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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 1 – Beginner)
Topic: Illustrate the meaning of "Make Hay While the Sun Shines" (without using the actual phrase or literal example). (03/06/08)

TITLE: Just Keep writing
By Emeline Collette


Just Keep Writing

Emmie checked the writing challenge to see her article. There was one comment from Yvonne. The words were encouraging; even the advice. She switched back and forth between emails and the writing site.

“Why can’t I do better at writing,” Emmie asked herself? Emmie knew that she hadn’t been as dedicated as she could have been to the gift God had given her. She had written most of her life. She even had won a few contests and had delighted in seeing her work published. This site was different. She wanted her gift to be used to honor God and to encourage others. Her mind had been preoccupied since her husband left for Florida in December. Normally she would be with him, but this time she stayed behind. Her marriage relationship had crumbled so badly that she knew going would only make it worse. Yet, she couldn’t stop checking the email box, hoping for just a quick email to encourage her that her marriage would survive. Her heart would sink when “No new messages” would glare back at her each time she checked. She would click on the send and receive button three or four times, just to make sure.

Emmie decided to check out the first, second and third winners of the writing site to see what edge these winners had. Her foot swung from side to side, from the leg crossed over the other in her pajamas. All the poems and articles were good. They inspired her with all the twists and turns and challenge to give it all to God. One story really touched her. It was about a wife and husband who had lost their home due to financially difficulty. They had to move to their aunt and uncle’s farm. Emmie hadn’t lost her home, but she was just as disappointed about her marriage of 36 years. The aunt in the story put her arms around the wife and encouraged her to see the good in her situation.

Emmie couldn’t help but feel the comfort of Yvonne’s comments on her article. It was as if Yvonne’s arms were wrapped around her. Emmie was tempted to switch to email. Maybe she would see something from her husband today. She resisted and reread Yvonne’s comments. “Very good. I thought you really brought up a good lesson that we all need to learn. May I give you some advice, though? Time is wasting. Just keep writing.”

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Marlene Austin03/14/08
Nice writing.

I would have liked to have seen more depth to the MC though. Could have used more info as to how she was trying to help reconciliation with her husband take place - was she e-mailing him, and he wasn't answering; or, was she passively waiting for him to e-mail first, etc. I feel it would help give the reader more empathy with MC. Just thoughts to consider... :)

God Bless.
Lyn Churchyard03/15/08
Very clever to use the Writing Challenge as a story for your entry. Yes, I could sympathise with your MC. Don't we love the encouragement we receive from the comments. It has lifted my heart many times.

You have talent, keep honing it and using it for God's glory. Well done.
Mandy White03/16/08
An inspiring message for all of us to use the gift God gave us. Definitely keep writing!
Shayne Catoe03/17/08
I liked the format of your story. Yvonne is great about leaving comments. Continue to pen those stories.
Yvonne Blake 03/17/08
Don't lift me up too high, I'm just using my gift of encouragement to reach out to others who might be struggling. I'm glad I was there when you needed a boost.
Writing is therapeutic. I know it helps me to work through some rough times in my life.I pray that you will be able to draw closer to the Lord and your husband.
Thank you for writing this. Keep writiing.
Patty Wysong03/17/08
You title sums things up beautifully: Just keep writing. That's what we do. Writing through the good and bad. Studying how to improve, practicing, and encouraging eachother to always keep writing. FW is a super place for all that, and we're blessed with encouragers here. :)