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Screen Shot 2015-07-30 at 11.28.49 AMThis is the official blog of the Minnesota Christian Writer’s Guild. Our desire, through this blog, is to help our members attain the next level to impact people’s lives with their writing. Through this blog, we invite our members to submit entries that inspire, educate, excite, and encourage writers to grow professionally and spiritually.

If you to want to be a blessing to your fellow writers, then we welcome you to write for us!

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Your Mission as a Writer – May Newsletter

Posted by on May 8, 2017 in Blog, Newsletter | Comments Off on Your Mission as a Writer – May Newsletter

Your Mission as a Writer – May Newsletter

MAY 8: Cynthia Ruchti: Your Mission as a Writer–It’s Not a Line…It’s a Labyrinth
(We will conclude this program with a year-end summer commissioning ceremony.)

When a writer sets out on a career path, logic can be both beneficial and a barricade. Logic thinks of writing and publishing as an equation. If I do this and this and spend this and invest this and learn this, that equals publishing success. But it isn’t a line. It’s a labyrinth. With Cynthia’s experienced guidance, you will get a glimpse of where you are from a God’s eye view and how the twists, turns, and tumbles form clues for reaching your ultimate goals as a writer.

Cynthia’s tagline, “Hemmed in Hope,” describes her heart’s message well. She has authored a total of 15 published books (fiction and nonfiction) and written numerous devotionals. A popular speaker at women’s and writers’ events and retreats, she also wrote and produced an on-air radio broadcast for 33 years. Her books have been recognized by RT Reviewers’ Choice, Selah Awards, Gayle Wilson Award of Excellence, CR’s BEST Awards, Carol Award honors, Family Fiction Readers’ Choice Award, ForeWord Reviews Book of the Year honors and others. She and her plot-tweaking husband live in the heart of Wisconsin, not far from their three children and five grandchildren.

Exciting Opportunity to Serve

Your board will be selecting a business manager for the guild by August 1. This is a perfect part-time job, about four to five hours/month, for someone who is good with numbers and enjoys various administrative tasks. If you or someone you know would love to support our amazing 60+-year-old ministry for Christian writers, please contact board president, Beverly Snyder.
Annual Election of Officers
At the May meeting, we will elect two new officers for our board: Communications Director and Seminar Director. We thank Marianne McDonough and Joyce Ellis for their service in these capacities. If you would be interested in being a board member now or in the future, please contact us.  Any of our directors will tell you that it is a privilege and a blessing!

Holy Surprises

Marianne McDonough, Communications Director

Habakkuk 2:2-3: Then the LORD answered me and said:
“Write the vision and make it plain on tablets that he may run
who reads it. For the vision is yet for an appointed time;
but at the end it will speak, and it will not lie. Though it tarries,
wait for it; because it will surely come, it will not tarry.” NKJV

The Word of God is full of holy surprises. Case in point: Habakkuk 2:2-3. Every time I meditate on this passage, I discover or confirm things that relate to writers.

For example, when we consider verse two, we may tend to focus on “write the vision” and “make it plain,” but look again. I think it’s more about a reader, stating that the purpose of the vision is “that he may run who reads it.” A notation in the Spirit Filled Life KJV says, “The phrase can carry two meanings. It might mean that the message is so clear that one running past can easily discern its meaning. Or it could mean that the message is so clear that a person can understand its meaning, then ‘run with it’; so clear that the runner can transport the message to one who may not have seen it.

Selah (think about that), folks. The vision must be clear not for the benefit of the writer but the reader.

Then in verse three, the Lord describes the qualities of the vision:

  • It has an appointed time.
  • It will speak.
  • It will not lie.
  • It will surely come.

As we approach the end of our 2016-2017 season, we will be commissioning those who attend the May meeting to forge forward into the vision God has given you. I encourage you to clearly write your vision on an index card with the following primary considerations: Who are your readers? And what is your message to them so that they may run with it?

Prepare and pray for this next meeting. Meditate on Habakkuk 2:2-3. Your board wants to pray for you and your vision, its timing, mission, and certain arrival.
Our 2017-2018 Speakers

Your board will be selecting next year’s speakers. If you have a suggestion for a topic or a specific presenter, please contact our board President, Beverly Snyder

10 Blogging Template Swipe File to Spark your next post.

Posted by on Mar 13, 2017 in Blog, EBOOKS | Comments Off on 10 Blogging Template Swipe File to Spark your next post.

10 Blogging Template Swipe File to Spark your next post.

 

Blogging is tough work, and without the right resources, it can be frustrating. Imagine the last time you stared at that blinking cursor. You scratch your head and wonder what you should write.

