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"He told another story…" Matthew 13:24 (MSSG)
Matthew 13:24 certainly isn't the only place in the Bible that you'll find a story told by Jesus. In fact, Jesus was a master story-teller and used many stories to relay messages of hope, love, forgiveness, having the right priorities, how to spend your money, using good judgment and gaining wisdom.
Let's face it, the Bible could have been written in a boring textbook form, with step-by-step instructions and technical jargon. But instead, God gave us a story. And even though the Bible is true, it's clear that God prefers communicating with us in story-form. It could be said that the Bible is filled with all types of the genres we're familiar with: romance, action, suspense, mystery, even horror. There's definitely something that appeals to all of us.
As writers, we have the privilege of continuing in God's footsteps and creating stories for our readers to enjoy. And as Christian writers, we have the honor of pointing our readers towards Christ. Is there any higher calling?
Be sure to check out the Out of the Mouths of FaithWriters section at the bottom of this newsletter to see what some of our members have to say about their favorite genre to read and to write.
On August 7th and 8th, many FaithWriters members will be gathered together in Livonia, Michigan for the second bi-annual FaithWriters conference. Although registration has officially ended, if you would like to attend, it's not too late! Please contact us on just what you need to do to make that last-minute reservation. http://www.faithwriters.com/corp-contact.php. We'd love to see you there!
In the meantime, for those who will be attending, be sure to visit the message boards, where conference buzz abounds. Find out what there is to do in Detroit, get hotel information, make dinner plans, and get to know your fellow conference-goers. http://www.faithwriters.com/Boards/phpBB2/viewforum.php?f=49
By the way, there will be a special announcement at the conference regarding a new Writing Challenge Ratings Feedback service, which will be starting very soon. Stay tuned for more details…
For all of the conference details, click here: http://www.faithwriters.com/conference.php
See you in Detroit!
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OUT OF THE MOUTHS OF FAITHWRITERS
Last month, I asked the question:
What is your favorite genre, both to read and to write?
Here are some of the answers received:
"My favorite genres to read are historical fiction and Christian romance. I'm still discovering my favorite genre to write since I am on an enjoyable journey with exploration of several genres right now." - BeckyJoie Oakes
"I'm not sure what my favorite fiction genre is. I have just finished the greatest non-fiction of my short writing career; "Wilma" - A Lady of Courage and Dignity. This is my wife's biography. My favorite genre for writing fiction has to be children's stories. I plan to turn some of my true childhood memories into fictional stories and my next project will be a children's book." – Jim Oates
"I enjoy science fiction above all else. It takes me to strange and exotic worlds and yet emphasizes the unchanging essence of humanity. It's a great genre for "what if?" scenarios, and there's something about changing the overall setting of the story that seems to enhance the "willing suspension of disbelief" in the reader. Suddenly, anything is possible!" – Teddi Deppner
"I think my most favorite genres to read are poetry and drama. Although, I love to read just about anything I can get my hands on. I love to write a little drama and short stories. I love poetry but am still trying to learn how to write poems. Mostly I like to write what will bring honor to God and bless and encourage the reader." - Charlotte Touchton
"Mystery! Can't get enough, especially when there is a spiritual lesson being taught. I read every author who has ever written mystery stories. As much as I love reading it, I don't write it. I prefer writing human-interest stories. Go figure." - Marilyn Meiners
Sounds like we have quite a variety of interests when it comes to genres! Hey, that's what keeps us interesting, right?
Now on to the September question. This one is exclusively for those who attended the FaithWriters conference. Because the conference doesn't take place until the August 7th and 8th, as a reminder, I'll post the question on the message boards after the conference.
SEPTEMBER QUESTION: What is the best piece of writing advice you took away from the FaithWriters conference?
Send your brief (2-3 sentence) answer to: [email protected]. Then check the September newsletter to see if your reply was selected to appear.
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