Monday, October 20, 2014
[Note from Mary: Good tips for those of you who write fiction but also those with a true story to tell]
She’s Back! Using Back Story in Fiction Writing | Linda S. Clare
[Note from Mary: The 2015 Poet’s Market guide published by Writer’s Digest Books is THE book for poets who want their poems to be traditionally published by Christian and secular periodicals and publishing companies. In addition to an extensive list of potential publishers of poetry books, chapbooks, and journals, you’ll find helpful articles, interesting interviews with well-published poets, and all sorts of excellent resources to help your poetry excel.]
Poetry Editor & Poetry: THE Market guide for poets
[Note from Mary: This poem prayer-a-phrase of Ephesians 2:4-10 speaks of God’s great love that gives us spiritual rebirth, sets us in a heavenly realm, and gives us the grace to do what we have been given to do (and write!) in the spirit of Jesus’ Name.]
What the Bible Says about Love: God’s love holds us in a heavenly realm
Thursday, October 16, 2014
[Note from Mary: Wonderful word on Christ's renewal system!]
How Do You Repair Your Cracks? - Ava Pennington Ava Pennington
[Note from Mary: One of the administrators of our Christian Poets & Writers group on Facebook was just interviewed! Since Ava is a traditionally published author, she offers tips and experiences you'll find helpful too.]
Interview from Ava Pennington with a Giveaway | Margaret Daley
Wednesday, October 15, 2014
[Note from Mary: Praise, thanks, and joy poured from this post. May God bless all who read.]
SWEET MEDITATION – a good way to battle depression | From the River of His Heart by Nicole Cleis Anderson
[Note from Mary: This post isn't typical of those usually highlighted, so why this one? 1.) The opening paragraphs showed tight writing with varied sentence structure that makes for a "good read." 2.) The writer obviously did his research instead of relying only on memory. 3.) The humor is also obvious here but sadly missing from most manuscripts by Christian poets and writers. 4.) The post goes on no longer than needed. 5.) The article ends with a relevant "take away," encouraging readers to look for God's ongoing goodness even in the small things of life.]
Jezebel is a Great Name for a Cat -or- God Provides in Mysterious Ways - very Much Later by Jake Lee
[Note from Mary: Besides giving us an uplift today, these 1 to 5 reasons for hope struck me as great writing prompts for Christian poets and writers. As you read each one, see what jumps out at you and what experiences or examples come to mind and spirit.]
Road Signs for Living: God's Grace - The Source of Our Hope by Joyce Lester Powell
Tuesday, October 14, 2014
Thanks to Ashley Ormon, we recently had this helpful discussion in our interactive Christian Poets & Writers group on Facebook:
Ashley: What are ways we can use our writing to serve others, besides posting on our blogs?
Robin One thing I've done is taken three of my best poems and printed them out in bookmark form. I give them as little gifts to bless new parents and grandparents.
Janiece (We can serve others through) prayer, writing letters to them, and creating new things like Scriptures printed out with a design to give to them on Christmas or a poem that is Christ-like
Timothy Two things to add to the mix: (1) the waning, but still with us, medium of the print newspaper, specifically, the letter to the editor, which is often less than uplifting, so perhaps we can make a mark there; and the guest column in the religion section; and (2) the advocacy letter to elected representatives. Again, this is an area that is often highly politicized, but where Christian love and truth can be expressed in a winsome way by writers who have the gift of the Spirit, know Scripture, and know the Lord.
Heather Write a book. Write a Bible study. Send a note of encouragement to someone. Write a thank-you letter complimenting the service they have done for the Kingdom.
DavidAnn (We can serve by) building up, encouraging, and showing the Love of God through our testimonies. Glory Hallelujah!
Judy I have left copies of my books in motels, restaurants, cruise ship libraries, dr. offices, and other places. You never know who may need to read what you have written, and many people will never pick up a Bible.
Heather (We can write stories about) characters who are flawed, because we are and God isn't.
Joyce For me, the purpose of writing is to encourage, inspire, and remind others that the love, mercy, and grace of God is available to all who are willing to accept His gift and that He can meet every need. Therefore, I pray to be sensitive to those who are in the midst of life's battles. I give away more books than I sell and am blessed when told a certain devotional has touched someone or made a difference in a personal situation. For me, prayer is priority in making sure that I never forget that it is all about HIM and never about me. Prayer is key in ministering through our writing.
Mary Yes and amen!
Ian I think we can tell stories that enlighten the lost to biblical thinking.
Dr Wilma Thanks for this encouragement and confirmation to tell our story and how God brought us through and the importance of overcoming.
