Archive for July, 2012

Member Shout-Outs for July

Let’s give a cheer for these FaithWriters and their writing successes!

Lynn Gipson had poems featured in the ezine Christian Witness. WONDERFUL!

Camille Swanson had an article featured in the ezine Christian Witness. GREAT!

Brenda Rice‘s first novel, Remmie, A Southern Heiress, has been published by WestBow Press and is now available. SUPER!

Jody Day recently signed a contract with Harbourlight Books for her inspirational romance Washout Express. WOW!

Beth Coulton will have women’s devotionals published in a new book put out by Group Publishing […]


What Writers and Olympians Have In Common

What Writers and Olympians Have in Common
By Lynda Schab

With the Summer Olympics beginning this evening, I’ve been thinking about how much I can identify with the athletes. No, not in the physical sense (I wish) but in the overall sense. Here are a few things writers have in common with the typical Olympian. See if you can also relate.

Starting Young. Most athletes that eventually reach Olympic status have natural talent that probably started […]


Why Should I Enter The Blogging Contests?

Have you been pondering entering the current FaithWriters blogging contest but aren’t sure if it’s really a good idea? Well, it is 🙂

First of all, the newest contest (deadline is Friday at 10am New York time) promotes a ministry you all know and love – FAITHWRITERS ITSELF!

Secondly, there are $315 worth of prizes available to the winners of the contest.

And thirdly, even if you don’t win, just entering qualifies you for a part of the new annual prize associated with […]

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Meet Linda Germain – 3rd Place BoB Winner

Best of the Best Winner Alison Egly’s interview is here.

BoB 2nd Place Winner Marita Thelander’s interview is here.

Linda Germain has been a FaithWriters member for almost a decade, and has been entering the challenge since it first started. And now, her incredible piece, Who Was That Scary Man?, was chosen as third place in the Writing Challenge Best of the Best contest. Read on to learn more about this devoted FW regular.

JOANNE: First of all, congratulations! Tell us a bit […]


Bring Your Writing To Life – with Amy Michelle Wiley

Many of you know Amy Michelle Wiley – she’s been at FaithWriters for quite a while, and is one of the coordinators for the FaithWriters Conference, among other things. And now she’s written an e-book to help us with that “law” of great prose – “show; don’t tell.” Read on to learn a bit about her, her writing journey, and this great writing resource.

JOANNE: Thanks for agreeing to be here. Tell us a bit about yourself.

AMY: Thanks for having me, […]


Writer’s Block Buster: Idea Jars

Writer’s Block Buster: Idea Jars
By Rebecca Livermore

Does writer’s block ever get you down? Try putting together idea jars so that next time writer’s block strikes, you’ll be able to shake it. Here’s how to do it:

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1. Get two jars, or containers of some sort. (Don’t obsess over this step! They don’t need to be anything special, unless you want them to be!) Label one jar “ideas” and the other one “words.”

2. Grab […]

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Meet Marita Thelander – BoB 2nd Place Winner

Click here for the interview with Alison Egly, 2012 Best of the Best

Time to get to know Marita “Mari” Thelander – whose beautiful and poignant entry, “Hail Mary,” took second place in the 2012 Writing Challenge Best of the Best competition. Join me as I chat with Mari about writing, FaithWriters, and her life in general.

JOANNE: First of all, congratulations! Tell us a bit about how you found out you were second place in Best of the Best. How did […]


Winners of Pocket Testament League Blog Contest

Our first blog contest with paid writing assignments as prizes is complete. And some CONGRATULATIONS are in order!

But first, a bit of info on the contest, in case you missed it. FaithWriters members were invited to write either a promotional review of the Pocket Testament League’s site and ministry that would lead your readers to click on the links you place in the article that lead to PTL, or a unique storyline centered around specific keywords listed in the informational […]

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Childlike Wonder and Writing Guides

Not many writers are known for both children’s stories and a writing craft book.  But then, of course, most writers are not E. B. White.

Like most of you, I’d wager (if I were a betting woman), my first acquaintance with this writer, who was born 113 years ago today, was through the lovely and tender story of Fern, Avery, Wilbur, Charlotte and the others. Charlotte’s Web, a Newberry Honor book and winner of the Laura Ingalls Wilder Medal, is one […]


The Act of Writing

The Act of Writing
By Bob Valleau

Years ago, I read an informative book titled “The Act of Marriage” by Tim LaHaye. It said the act of marriage is a spiritual union, through a physical act, between a husband and a wife. Recently, this made me think of other “acts” we Christians participate in such as the “act of worship.” Again, this type of “act” is a spiritual union between us and our Creator. Then I wondered, could this same term be […]

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