Archive for March, 2011

Come on in…we’d love to meet and greet you!

Are you new to FaithWriters? Or have you been around for a while but haven’t yet checked out the message boards?

Well, what are you waiting for? We’d love to meet you!

The Newbie Nook is a forum set up just for FaithWriters newbies. Pop in and introduce yourself. Tell us what you write. Allow us the pleasure of getting to know you. Don’t be scared…we’re all just a bunch of goofy people who have the same desire you do: to write for God’s […]

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Wednesday Word: Be Still Before the Lord

Be Still Before the Lord

by Lili Richie Willard

“Be still before the LORD, and wait patiently for Him.” — Psalm 37:7

I am sitting here at my desk, checking my emails and my bank account, etc, before my day really gets started, and I have realized how utterly quiet it is.

Hubby has left for work already, and the dogs are asleep on the couch, and though I am right next to the French doors that lead out to […]


Active vs. Passive Writing

Active vs. Passive Writing

by Jeanne Marie Leach

One of the main problems with active vs. passive and showing vs. telling is that they can often cross over one another. Something that is passive can also be considered telling. Active can also be showing. But we won’t concern ourselves with that today. It’s best to simply understand them in their basic forms. Here, we’ll discuss active vs. passive.

Active vs. passive

These sound exactly like what they mean. Passive writing […]


When the Writing Passion Ignited (part 2)

As promised last Monday, here are the last half of the responses by FaithWriters members to this question:


Feel free to post an answer of your own in the comments. Share the moment you knew you were called to be a writer or when you first got the writing bug.

Check out the March newsletter for the selected responses, posted in the Out of the Mouths of FaithWriters section. Then read the rest of […]

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Words Matter…

Thanks to my friend Pam (visit her blog, Apples of Gold, HERE), who reminded me yesterday that this week has been dubbed, Words Matter Week by the National Association of Independent Writers and Editors. Here is the quote this special week is based on:

“Without words, without writing and without books there would be no history, there could be no concept of humanity.”

There is even a poster you can download from the site. Visit the Words Matter blog here:

As writers, we love words. All […]


FaithWriters Quarterly Anthologies

Did you know that has books written by FaithWriters members? These quarterly anthologies are made up of all of the top 10 winners in the Weekly Writing Challenge (just another reason to enter the Challenge!). As you probably know, each Writing Challenge quarter is made up of 10 weekly topics, revolving around one theme. That means every quarter, 100 entries will be published!

What’s cool about these books (besides the fact that they’re written by YOU) is that they are made up of such […]

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Wednesday Word: Resting or Resisting?

Resting or Resisting?

by Patty Wysong

Nursery duty is not one of my favorite things. In fact, it’s enough to make me groan, but I remember quite clearly how much I appreciated being able to sit through a church service without little ones. Nursery is something I can certainly do once every six weeks, so when the need was announced, and my daughter asked, we volunteered. Each time our turn comes up, I remind myself it’s a good […]


Readers, Writers and the Least Common Denominator

Readers, Writers and the Least Common Denominator   

by Deborah Kinnard

This may sound a little ranty. If so, so be it.

Writers often receive conflicting messages. “Write the book of your heart.” “Believe in yourself!” must be weighed in the balance with “The market wants XYZ types of fiction” and “That sort of story simply won’t sell.”

How does a conscientious and sales-focused writer strike a balance?

First, remember that the fiction market is not clairvoyant. Publishers could not have foreseen […]


When the Writing Passion Ignited (part 1)

If you regularly read the FaithWriters newsletters, you’re probably familiar with the Out of the Mouths of FaithWriters section included at the end of the newsletter. Basically, each month a question is posed and FaithWriters members send in their responses. A few of those answers are then selected to appear in the next month’s newsletter.

Well, last month’s question generated so much response that I thought I’d share all of them here on the blog. (Read the selected responses […]

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Memorable March Moments

As we head into the month of March, I thought you might be interested in just a few significant March moments*:

The Star Spangled Banner became the National Anthem (1931)
Silly Putty was invented (1950)
Alexander Graham Bell patented the Telephone (1876)
Monopoly board game was invented (1933)
The U.S. government issued paper money for the first time (1862)
Girl Scouts were founded (1912)
Baseball great Joe Dimaggio agreed to a new contract with the NY Yankees, and got a $6,250 raise. My, how times have changed! (1942)
The […]

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