NCWA meeting recap: Trust, facts, and being real

A brief recap of NCWA’s January meeting…

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“Trust in The LORD with all your heart and do not lean on your own understanding.

In all your ways acknowledge Him, and He will make your paths straight.” Proverbs 3:5,6

Your 35,000 word manuscript was just critiqued by Writer’s Digest! Onward and upward!

But then GOD tells you to set it aside. He has another story for you to tell just now. Gigi Murfitt’s devotional began the evening by sharing how GOD told her to help her son, Gabe tell his story instead of the one she had begun.

Gabe’s book: My Message is C.L.E.A.R. , co-authored with his mother, Gigi, is about encouragement and hope in the midst of adversity. Gigi reminded NCWA to ask GOD for guidance in 2012, make plans with Him, but keep listening as we follow Him on the path. The journey may take an unexpected detour and we need to trust GOD continually.

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In Dennis Brooke’s Write Start presentation, he reminded us that just using the facts doesn’t always make an interesting story. On Dennis blog: Almost True Stories of Life, he has several examples of how to build a story using:

      1) Hook  2) Build up  3) Climax (with a twist)

To illustrate, Dennis used his story of  “The Barber and the Creepy Customer”  who, as Dennis said, had “been coming to her shop for about six months when one dark, winter evening he was the last customer in the place and she was the last barber.” (click on the title to find out the ending!)

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Guest speaker Michael Kostov told NCWA that, as children of The Creator, we have a wonderful opportunity to be creative in our writing and speaking.

He was born in Yugoslavia and immigrated with his family to Cleveland, Ohio at the age of nine. As a young adult, he went to Broadcast school and found a niche in production and editing. He also did promotions and became promotion director of a radio station in Cleveland.

After moving to the Seattle area, Michael bought a production company and began making films. Michael strives to create content, “being real,” while telling stories that are relevant.

He pointed out that “A Christian who writes is not the same as Christian writing.” Michael challenged writers to not be afraid to reveal struggles because our audience will be discouraged if all is “too perfect and no admission of falling” enters our writing.

Michael now runs Kostov Productions, the biggest production company in Seattle. Although his company is competitive, he works to “make movies that entertain, as well as give hope.”

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