A writing colleague sent me the link to an article that gleans 22 pieces of advice from bestselling author Stephen King's memoir, On Writing. I've read the book, but it was refreshing and eye-opening to re-read King's advice. Surprising how in our intense efforts to become better writers we drift from the basics over time.
The Christian Writers Guild is running an end-of-summer special for its mentor-guided writing courses. Sign up for any course by September 10, give the name of the CWG mentor who referred you *which would be me, Michele Huey), and they’ll send you a free copy of one of these novels:
Prime of Life by Peter Bekendam; Book of Dreams by Davis Bunn; Matthew’s Story, Mark’s Story, or Luke’s Story by Jerry B. Jenkins Courses include:
Open to CWG members who have
not yet had a book published by a traditional, royalty-paying publisher, this annual contest has given new novelists a chance for their work to be read.
This year three winners will receive publication packages from the Christian Writers Guild and BelieversPress for a combined value of over $30,000.
You Can Win Over $20,000 and Be a Published Novelist by Next Year
Submit your completed novel to our Operation First Novel contest by
September 3 and you could win a publishing package worth more than
It’s easy to enter. You just have to be a Guild member (click here to join) who hasn’t yet had a book released by a traditional publisher.
When you register for Guild membership, we’ll give you,
absolutely free, a set of five recent CWG webinars on the art of
creating popular fiction — a $50 value! Review all five sessions to make
sure your story is ready to enter.
When You Enter
Besides submitting a 75,000- to 85,000-word fiction manuscript, you also submit:
● a logline (a one-sentence summary with plot elements and an emotional hook)
● a 750-word synopsis
Judges will review each manuscript for characterization, plot, conflict, dialogue, setting, mechanics, and writing quality.
First prize includes a full print and e-book publishing package as part of the Jerry B. Jenkins select line from Christian Writers
Guild Publishing, a $21,000 value!
Second place wins a print publishing package from BelieversPress worth $6,500!
Third prize is an e-book publishing package from BelieversPress worth $2,800!
You have until September 3, 2014 to enter.
54-year-old Linda Laverly longs to experience, just once
more, that head over heels feeling of young love. The only problem is
The day has finally come! Before I Die, my second
novel (actually the first novel I ever wrote) has beenreleased by Helping Hands Press as an e-book ($2.99) and paperback ($14.99) on Amazon.
Here’s the book
Linda Laverly wants to
fall in love again—to experience deep in her soul that head over heels,
I’m-crazy-about-you feeling just once more. Time is running out, she thinks;
her sister died at fifty-five, and Linda is just one year shy of that
milestone. So she leaves Brian, her predictable, dependable, faithful, but
unromantic husband of thirty-two years to try to find a spark again. Is her
quest worth risking her family, her job, her reputation, her faith? As she
wrestles with issues of aging and self-image, anger and betrayal, she finds the
love she’s longing for where she least expects it.(Women’s fiction, Christian fiction)
Here’s what reviewer
Kerin M. had to say about the book:
“I LOVED IT! I
LOVED IT! I LOVED IT! My eyes were filled with tears at the end. You had the
courage to write about the secrets of women our age – that longing to be
loved and not just taken for granted – or to feel like we’re stuck with each
other now, so let’s just make the best of it. I saw my own self in Linda.
Thank you for writing this story. May God bless it and cut it loose to touch
the lives of many others.”
To download your e-book
or order your paperback from Amazon, visit my Amazon author page and click
on BEFORE I DIE. Here’s the link to
the Amazon page where my books are listed: http://tinyurl.com/l2n6nal
me your order (email@example.com) and mailing me a check for $15, plus $5
shipping and handling, if it’s to be mailed. I don’t have a problem delivering
books to folks in Punxsutawney who have ordered them. If that’s the case, the
cost of the book will be $15 (tax included). My address is 121 Homestead Lane,
Glen Campbell, PA15742.
Thank you for your interest. Please share this
post with anyone you think would be interested in Before I Die.
Presented by Dennis E. Hensley
Tuesday, August 12
8:00 to 9:00 p.m., Eastern Time
has two central functions: to provide vital information and to advance
the story’s action. But the way that is conveyed can involve accent,
stage direction, timing, word choice, slang, sentence fragments,
shoptalk, professional vocabulary, and emotional connotation.
Getting the right blend is the trick, and Doc delivers numerous tips on
how to master the art of “talking the talk.” As the author of eight
novels, two plays, and more than 150 short stories, Doc draws from his
hands-on experience to help you make your dialogue functional,
entertaining, and believable.
Dennis E. Hensley, Ph.D., is the author of 54 books, the most recent being Jesus in the 9 to 5. He is director of the professional writing major at Taylor University, and a columnist for Christian Communicator. His 3,000 freelance articles have appeared in Downbeat, Modern Bride, Writer’s Digest, Essence, War Cry, The Writer, People, Vista, Evangel, The Detroit Free Press, and The Indianapolis Star,
among many others. He is a judge for the annual Christy Fiction Awards,
the Evangelical Press Association Awards, and Operation First Novel
Presented by Jeff Gerke
Tuesday, August 19
8:00 to 9:00 p.m., Eastern Time
impressions are vital. Compelling opening scenes are key to catching an
agent or editor’s attention, as well as keeping readers engaged. In
this continuation of Jeff’s June 19 webinar, you’ll learn more about:
• how to bring your protagonist onstage the first time
• how (and why) to establish normal for your hero and your story world
• what exactly goes on a great first page
• what makes for a terrific first line
Jeff Gerke is a novelist and book doctor.
He worked for a dozen years at various publishers before founding
Marcher Lord Press. His books include The Art &Craft of Writing Christian Fiction, Plot Versus Character, and The First 50 Pages.