jeremiah 15:19 NIV

I love words.

This probably isn’t earth-shattering news to most of you. I imagine most writers are at least mildly fond of them. It’s rather difficult to write without them, and though much can be [...]

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Tips for First Drafts

Author and Editor Suzanne Hartmann shares a couple tips for writers as they work on the first drafts of their novel-length manuscripts. Check out a few more here.

Use Some Type of an Outline

Although seat-of-the-pants writers will chafe at this, it is a good idea to write out your thoughts about your story before you begin writing. This doesn’t necessarily mean it has to be in a form an outliner would call an outline, but it will at least give some [...]

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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 [...]


Writing the Line: Christian vs. Secular Fiction

Writing the Line
By Delia Latham

What makes Christian fiction Christian?

If I had to sum it up in one word, I’d use “relationship.” The major difference in a secular romance and an inspirational one really is that simple: the emotional connection (relationship) between the hero and heroine, and between the characters and God.

Aside from the stringent expectation of quality writing, certain additional standards exist in the world of Christian fiction. A writer hoping to place a manuscript in this market would do [...]


Don’t Waste Your Disasters

FYI – the FaithWriters blog schedule will be changing, starting next week, to Tuesdays and Fridays (with an occasional extra post as needed)

Don’t Waste Your Disasters
By Randy Ingermanson

Bad things happen all the time to novelists.

You get in a car accident.
Your hard drive crashes.
You lose your job.
Somebody in your family dies.
You get robbed at gunpoint.
A fire breaks out in your apartment building.
You break a leg.

The list is endless. Most of these are very bad, and some of them are incredibly awful. [...]


Five Steps to Active Writing

Five Steps to Active Writing
By Jacki McGuyer

You’ve worked hard and long to finish your manuscript. You’ve edited so many times, you’re positive every word is perfect. You’ve slashed all the passive phrases from the text. Now you’re ready to submit your work to agents and publishers.

WHOA, wait a minute. You may have missed the forest for the toothpicks. During the editing process, it’s easy to get hung up on story, plots, and characters, missing the passive and redundant words. Not [...]

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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 [...]


Novel Starts and Stops

Novel Starts and Stops
By Linda Yezak

I recently finished two novels written by two authors with timing trouble. One didn’t know where to start the story, and one didn’t know where to stop.

The first, written by a newbie, opened with the main character on a walk. During that walk, she reminisced over events that had just occurred. I’ve done that before–a paragraph or two devoted to action that occurred before the book’s “page 1.” I got dinged for it, too. When [...]


Dictionary Day

I love the dictionary. I know I’m not the only one, either While the numbers are few and far between, there are SOME other people who understand how excited I was when my husband gave me a copy of the Concise Oxford English Dictionary – for Valentine’s Day. One man’s romance is another man’s doorstop, right?

I love learning about the origin of words, and the many different definitions they may have, or have had, over the years. When [...]


It Won’t Work Unless You Work It

It Won’t Work Unless You Work It
By Dorcas Graham

The thing about success is that it is a mystery to most of us. It is a risky thing to work at something for weeks, months or even years before seeing results.

In the beginning, everyone is your biggest supporter. Everyone likes a good success story; more than that, people just like new, including you. That fresh, clean smell of a brand, spanking new project is like euphoria unleashed. The air feels cleaner, [...]