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"Reading fiction not only develops our imagination and creativity, it gives us the skills to be alone. It gives us the ability to feel empathy for people we've never met, living lives we couldn't possibly experience for ourselves, because the book puts us inside the character's skin." Ann Patchett, award-winning author
So true, isn't it? Fiction takes us places we may never go and allows us to experience things we might never have the opportunity to experience. It plops us into another world and offers us a chance to see life through another set of eyes and possibly consider another perspective. It is sometimes even a way strengthen our Christian walk. Jesus often used stories to get his point across because he knows how much we relate to them. Whether or not you prefer to read or write fiction, you have to admit the impact it can have on society and on our individual lives.
Be sure to read the Out of the Mouths of FaithWriters section at the end of this newsletter to see some of the fiction novels our members consider the most memorable they've read so far this year.
PAGE TURNER CONTEST
There are only three more months to enter the 2012 Page Turner contest. That may seem like a long time, but the date will sneak up on us before we know it. The Page Turner offers one of the best prize packages of any writing contest out there. Check it out:
· A fabulous cash prize of $800
· Free editing of your winning manuscript (up to 300 pages)
· Free publicity and marketing of your book on all FaithWriters' sites for twelve months following publication
· A special Page Turner Champion award plaque
· Consideration for publication of winning manuscript by new Christian publisher, Breath of Fresh Air Press (publisher of the new line of FaithWriters' books, available mid-2012)
· Free conference registration for either the 2013 US FaithWriters' Conference or 2013 FaithWriters' Down Under Conference (see terms and conditions).
See what I mean? Awesome! If you are a Platinum 500 member, you have absolutely nothing to lose by entering, and possibly all of the above to gain!
The deadline to enter is October 31st, and the winner will be announced on December 31st.
For complete rules and guidelines, visit the official Page Turner contest page: http://www.faithwriters.com/page-turner.php
To upgrade your account to the Platinum level, and see all of the wonderful benefits you receive (including eligibility for the Page Turner), click here: http://www.faithwriters.com/myaccount/donations-from-members.php
WIN PAID WRITING ASSIGNMENTS
As you may know, we are now running ongoing article writing contests that offer paid writing assignments as prizes to our upgraded members. Silver members can greatly benefit, too, in that they are judged separately and could win a one year paid Gold membership. The first two contests have been completed, and the first and second place winners are being utilized for a paid writing assignment by the sponsoring ministry. Congratulations again to those winners!
We encourage you to get involved. Our next contest is entitled "Dying for Water." In it, you will be asked to write a gripping 500 word article about the world water problem. We are looking for a post that is eye catching, powerful and edgy. Write it from the eyes of one dying, or the child who lost his parents to deadly water, or however God leads you. Look at the winners of the Pocket Testament League and FaithWriters contests to get an idea of how creative you can be. http://www.faithwriters.com/Boards/phpBB2/viewforum.php?f=92&sid=41bb07e36ec56ce61017d7da6e9f5c0e You will include links to a sponsoring ministry that is making a huge difference in the world around us.
Here is some background: The fairly new Christian ministry we are promoting has an unprecedented method for drilling wells at a super low cost. One well is only $900, and for $5,000 a village gets trained and equipped to drill 50 wells. This is so much lower than the normal cost of $5,000 per well! The world needs to know about this and we are asking you to help. We will be posting the ministry name and more information on the message boards and by private message, in the middle of August. Your job is to make more people aware of this ministry and to lead people to their site. The more donations they get, the more lives that can be saved and led to Christ. You can make a big difference by donating your writing talent in this contest.
You get to showcase your writing, gain exposure, promote Christ by meeting man's natural and spiritual needs, and build treasure in heaven. Plus, first place is awarded two paid writing assignments worth $150, and second place gets one job worth $75. Both have an opportunity to earn more work from the sponsoring ministry. With this contest, we are also negotiating with another partner ministry to post the winner on their 100 Christian blogs. This means even more exposure for the writer and more links for this life saving ministry. Third place receives $25. If the winner is a Silver member, he or she will receive a FREE one year Gold membership ($65 value).
The "Dying for Water" contest officially starts on September 1st, but you can get a head start now, by researching just how big the clean water problem is worldwide, how many children die daily, and other alarming facts. Then start creating your blog post. Again, the name of the ministry and their website will be released to our members mid-August.
CONNECT WITH US
The FaithWriters forums provide a great way to connect with other Christian writers. While writing is always a topic of choice on the boards, you'll find conversations about many subjects. You can hang around the Water Cooler and chat about this and that, grab your pom poms and head into The Cheering Section, get the latest Writing Challenge information, request prayer in the Prayer forum, discuss scripture in the Theology Discussion forum, ask for feedback in the Article Reviews and Critiques forum, learn about Freelancing Opportunities and Contests. You can even get answers to the most frequently asked questions about FaithWriters in the FAQ forum.
If you haven't yet signed up for the message boards (it's totally free for all members), what are you waiting for? First click here to register: http://www.faithwriters.com/Boards/phpBB2/ucp.php?mode=register&sid=a9589fc03d8c4c7111b755084da8e4e3 and then be sure to introduce yourself in the Newbie Nook: http://www.faithwriters.com/Boards/phpBB2/viewforum.php?f=3
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and Twitter: https://twitter.com/faithwriters
and on our very own blog, updated three times per week: http://faithwriters.com/blog/
OUT OF THE MOUTHS OF FAITHWRITERS
Last month, members were invited to respond to the following question:
WHAT IS THE MOST MEMORABLE FICTION BOOK YOU'VE READ SO FAR THIS YEAR?
Check out these answers, then go out and pick up a copy for yourself and see if you agree.
"Definitely not a new one but Redeeming Love by Francine Rivers! Wow, now that's love!" Leola Ogle
"The Shack." Paulette Ann Rogers
"The Prayers of Agnes Sparrow by Joyce Magnin. Funny. Poignant. Amazing characters. Deep. Won't be my last Joyce Magnin book." Joanne Sher
"Nick of Time by Tim Downs (AKA the bug man)." Barb Miller
"Broken Wings by Carla Stewart. Stunning. Beautiful." Jennifer Fromke
"Other than Madily in Love (the manuscript of a soon-to-be released novel by Lynda Lee Schab), it would be Thunder and Rain by Charles Martin." Diane Loew
"When a book keeps me up till 4 in the morning, it's memorable. The latest one to do that is Tristan's Gap by Nancy Rue. I would also nominate Just Listen by Sarah Dessen, even though it's YA." Roberta Brosius
"The most memorable book I read this year was, "Redemption" by Karen Kingsbury with Gary Smalley. This was the first book of the Redemption Series, (5 books total)--all were excellent." Susan Allen
"My most memorable fiction book has been Journey to the Centre of the Earth by Jules Verne,
the best and foremost science fiction writer." Ian Dennison
NEXT MONTH'S QUESTION:
Here's a question to celebrate the September "back to school" season.
WHAT WAS YOUR FAVORITE SUBJECT IN SCHOOL AND WHY?
Send your 1-2 sentence response to FaithWriters.firstname.lastname@example.org. Check back next month to see if your answer was selected to appear.
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