September 1, 2016

August 31, 2016

June 9, 2016

Pencil, paper, pc, and beyond

The scope of a Christian writer's life extends far beyond our bookshelves and writing desk!

To expand the possibilities for our discussions, I began a blog on WordPress where I'm posting instead of here. I hope you will join me and let me know the topics or concerns you would like to see addressed. Thank you.

If you're a Bible student or teacher, pastor, or other communicator for Christ, you might also be interested in following the prayers, devotionals, and Bible discussions on The Word Center blog. Again, please let me know if you have thoughts to share or topics to suggest.

May God bless you in all you're to do in Jesus' Name.

Mary Harwell Sayler


April 22, 2016

Contacts & Critiques - Mary Harwell Sayler

Just updated my critique page to make it clearer, but not raise prices! If you would like my feedback on your poems, prayers, devotionals, or children's picture book text for a minimal fee, check it out. God bless you and your good work in Jesus' Name.

Contacts and Critiques by Mary Sayler

March 7, 2016

Annual Writing Competition, dd March 15

Guidelines for WEN/FFWA Writing Competition

I'm looking forward to reading the poems entered in this year's writing contest, which is open to fiction and nonfiction too. Hope you enter and win! But I won't know until the finalists have been chosen as this is a blind competition with no i.d. on the entries I receive…/Con…/contest_guidelines.htm 

January 16, 2016

The Word Center in a Christian writer's life

After a few years of trying to maintain several blogs with regular posts on Blogger, I saw a need to simplify! So a new umbrella blog has been set up for The Word Center on WordPress.

Lord willing, the blog will include Bible prayers, Bible poetry, devotionals, articles on writing, biblical principles of Christian healing, and reviews of new editions or translations of the Bible.

If you're a worker of words or a minister of The Word, I pray you will Follow the blog and find what you need. If not, please leave a question, helpful comment, or suggestion for future posts.

Thanks and blessings.

Mary Harwell Sayler, © 2016


December 19, 2015

Tips on writing nonfiction

• Pick a subject that clearly relates to the theme and purpose of the publication or blog for which you would like to write.

• List the points you want to make. [Hint: Give your ideas time to surface.]

• Select the most significant, timely, and/or freshest points.

• Arrange those points in order of importance.

Next, evaluate how long your article will probably need to be.

If you have one main point or fresh perspective you want to discuss in, say, 200 to 300 words, that would be about the right length for a blog post.

If you have 3 to 5 points you’d like to develop in, say, 1500 to 3000 words, that could be a magazine article.

If you have a long list of points that will require research and/or take time to explain, you might have the makings of a book!

If you’re interested in suggestions on ways to develop each point, let me know in the Comment space below, and, Lord willing, we can talk about that next time.

by Mary Harwell Sayler, © 2015

Besides a couple dozen books in all genres for Christian and educational markets, Mary has placed over 1,500 articles, devotionals, and other short manuscripts with traditional and indie publishers. She also wrote the Christian Writers Guide e-book on writing, revising, and publishing to help you in your Christian writing life.