Marie I have read things I have written to others particularly my elderly lady friends - "my Grandmas" - or to young children. I have even had a session with a group at my church where I joined "my Grandmas" in how to write poetry! We approached it from different angles and even gave an exercise where they wrote their own poetry.
Barbra I used to write long letters to older friends, and they said they looked forward to them.... I would also like to do devotionals.
Robert Tackling the endeavor of writing a type of compilation or some literary work for publication is a good idea. Creating poetry and vocalizing it at local poetry slams/events are becoming more common is some cities. That would be a witty and simple way to evangelize in an arena other than a church-related event where reciting our purposeful poetry would be like preaching to the choir, so to speak.
Cynthia We have a coffee shop meet for all writers, usually poetry, and not all (are) Christians. It gives you a chance to hear what is important to the world and gives them a chance to see Jesus in your work.
Patti I love God for giving me a gift of words to bless others. I don't take it for granted but am thrilled every time I can combine it with simple calligraphy (as done for the past 30 years), and it makes me happy and hopefully pleases the Lord!
Ian To reveal the Christian worldview... (in) literature
Shanna I write for a few ministries as a volunteer.
Mary Thank you all for your thoughtful responses. If our words uplift, our writing can serve others even through a Post-A-Note. It's not the form of publication that matters so much as what we're writing about and why. For instance, if we're writing to express ourselves with no thought for our readers – as happens to most of us in the beginning - the impact will be much different than if we're writing, say, a how-to.
As Christian poets and writers, we have the responsibility and privilege to draw readers to Christ and the church, but too often we see rants! If we only point out the problems in the church and offer no workable solutions, then we contribute to the problem. And if we come down hard on our readers or try to shake them into knowing Christ, we've lost them. With love and prayers and a little humor, our writings can work wonders in Jesus’ Name.
© 2014, Mary Harwell Sayler, who began the Christian Poets & Writers group on Facebook, is a lifelong lover of Christ, the Bible, and the church in all its parts. She’s the poet-author of 27 books in all genres for Christian and educational markets and wrote the e-book, the Christian Writers’ Guide to writing and publishing.
Monday, October 13, 2014
[Note from Mary: Need help getting started on your manuscript? Check out this post.]
Say Goodbye to Someday - Gregor Connections LLC : Gregor Connections LLC by Shanna Gregor
[Note from Mary: As attested by the review copy Writer’s Digest Books sent me, Writing Irresistible KIDLIT is “The Ultimate Guide to Crafting Fiction for Young Adult and Middle Grade Readers.” Having now read the book though, I have to say that writers of novels for any age will welcome this lively text with all sorts of helpful, step-by-step information that makes writing #kidlit sound irresistible to me again!]
In a Christian Writer's Life: Writing Irresistible KidLit
Saturday, October 11, 2014
[Note from Mary: Whether you write poetry or not, the silence needed for poetry writing is the same silence from which we can hear the whisper of God in our surroundings, no matter how ordinary they are.]
Poetry Editor & Poetry: Practicing Silence and poetry
[Note from Mary: Many of us have personal agendas for writing, but this post gets to the bottom line of Christ's agenda.]
Whole Lot of Always... And Love Never Fails - Through a Glass, Darkly by Jaime Meeks
Thursday, October 9, 2014
[Note from Mary: This post helps us to see how readers react to words that show us as super Christians with no problems! May God help us to address social, political, and personal concerns realistically and honestly, offering workable solutions when possible and ending on a note of faith that points to Christ.]
Super-Christians | Striving With God by Chris Canuel
[Note from Mary: May this poetic post encourage us to tear down walls of fear dividing churches and come together constructively in Jesus' Name.]
I Want A Life Of Bridges, Not Walls | Sharon Brani
Tuesday, October 7, 2014
[Note from Mary: One of the beauties of writing is being able to write almost any time or place, but that can be a problem, too, if we forget to stop and rest. This post brings insight for getting our writing lives in balance.]
Saturday, October 4, 2014
[Note from Mary: A major purpose of the Christian Poets & Writers group on Facebook is to help bring healing to the church, so we can come together and more lovingly and actively represent the Body of Christ on earth. This post reminds us that we need to act now! May God guide and bless us - corporately and individually - in all we say, do, and write as Jesus would in His Name.]
Stepping Heavenward: Are your rights more important than mine? by Danielle Bonner- Peck
[Note from Mary: Being on the Internet makes us and what we say more public than we might like! In this post, Ava deals with our responses and responsibility as Christians.]
Truth or Error? - Ava Pennington Ava Pennington
[Note from Mary: This post helps us to recognize our motivations and priorities. May God guide and bless our use of the Internet as a mission field in Jesus' Name.]
IBITE: I’m No Luddite, But I Do Have Some Concerns With Technology by Dan Koncal