ARCHIVE September, 2011

10 Reasons to Join Inspire Christian Writers by Xochi E. Dixon

When I was first introduced to Inspire Christian Writers, I was amazed at how they invited me into the fold, encouraging and supporting me in ways I never imagined possible.

During my first meeting as a member, seven writers met around a table, joined by one writer via Skype, to plan and implement a marketing plan for the 2011 Write to Inspire conference.

After brainstorming, sharing tasks, and praying together, we were equipped to serve as one body glorifying our amazing Savior.

Although I could probably list 100 reasons, I’ve narrowed my list down to 10 reasons to join Inspire Writers.

(Reasons 5-10 were adapted from the Inspire Member Benefits page)

 

10. Members can attend free workshops and receive discounts on Inspire-hosted seminars and conferences, as well as negotiated discounts on select major Christian writer’s conferences.

9. Members enjoy free access to the Inspire Lending Library, which includes writer’s resource books, magazines, and CD’s from past conferences.

8. Members receive marketing support, which includes help promoting books and organizing book signings.

7. Members have access to the Inspire Advisory Board, which is made up of leaders in the Christian publishing industry.

6. Members have networking support and will have their personal bio and links posted on the Inspire website.

5. Members are published in the Inspire Annual Anthology, and will receive one free copy of the book, upon publication.

4. Knowing that God created us to grow in community, Inspire members create a nurturing environment of encouragement, support, learning, accountability, and prayer.

3. Inspire members create a sense of belonging and appreciate God’s unique design, investing in   the body of Christ and building-up fellow members as they live out Ephesians 4:16.

2. Inspire members understand the writing journey, much like our spiritual journey, was never intended to be walked alone.

1. Inspire writers can tell you it’s more fun to hone our craft and work to achieve our dreams when we serve alongside gifted writers who honor God, first and foremost, and are not obsessed with competition.

 “As individuals, we have been saved for life-giving relationships within kingdom of God communities, not merely for privatized walks with Jesus. We become our true selves only in community, exercising our gifts and learning to receive the gifts of others.” (Timothy Gombis, Christianity Today, July 2011)

Join Inspire Christian Writers today, and start experiencing the power of a healthy and holy Christian writing community as God molds us into the writers He created us to be!

To become a member, visit: http://inspirewriters.com/?page_id=1265

Xochi (pronounced so-she) Dixon is an author, speaker, and Bible teacher who loves Jesus and digging into God’s Word. She lives in Fairfield, CA with her hubby, Alan, their teenage son, Xavier, and their doggy-daughter, Jazzy. She enjoys amusement parks, baseball games and reading. Currently working toward a BA in Christian Ministry through Regent University, Xochi serves within the Youth Ministry at First Baptist Church of Vacaville. She writes Teen Fiction, Non-Fiction for women and teens, poetry and devotions.

 

September 22, 2011 in Announcements, Book Review, Book Signings & Launch Parties, Conferences, Marketing, Opportunities, Publishing, Training Workshops, Uncategorized, Writer's Journey, Writing Tips by

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7 Steps to Writing Personal Experience Stories

Do you blog or journal your experiences? Do you have a story to tell? Here are seven tips to follow as you develop your story for publication.

  1. Consider what magazine you would like to submit your story to. Get a copy or
    two and study its style, departments and columns so you can suggest how your
    article will fit into their periodical. Find their writer guidelines. Do they
    want queries first? Do they want submissions by U. S. Mail or e-mail?
  2. Think of an attention grabbing title.
  3. Start with a powerful hook–action, problem, or conflict.
  4. Use fiction techniques–show (don’t tell), multiple scenes, plot, climax,
    dialogue, description.
  5. What is the point of your story? Make it your takeaway. Christian editors are looking for takeaways.
  6. Write your query or cover letter. This has to be every bit as good as your manuscript or better. Make the editor want your article.
  7. If the publisher sends you an assignment based on your wonderful query letter, submit your story exactly as assigned and within the prescribed deadline. Sometimes assignments are on a speculation. Make your story excellent so it will be accepted and so you can get more assignments with this publisher and  build a working relationship.

Check out these great books on writing:
Writers on Writing-Top Christian Authors Share Their Secrets
Writing for the Soul by Jerry B. Jenkins
On Writing Well by William Zinsser

September 20, 2011 in Uncategorized, Writing Tips by

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From Picture Book to iPad App ~ Step 4

The storyboard is now well defined, coming alive with sketches and interactive features. In Step Two I laid out each scene and identified interaction, animation and sound in the storyboard. As we got more into the process, seeing scene sketches from Kate, we added new interactions to many scenes.

Step Four: Merge Sketches with Storyboard
There are two types of animation that may occur in a scene:
  • One time animation that coincides with the narration
  • Interactive animation that happens when the reader interacts by touching or moving the iPad.
In the example scene (Scene 4) shown above, our main character, Aiden, developed during Step Three, feels hopeless finding himself in a prison cell. He just met the ugly prison guard who informed him he would face the King of Carrot Castle before the sun goes down.

