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"I am the LORD, and I do not change." – Malachi 3:6 (NLT)
Change is in the air. And the biggest change we're experiencing is on the calendar. A brand new year has begun and now we need to get used to writing "2009" instead of "2008." If you're like me, you'll need to scratch out or erase "2008" from your checks or forms until your brain catches up with the calendar and automatically remembers it's a new year.
The fact is things are constantly changing. Seasons, jobs, relationships, our wardrobes, the economy. But isn't it awesome to know that God never changes? That today He offers exactly the same goodness and faithfulness and mercy and grace and favor that He offered six thousand years ago? God is the one thing in life we can always count on. And that will never change!
As writers, change is good. Especially when those changes cause us to become better writers and use the talent God has given us to the best of our ability. So what changes have you experienced over the past year? And what changes do you hope to make this coming year in relation to your writing? Be sure to check out From the Mouths of FaithWriters at the end of this newsletter to see what changes some of our members experienced in 2008.
FaithWriters needs your help. While we are thrilled that you've chosen to spend your time with us and we appreciate the prayers you send up on our behalf, the truth is, the one thing that keeps FaithWriters going is money. With a general membership of over 40,000, running FaithWriters not only takes a ton of manpower, it costs more than many people realize. We are proud to offer you wonderful tools and features that will help you hone your skills and achieve your writing dreams and aspirations. Many of those features available to you are (and always will be) absolutely free. And for those services that do require a fee, we will continue to do our best to keep costs at the bare minimum we need to maintain them.
But in order for FaithWriters to grow and prosper, which will result in creating more excellent writers using their God-given talents for His glory, we are asking for your help. Please consider partnering with us in changing and growing FaithWriters into an even better home for writers. Even with the struggling economy, believe with us for a prosperous 2009! We know with your help, God will continue to bless this site and the members who make FaithWriters their home!
For a mere $10 per month, you will not only help to keep FaithWriters alive, you will be making possibly the best investment you will ever make into your writing future! Click here for all the details on the fabulous benefits you receive with your 500 membership: http://www.faithwriters.com/myaccount/donations-from-members.php
PAGE TURNER CONTEST
The guidelines are now online for the 2009 Page Turner Contest! This year, the focus is on fiction, so put those imaginations in gear and get writing! Don't panic – the deadline is several months away. You have plenty of time to make those entries shine.
Keep in mind that the winner walks away with some huge prizes like free editing, free press releases and publicity, a beautiful plaque and some serious cash! Click here to review the guidelines for entering: http://www.faithwriters.com/page-turner.php.
The Page Turner Contest was created in 2008 exclusively for FaithWriters 500 members. Just another perk to say thanks for financially supporting FaithWriters.com!
THE WEEKLY WRITING CHALLENGE
After a few weeks off, the first Weekly Writing Challenge of the year kicks off on January 8. A whole quarter will begin with new topics, fresh ideas, valuable feedback and lots of winners! For details on how the Weekly Writing Challenge works, to read previous winning entries, or figure out which level you're qualified to enter, visit the main Challenge page. http://www.faithwriters.com/writing-challenge-intro.php. See you there!
OUT OF THE MOUTHS OF FAITHWRITERS
This month's question has to do with positive change. I asked FaithWriters members to note the most memorable thing that's happened to them over the past year in regards to their writing. Here's what a few of them had to say:
"An editor offered me a contract for six children's books out of the blue. I was recommended to her by another editor in a different country for whom I write adult non-fiction. He'd not seen any of my children's stuff but had heard that I was published in this genre.... just goes to show the power of word of mouth and reputation! And, of course, that a life with God renders anything possible." – Christine Miles
"Well, I think the biggest thing for me this year was winning the Page Turner Contest with 'Answering Hannah's Cry' my book on gestational surrogacy. That was a shock but a good one!
This year I have also really expanded my business writing horizons, working on websites and brochures. I was also hired as senior editor for one of the largest magazines in San Antonio. That really bolstered my confidence in my editing skills." – Corinne Smelker
"After years of doing nothing with my writing, I've finally learnt not to waste the gift that God has given me, and to use it for a Godly purpose. God has blessed me in this, and since joining Faithwriters in June, I have received two ECs, had two pieces accepted for online publication, and had one of my poems published in a newspaper. I may not be best that I can be, and I still lack confidence, but I have made friends here who believe in me and who help me to grow as a person and as a writer, and that has made all the difference."- Havah
"Twice this year I received copies of church take-home papers in the mail that contained my writings. I wasn't notified that they would be published, so those were nice surprises. I also found a traditional publisher that would like to publish my manuscript." – Laurie Glass
"Having two challenge entries receive EC awards. Can't wait to see them in print!" – Lynne Churchyard
"I had my first PAID article sold to Pathway Press! (Publish date: April 09), and I finished NaNoWriMo and am 50, 300 words into my novel! Not much, but big for me...I actually feel like a real writer now." – Dee Yoder
ONCE AGAIN, THANK YOU FOR CHOOSING FAITHWRITERS! WISHING YOU AND YOUR FAMILY A HAPPY AND BLESSED NEW YEAR!
KEEP WRITING FOR THE KINGDOM!