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Postby dedethies » Tue Jan 07, 2014 10:17 am

I am new as of yesterday to Faithwriters! It is already VERY exciting! This question may need to go somewhere else. But, I did enter the writing contest for this week and received no confirmation that the entry went through. How do I know?
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Postby RedBaron » Tue Jan 07, 2014 10:26 am

Hi and :welcome

You should have gotten a popup that said your entry was accepted. If you don't remember seeing that, drop Deb Porter a message.
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Postby RachelM » Tue Jan 07, 2014 11:56 am

Welcome to FaithWriters Dede!
I'm so glad that you already entered the weekly contest. It is such a great way to grow as a writer and it's lots of fun too. :D
God bless!
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Postby tomoral » Tue Jan 07, 2014 2:27 pm

Be sure and contact Deb before Thursday Jan. 9th, so she can be sure your entry was accepted! :coolsign
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Postby Come forth » Tue Jan 07, 2014 7:34 pm

Hi and welcome to FW.

Have fun, grow as a writer and draw closer to the Inspiration of all things.

Blessings, Graham.
May we all get eyes to see and ears to hear,
A Revelation of His Word, crystal clear.
Admitting our need to be drawn in,
Less of self, more of Him.

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Re: I'm IN!!

Postby Shann » Mon Jan 13, 2014 3:35 pm

Welcome to FW! I'm so excited that you took the plunge. I know how scary it can be to share your most intimate thoughts and stories with complete strangers. Luckily most of the people here have a true desire to help others thrive and learn to be better. Even if you get what you might feel is a negative feedback, try to remember that it is truly coming from a place of love and a genuine desire to help others.

If you like the site and decide to upgrade there are even more benefits and opportunities. If you can afford the few dollars a month it is so worth it. We also have a conference coming up this summer that is a wonderful opportunity to connect with other writers and have some great workshops and fun.

I've been a member for 4 years and I can't tell you all the wonderful things that have happened to me because of this site. I think the biggest blessing is the friends I've made. I didn't think it was possible to have such close friends from all over the world. I talk to many on a regular basis. Next is having my stories published or being ready to publish. Seven stories won an Editor's Choice in the challenge and my testimony will be in the soon to be released Triumph Over Trials anthology. I also self-published my first picture book, which because I am a platinum member, the book can be found on the site's store.

FW is an awesome site, but can be a tad overwhelming because it's so big, but here are some tips for you. People here are of all ages and have experience ranging from virtually none to having published some books. It sounds like this is a perfect fit for you! We also have all kinds of genres. My favorite is children's books, but we have devotions to Biblical fiction to testimonials and how to books to sci-fi and romance.

The biggest draw to FW would be the writing challenge, so I'm glad you already took the plunge. Do you know about the thread Toss a brick? It's a great opportunity to ask for some honest feedback on your piece. One thing the challenge does is encourage me to think outside of the box. One of the best advice I ever received was once you see the topic, jot down the first five things you think of, then throw them away because it's likely what everyone else is thinking of too. If you really feel drawn to that idea, try to tell it from a fresh POV (point of view)

The word count limit has helped me learn to tighten my writing up quite a bit. The deadline has also helped me on my procrastination. I still wait to the last minute, but am writing on a more regular basis. There is also some excellent reading material there. I try to read and comment on every piece, though lately I haven't been able to do that as often as I would like.

You also may want to check out the blogging contest. The word blog used to scare me, but now I've learned that it isn't that big of a deal. The prize is paid writing assignments plus having your article published on 100 blogs. Check it out: viewtopic.php?f=92&t=37542

FW is a great place to meet other Christians and writers. I also think it's awesome because there is people with all kinds of experience here from having published book to having never really written much at all. People here are great encouragers and willing to share their knowledge with others. The Open Forum is a great place to ask questions about writing and publishing.

You also can find a wealth of info and a variety of people on the boards. It's also a great way to make friends. A great place for writing tips can be found at Jan's Writing Basics. It might be a bit overwhelming to post at first, but I'd urge you to bite the bullet and jump in. Jan is wonderful at giving invaluable feedback to everyone who tries her thread and posts their "homework."

Also The Water Cooler is a great place to meet people. They have topics that range from regional areas to just popping in to say hi. Another great place to go is Prayer Requests. It's wonderful to be able to request prayer and to lift others up in need.

Fw is much like a family. There is something for everyone. The people encourage, support, and love each other. Welcome to the family!

I hope I gave you some places to start. The site is huge and there are so many wonderful things here. You may want to check out the FAQ thread as that may answer many of your questions.

Have fun exploring, jump into conversations and don't be afraid to ask any questions. :welcome

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Re: I'm IN!!

Postby buckspub » Mon Mar 10, 2014 6:14 pm

Hi Dede. I'm a bit new myself. It's a pleasure to meet you.


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