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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 3 – Advanced)
Topic: Expand (07/18/13)

TITLE: Developing As A Writer
By Barbara Caldwell


To expand is to develop. I have a strong desire to expand my gift as a writer. I’ve always enjoyed writing, even as a child. My interest became enhanced, through writing letters to friends and family.

It took me a while to realize that I was a writer. In my last year of college, I passed the English Essay Exam the first time. Even during that time I never saw the world of writing approaching me swiftly.

After reading a book entitled “Walking By Faith” by Joe L. Dudley Sr I finally realized that my calling was writing. When I finished this book ,I prayed and asked God to reveal my purpose. I read testimonies in the book, of how God blessed others, by answering their prayers for success. After my prayer God actually answered within days.

I began to receive inspiration from God, that caused me to write ideas almost anywhere. I had to keep a pen and pad with me at all times. Even when I retired for the night, I would keep writing supplies in bed with me.

Soon I began to collect poetry, thoughts, and other types of writings. After my collection began to grow to a substantial amount, I was led to write a book, at this point and time I have self-published four Christian books. It has been an awesome experience to share what God has given me.

After my last two books were written. I began to pray for ways to expand my writing career. Since letter writing was the beginning of my interest in writing, I was led to start a writing ministry. This idea was fulfilled through a spiritual open letter, which I send on a bi-monthly basis. It has been circulating for three years now.

I feel that in order to expand as a writer, we should look for opportunities, that would cause us continually to grow and develop as a writer. I have found this with my writing ministry, and through Faith Writers. I am very excited about the possibilities involved with this ministry. Contest like “The Writing Challenge” and other writing opportunities, can help anyone become a better writer. Faith Writers is a sure way for me to expand this gift of writing, that God has so graciously given me.

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Shann Hall-LochmannVanBennekom 07/25/13
This is a sweet testimony and will encourage many writers. Be careful about mentioning FW and the challenge because the top ten stories overall get printed in an anthology where the reader may not know about FW or the challenge. I did like how you showed God leading you to write to glorify his name. You did a good job of writing on topic in a fresh and creative way.
Brenda Rice 07/27/13
I like the way you covered the topic. This entry is well written and interesting. Thanks.
Theresa Santy 07/30/13
A wonderful testimony of a writer's journey. I could feel your passion on the page. Would love to hear more about the "Open Letter."
Dannie Hawley 08/09/13
I enjoyed reading this glimpse into your beginnings as a writer. It's obvious that the Lord had His purpose in mind when He breathed this gift into your make-up, waiting for His time for it to be released. Thanks for sharing!
Judith Gayle Smith08/18/13
It is so wonderful that you have discovered His purpose for your life. Thanks to Faithwriters, I may be, at age seventy - ready to claim my part of His Body with an open heart and His clear vision. You are inspiring . . .