Archive for January, 2011

Interview with 2010 Page Turner Winner, Shauna Soukoreff Dolan

Today, I am pleased to present an interview with 2010 Page Turner Winner, Shauna Soukoreff Dolan. Join me as I chat with Shauna about her writing, her family, and how it felt when she learned she took first prize in this exciting contest.

LYNDA: Do you remember the first time you fell in love with writing?

SHAUNA: Yes. I was in Grade 7 when I first became passionate about writing. It was then that I discovered the powerful impact the written […]


Writing and Comfort Foods

Another fun holiday for you from…

Did you know that January is National Oatmeal Month AND National Soup Month? It’s true! With much of the USA covered in snow, I can understand the soup thing, since it’s warm and everything, but oatmeal? Well,  I suppose both soup and oatmeal are comfort foods. And in these dreary winter months, we could use some extra comfort.

So that brings me to this week’s Free-for-All Friday question.

When you write, are […]


2011 Page Turner Contest Now Open for Entries

The Page Turner Contest is officially ON! If you’re a FaithWriters Platinum 500 member, this is your contest! As you’ll see in the guidelines below, it comes with an enormous prize package, including a wad of cold, hard cash (well…cold, hard PayPal deposit).

This year, the focus is on FICTION. So if you’ve got a half-written manuscript gathering dust in the bottom of your wardrobe, or have a first draft after participating in NaNoWriMo, or have had an idea for a […]


Wednesday Word of the Week: White as Snow…

White as Snow

by Becca Whitham

Snow arrived here in Colorado Springs last night. There is something so beautiful about a snow-covered scene. The fresh, clean white covering dirt, debris, cracks and all sorts of imperfections. It’s a picture of how God sees us when we have allowed the sacrifice of Christ to cover us and make us clean.

As I was outside sweeping snow off the driveway today, an idea came to […]


How to Avoid Writer’s Block

How to avoid writer’s block

by Max Elliot Anderson

I have to say that writer’s block, or blank-screen-itis has never visited my writing. And this is true after completing 36 manuscripts. But maybe I cheat the system a little.

Here’s how.

I write action-adventures & mysteries especially for boys 8 and up. Before I begin writing a story, it’s been percolating in my mind for a couple of weeks at least. Finally the whole thing comes crashing in […]


2010 Member Shoutouts!

Last week, I asked you to send in your 2010 accomplishments. Thanks to those of you who weren’t afraid to toot your own horn. There is nothing wrong with sharing what God has done for you and allowing your friends to celebrate with you. Since I didn’t receive a ton of response, I took some of the major accomplishments from the past year’s Member Shoutouts and posted them here, too. Please take a moment to congratulate the following […]


Friday Free for All: Favorite Hobbies

Did you know that according to, January is National Hobby Month? So tell me, besides writing, what would you say is your favorite pastime or hobby?


What Writers Can Learn from Watching American Idol

I wrote the following article a few years ago and tweaked it last year to fit with the latest judges. I thought it would be appropriate to repost now, since American Idol will be starting up this month. For those who watch the show, you know that the panel of judges has drastically changed over the past couple years. But as much as I loved Simon (if not some of his harsh comments), I think people  will still watch the […]


Resolutions for a New Year and Beyond


By Angel Casiano

There is nothing mystical about a new year; no new powers and no Biblical mandate for a special celebration. However, a new year is like the big elephant in the room; it can’t be ignored. A new year forces us to look at our lives and it places us in a mindset of establishing goals. We can’t […]


Five Tips to Set and Achieve Your Writing Goals

Five Tips to Set and Achieve Your Writing Goals

by Melinda Copp

If you want to write a book, or tackle any other important writing project, then setting clear, powerful goals can put you on the path to success. No matter what you hope to accomplish, the following five tips can help you get there.

1.  Define Your Goal. The first step in setting and achieving goals is to determine what exactly you […]

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