Archive for October, 2014

November Starts Tomorrow – REALLY!

(So if you haven’t gotten your Nonfiction Page Turner entry in – hurry! Today IS the deadline!)

And there is A LOT going on here at FaithWriters (and elsewhere, for that matter!) in this eleventh month of the calendar year.

Of course, there’s the FaithWriters Writing Challenge (the genre quarter – this week’s topic challenges us to write contemporary fiction – who knows what styles of writing we’ll be challenged to try in coming weeks?).  Be sure to give a topic a […]

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Nonfiction Page Turner Deadline This Week

If you still haven’t submitted your entry to the 2014 Nonfiction Page Turner Contest, I must congratulate you – on your procrastination. You are part of a proud, elite group of writers: those who squeeze their challenge entries in on Thursday mornings minutes before (or even a minute or two after!) 11am, who work best under pressure, who wait until the very last minute.

But there’s a fine line between delay and late – and that line is approaching fast. If […]

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A Novel’s First Sentences

A Novel’s First Sentences
By Megan DiMaria

I’ll say it up front: I’m a real sucker for a good first sentence in a novel. I may read on if the sentence is ho-hum, but I’ll read more eagerly if the first sentence pulls me into the story.

Like many readers I’ll peruse the books on a shelf and pick up novels by authors I’ve previously enjoyed or select a book whose title or cover catches my eye. I’ll flip it over and read […]

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A Stretchy Writing Challenge Quarter – Genre-ally Speaking :)

Have you checked out the topics for the FaithWriters’ Writing Challenge the past few weeks? We are revisiting a theme from way back in 2007 – one that was extremely popular and a serious growth experience for many who participated back then (including yours truly!).

Welcome to the genre quarter, 2014!

We are in week three of the quarter – and the current challenge is to write for the science fiction and/or fantasy genre. Guidelines are just like any other time – […]

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Be Ready to Rumble, Write, and Win

Get Ready to Rumble, Write and Win
By Jacqueline B. Broy

Stepping into the unknown is exciting and scary. Everyone’s idea of risk is different but what can prevent us from crossing the line into the new is a very old and cunning adversary. It’s fear.

My latest struggle with fear was writing this article. Some months back I had bought several writers’ resource guides to select the potential magazines for my very first article. I printed out the writing guidelines to be […]

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Win a Xulon Bestseller Package – Deadline Approaching

The deadline to enter either of two contests to win a Xulon Bestseller Package is sneaking up on us – are you preparing to enter either of them? Check out the details here!

If you have, or are working on, a fiction manuscript with a strong biblical message and are a Platinum member of FaithWriters (click here to upgrade), you can enter it in FaithWriters’ contest. Just submit the first chapter, a basic synopsis of the planned book, and a clear […]

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A Work in Progress

A Work in Progress

By Lori Godfrey

The morning looked to be a dismal day, one that would keep a person inside. Maybe a book reading day, I thought. Or a chance to continue my memoir. As a child I would ask my mom, “Mom how do you know I will write?” “Because you love to write,” she would say.

Mom was correct. I began writing at a young age and continue today. Writing a memoir is a journey […]

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Page Turner Deadline Only Weeks Away!

Got a great nonfiction book in your drawer? Or started on your computer? Or even just an idea for one? If you are a FaithWriters Platinum member, there is a fabulous contest you can enter, at no charge, that could get your book published. But don’t delay – the deadline to enter is only just over three weeks away!

The eighth annual Page Turner writing contest (sponsored by FaithWriters.com, Finesse Writing and Editing Service, and Breath of Fresh Air Press)is into the […]

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12 Promises Writers MUST Make to Themselves to Fulfill Their Dreams

12 Promises Writers MUST Make to Themselves to Fulfill Their Dreams
by Edie Melson

The writing life isn’t an easy one. It’s one filled with joy, but also has its painful side. With any lifestyle that requires the courage to follow a dream, there are frequent roadblocks and obstacles.

Many of these are imposed from others. Just announce that you’re following your heart and people seem to come out of the woodwork to tell you why it can’t—and/or shouldn’t—be done. In addition to […]

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