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November 4, 2011





Writers Night

August 12, 2011

Althought our turn out was small, it was wonderful to hear each person read something they wrote from the heart. It uplifted all of us, to share and enjoy each others friendship as well as good coffee.


August 9, 2011

Today is the first day of my writing life. Today I will write for fifteen minutes. I will choose two words, one I will use to start the paragraph and one I will use to end the paragraph. The subject will be how I am feeling today about life.

Above and Beyond

August 5, 2011

What a great meeting thursday, August 4th. I love the laughter shared by all and the sharing and fellowship. All of you are such wonderful people, and I so enjoy your creativity in your writing. 

Look forward to seeing you in September.

Remember Your Influence

April 26, 2011

Recently, I came across Job 4:3-4  “Think how you have instructed many, how you have strengthened feeble hands. Your words have supported those who stumbled; you have strengthened faltering knees.” When you write for Jesus, you deliver strength, hope and encouragement. Your words dust off knees that have fallen and right them on their feet. Your writing holds the hand of the scared, lonely and desperate and supports their heads. Keep writing, your instruction has a far-reaching impact.

The Spring of Writing

March 30, 2011

It’s cold here today. I long for spring temperatures because with them come family walks and bike rides and dinners on the back patio. Spring also brings with it the promise of renewal. Do you need some renewal today? Has your writing gone into hibernation? Let God breathe fresh life into the pages of your writing journey. Dare to bud with blossoms more exotic than you once dreamed possible by beginning that writing project you keep putting off. Spread the perfume of God’s bloom into the lives around you with the power of the written word. Come out of the winter in your writing and let’s step together into the spring of writing.

Keep Writing!

March 18, 2011

As I prayed over each of your ministries this morning, I came across this scripture. “Let love and faithfulness never leave you; bind them around your neck, write them on the tablet of your heart.” Proverbs 3:3 I thought of each of you and what a difference your writing makes. As you recount the stories of God’s love and faithfulness, unbelievers and believers alike are drawn into His arms. Because you dare to write for the glory of God, God etches His love onto the hearts of many. Sweet Friends, keep writing of His love and faithfulness. The world will not be the same because you have the courage to say yes to God.

Anniversaries and authors

March 3, 2011

Our March meeting today was one to remember for many reasons, not least of which was celebrating the fact that we’ve been uniting and inspiring each other for a full year now!  In some respects it seems like just yesterday that we first met to begin a new writers group in Collierville.  But when we look at all we’ve accomplished since that time, it can also seem like much longer.

We began our meeting with a tasty cupcake cake (everything is better with cake!  Thank you Susan and Greg).  Coffee, Coke and other liquid accompaniments were expertly provided by our reliable friend Jim in the Common Cup.

Then it was down to business.  We were reminded that the deadline to submit devotions and/or a pet story for upcoming CCW books is the end of this month.  Details can be found by clicking here on the main CCW site.  On that same webpage you’ll also find writing prompts for a new contest, in which everyone who writes a short story based on one of those prompts gets their name in a random drawing for a prize.   So if you need an added incentive to write, you’ve got one!

Susan gave us some more good advice this month on writing dialogue, including the need to resist embellishing with adjectives, such as “Bob said, angrily”.   Better to let the characters express their emotions through what they’re saying.   Lots of good questions and answers were exchanged regarding how to incorporate passages from a third narrative, such as a memoir or the Bible.   Then we all engaged in a brief and fun dialogue experiment.

Our exercise for the meeting was to write something in three minutes which included the words blue, tomorrow and shattered.  Each of us read what we had just written, and it continues to intrigue me how many quality concepts our members can create from the same three words.

By that time our guest speaker Christopher Myers joined us.  The author of Taylor’s Way shared his experience as a published author of non-fiction, and revealed that his motivation was not to write a best-seller but to fill a void.  While a number of books already existed on the subject of special needs children, all were written by mothers, nurses and other women.  None offered a father’s perspective.   As a result of publishing and promoting Taylor’s Way, Christopher has been blessed with many confirmations that he is making a positive difference, including the decision by one reader to go into  Special Education as a career.  Kind of makes you wonder what untapped niche is out there that each of us could fill, doesn’t it?

In addition, he reinforced the power of social marketing and advised us to accept free publicity whenever it is offered.  CCW is grateful to Christopher Myers for helping to make our March meeting such an excellent one.  Happy birthday to us!

Coming up at our March meeting

February 14, 2011

One of the many benefits of our CCWriters meetings is the privilege of meeting other authors who are willing to share their perspectives.  At our March 3rd meeting we’ll be honored with a visit from Christopher Myers, whose book Taylor’s Way chronicles the challenges of raising a special needs child.  His book is a very personal account and a great example of how we can use our life’s experiences to help others. This clip from Eyewitness News will tell you more about our guest speaker.

In addition, we’ll also be celebrating CCWriter’s first anniversary!  It will be another excellent meeting and one that you won’t want to miss.  See you on March 3rd!


February 9, 2011

It is hard to believe this is our fourth snow, unless I have lost count, which is possible. Since we have to stay inside, we might find this a good time to write. So grab a hot cocoa, turn the heat up and let your imagination go. Ooooooh, there is so much to write about.