Archive for August, 2011

God Simply Isn’t Done Yet

By Shannon Heiden

Being confident of this, that he who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus.
(Philippians 1:6 NIV)

Beautiful One, have you ever worn a mask? Have you ever been smiling on the outside while you felt like dying on the inside? Do you know what it is to hide the real you, for fear that you’d be misunderstood, judged, or rejected? […]


How Do You Get To Know Your Characters?


By Megan DiMaria

Writers, how do you get to know your characters? Readers, can you tell how well an author knows their characters?

Having a thorough knowledge of your book’s characters is imperative in writing fiction. You have to be true to the character you’ve created for their world to be believable.

Some writers fill out long questionnaires about their character’s history, likes, dislikes, friends, educations, etc. Some choose […]


Member Spotlight: Meet Kelvin Fowler

I’m loving getting to know many of the folks here. And I hope you do too. Today, I’d like to introduce you to challengeer and poet Kelvin Fowler.

JOANNE: Kelvin, tell us about yourself and your family.

KEL: I am a Kiwi, and with my wife Sharon am church-planting in Lithuania. We have approximately eighty children– or at least our church ministers to approximately eighty children in a local orphanage.

JOANNE: You’ve done a lot of traveling. What is your favorite place that […]

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Starting This Evening…

The FaithWriters conference will be on…but people have been arriving at the Holiday Inn in Livonia, Michigan for at least a couple days. And are likely arriving as you read this post. (If you need details, click here. If you’re local, it’s not too late to come! We take registrations at the door)

And thanks to the lovely Karlene Jacobsen (one of our lovely airport shuttlers), you can have a sneak peek of some of the FWers already in town.


Member Spotlight: Meet John Clark

Thanks to my request a couple weeks ago, I have nice list of folks willing to be in the FaithWriters’ member spotlight.  Here’s the first, from faithful general submissions poster John Livingston Clark.

JOANNE: Thanks for joining us, John. Why don’t you tell us a bit about yourself?

JOHN: I’m a graduate of San Diego State University and Western Seminary in Portland, OR, with degrees in music education and church music ministry. I was born in Bellingham, WA, but was […]


My Garrison


By Linnette R. Mullin

“The LORD is my rock and my fortress and my deliverer, my God, my rock, in whom I take refuge, my shield, and the horn of my salvation, my stronghold.” Psalm 18:2 (ESV)


The doctor’s eyes sparkled as his grin spread wide. “You are very pregnant. Congratulations!”

Shock paralyzed me. No joy. No sorrow. Just fear, dread, and… a spark of hope? I couldn’t fathom what God was up to.

“Trust Me! […]


A Parable for Writers

By Gwen Plauche

A man was preparing to go on an extended trip. He sent a text to three of his employees to come to his office.

To the first employee arriving in his office he handed an agreement from a publisher to write a series of books. To the next employee, he gave a contract to supply a monthly column and to the third employee arriving in his office he assigned the duty to keep his […]


The Element of Surprise

One of the keys to good writing is the element of surprise. As we read along, we don’t want to be able to figure out exactly what is going to happen. The best stories have that bit of incongruity that makes us want to turn the page. When that crotchety old woman ends up being the generous anonymous donor, or Alice falls into that rabbit hole and finds a world she didn’t know was there, we are captivated by the […]


One Week From Today

FaithWriters’ Conference 2011

Nurturing the Whole Writer

August 12 and 13, 2011—Holiday Inn, Livonia, M

Registration: $82 for FW Platinum Members

$92 for all others

Click here to register or for more information

It’s NOT too late to register – click above to sign up. So hope to see you there!

Do you need a roommate? Check out this thread on the boards.

Need a ride to the hotel […]


Perhaps The Most Famous Diary Ever

When think of favorite books as a child/tween, most of them were fictional, full of fantasy, and funny. I’m guessing yours were too.

For me, though, there was one book that grabbed me that was, for the most part, none of these things. It was non-fiction. There was absolutely no fantasy. And what humor there was, was quite understated. I can still remember the very first time I read “Diary of a Young Girl” by Anne Frank. I really liked Anne, […]

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