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"Listen to advice and accept instruction, and in the end you will be wise." Proverbs 19:20 (NIV)
We all know that listening to advice and instruction is a good idea, but how often do we ignore good counsel? How often do we think we can figure things out ourselves? That we know best? I can say from experience that for me, it's more often than I'd like to admit.
God advises us to accept instruction because it's only by learning that we experience growth – both mentally and spiritually. Plain and simple, when we're taught, we learn. And when we learn, we become wise. As Proverbs reminds us again and again, wisdom is supreme. We should seek wisdom over everything else.
As writers, it's important that we listen to good advice. In fact, we should always be striving to improve our craft, if for no other reason than to make the most out of the talent God has given us.
Speaking of good advice…
FAITHWRITERS CONFERENCE RECAP
If you attended the FaithWriters conference last month, you received lots of wonderful instruction! From Dub Wright's class on taking time for physical and mental exercising, to Linda Glaz's session on how NOT to get an agent, to Deb Porter's tips from an editor, to workshops on self-publishing, blogging, writer's discipline, freelancing, creating memorable characters, nuts and bolts of writing, writing with humor, and pursuing your passion…there was certainly enough teaching to go around! And we all came away overwhelmed (in a good way) with information and motivation to continue on this journey to which we've been called.
In addition to the wisdom gained, the next greatest benefit received from this conference was the fellowship. So many wonderful friendships, critique partnerships, and even mentorships developed from this brief two-day event. Lives were changed and hearts were renewed.
For those of you who weren't able to attend, we missed you! Please take a moment to check out all of the photos taken during the conference. Hopefully they will encourage you to start saving now for the next conference (details to be announced soon). Here is the link to the forum thread that includes many links to photos posted by attending members. Enjoy!
Have to add a note of thanks to everyone who made this year's conference a raging success. A few names I have to mention are: Amy Wiley for organizing and coordinating, all of the registration and book table volunteers, Jan Ackerson for her helpful critiques, Linda Glaz for accepting pitches on behalf of Hartline Literary Agency, Timmy Boyle and David Ian for providing us with excellent comic relief, Karlene Jacobsen and Lynn Diener for acting as airport chauffeurs, Ed Pennewell (a.k.a.: PUP) for his pounds of delicious fudge, and Deb Porter and Scott Lindsay for being the brains behind the conference. Or, in Deb's case, in front of the conference, too, as she was also one of our beloved speakers.
Don't know how we're going to top this one, but looking forward to trying! Keep watching for details on the next FaithWriters conference.
And don't forget…
If you plan on being in or want to visit the Australia/New Zealand area in October, you'll definitely want to consider attending the FaithWriters Down Under conference, to be held on Saturday, October 9th, at Panthers' World of Entertainment, on Mulgoa Road, Penrith, NSW. Check out all the details here:
DID YOU KNOW…
FaithWriters has a couple of "sister sites."
FAITHREADERS.COM is a site that caters to the reader. Whether looking for clean, safe personal reading material or for content to use freely on your blog, website, church bulletin, or other printed and online locations, Faithreaders offers hundreds of excellent options. You can browse articles, search by keyword, topic, or author, even share articles with your friends. The site also links back to the ebooks and the book reviews section of the FaithWriters site. Definitely worth a look! www.faithreaders.com
FAITHWRITERS FOR KIDS is a branch of FaithWriters specifically created for kids ages 7-14. This is a wonderful place for children to explore their love for writing and spread their creative wings. Kids are able to share poems, articles, and stories and also offer feedback on others' writings. There is even a Weekly Topic, which acts as a launching pad for their imaginations.
OUT OF THE MOUTHS OF FAITHWRITERS
In keeping with this month's "wisdom" theme, members were asked to answer the following question:
WHAT IS THE BEST PIECE OF WRITING ADVICE YOU'VE EVER RECEIVED?
Here are a few of the answers submitted:
"Simply be yourself, and write what comes naturally from the well of words that God has placed in you. It was simply given, and simply received...do not over complicate things!"- Wendell Brown
"'Just write. Even if only one person reads it, that's okay. Write it anyway.' That is the best writing advice and encouragement I have ever received. And still live by today." - Lynn Simpson
"My friend told me this one that she had heard or read somewhere: 'You can't edit nothing, but you can edit something...so write!'" - Rachel Rudd
"Before sending something off for publishing, or even before you submit to a blog, try to put your writing away for at least a day. The longer the better; a week or a few weeks for longer works is best. Let it meld, and allow the errors you may have made to "pop" out when you reread and edit after you've given your eyes and your memory a rest." - Gillian Zylka
"That the advice 'Write what you know' is completely wrong. The best writers choose to write about what they don't know so as to learn, discover and explore." ~Sarah Kidd
"I would say my wife gave me the best piece of writing advice ever....She said, 'Don't worry about the judges and what people say, Write for God and if one person is blessed, it is worth all the effort.'" - Brian Haugrud
And now for the OCTOBER QUESTION:
WHAT ASPECT OF NATURE TAKES YOUR BREATH AWAY? (ie: sunset, etc.)
Please submit your 1-2 sentence answer to firstname.lastname@example.org. Check the October newsletter to see if your reply was selected to appear.
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