Archive for May, 2011

The Critiquer’s Role

The Critiquer’s Role

by Valerie Comer

The role of a critiquer isn’t always the same. In many groups, novels are critted a chapter every week or so. That’s helpful for some issues, but not so much for over-arching story issues. My personal favorite way of giving–and getting–critiques is by the entire novel. Here are some things I look out for in a novel crit:

1. Character arcs. Do the major characters act in a way that is consistent, but […]


Interview with Member Sharlyn Guthrie

I am thrilled to introduce you to FaithWriters member Sharlyn Guthrie. Sharlyn is a wife, mom, teacher, and published writer. Most of all, she’s a sexual abuse and breast cancer survivor who now shares her testimony with other women. Join me in getting to know this courageous and exceptionally talented lady.


LYNDA: Start by telling us a little about yourself and your family.

SHARLYN: Although I was raised in a family of four girls, as an adult I found myself with three sons […]


A Number for Your Thoughts

So today is Friday the 13th. Of course, as Christians we shouldn’t be superstitious about anything, let alone this day with it’s own movie titled after it (how many Friday the 13th movies are there now, anyway?)

But numbers are cool – all of them – regardless of which day they fall on. For today’s Free-for-All question, lets talk about our favorite books with a number in the title. If you don’t have a favorite, […]


Pix-N-Pens Publishing accepting submissions

Here’s a pretty cool announcement:

FaithWriters member, Tracy Ruckman, has recently launched the publishing company, Pix-N-Pens Publishing. And here’s the good news for you: they are actively seeking submissions!

Tracy says:

“We are now accepting proposals for fiction and nonfiction projects. But please read our Guidelines and Submissions pages before submitting. Although I cringe at using this word, due to recent negative connotations, we are an evangelical publishing house, and all the books we publish will carry the Gospel message in some form or […]

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Wednesday Word of the Week: Giving it Your All

Giving it Your All

by Jennifer Slattery

A few years ago, I coached a middle school track team. Most of the kids were there to flirt, or gab, or…Okay, so I have no idea why they were there, but it certainly wasn’t to improve. During endurance training, they’d jog (or should I say, walk-shuffle-jog-shuffle) when I passed, only to resume their turtle pace as soon as I was out of view. Or so they thought. I suppose they […]


4 Reasons Why Writers Procrastinate (and how to stop)

4 Reasons Why Writers Procrastinate and How To Stop

by Raquel Byrnes

 You’re behind in your writing. You haven’t put anything new to paper in weeks. The thought of it is squelching your creativity. This can be stressful. That is why realizing the common reasons for procrastination and having a plan to side-step them is important and freeing.

Here are some common reasons why writers find themselves, well…not writing. 

Need To Be Perfect – You can’t move forward because your […]


Interview with Member Sarah Heywood


FaithWriters member Sarah Heywood  has placed in the Weekly Writing Challenge multiple times. She homeschools her four sons and still manages to find time to write. Join me as I chat with Sarah about her writing, her goals, and what a typical day looks like in her busy household.

LYNDA: Tell us a little about yourself and your family.

SARAH: Well, there’s nothing too extraordinary about my life. I’m 40 years old. I live in the middle of Iowa in a town […]


All the Mothers Please Stand Up

So Sunday is Mother’s Day, which happens to be one of my favorite days of the year. Not just because I am a mom and get totally spoiled by my husband and kids, but because I get to honor my mother and my mother-in-law, for everything they’ve done for me over the years.

So today we’re honoring moms everywhere. Feel free to leave a comment on anything “MOM” related. Share a favorite story about your mom or simply say a […]


This and That Thursday

Just a couple of reminders this week:

The FaithWriters May newsletter is now online. Check out the latest FaithWriters news and information for the write-brained Christian by clicking on THIS LINK. Be sure to check out the Out of the Mouths of FaithWriters section, which you’ll find at the end of the newsletter. Members answered a question about their moms. Here is next month’s question:


Don’t answer that question here. Send your […]


Wednesday Word of the Week: Hearing Range

Hearing Range

by Patty Wysong

I just went out to call my son and as I stood at the edge of the deck I realized it was hopeless. He’d never hear me. He was inside the barn tinkering with the go-cart and it was running, causing a racket in there. Rather than calling him, and hollering for nothing, I simply came back inside. I’ll call him later, when the noise stops.

I think God does the same thing with […]

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