Autumn leaves crunched under foot as Lisa and Joanne jogged through the park. Soon the crisp frosts of winter would be here, but today the cool air was refreshing and invigorating.
“How’s your writing going, then?” asked Joanne, steamy breaths billowing as she ran.
“Hopeless. I seem to be in a rut, and I’m going nowhere.” Lisa was grateful for her friend with whom she could be honest. With most people she said fine, fine, when asked the same question. It was easier than getting into complicated explanations.
“I need help,” she continued.
“Well, you’ve come a long way already,” Joanne encouraged her. “I’ll tell you what helped me most when I was at your stage; I joined FaithWriters. Membership gave a new boost to my writing, helped me to focus my stories and think about what I was doing. It’s also great to have an outlet that is openly Christian and have fun sharing your faith.”
“Sounds great, tell me more.”
“I started with the weekly writing challenge. Every week they give you a topic with a tight word count, between 150 and 750 words, and you write a short piece on that topic.”
“It is, and the best thing is that in the following week other people comment on your article, and you can read what others have written and comment on their pieces for them. You learn such a lot from seeing how other people treat the topic.”
“Wow.” The women jogged steadily while the swish of passing cyclists and the hum of nearby traffic accompanied them.
“It’s just like our jogging,” Joanne suddenly broke their reverie. “Remember we started this because we wanted to trim down a bit? It’s the same in our writing. It can be very flabby using all sorts of unnecessary words, and the writing challenge helps us to get our writing trim and fit.”
“I’m definitely interested,” said Lisa. “Is that all there is?”
“Go to the website, FaithWriters, and follow the instructions, it tells you what to do. It does cost a bit, but I think it’s worth it because it helps so much. They also have writing contests with cash prizes, so you might even earn some of your money back.”
“Make my fortune, eh, that’s just what I want.”
“Well, maybe not a fortune, but it’s great to think your work is worth something.”
They kicked the autumn leaves aside as they reached the bus stop.
“You’ll be glad if you do it,” said Joanne. “It’s really easy, and the feedback from other people is so encouraging.”