FaithWriters October, 2012 News & information for the write-brained Christian
"The way of fools seems right to them, but the wise listen to advice." - Proverbs 12:15 (NIV)
At one time or another (or for some of us, maybe all the time), we think we know what's best. Our way is right. And sometimes we let let our pride get in the way of listening to counsel. But according to the Bible, that's not wise. Getting advice from others is often the best way to discern God's will. Especially when faced with situations not clearly spelled out in the Bible.
The same goes for our writing. We sometimes want to think we know it all. But seeking help and advice from others who are further along in their writing journey is wise. Maintaining a teachable spirit is the only way we will grow. And no matter how far along you are, there is always something more to learn.
Be sure to read the Out of theMouths of FaithWriters section at the bottom of this newsletter to see some of the best writing advice our members have received.
WRITING CHALLENGE NEWS
Beginning October 4th and every quarter, SILVER members can enter the Challenge up to 4 times per year, to see what the hype is all about. Click here for complete rules and guidelines: WEEKLY WRITING CHALLENGE
Warning: The Weekly Writing Challenge is highly addicting. FaithWriters assumes no liability for addictions that may result from entering.
FAITHWRITERS CONFERENCE 2013
After taking a year off, the FaithWriters conference is back on! While the conference has always been held in Detroit, Michigan, this time we'll be in beautiful Portland, Oregon! The plan is to rotate between Portland, Detroit, and Orlando, Florida, so everybody has a chance to attend. Mark your calendars for June 28 and 29, 2013. Keep checking the conference Page for details. In the meantime, get in on all the conference chatter on the message boards: CONFERENCE THREAD
Hope to see you there!
E is for EXCITING E-BOOKSTORE!
In case you haven't heard, the FaithWriters e-bookstore is undergoing some major revamping. In the next few weeks, you'll find lots of new titles, including national bestsellers, at the same low cost you'll find on Amazon or Christian Book Distributors.
But most exciting of all, many of the available books were written by our own FaithWriters members, and are ones you won't find anywhere else. Each purchase you make through our e-book store helps to support FaithWriters and our ministry of helping writers grow and spreading the love of Jesus Christ across the world.
Authors: Add your Smashwords and Amazon url to your book page on our site. It will help you sell more books!
If you haven't submitted your entry for the 2012 Page Turner contest, there's still time! But not much...the deadline is October 31. This is a contest you don't want to miss. It could not only earn you FREE editing, publicity, and serious consideration of publication, you could walk away with $800 in cold, hard cash!
You must be a Platinum member to enter. If you're already a Platinum member, you have absolutely nothing to lose and possibly everything to gain by entering because it's totally FREE! And if you're currently a Silver or Gold member, upgrade your account today to be eligible. Don't forget, the focus is on fiction this year.
So what are you waiting for? Submit your entry today! Winner(s) will be announced on December 1st (just in time for Christmas!)
Lori Othouse - Two paid writing assignments worth $150
Helen Curtis - One paid assignment worth $75
Amber Leggette-Aldrich -$25
Silver Winner Jana Kelley - One year Gold membership
Winners From - Florida - Australia - Alaska - Asia - Thanks to all who entered!
Growing Christian Writers while Spreading the Gospel
"Christianity, if false, is of no importance, and if true, of infinite importance. The only thing it cannot be is moderately important." –God in the Dock, C. S. Lewis.
Since 2-26-12 - 2812 people have viewed our videos presenting the gospel and 82 have accepted Jesus as their Savior. Every article you submit attracts someone from around the world. Thank you for coming to FaithWriters to sharpen your writing skills and post those articles that attract the lost.
Together as the body of Christ we are making a difference.
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OUT OF THE MOUTHS OF FAITHWRITERS
Last month, members were asked this question:
WHAT IS THE BEST PIECE OF WRITING ADVICE YOU'VE RECEIVED?
Here are just a few of the many responses:
"The best advice about writing was at a writing conference: Good writing is rewriting. That made me feel a lot better." - Frankie Sherman
"Don't give up. Continue to write, whether or not your work ever gets published." - Dotty
"Never be your own last proofreader. Our eyes see what we know we've written, not what is actually on the page."Judith Robl
"Write with simple words and language. Don't try to impress the reader with a complex vocabulary." - John Clark
"Forget the rules of writing and just write what's on your mind. When you've finished, the remember the rules as you edit." - Anne Warden
"Write what you want to read." - June Ramsay
"Don't quit!" Julie
NEXT MONTH'S QUESTION:
WHAT ARE YOU MOST THANKFUL FOR THIS YEAR?
Send your brief (1 to 2 sentences) response to Faithwriters.firstname.lastname@example.org. Then check the October newsletter to see if your answer was selected to appear.
THANK YOU ONCE AGAIN FOR CHOOSING FAITHWRITERS! YOU ARE A BLESSING!