Archive for December, 2014

And on to 2015!

Can you believe 2014 is nearly over? January 1 is a mere two days away. Maybe it’s time for us to look at our writing progress over the past twelve months and plot a course (with the Lord’s guidance, of course) for the year to come.

Of course, this doesn’t just have to be about writing. But since this IS a writing blog, that will be my focus (though not laser-like LOL) in this post.

I pretty much always set goals for […]

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Meet 2014 Page Turner Runner-Up Debbie Roome

New Zealander Debbie Roome is no stranger to FaithWriters – or to being in the winners’ spotlight. Not only has she placed in the Page Turner in the past, she has also been a runner up for the Writing Challenge Best of the Best several years ago. Read on to learn more about her, her writing journey, and her entry, A Pile of Stones, that wowed the judges.

JOANNE SHER: First of all, congratulations on your win! Can you tell us […]

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Xulon Fiction and Quarterly Writing Challenge Winners!

After several months of submissions, and a few weeks of waiting, we have our winner of the Xulon Press Bestseller Package for a fiction manuscript. Congratulations to Ennis Smith, whose novel, The Walking Dead, rose above the other submissions to take the prize. Watch for an interview with Ennis, and more information on his book and his prize, in coming weeks!

And now, for MORE winners

The FaithWriters’ Writing Challenge is on a break right now, with the last winners of the […]

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Meet Nikola Dimitrov

Nikola Dimitrov is a FaithWriters member and ministry leader in Bulgaria who has a book available in the FaithWriters book store (where it is part of FaithWriters’ free reads for reviews program) and on Amazon that allows you to look at the life of Jesus chronologically. Read on to learn more about his book, his process, his family, and his ministry.

Joanne Sher: Thanks for being willing to be interviewed, Nikola. Tell us a bit about how you got into writing. […]

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Characterization Multitasking

CHARACTERIZATION MULTITASKING

By Linda Yezak

Your two main characters are in the same scene, but they’re not together. He’s doing his thing, she’s doing hers. You can reveal so much about both when you illustrate your POV character observing the other. Of course you can describe the observed character’s physical features, but why leave it at that? Why pass up the opportunity to tell your reader something about both characters?

As the author and creator of these […]

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Meet 2014 Page Turner Winner Lori Dixon

We have quite an international bunch this year for Page Turner winners – an American, a Kiwi(New Zealander), and a Canadian each placed in this year’s contest. The FaithWriters/Breath of Fresh Air Press 2014 Nonfiction Page Turner champion is the lovely Lori Dixon of Canada. Read her interview below to learn more about her, her winning manuscript Walk a Mile in her Shoes, and her other passions.

Joanne Sher: First of all, congratulations on your win! Can you tell us a […]

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Xulon Raffle Winners Announced :)

After several months of entering and waiting, we have our winners of the three prizes in our raffle.

Congratulations to Karen Pourbabaee, who won the Xulon Press Bestseller Package (with a retail value of over $4,000)!

Rebekah Duchesneau is the winner of a free FaithWriters platinum membership (with a $120 retail value)

And congratulations to Pinkie Taolo, who won a free FaithWriters gold membership (with a $65 retail value)

Watch for the winner of the fiction contest (who also receives a Xulon Best Seller […]

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What’s the Big Idea?

What’s the Big Idea?
By Delia Latham

Got a Mason jar? Or maybe an old mayonnaise jar you’ve run through the dishwasher and stuck in the back corner of the top shelf in case you need it for some unknown something in the future?

Here’s that something.

As a writer, you should always be seeking “the big idea.” As a writer, you should be using the bellows of imagination to ignite tiny sparks of idea into blazing fires of fabulous fiction.

Ideas are everywhere, and […]

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Congratulations to 2014 Page Turner Winners!

After nearly a year of suspense and excitement, we now have our winners for the eighth annual FaithWriters.com/Breath of Fresh Air Press Page Turner Contest.

This year the focus was on nonfiction, and 45 Platinum members submitted a book proposal, outlining the planned work overall, together with the first chapter of their manuscript. Judging was based on how well each entry worked in a number of key areas, including creativity, freshness, craftsmanship and, most importantly, page turning power and potential for […]

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