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"So don't lose a minute in building
on what you've been given,
complementing your basic faith with
good character,
spiritual understanding,
alert discipline,
passionate patience,
reverent wonder,
warm friendliness,
and generous love,
each dimension fitting into
and developing the others."

2 Peter 1:5-7 (MSG)


Marlene’s Blog


I blog regularly on my WordPress site
and have posted over 400 blogs in the past several years. 
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Just as we need to add to our faith, we need to add to our arsenal of writing skills in order to do the best possible work for the Master. Each week I hope to add to this page a free resource to encourage and equip you in your writing ministry. So please visit again and share this URL with your friends. And Father, help us all to grow in faith and knowledge and determination to give You our best.

Lay a Solid Foundation
Bible study

Write Your Testimony
Whether magazine or book length
we all have a story - a memoir - to share

Go & Grow, Write & Speak through the Hurts
Bible Study

 Bear Fruit 
Bible Study

Making It Happen
Chapter 3 from my book
Write His Answer - A Bible Study for Christian Writers

Overcoming Procrastination
Chapter 9 from my book
Write His Answer - A Bible Study for Christian Writers

Needs of Christian Periodicals
My first accepted manuscript was a short devotional over 40 years ago to The Secret Place.
Since then I've had over 1,000 manuscripts accepted by more than 100 Christian peridicals
in addition to five published books and four books I've compiled and edited.
Both print and online periodicals are an exciting way to reach a huge number of readers,
and we've got more periodical editors than ever at this year's CCWC.

Writer’s Statement of Faith
If you struggle with self-doubts and discouragement, you're not alone.
In fact, I find that those who are truly gifted and called
are the ones who often struggle the most.
God's Word is a powerful weapon
for winning this battle.

Crisis of Confidence
Everyone who is serious about writing will face turning points
when the choice must be made—move ahead or turn back.
Repeatedly, we will be forced to ask ourselves whether or not we are willing to risk failure . . .

Put on the Armor
“Do you realize, Child,” I felt Him say,
“that the things you are writing may one day convict you?
Are you willing to follow Me despite the cost?”

Chapter 12
Write His Answer - A Bible Study for Christian Writers

Overcoming Doubts

Do you feel called to “write His answer” and yet struggle with self-doubts? Truthfully, through working with hundreds of writers through the years, I find that the those who really have a gift with words and a message that needs to be published are the ones most likely to be crippled by self-doubts.

I shudder when I think of how many times I almost gave up because my self-doubts were so loud and insistent. Why would anyone want to read what I wrote? I What made me think that I could write for the Lord? I wasn’t qualified! How could He possibly use someone who was only a high school graduate? I felt ashamed and woefully inadequate. (Read more at http://wp.me/sKL1z-1227.)


Ava Pennington’s Book Signing Tips


Steps in Writing and Publishing a Book

Thanks, Debbie Hardy, for sharing your helpful handout. Folks, I encourage you to sign up for Debbie’s Wednesday early bird workshop, E11, “Getting the Book Inside of You to Come Out.” It’s from 2:15 to 3:15 and is only $25, or $15 more if you’ve already signed up for one or two early bird workshops obviously not during the same time! 

Hook ‘Em from the Get Go; Hold ‘Em to the End

The checklist from the workshop I taught at the April 2016 Annual Convention of the Evangelical Press Association.