Over the past few months, I’ve had several people ask me, “How do you write so much without running out of ideas?” Trust me, I run out of ideas. It happens far more than you think. It’s what I do in those moments that determine my success or failure in writing my next post.

I want to give you my personal Swipe file that helps me generate post after post. Trust me, you’ll use it more than you think.

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A Book Sold Is Not a Book Sold – March 2017 Newsletter

Posted by on Mar 1, 2017 in Blog, Newsletter | Comments Off on A Book Sold Is Not a Book Sold – March 2017 Newsletter

A Book Sold Is Not a Book Sold – March 2017 Newsletter

 A Book Sold Is Not a Book Sold
by Marianne McDonough

In the past month, I’ve had the privilege of doing two Barnes and Noble book signings. Yesterday morning as I prepared for the second one, I began my day with the second chapter of Draw the Circle by Mark Batterson (my third reading of this excellent book), and here’s what I noticed:

“The right book in the right hands at the right time can save a marriage, avert a mistake, demand a decision, plant a seed, conceive a dream, solve a problem, and prompt a prayer. That’s why I write. And that’s why, for me, a book sold is not a book sold; a book sold is a prayer answered.” (more…)

Are you an Everyday Person? February 2017 Newsletter

Posted by on Jan 27, 2017 in Blog, Newsletter | Comments Off on Are you an Everyday Person? February 2017 Newsletter

Are you an Everyday Person? February 2017 Newsletter

February 13, 2017

Scott Noble, Reaching Your Audience

Whether you’re writing for business or for ministry, how you develop your content is critical to maximizing its impact on those you want to reach. Discover tips, techniques and approaches that will help ensure that your content is reaching people right where they are. In addition, with more people consuming information on a digital platform, find unique ways to develop articles for print-based readers as well as those who read digital. (more…)

Evernote Hacks Every Writer Needs!

Posted by on Jan 9, 2017 in EBOOKS | Comments Off on Evernote Hacks Every Writer Needs!

Evernote Hacks Every Writer Needs!

Have you ever struggled with not knowing the best course of action to take your writing to the next level? I know I have. This is where Evernote saved me a ton of time and headache when it comes to writing.

I would struggle in wanting to write something, using an app on my phone, then I’d have to rewrite it later in Microsoft Word. It was clunky and it simply didn’t work.

When I found Evernote, I didn’t realize the potential this robust app would have in my life. I decided to jump in and get wet. Boy, am I glad I did. I can collaborate with others, scan documents with my phone or scanner, and I can start a project on my computer and finish it on another device. I can do all that knowing I don’t ever need another flash drive – it’s completely cloud-based.

This is why I wrote this ebook. I wanted to show you 4 simple hacks you can use today to simplify your life and gain control of your writing projects now.

DOWNLOAD YOUR COPY HERE!

January 2017 Newsletter

Posted by on Dec 29, 2016 in Blog, Newsletter | Comments Off on January 2017 Newsletter

January 2017 Newsletter
Volume 29  Number 5
January 2017
Living for God, Writing for People

January 9


Jesse Florea from Focus on the Family

Small Beginnings with Big Opportunities

For the Christian writer, the size of venue, scope, and readership does not determine the value of a writing project. Focus on the Family author, editor, and podcaster, Jesse Florea will join us via Skype to discuss how we make the most of every opportunity and prosper from multi-faceted writing assignments.

Jesse Florea has worked at Focus on the Family for more than 23 years. For the past 19, he’s been the editor of Adventures in Odyssey Clubhouse magazine (for boys and girls ages 8 to 12) and is currently the editorial director for youth publications where he oversees Clubhouse and Clubhouse Jr. magazines. He co-hosts the biweekly “Official Adventures in Odyssey podcast” that often exceeds 1 million listeners. He has written or co-written more than two dozen books (including The Case for Grace for Kids, The One Year Father- Daughter Devotions, The One Year Devotions for Active Boys, The One Year Devos for Sports Fans, Linspired: The Jeremy Lin Story and Playing With Purpose: Mariano Rivera). He earned bachelor and master’s degrees in communications from Wheaton College, Illinois. He lives with his wife, Stephanie, in Colorado Springs, and enjoys hanging out with his two adult children, their spouses and his granddaughter.


Next Month – February 13
Scott Noble

Reaching Your Audience
Whether you’re writing for business or for ministry, how you develop your content is critical to maximizing its impact on those you want to reach. Discover tips, techniques and approaches that will help ensure that your content is reaching people right where they are.
EARLY BIRD REGISTRATION FOR SEMINAR
OPENS JANUARY 9TH!

See website for details and register soon!
mnchristianwriters.com/seminarSpeaker: Bob Hostetler

Masterful WritingSessions will include:

  • Masterful Article Writing
  • Masterful Platform Building
  • Mastering Your Craft
  • Masterful Marketing

You won’t want to miss this one! Hostetler is a terrific speaker with a great sense of humor.

