NCWA Meeting Summary

Marilyn Gray gives an overview of NCWA’s December 6th meeting.

The Devotional was presented by Cheryl Dore, and based on Matthew 1:18-25.

“…Mary was betrothed to Joseph, before they came together, she was found with child of the Holy Spirit. Then Joseph her husband, being a just man, and not wanting to make her a public example, was minded to put her away secretly.

But while he thought about these things, behold, an angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream, saying, ‘Joseph, son of David, do not be afraid to take to you Mary your wife, for that which is conceived in her is of the Holy Spirit.  And she will bring forth a Son, and you shall call His name JESUS, for He will save His people from their sins’…Then Joseph…did as the angel of the Lord commanded him…”  (NKJV)

Cheryl talked about the birthing process and the love of our Father. We are either invested in our passions or wrestling with them. In the birthing process, there is seed faith.

The angel of the Lord spoke to Joseph and GOD speaks to us. Are we willing to listen? We need to know that Jesus can use our heart and accomplish His purposes. God needs a willing servant.

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The Write Start session was presented by Lynnette Bonner.

Lynette talked about the Power of the Five Senses and how important it is to give readers an emotional experience. Sight is the easiest because we can tell a story by show and tell.

We need to incorporate all five senses (without over-stimulation) because it enhances the stories. The Write Start exercise gave us an opportunity to choose a scenario from her list and then try to add each element – hear, smell, taste, touch and sight into the story.

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The Guest Speaker was Bill Brubaker, former KOMO news anchor, currently employed by FEMA as a writer.

Bill’s topic was “Writing for Recreation” and he encouraged us to try something different. He discussed the following points in writing:

  • He began his writing career by communicating with his children through poetry
  • Important to have inspiration for writing – GOD inspired him to write about the American Flag in the 1970’s (at the time when the flag was being burned).
  • Screenwriting: Screenplays are formulas; the plot points change the direction of the story. It will take a life of its own.
  • Non-fiction –writing what you know. You are a historian and can come up with your conclusion. It’s about perspective; Bill suggested we use dialogue – what could or should have been in order to come to our own conclusion.

Tools for writing:

  • Know the English language
  • Use a style guide – recommended the Associated Press, THE STYLEBOOK.
  • Be a great reader
  • Be a good listener – use five senses
  • Write how you speak – it’s the most understandable way
  • Let pictures tell the story

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Marilyn Gray is a woman after God’s heart who has overcome addictions and survived cancer.  She and her husband, Wayne, are ordained ministers and founders of Freedomtrain Ministries. They have been involved in ministry for 20 years, bringing a prophetic and healing ministry to a world audience as they train and equip the body of Christ to hear God’s voice. Marilyn has been a member of NCWA since 2008. Her book,  JEWELS OF WISDOM was just published with WinePress Books.

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