His Imprint Christian Writers E-newsletter

25 Apr


Issue #3

Bringing news & articles of interest to you as Christian writers.

Writing quips & quotes:

“The aim of the poet and the poetry is finally to be of service, to ply the effort of the individual work into the larger work of the community as a whole.” Seamus Heaney

“Though it can be a lovely experience to write a poem that pleases and delights its author, to write something that touches a reader is just about as good as it gets.” Ted Kooser

HEAR YE, HEAR YE!

Upcoming His Imprint meeting March 7, 2011. We meet at Tomas the Cook Family Restaurant, Bay 3 – 305 Idylwyld Dr. N, Saskatoon, SK, from 1:00 to 3:00 p.m. Everyone is welcome.

Our His Imprint Writers’ Conference is slated to take place on April 16, 2011.
Contact Carol Harrison at (306) 978-4190 for more details.

Rebekah Wall would like to announce her self-published book A Nation Apart. This fiction story is set in the Deep South before the Civil War, tells of the friendship between the 16-year-old daughter of a plantation owner and some of her fathers slaves. This girl comes up with a plan to bring them to freedom in Canada; the book details their journey and what they learn from each other.

Rebekah invites you to check out her website, too: www.fsatatpress.webs.com

Other web sites of interest, events, contests, etc:

His Imprint blog site: https://hisimprint.wordpress.com

Inscribe Christian Writers’ Fellowship :http://inscribe.org

The Word Guild web site:http://www.thewordguild.com/

According to the Utmost Christian Writers website, they’ll hoping for a lot more entries for their upcoming Christian Poetry Contest. Deadline is Feb 28th, so if you have a poem to send, don’t delay. See http://www.utmostchristianwriters.com for more details.

InScribe Christian Writers’ Fellowship has launched their book, InScribed – 30 Years of Inspiring Writers. Jan Dick has written two of the stories in this book.

Have an event/new release you want posted? Send to Cathy at sunshine001@ sasktel.net

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THE EDITOR’S CORNER

LAST COLUMN’S CONTEST
Original article:

HOW TO WORK WITH YOUR STORY UNTIL IT IS THE BEST IT CAN BE

As I sat at my desk looking out the window at the snow and listening to the wind, I wondered how I would approach the aspect of writing that involves changing the story until it’s at it’s best, and finally, I decided to spend most of the time talking about right grammar and stuff and how the piece looks on the page.
How the piece looks on the page is an important thing, I mean, that’s the first thing the editor will be seeing when they look at your manuscript. She may not be in a good mood that day, so we have to be careful not to upset them by not using proper grammar and puctuation. Its alright to have white space on the page. It gives my eyes a rest and makes the story more easy to read. Also, besides that, it helps gives the story the proper pacing.
As far as punctuaiton goes, make sure to use the write kind in the write place. Find a good reference book on punctaution and read it and use it when you are writing. Don’ fall into the trap created by email and facebook and text messaging where they don’t use almost any punctuation. And grammar. Well, that’s another story. But hopefully, not your story!!!
There’s a good book called Woe is I by Patricia T. O’Connor that I use and it is a great little book. Lots of publishers use The Chicago Manual of Style as there grammar bible.
Now get out there and trane yourself to write better.

Winning edit:
Effective Self-Editing

I think the most important aspects of self-editing are grammar and format, because these are the things that make the first impression on an editor. Editors are human, and it makes life easier for them if the writer pays attention to grammar and punctuation. Proper formatting makes a manuscript pleasing to the eye as well as to the mind.
Punctuation can be easily mastered by using a good and widely acceptable manual such as Woe is I by Patricia T. O’Connor or The Chicago Manual of Style, which is employed by most American publishing houses.
Although electronic messaging ignores proper elements of writing, this is not an excuse for writers to do the same in their submissions. It is worth our time and effort to educate ourselves to improve our writing.

THREE IMPORTANT EDITING TIPS
#1 – Learn to grasp the heart of the writer’s intent (in your writing or another’s)
#2 – Convey this intent as effectively and succinctly as possible
#3 – Use spell-check, but do your own check for homonyms and overused words.