Please go to the website for guidelines for our upcoming contest!

http://www.mnchristianwriters.com/annual-contest/

Go, Set, Ready
by Marianne McDonough, Communications Director

Author and pastor Mark Batterson packs a lot of wisdom into every written page. A few years ago I enjoyed his book In a Pit with a Lion on a Snowy Day and currently I’m absorbing Draw the Circle, an excellent forty-day prayer journal. One of the chapters, “Go, Set, Ready” provides interesting insights that readily apply to writers.

Think about the juxtaposition of these words–go, set, ready. Backwards? Not necessarily, Batterson says, and I think he has a good point, especially in view of a new year.

Our normal modus operandi, the one most familiar at any rate, begins with getting ready, setting everything in place, and finally moving forward. But let’s look at this from a writer’s perspective. Does that always work for us?

Maybe not. Sometimes, trying to apply due diligence, we tarry too long on specifics and organize ad nauseam.  We get stuck in neutral as perfectionism steals momentum and time shuffles a worthy project to the bottom of our to-do deck with little chance of getting in the game again.

Batterson’s point? When we know in our gut that God has His hand on something and the time is now, then we must go with it. In the going, we find that He guides things into place, and then we achieve that amazing state of being ready. Or it could be that we were ready all along and didn’t know it. Or God by His failsafe grace may have already formed the proper foundation, and we are the ones holding back unnecessarily. Whatever the scenario, His timing is the most important component, and we must seek His heart to know what it is.

Has God been nudging you to write or finish a special project for His kingdom? Today I encourage you to remember that the word “now” is often a good word, perhaps even an exactly applicable word.

Maybe 2017 is the year you go. Write NOW, every day, no matter what. You just might be more ready than you think.

P.S. For some extra inspiration, try reading In a Pit with a Lion on a Snowy Day. Good stuff…

Get Published Today Using Theses 3 Techniques.

Posted by on Dec 12, 2016 in EBOOKS | Comments Off on Get Published Today Using Theses 3 Techniques.

Get Published Today Using Theses 3 Techniques.

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We all desire to get published and to see our work in the hands of readers who’s lives will be changed. But where does one simply get published relatively quickly? It’s easier than you think, and I’ll show you how.

This is why we are providing this valuable ebook for you to enjoy. Inside you’ll find 3 tips and strategies to helping you not only get published in one week’s time but also get paid. Download this free resource and get published today!

GET YOUR EBOOK HERE!

3 Online Tools You Can Benefit From Today

Posted by on Nov 14, 2016 in EBOOKS, Uncategorized | Comments Off on 3 Online Tools You Can Benefit From Today

3 Online Tools You Can Benefit From Today

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As writers, it’s difficult to remain focused when our attention is diverted from the task at hand–writing. If you’re like me, you want to write faster and get more done, but maybe you lack the tools or the knowledge of where to find them.

If we truly want to take our writing to the next level, there are countless tools we can utilize to our advantage. In fact, I use a number of tools that help me remain focused on my writing, and these tools will help you remain focused as well. I want to share with you 3 tools I use daily to help me write more efficiently.

DOWNLOAD YOUR COPY HERE!

Free to Focus ebook

Posted by on Oct 10, 2016 in Blog, EBOOKS | Comments Off on Free to Focus ebook

Free to Focus ebook

image-7As writers, we’re always looking for the next best writing tool to add to our toolbox. For me, I used Microsoft Word for years. But after struggling with the endless scrolling, not finding what I’m looking for, or having too many windows open, I knew I was in need to a change.

Enter Scrivener.

This one application has turned my daily writing into a powerhouse. I no longer have to try and cut and paste scenes from one chapter into another, I can simply click and move it.

If you want to become more proficient and write faster, this ebook is for you. Download your copy today! The best part… it’s FREE!

DOWNLOAD HERE!

2 Self-Publishing Options: Take your book to the next level.

Posted by on Sep 12, 2016 in EBOOKS | Comments Off on 2 Self-Publishing Options: Take your book to the next level.

2 Self-Publishing Options: Take your book to the next level.

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When it comes to self-publishing, people tend to freeze or panic. They will either take the easy route, or give up on publishing their book altogether. If that’s you, this ebook is just what the doctor ordered.

Publishing is easier, cheaper and faster than ever before, and more people are choosing self-publishing than traditional. This is why we wrote this ebook. This book will help you discover the multiple options available when it comes to getting your book into print.

If you want to take your publishing journey to the next level, this is the ebook for you. Download your copy today!

DOWNLOAD – 2 SELF-PUBLISHING OPTIONS EBOOK