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"Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for men, since you know that you will receive an inheritance from the Lord as a reward. It is the Lord Christ you are serving." – Colossians 3:23, 24
Being writers is what brings us all together. Because you are a member of FaithWriters, chances are, you have a deep passion and a very possibly a God-given purpose for writing. You might write devotionals, articles, greeting cards, poetry, web content, short stories, or full length novels. Your style might be humor, historical, romance, science fiction, fantasy, or flowery prose. But while the type of writing we do varies in genre, style, and voice, there is one thing we share that should be identical: our desire to honor God with it. Because no matter what we write, if our writing doesn't glorify God, it falls short. WE fall short.
Many of us get caught up in pleasing people with what we write. And although we want people to enjoy and be blessed by our words, that shouldn't be what drives us. Pleasing and serving God with the talents He gave us should be our first priority. So I want to encourage you this month to check your heart and make sure your motivations are where they should be.
OK! Sermon over! (I just felt in my spirit that somebody needed to hear that this month). At the end of this newsletter, just for fun, select FaithWriters tell us what job they would choose if writing wasn't an option. Be sure to check it out!
THE WEEKLY WRITING CHALLENGE
The last quarter's Writing Challenge was lots of fun! Topics consisted of childhood games like Telephone, Snap, Concentration, Charades, and Truth or Dare. What's cool about the past 10 weeks is that, as someone pointed out on the message boards, there was a different #1 winner every week. No one placed first twice, which starts us off with a variety of authors in the running for the 2009 Best of the Best award! The list of the #1 winners will be regularly updated on the message boards. To see the current list, visit this thread: http://www.faithwriters.com/Boards/phpBB2/viewtopic.php?t=22232.
DON'T FORGET…the next Challenge quarter begins on October 2nd! If you haven't yet participated in the Writing Challenge, you're missing out! The Challenge is a wonderful way to try your hand at new styles and genres, practice the discipline of writing to a topic and a word count, and get great feedback on your writing! And, as mentioned above, YOU could even be crowned the next Best of the Best winner (awarded each July) and walk away with some cold hard cash!
So what are you waiting for? Enter the Weekly Writing Challenge today! http://www.faithwriters.com/writing-challenge-intro.php
CHALLENGE CRITIQUES AND FEEDBACK
Last month, I hinted about a new feature that would soon be available for FaithWriters members – the ability to get feedback on your Writing Challenge ratings, as well as full critiques on your entries. Although we didn't get this process started in September as we'd hoped, watch for more information very soon. All the details will be posted on the message boards, as well as in other locations on the FaithWriters site. We are excited to be able to offer this service and are doing our best to get it up and running as soon as possible. When we're ready to go, you'll be the first to know!
DID YOU KNOW…
There is a forum on the FaithWriters message board titled, "FOREWARNED IS FOREARMED" where you are able to discuss your concerns or ask questions about potential writing scams or problematic publishers, agencies, contests, or other organizations. If you know of a writing-related website or company that is not on the up-and-up (and if you have evidence to back it up), or if you simply have concerns or questions, feel free to post them here. As the forum guidelines state, this isn't a place to launch an outright attack but only for research and discussion. This forum was created to help you make informed decisions about submitting your work. To check out the companies that are currently being discussed, click here: http://www.faithwriters.com/Boards/phpBB2/viewforum.php?f=68
October 2 – New Writing Challenge quarter begins
October – Challenge Critiques and Feedback program introduced
December 1st – PAGE TURNER winners announced!
January 1st – Details of the 2009 Page Turner contest posted online (focus next year is on fiction)**
Coming Soon…Watch for the latest FaithWriters Challenge book, Everyday Heroes and Villains, to be released, probably soon after the first of the year.
**NOTE: The Page Turner contest was created exclusively for FaithWriters 500 members, as an added perk for those who financially support FaithWriters.com. If you would like more information on how to become a 500 member, and a full list of benefits that come with your membership, visit this link: http://www.faithwriters.com/myaccount/donations-from-members.php
Have you landed a contract? Recently had your book published? Won a contest? We want to know! Please email me at FaithWriters.firstname.lastname@example.org and I will do my best to include your news in an upcoming newsletter! We'd love to cheer with you and help celebrate your accomplishments!
OUT OF THE MOUTHS OF FAITHWRITERS
Just for fun, this month I asked fellow FaithWriters the following question:
BESIDES a writer, if you could have any job in the world, what would it be?
Here are some of their answers:
"Mattress tester. I'm not sure if the job exists, but I would love to get paid to sleep." – Stephanie Craig
"Wow, that's a really tough question. I've always wanted to save lives so I think I'd want to be a paramedic or an emergency dispatcher." -Sherry Castelluccio
"An actress!! I am sold on the powerful messages that can be portrayed through drama - I'd like to portray them for the betterment of people." – Tammy Johnson
"CEO of a major corporation. That way, even if I mess up, I can take the "Golden Parachute", invest it, and live well off the return from the investment for the rest of my life while I write." – Rick Hoomis
"My dream job would be to play a character in one of the preschool oriented TV shows: live character, puppet, or voiceover. Singing and dancing and teaching about the wonders of the alphabet and fruit salad. Oh bliss! One of my previous jobs involved providing story time programs for preschoolers and babies at our local library. I still can't believe anyone paid me to have that much fun." – Karen Wilber
Whatever you do this month, do it ALL for the glory of God! He deserves your best!
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