Thursday, April 27, 2006

Resurgence of Christian Fiction

Today's Breakpoint with Chuck Colson is on the subject of the resurgence of Christian Fiction. You can find it on their website

It's the first one listed, Modern-Day Renaissance.

Wednesday, April 26, 2006

Great Quote

Author Michael Crichton

Books aren't written - they're rewritten. Including your own. It is one of the hardest things to accept, especially after the seventh rewrite hasn't quite done it.
~ Michael Crichton

Video Clip - John McNally

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Tuesday, April 25, 2006

Song Lyrics/ Music / Poems Group

Christian songwriters coming together to discuss songwriting. Visit our site at and and ( Writing songs, lyrics, music, poems, christian, gospel, how to group, songwriter, songwriters, become organization)

Fellowship of Christian Writers - Online Writers Group

Fellowship of Christian Writers (FCW) is a ministry for Christians who write. Their vision is to provide mentoring and instruction; share skills; offer kindly criticism; supply information on markets, contests, conferences and other areas of interest to Christians who write; share prayer needs; and to be inspired and encouraged by fellow writers. Our desire is that our written words always reflect Christ and glorify God.

This is an excellent group for beginners and intermediate writers as well as a place for accomplished authors to network.

FCW offers weekly moderator questions designed to help the group discuss key writing topics.
Monday -- Goal-setting
Wednesday -- Market Tip and Writing Quote
Thursday -- Creative Calisthenics
Friday -- Friday Praise
Friday, Saturday, and Sunday-- Weekend Fellowship

To join, send an email to:

NEW Online Writers Group

Especially for Beginning and Intermediate Writers

A few years ago a group callled TheWritersView began was born. This group was developed as a learning tool for intermediate and advanced Christian writers. To join, you needed to prove that you were a "serious" writer (previously published, working as a journalist, at least one book project, etc). That group still exists, but the list owner recently began TheWritersView2. This list group is for beginning to intermediate writers who want to develop their skills and want to become advanced writers.

What Makes this list different....Two topics a week are offered by experienced panelists for group discussion. Panelists include advanced writers like Cec Murphy (written over 100 books), Lisa Crayton (editor of the SpiritLed Writer), and Lin Vincent (regular contributor and editor to World Magazine). All posts are strictly moderated - 2 e-mails per day of up to 250 wordseach. That's it! Nothing off topic. Nothing chatty. No personal-emails. This is strictly for idividuals interested in learning to be better writers. Topics include understanding editors, specifics about query letters, best websites for writers, etc... Do you want to learn the professional side of writing from writers who are working in that industry? Join TheWritersView2 now!

New Writing Website - Writer's Block

There is a wonderful article by Cecil Murphy on Show vs Tell on the Writer's Block website.

And don't forget to check out the other great information at this website. The Writer's Block website has only been up for a few months but it is already one of the better writing websites around.

Sunday, April 23, 2006

Next Meeting
of the
North Jersey Christian Writers Group
Monday, April 24, 2006
6:15-7:00 Chat Time
7:00-8:00 Teaching
8:00-9:00 Critiques

Free Bible Searchs and Tools

Are you looking for just the right Bible verse to accompany your devotional? Do you need commentary quotes for your article?

Here are a few good online Bible search sites:

Friday, April 21, 2006

Writing Op - True

Got a TRUE God story?

If God has made himself evident through an experience in your teen or young adult life or that of someone you know, share that story!

Irene Dunlap is a co-author of 6 books in the Chicken Soup for the Soul book series and is now in production with True Volume 2, Who's this God Guy?, the follow-up book to her Zondervan anthology, True: Real Stories about God showing up in the Lives of Teens.

The mission of TRUE is to bring a higher understanding of God's character to teens and young adults.

A wide array of issues are covered in the stories in TRUE Volume 1, including sexual temptations and pregnancy, pressures to drink and do drugs, as well as true experiences depicting how God worked in various life situations in the lives of teens and young adults.

For writing guidelines as well as general information regarding TRUE Volume 2, go to: and click on the book icon for TRUE Vol. 2.

Please send all submissions to May 15, 2006.

75th Annual Writer's Digest Writing Competition

75th Annual Writer's Digest Writing Competition

For 75 years, the Annual Writer’s Digest Competition has rewarded writers just like you for their finest work. And best of all, we’re celebrating our milestone year by giving away more than $30,000 in cash and prizes! Win a trip to New York City ! GRAND PRIZE: $3,000 cash and an all-expense paid trip to New York City to meet with editors or agents. Writer's Digest will fly you and a guest to The Big Apple, where you'll spend three days and two nights in the publishing capital of the world. While you're there, a Writer's Digest editor will escort you to meet and share your work with four editors or agents! Plus, you'll receive a free Diamond Publishing Package from Outskirts Press.
Entry Deadline: Monday, May 15, 2006. For entrants paying with a credit card, we will accept manuscripts submitted online. Manuscripts in the script categories must be submitted via regular mail.

Wednesday, April 19, 2006

P.U.G.S. for Writers

Kathy Ide has a wonderful website for writers. Her PUGS Pointers (Punctuation, Usage, Grammar, and Spelling) provide some amazing writer helps. Check it out!

