“Your Starbucks article should be about the love of coffee,” my Tampa Word Weavers friend said, “not coffee hit men.” But I loved the piece the way it was.
“Have you sold it yet?”
So I followed her advice and re-wrote the 1,000-word piece—sans the hit men—for Tallahassee Woman magazine and they published it. It’s now a piece I could rewrite and sell again and again.
Another time I brought to the Orlando Word Weavers group an emotional piece about my dad’s death. One woman suggested I lose the first two paragraphs and get to the story.
It took me 20 minutes to rewrite. When I took that article to the Florida Christian Writers Conference, it won best article. Several re-writes later it appeared in Kyria, a Christianity Today ezine for women.
If you’re not yet in a CWG Word Weavers group, join one.
Five (+1) great reasons:
- To fellowship with people who think in paragraphs and say, “You should write about that.”
- To stay informed of upcoming writing events.
- Because members receive a free five-page critique from the Christian Writers Guild, a free webinar, and a discount to the Writing for the Soul Conference—plus more.
- For the cool membership card and tote bag.
- To meet with Christian writers who offer both encouragement and honest criticism.
But the best reason is because CWG Word Weavers help you become a better writer.
Pauline Hylton lives in Clearwater, Florida. She’s a graduate of the Guild’s Journeyman course. Her articles have appeared in the USA Today magazine, Your Life Guide to Women’s Health, and Tallahassee Woman. Visit her online.