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Finding Inspiration

 Spring Break – Finally! Exhausted from the cold wet winter weather and teacher paperwork this week I’m doing what I love most – digging in the dirt.

Fence posts need to be set. Wire must be stretched and the garden has to be tilled. Why would I love all this physical, backbreaking, bone-tiring work? It gives me time to take a deep breath from the craziness of life and observe God’s Creation. I notice praying mantis nests, squishy eggs buried under straw mulch, bees buzzing in the blueberry blossoms and so much more to write about. Whether gardening, camping, hiking, or strolling along the beach, the Lord’s Creation is my inspiration to illustrate His Truth.

How about you? What does the Lord use to inspire you to write His Truth?

Want to find out more? Visit my weekly devotional blog at gailcartee.blogspot.com. By the way, I love history, music, and watercolors too.

Overcoming a Writer’s Fears by Attending Conferences


As a writer, I often find myself bogged down in fear.  Fear that my writing may not be good enough. Fear that I am too old. Fear that I don’t know how to write. Attending conferences gives me the insight to overcome those fears through encouragement, instruction, resources and reminding me that my writing needs to be covered in prayer. 

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Life After a Writers’ Conference

How can I capture in words what last year’s Write2Ignite conference meant to me? Attending my first-ever writers’ conference left me feeling (and probably looking) like a deer in headlights! I left with an overwhelming conviction of the need for Christian writers and with a vast amount of information gleaned from each workshop. God lit a fire in me to pursue writing as I never had before.

At Write2Ignite, I had a conversation with Brenda Covert about poetry and Union Gospel Press. That conversation led me to apply to write for Union Gospel Press after the conference. Months passed, and I received an acceptance to write for the press’s Sunday school curriculum. What a small but positive step in the large world of writing and publishing!

Another opportunity opened when I created a writers’ club with friends at my church. This August, our team will celebrate its first-year anniversary as Women of the Word: Overcomers Writing Group.

You know, I still have my folder of notes from last year’s conference; and every now and then, I glance through the pages of inspiration that first ignited a drive in me to truly go for it! The 2017 conference still speaks life into my writing.

I think it’s safe to say that God will surely amaze us with all He wants to accomplish in the many creative people He’ll bring to this year’s conference. I hope to meet you there so we can see what God does!

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Want to know more about Diane and her writing? Connect with her on Facebook.

Giveaway Contest: Week 4!

UPDATE: Congratulations to Maria Faust Bostian, the winner of our Week 4 contest!

This week’s contest is open to everyone! All you have to do is answer this question: what has been your most memorable experience at a Write2Ignite conference? If you haven’t attended a Write2Ignite conference yet, describe the experience you would most like to have. 

Submit your answer before June 23 by

  • commenting on this post,
  • sending a comment to W2I’s contact email (info.write2ignite@gmail.com), or

We’ll draw from the comments submitted and announce the winner for Week 4 on June 25! 

Reminder: Don’t forget to check the guidelines for the “Faith and Freedom” writing contest cosponsored by EA Books Publishing and W2I. That contest is open to both adults and students attending W2I on September 21–22. The deadline for submissions is August 20! Winners of the “Faith and Freedom” contest will be announced at the W2I conference on September 22. 

Contest: Teen Track Comments Wanted!

UPDATE: Congratulations to Jenna Turner, the winner of our teen contest!

Keynote presenters, workshop choices, editor and agent appointments, professional critiques, and contests—these benefits are available to both students and adults who attend the Write2Ignite Conference on September 21–22, 2018!

Carol Baldwin, who’s returning as a presenter, chose students’ potential as her “success story” focus: “When I taught the teens several years ago, I was impressed with their enthusiasm and maturity. Whenever I attend W2I, I’m excited that there are so many fellow Christians who want to serve the Lord with their writing talents.”

Teen Track participants: It’s your turn! Submit your comments about your experience at a previous W2I conference OR your hopes and goals for attending W2I 2018!

Submit comments by

Each week, we’ll draw from the Teen Track comments submitted. The winner of each week’s drawing will receive a free book!

CONTESTS and CRITIQUES reminders and announcements:

  1. Don’t forget to check the guidelines for entering the “Faith and Freedom” writing contest that EA Books Publishing and W2I are co-sponsoring. Winners will be announced at the W2I Conference on September 22! (This contest is open to both adults and students attending W2I on September 21–22. The deadline for submissions is August 20!)
  2. Watch for another “FLASH” contest announcement coming soon! That contest will be open to middle and high school students only.
  3. Teen Track participants are eligible for PRE-conference two-for-one critiques and conference critiques. If you have a manuscript, check out our Critiques tab for details!

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