Realms Fiction

A Strang Company (publishers of Charisma magazine and books by popular Christian authors like John Hagee) have a new publishing line for Christian fiction. Its called Realms Fiction. They are targeting a Christian audience that leans more towards the supernatural and suspense lines.

Of the four books they are currently marketing, one is a time travel tale, one is fantasy, one is thriller/suspense (fleas juiced on the bubonic plague are unleashed in NY), and the last is about Lucifer--before and after the fall.

I haven't been able to locate submission guidelines. If anyone reading this knows how to submit to Strang, let me know.

Tuesday, April 18, 2006

NJCWG Members

If any NJCWG have items to post on this blog, send them to the facilitator.
Louise Bergmann DuMont
Author & Speaker

Writing Op - Adams Media

Are you up to the challenge of sharing your testimony? Adams Media is scheduled to turn out a book for the Christmas season 2006 that focuses on Christian conversion stories (a.k.a testimonies). And we'd love to consider including yours! Study the tips below and then send in your story as soon as you can.

Because of the Christmas deadline, Adams needs our completed book manuscript very soon--so we need your stories by May 5 (after that date, please check to see if we're still accepting stories before sending any). Adams will pay $50 for the stories chosen for publication.

Send your manuscripts as an attached file (preferred) or pasted in an E-mail to: If you have questions, you may also contact me there. Please feel free to forward this along to your friends and writing groups.

Thank you for considering writing for Forever His. This book will be sold in secular outlets, and has the potential to forever change lives. So we hope to hear from you.

Jeanette Gardner Littleton
Editor, His Forever

Guidelines for His Forever
* Manuscript length is somewhat flexible; however, around 1500-1700 is the goal.
* Although this is a conversion story, you still need to have a focus. Use only details that pertain to that focus. Find the focus about your testimony that makes it different from others, and highlight that.
* Remember to show don't tell. Set up scenes, use dialogue, use your drama well without becoming melodramatic.
* Good stories have beginnings (leads), middles (body), and ends (conclusions). Even though you're telling your testimony, also take care to follow this normal first-person article structure.
* If a crisis led you to Christ, you need to fully explain it—don't allude to it or be vague about it.
* This book is designed to be sold mass market, i.e., Walmart, secular bookstores, etc. So watch using Christianese. Try to explain your testimony clearly enough that an unbeliever who doesn't know our "language" can understand what you're talking about.
* Give the readers materials to relate to—tell them your thoughts and feelings. Tell them specifics on how God drew you and worked in your life. Make spiritual concepts as concrete as possible.
* Be realistic. Don't make it sound like: Aha! You found God and suddenly life was perfect!
* Be positive. Don't bash other faiths or other people. Though you may need to mention sin you were involved in to bring around the positive point of what God saved you from, don't wallow in the sin.
* Do be specific, but don't give more details about the sin than about God drawing you.
* Watch dramatic language, especially when discussing spiritual warfare.
* Please know that those of us editing for Adams, as any magazine and book publisher, may give your manuscript a professional edit for length, clarity, and tightening.

Jeanette Gardner Littleton
Editor, His Forever
Adams Media

Sunday, April 09, 2006

NJCWG Members

If you have any books, tapes, CD's, or other materials that belonging to the facilitator of the NJCWG, please bring them to the meeting.

NJCWG members are asked to prayerfully consider taking a turn teaching something that they have learned about writing!

Next Meeting of the North Jersey Christian Writers Group
Monday, 4/10/06
6:15 Chat Time
7:00 Discussion Time - Members should bring anything that THEY learned about writing to this week's discussion.
8:00 Critiques

Wednesday, April 05, 2006

Free Two-Part Publishing Conference

Here is a message I recently received from Winepress publishing. They are one of the few subsidy press companies that I would endorse.

Greetings Christian Writer

I would like to invite you to a free two-part Christian Publishing Web Conference so you can investigate all your publishing options in today's competitive publishing world.

Starting on Tuesday, the 18th of April, 2006 I will be presenting the You Can Do It! Get Your Christian Book Published and Your Message Out in an interactive web conference format, two information packed 90-minute sessions.

If you want to get noticed by a royalty publisher and would like to see the alternative options you have available to do so, join me for the Part 1 of the 2 part conference....if you’re more interested in knowing how to create a platform and consider many possible ways to promote your book once in print, attend Part 2 of this informative conference. Or, join me for both!

As long as you have high speed internet access and a phone line you can join us from anywhere in the United States.

WinePress Publishing is recommended by Christian publishing industry experts as a viable option worth taking the time to investigate.

Visit the Web Conference sign up page for details.

Hope to see you there!

Warm Regards,

Spotlight on Poetry

The Writer Magazine has its spotlight on POETRY this month. They are celebrating National Poetry Month with a special Poetry Spotlight in the premium forums. Click here to read our first Poetry Spotlight poem, "The Muse," and comments from poets Kim Addonizio, Alfred Nicol and Claudia Grinnell.

Learn from poet Kay Day, winner of a number of awards for poetry and author of two collections of poetry and a memoir, on what makes a good poem. Whether you're a beginning poet or an accomplished poet looking to improve your poetry skills, this article and the advice in the poetry forums can help you.