Archive for July, 2010

Unfocused Friday: Favorite Flavors

Disclaimer: This post has absolutely nothing to do with writing. It does, however, have everything to do with the gifts God has given us.

I am totally convinced that ice cream is a gift from God. And because, as I first mentioned on Tackle it Tuesday, July is NATIONAL ICE CREAM MONTH. And it just wouldn’t be right to ignore this delectable holiday.


Today’s post offers a little bit of challenge, and a lot of fun. Here’s the deal. I’ll […]


Three Writing Exercises

Who likes to exercise? I have a feeling there aren’t many hands going up around cyber space. Go figure.

However, although we may not like it, exercise is necessary if we want to stay toned, healthy, and strong, right? Right?

Same goes with our writing. Writing exercises may not be fun, but they help us. So here are three things you can do at any given time to tone and strengthen your writing talent.

1. People Watch. Head to your local coffee shop, […]


It’s Baaaaaaack!

Well, we made it through another year of Challenges. The Best of the Best has been crowned (Go Ann! Read my just-posted interview with Ann HERE). And we’ve taken the normal 2-week Challenge hiatus, giving all of our wonderful judges – and of course, our hard-working, beloved coordinator, Deb Porter – a much needed break.

And now we’re into the middle of July. What happens now? Oh, stop feigning ignorance. You know exactly what happens now.

That’s right. A new year of […]


I Scream, You Scream…

You may or may not know that it’s National Ice Cream Month. I know this not only because  my husband works for a dairy company (you’re jealous, I can tell) but because I really could live on ice cream. Seriously. So, it’s no surprise that I am aware of this national holiday. I also plan to take advantage of it. As in, eat extra ice cream. Hello…who am  I to ruin a good holiday? And to think it […]


Meet Member Shann Hall-Lochmann VanBennekom

Today is MEMBER MONDAY, my favorite blogging day of the week. I just love getting to know fellow FaithWriters members, don’t you? Today we meet Shann Hall-Lochmann VanBennekom (betcha can’t say that 10 times, fast :-)). Instead of an interview, Shann opted to write her own monologue, which I think is great. Something a little different to keep things interesting.

So grab a cup of coffee, sit back and get to know Shann.

Hi there,

My name is Shann Hall-LochmannVanBennekom […]


13 Funny Rules for Writers

1. Verbs HAS to agree with their subjects.

2. Prepositions are not words to end sentences with.

3. And don’t start a sentence with a conjunction.

4. It is wrong to ever split an infinitive.

5. Avoid clichés like the plague. (They’re old hat.)

6. Be more or less specific.

8. Parenthetical […]


The Creator’s Heart

Isn’t it cool that the first way the Bible introduces God to us is as The Creator? Creating is what He does. Creating is a natural part – a BIG part – of who God is. But while most things are created WITH something (clay, wood, ingredients, legos, whatever), God has the ability to create out of nothing.

He spoke…it was. Period.

So have you ever considered how privileged we are as writers to connect with […]


Finding Your Way Around FaithWriters

Deb Porter posted this on the FaithWriters message boards a few months ago and I thought it was worth reprinting here. If you’re a new member or just haven’t quite figured out how everything works, hopefully this will help.

Over the years, FaithWriters has grown from a quite simple, one service site to a very large site that provides a multitude of services. As such, it can be a little tricky at times to find your way around.

So […]

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Something Smells Fishy…

Fishing is a great summer activity-slash-sport. I used to love fishing with my dad. Totally didn’t mind baiting the hook but I’ll admit, I let my dad remove the fish I caught. Something about the flapping around really freaked me out.

Do you have a fishy tale? I hope so, because this week I am challenging you to write a brief account of a time you went fishing. Was it a good experience? Did you hate it? Were you […]


Meet Member Joanne Sher

I am positively thrilled to introduce you to FaithWriters member, Joanne Sher. Incidentally, Joanne lives only a few miles from me and I first met her about 3 years ago at a local coffee shop. She is a total sweetheart and has a heart of gold. Many of you may know her as head Jeweler (the Jewelers are a group of members committed to commenting on general article submissions and encouraging new members). If you’re attending the FaithWriters conference, you’ll […]

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