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A place for new members to introduce themselves and to be welcomed to the FaithWriters' Community. Don't be shy. We love meeting new brothers and sisters in Christ.

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New to writing

Postby srchisholm » Tue Jan 07, 2014 7:19 pm

Hello
I'm a brand new writer and to this site. I'm still learning how this site works and how to be a writer. I have been writing a book and am up to 20,278 words. For fun I thought I'd see how much it would be to edit and about cried. Sounds reasonable until I did the math..... So now I'm just going to believe God to provide..... I'm excited to learn more about this gift and ministry that people have.

One question I have is the weekly writing challenges. Is the few words for the topic of the week mean that you can write whatever comes to you about it? Or is there a certain genre that we're locked into about it?

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Re: New to writing

Postby Come forth » Tue Jan 07, 2014 7:29 pm

Hi and welcome to FW.

You'll find this a great place to learn more skills and to improve the ones you have. Other members will be along shortly and will give you some great tips about how to get the best out of this site, so for now I'll just introduce myself.

I'm Graham, live in Innisfail, North Queensland, Australia. I love writing for and about my Lord; pretty much the only thing I write about. Can't remember the last time I wrote about anything else.

I know you have to be careful about information placed on the internet, and even Christian sites are not imune to abuse or 'the other side' taking advantage where they can. However, that said, I think it's always great to know a little about who we are talking to; especially for instance a male or female. May I suggest you introduce yourself a little more.

Looking forward to reading some of your writings. 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.

My prayer for us all.
God bless us with the Revelation of His Word, Graham
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Re: New to writing

Postby RedBaron » Tue Jan 07, 2014 7:56 pm

Hi and :welcome

As for the challenge, you can write in any genre, unless it is a genre specific challenge, like we had a few years ago. As long as it is from a Christian world view, you're golden :)

srchisholm wrote:Hello
I'm a brand new writer and to this site. I'm still learning how this site works and how to be a writer. I have been writing a book and am up to 20,278 words. For fun I thought I'd see how much it would be to edit and about cried. Sounds reasonable until I did the math..... So now I'm just going to believe God to provide..... I'm excited to learn more about this gift and ministry that people have.

One question I have is the weekly writing challenges. Is the few words for the topic of the week mean that you can write whatever comes to you about it? Or is there a certain genre that we're locked into about it?
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Re: New to writing

Postby RachelM » Tue Jan 07, 2014 8:14 pm

Welcome to FaithWriters! I think that is awesome that you are writing a book. Keep it up! I wrote the first draft for a children's novel, and am most of the way through the first draft of another novel. We learn so much about writing by sitting down and doing it. I plan on going back and rewriting/editing those books, but at this point I'm learning as much about the craft as I can.

Blessings!
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Re: New to writing

Postby Shann » Mon Jan 13, 2014 4:02 pm

Welcome to FW! This sounds like the perfect place for you. It's not easy to write a book right off the bat. Editing can be expensive, but I'll urge you to save up for it or pray that God will find a way. Editing is really essential if you want to put a book out there for people to see. Especially nowadays when there is so much reading material, a reader will give up if it is a chore to get through a book. I don't mean to imply you're a bad writer, even experienced editors know the importance of having someone else check their work. I know FW has a list of editors and their fees. There are several of us on here that would do an edit for a small, but reasonable fee. (I've received many jobs from FW)

If you like the site and decide to upgrade to a paid membership, 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. There are four quarters each year with ten topics in each one that are related. The new week starts on Thursday. The topic is Endless. While you can write in any genre like poetry, children's books, Biblical fiction, devotions, testimonial,and even sci-fi, fantasy and romance. Just make sure the story is on the topic.

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.


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." Actually this week she is doing a lesson on writing on topic. Pop in and don't hesitate to jump in on the conversation. Jan is quite good about answering everyone who leaves a post.

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: New to writing

Postby buckspub » Mon Mar 10, 2014 6:15 pm

Hi srchisholm. Welcome, and it's a pleasure to meet you.

Buck


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