Next time…look for the Homonym Poem

Per Snickety

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The Craft of Writing
by Susan Plett

As an editor, workshop leader and contest judge, one of the things I hear more often than I’d like to think possible, is some variation of the phrase “I am sending you this poem (or story or devotional) that God gave me. I haven’t changed a single thing because God gave it to me just like this.”

Without exception, none of these pieces of divinely inspired writing has ever been on the short list of a publication or contest that I’ve been involved with. It can be a delicate situation to handle – one contest I judged promised a critique for every non-winning entry. It’s hard to know where to go with “God gave me this so I know it’s perfect.”

The off-the-cuff, flippant reply to that is: Don’t blame God for this! Take ownership! The less flippant reply is – yes, I firmly believe that creativity is a dialogue between the writer and God. There is no doubt in my mind that God is deeply invested in our creative processes, and that the work we create is (or at least should be) work that He has given us to do.

We are not, however, created as mere automatons. We are created to be in a near-constant state of growth and learning. Taking time to polish a God-given gem of insight into a piece of well-crafted beauty is, in my opinion, more honouring to God than something that’s just “shown up”.

All that said – there have definitely been times in my life that a poem or part of a poem has shown up whole. These are a delight and a relief and a rarity, but by no means the norm. I believe that God expects us to take the tools He gives us – inspiration, brains, and a desire to seek His face – and hone our craft.

When all that’s done – the work can speak for itself. We don’t need to attempt to sway an audience with “God gave me this.” Put in your effort, and God will be evident.

Want to submit a short article to The Craft of Writing? Send to Carol at harrison.fam@shaw.ca
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“PLAY IT AGAIN, SAM”
by Chris Goodnough
A modern make-over of Pride & Prejudice, with apologies to Jane Austen

Chapter III

All the questions and all the wheedling his wife and daughters did those next few days couldn’t get one word out of Mr. Bennet with regard to Chuck Bingley; they finally had to rely on their neighbour Maria Lucas’ description of the young man. “He’s quite young, very good-looking, very agreeable. Even my Bill was impressed! And to top it off, he intends to come to our next village Social and bring some of his friends.”

“This is so delightful,” Eunice Bennet told her daughters later. “All the better if he’s a good dancer. Dancing together is a good step toward falling in love, you know. Surely one of the local girls will snag him–maybe one of you!”

Chuck returned Henry Bennet’s visit a few days later‒hoping to see the pretty daughters he’d heard about. The two men sat in the library exchanging small talk for awhile then Chuck headed home, disappointed that none of them showed themselves. The girls, peeking out an upstairs window, sized him up as he left. But Mrs. Bennet wasn’t about to waste time; she sent him a dinner invitation a few days later, where she could properly present her daughters and the merits of each.

To her dismay, Chuck asked for a ‘rain check’ instead. “I have to go to London for a few days. Sorry, try again.”

Mrs. Bennet now began to worry he’d be the jet-setting kind, always flying here or there, never properly settled, as a married man ought to be, but Maria Lucas calmed her fears. “I’ve heard he’s just gone home to bring his sisters and some friends to our village Social. They say he’s bringing 19 people!”

Rumour had seriously inflated the matter. He showed up at the Social with only four extras: his two sisters, a brother-in-law, and his friend, Darcy. But he immediately made a good impression; his charm and easy-going manner was appreciated by all. He was polite to all the men, danced with all the ladies–even asked Jane Bennet for a second!–and otherwise made himself to home with the locals.

Darcy Fitzwilliam also made a good impression within the first few minutes, as it was whispered around the room that he made ten grand a month and lived in a mansion up north. He was tall and more handsome than his friend, a real blue-blood, folks agreed.

He turned out to be a conceited snob. He danced only with Chuck’s two sisters and spent the rest of the evening pacing back and forth, obviously bored with the whole affair. To clinch it, he made a disdainful comment about Liz Bennet‒who overheard and cheerfully repeated it to her friends‒that totally alienated him from Mrs. Bennet. “Hell hath no fury like a woman scorned,” unless you dare to scorn her daughter. Then you’re really in for it!

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What’s Your Genre?

Contributions needed! share a little bit about yourself and what you like to write. Send short bios to Carol at harrison.fam@shaw.ca

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