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How to Measure Motivation

How to Measure Motivation

By Randy Ingermanson

Practically everything in fiction eventually comes down to your characters’ motivations. The lead character in your story wants something, One Thing. It’s tempting to say that the strength of your story is directly proportional to how much your lead character wants that One Thing.  But that’s false. It’s so far from being true, it’s not even wrong.

Let me explain how you measure motivation. I’ll do that by telling you a little story…

Back in August, […]

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Page Turner Deadline Coming Up!

FaithWriters.com and Breath of Fresh Air Press are waiting for your entries in the eleventh annual Page Turner Writing Contest. If you are a member of the FaithWriters Platinum 500, you are invited to enter this very special contest created just for you.

Maybe you’ve got a half-written manuscript gathering dust in the bottom of your wardrobe. Perhaps it’s something you wrote during NaNoWriMo last year. It could even be an idea that’s been brewing in the back of your mind […]

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A “Challenge” Challenge

The FaithWriters Writing Challenge has been a mainstay on this site for a VERY long time, making a huge impact on many Christian writers, helping them to improve their writing, learn to write on topic and with a word count limit. A number of past FaithWriters challengeers have gone on to have books published (Jan Ackerson, Teri Wilson, and Lynda Schab come to mind), while many other have had writing (even former challenge pieces) published in anthologies and magazines. It […]

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Congratulations to the 2017 Best of the Best!

After twelve months of Writing Challenge topics and entries, we had our forty contenders for the 2017 Best of the Best award.

The annual Best of the Best awards are announced July 1 each year, and the awards go to the three highest rated Editors’ Choice winners for the previous twelve months. First place gets $100, second place $50, and third place $25.

Congratulations to our three awesome winners:

1st Place: Relinquishment by Ann Grover (Relax Challenge)
2nd place: More Beautiful by Jan Ackerson […]

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The Writing Challenge Needs You :)

When was the last time you entered the FaithWriters Writing Challenge?

That long, eh? Maybe it’s time to jump back in.

What is the Writing Challenge, you ask? If you are a platinum or gold member, you are more than welcome to write an entry, between 150 and 750 words, with a Christian worldview, with the topic as the focus of your piece. (If you are a silver member, you have a total of four opportunities to enter the challenge to […]

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Remembering

“Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.” George Santayana

“A forgetful heart soon becomes a foolish heart.” Rev. Karl Pike (former senior pastor at Good News Baptist Church)

Speak to the Israelites and say to them: ‘Throughout the generations to come you are to make tassels on the corners of your garments, with a blue cord on each tassel. You will have these tassels to look at and so you will remember all the commands of the Lord, […]

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Organization: Ridiculously Easy

Organization: Ridiculously Easy
By Randy Ingermanson

We all know people who seem to sail through life. They always have it together. When things go right (which is most of the time), they’re always working productively or playing hard or flossing their teeth. When things go wrong (which seems to be rare), they surf right over those glitches and carry on. I think we all secretly despise those people. They seem to have their lives on autopilot, never struggling. That’s not fair.

My hunch is that these […]

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Motivation and Inspiration

Motivation and Inspiration
by Joanne Sher

Both of the above, it seems, have been lacking in me over the past little bit writing-wise (at least as they relate to the projects I really need to be working on). It is, in a word, frustrating.

I’m guessing I’m not the only one out there who is unmotivated – whether it’s about writing or something else. So, to that end, I’m planning to share some encouragement right here in this post, in the hopes that […]

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Eat Your Broccoli

Eat Your Broccoli

Focus, balance, and your to-do list

By Randy Ingermanson

Over the last few months, I’ve gotten control over my insane To Do List. I described how I did that in February. The key element is to use a trusted system where all your tasks and projects are organized. If you know that your entire life is managed in one trusted system, you never have to worry about forgetting things.

Of course, once you have that trusted system […]

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What Can I Say?

What Can I Say?

by Rev. Dr. R.J. Lightsey

Exodus 4:12
“Now go! I will be with you as you speak, and I will instruct you in what to say.”

I will get right to the point. There are times when I don’t know what to write about or what to share with others so they may be encouraged or challenged. There are days when I don’t have a clue what God wants to speak […]

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