Welcome to the Florida Christian Writers Conference! We are so glad you stopped by to check out what we have in store for you this year. This conference is nestled in the heart of Florida at Lake Yale Conference Center. The sunrises and sunsets are breathtaking, and the spreading Oak trees beckon you to sit beneath their limbs and write a page or two in your journal.

It’s an opportune week to meet agents and editors, award winning writers and others who have heard the same call to write.  Come attend workshops and continuing classes that will sharpen your pen, develop your platform, and strengthen your resolve. Critique groups, meetings with agents and editors, writing contests, and camaraderie with fellow writers make this week one to remember.

If you have a book inside of you, if you have the dream to publish that book, and you don’t know where to begin, come be encouraged and trained at the Florida Christian Writers Conference February 21-25.

 

 

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Cross-Training to Become a Better Writer
Friday, September 15, 2017
Andy Lee

By, Andy Lee

Cross-training is athletic training in sports other than the athlete's usual sport. The goal is improving overall performance. It takes advantage of the particular effectiveness of one training method to negate the shortcomings of another. (Wikipediea)
 

 

One day I received an e-mail from an editor of a new online religion paper inviting writers to join her team. It was called FAVS (Faith and Values). The project was an attempt to bring religion back into the news. If you haven’t noticed, many newspapers no longer have religion sections. There were five FAV sites launching all over the country, and one was in the town I live in. How awesome was that!

But.

I’m not a journalist. I’m more of the devotional/Bible study type writers, yet I was intrigued So, I met with the editor, and to make a long story short (because this is a blog post and not a magazine article), I signed up to be one of their Christian journalist--there were many different religions represented on this site. I chose to write about nonprofits and ministries  helping those in need.

These were the benefits of writing outside of my comfort zone/writing calling.

  • I learned to write tight.
  • I learned to put important information at the beginning.
  • I learned not to put my opinions in the article- just the facts (which was HARD!)
  • I met others of differrent faiths lending an opportunity to shine light in dark places. 
  • I learned how to research for an article.
  • I became a better writer.

I was cross-training. 

It. Was. Work. The articles took me hours to write, not to mention the hours spent interviewing people and searching for a topic each week. I did not get paid. None of us did, except the editor.  But I have no doubt that my writing improved. And despite the work, I loved meeting the people and writing about their ministries.

Just as an athlete cross-trains to take advantage of the particular effectiveness of one training method to negate the shortcomings of another, cross-training as a writer improves our message. We will be more effective with our words. 

Here’s some ideas for cross-training:
 

  • Submit articles to your local paper about church events or your non-profit, or your critique group. The list of topics is endless.
  • Write poetry incorporating metaphors, similes, onomatopoeia, and other poetical devices.
  • Rewrite a biblical story as a short story.
  • Blog
  • Submit an article about writing to this blog. Email me: wordsbyandylee (at) gmail (dot) com. Place “ FCWC Post Submission” in the subject line. 

What are some other ways you cross-train? Love to hear your ideas. It helps others! Leave a comment. 

 

 

 

 

Andy Lee is the author of two recently released books: The Book of Ruth Key-Word Bible Study: A 31-Day Journey to Hope and Promise, and A Mary Like Me: Flawed Yet Called. She’s a mom of three grown children and one kitty named Hank. Andy and husband Mike and Hank live on the coast of North Carolina. Visit Andy at wordsbyandylee.com where she help readers dig deep to live fully.