(Narrator) “What am I going to do? I have to get out of here!” he whispered, burying his head in his hands.
A shuffling sound startled him. (1) He looked up to see a mouse scurry into a small hole in the carrot cell wall. “Hmmmm.” Aiden studied the hole in the wall. “The mouse eats carrots, but I don’t like carrots,” he said, wrinkling his face.

(Art Notes) Aiden sitting in the middle of the prison cell with his head buried in his hands, his dinner fork in his pocket. (spot illus.) Aiden’s head up to see mouse. (spot illus.) Mouse running (two views–legs stretched out, legs in).

(One time animation) (1) Aiden looks up, mouse runs into hole

(Continuous animation) sparkling dust flying around in light from window. Shake iPad to make it move.

(Interactive animation) Touch hole to see mouse pop out.

(Sound notes) shuffling sound, mouse squeaks

At narration point (1), Aiden changes pose to see the mouse scurry across the floor and disappear in a hole. Those are the one-time animations for Scene 4. Interactive animations include a continuous animation that the reader can interact with—you see dust floating in the beam of light cast by the cell window that scatters when you shake the iPad. Also, touching the mouse hole makes the mouse appear with a squeak.

Kate came up with several fun games for the reader to do that helps move the story along. In addition, an entertaining game enlists the reader to dress a knight in his armor, making him ready for the big castle search when Aiden escapes.

Our next actions include:

  1. Nur animating Scene 4 and 5 using rough sketches and spot poses.
  2. Kate working on color studies of Aiden and some scenes.
  3. I am putting together a payment agreement for the three of us with an attorney.

Stay tuned for the next step when I am sure to have color for you to marvel over.

Chris Pedersen and her husband live with a chocolate lab named Brandy in the beautiful Sierra foothills in California. Chris writes for children and loves crafting non-fiction stories from real life. The Prisoner of Carrot Castle is her first iPad app. Her other work in progress is a chapter book titled How I Survived Third Grade.

Published work includes Work and Wag, about dog jobs, in Clubhouse Jr. Magazine and A Saving Transformation, in THE DOG NEXT DOOR published by Revell. In addition, since conquering cancer with diet, Chris blogs about health, her heart passion, at Healthy Journey Café where she dishes out recipes and tips to achieve optimum wellness. Her writing journey is chronicled at Paws and Ponder.

September 19, 2011 in Publishing, Uncategorized, Writer's Journey by

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From Picture Book to iPad App ~ Step 3

Meet Aiden—exuberant and full of imagination

If you’re just joining us, you’ll want to catch up by reading Step One: Assemble the Team and Step Two: Complete Storyboard.

Step Three: Meet the Characters
While I worked on the storyboard, Kate Jeong, armed with a copy of the manuscript, roughed out the characters so she could begin the scene sketches once the storyboard was complete. You might say this is actually Step Two B.

Our lively and exuberant protagonist, Aiden, appears alone at the dinner table. With disheveled hair and disinterest in finishing his veggies, his imagination launches him to a far away place. To his amazement, he finds himself alone in a prison cell. Aiden’s exciting adventure begins!

Kate worked on several versions of the King of Carrot Castle to arrive at this larger-than-life, arrogant King… and his aloof Queen.

The ugly guard who frightens Aiden when he suddenly appears through the cell door hatch would scare anyone confronted with such an oaf.

 

 

Numerous guards and people of the court will be seen in various scenes as Aiden attempts to escape from Carrot Castle. Kate developed several versions of Castle people, who might be spotted in the throne room or passing through the courtyard as they search for the escaped prisoner. These are just two people that might be seen in the app.

Join us for the next step in our project.

What do you think of Aiden and his castle adversaries?

Chris Pedersen and her husband live with a chocolate lab named Brandy in the beautiful Sierra foothills in California. Chris writes for children and loves crafting non-fiction stories from real life. The Prisoner of Carrot Castle is her first iPad app. Her other work in progress is a chapter book titled How I Survived Third Grade.

Published work includes Work and Wag, about dog jobs, in Clubhouse Jr. Magazine and A Saving Transformation, in THE DOG NEXT DOOR published by Revell. In addition, since conquering cancer with diet, Chris blogs about health, her heart passion, at Healthy Journey Café where she dishes out recipes and tips to achieve optimum wellness. Her writing journey is chronicled at Paws and Ponder.

September 5, 2011 in Publishing, Uncategorized, Writer's Journey by

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Self-Editing for Fiction Writers

Learn how to edit yourself into print.

Whether you write fiction or creative nonfiction, you will benefit from this workshop with exercises in characterization, point of view, dialogue, voice and much more.

Sue Tornai will facilitate the workshop using Self-Editing for Fiction Writers by Renni Browne and Dave King.

It begins September 15, 2011 and continues the first and third Thursdays of each month at Sunrise Community Church, 8321 Greenback Lane, Fair Oaks, CA 95628, 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. in room B-107. Books are available on Amazon.

 

 

 

September 2, 2011 in Announcements, Training Workshops, Uncategorized by

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