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"Therefore encourage one another and build one another up, just as you are doing." – 1 Thessalonians 5:11 (NIV)
In many places around the United States, leaves are turning brilliant colors of red, orange, and yellow. Summer air has given way to cooler weather, birds have taken flight to warmer climates, and the aroma of pumpkin spice candles and warm apple crisp fill our homes. In other places – Australia, for instance, it's Springtime. Gardens and wildlife are coming alive, ocean waters are warming, the aromatic scent of blooming flowers permeates the air.
Just as the physical seasons change, and widely vary around the world, the seasons of our lives change, too. Some of us may be just dipping our toes into the world of writing. Others may have a few articles on our resume'. And still others may have a novel - or numerous novels - published. But no matter what writing season we're in, one thing never changes. We all need encouragement. In fact, encouragement is often what drives us forward and inspires us to press on, even when we feel like giving up. Hopefully, you've received encouragement as a writer. And, more importantly, hopefully you've given some, too.
Be sure to read the Out of the Mouths of FaithWriters section at the end of this newsletter to see where some of our fellow FaithWriters members have received encouragement along the way.
Speaking of changing seasons—and encouragement—the Writing Challenge is undergoing a few tweaks. Here is the gist of those changes:
• The Challenge will now be divided into thirds instead of quarters. This will officially start next July, when our Challenge "year" begins. The three periods will be July – October, November – February, and March – June. However, because we are beginning a little late in the Challenge season, this coming period will be October – January, followed by February – June to round out the year.
• There will be 8 or 9 topics per period, with Challenges running for two weeks instead of one. Winners will be announced two weeks after each Challenge topic closes.
Because the Weekly Writing Challenge will now become the Bi-Weekly Writing Challenge, we are encouraging you to find a critique buddy or two with whom you can exchange feedback, in order to fine-tune your entry and make it the best it can possibly be. We hope this added time will allow you to come up with an extra creative concept for the topic, as well as give you an opportunity to really make your entry shine.
Be sure to visit the message boards after October 6th for more information and the full schedule for the dates of the next Challenge. Additional suggestions for finding a critique partner or group will also be posted.
Watch for complete details to be posted on the main Challenge page very soon: http://www.faithwriters.com/writing-challenge-intro.php
PAGE TURNER CONTEST
Well, this is it. The last month to enter the FaithWriters Page Turner contest. As of this writing, there are only 9 entries. Yes, you read that right. Only NINE. There will probably be a slight last minute rush in October, but still, think about it. Unlike the writing contests with hundreds – even thousands – of entries, your chances of winning are pretty good!
The Page Turner is the Internet's best kept secret! Especially when you consider the prize package, which includes free editing, publicity, and $800!
Hello…it's really a no-brainer. You have absolutely nothing to lose by entering.
Okay, so there is that requirement of having to be a Platinum member. But, when you consider all of the other perks that come with a Platinum membership, PLUS the chance to enter this incredible contest, there's not much to think about. If you're not yet a Platinum member, you can join today and still be eligible for this year's Page Turner. Get all the details on becoming a Platinum member here: http://www.faithwriters.com/fw-500-more.php
Enter the first chapter of your fictional book, plus a synopsis of the entire novel. For full contest guidelines, visit: http://www.faithwriters.com/page-turner.php
OUT OF THE MOUTHS OF FAITHWRITERS
On to this month's Out of the Mouths of FaithWriters question. At the end of last month's newsletter, members were asked this question:
IS THERE ONE PERSON YOU WOULD LIKE TO RECOGNIZE (EITHER PAST OR PRESENT) WHO HAS ENCOURAGED YOU IN YOUR WRITING JOURNEY?
Here are a few of the responses received:
"During my writing Journey my husband, Brian Coleman, has been my sweetie. He encourages and supports my efforts as a writer and he helps me both spiritually and mentally to set goals and to overcome any pitfalls I may encounter." – Tammy Coleman
"When I discovered that writing was truly a passion in my life, my best friend Phyllis, also a writer, encouraged me. We would write a section of a story and then exchange it. We simply "gobbled up" each others' work like chocolate, and kept writing. We were in high school!" – Marilyn K. Smith
"My friend Morgan. She has encouraged me in writing by being an editor and giving me creative ideas without being critical in any way. She has not tried to completely rework my writing, just gently given input. God bless her! She has a great writing talent all her own." - Carole Lehr Johnson
"The person who inspired me to start my writing journey was one of my college English professors, Dr. Hamblin. I had taken a second class from him, and while talking to him after class one day, he introduced me to the professor who was team teaching the course with him by saying "Have you met Allison? I've had her in class before, and she's a good writer." I had always just assumed I was a good student, and never made the connection between my good grades in English and being a good writer." – Allison Egley
"I have a best friend named Mary who was the first person to encourage me that my writing was a gift. She laughs at my jokes and lets me know where I'm on target and also where I need to improve." - Nancy Bucca
Next month's question:
IN REGARDS TO YOUR WRITING ONLY, WHAT ARE YOU MOST THANKFUL FOR THIS YEAR?
Send your brief (and creative) response to FaithWriters.firstname.lastname@example.org. Please keep your answers to 1-2 sentences. Check back next month to see if your answer was selected to appear.
YOU ALL MEAN SO MUCH TO US! THANK YOU FOR YOUR CONTINUED SUPPORT AND FOR BEING A PART OF FAITHWRITERS…THE HOME FOR CHRISTIAN WRITERS!