I received the second lesson from my writing coach. Feeling dejected, I said, “I’m not sure if I can do this.” My husband looked confused. He responded, “How hard can it be? Just write a book and get it published.” He stared at me like that’s not what I wanted. Crushed, I walked away, ready to … Continue reading How to Overcome Dejection as a Writer?
Six weeks until Blue Ridge Mountain Christian Writers Conference, and my alarm sounded at 4:00 A.M . Immediately, I hit the snooze button, just a few minutes longer, I promised myself--a natural reaction to my daily routine. But this morning, something unnatural altered my ritual of alarm and snooze and I jumped out of bed. … Continue reading Best Writing Advice
Scrambled. No alarm needed, my brain produces thoughts and questions, dialogue and quirky characters, publishing avenues, and marketing plans in my sleep, until I stand to my feet at 4:00 AM and drag my body toward the coffee pot. I hit the button and hold the handle, waiting for the first drippings, yawning, blowing my nose. The … Continue reading What keeps me here?
Three days prior to attending Mountainside Marketing Conference, I questioned if I should go—the money, the timing, and the necessity. Pinterest, Instagram, Twitter, Facebook how to’s, KLOUT scores, marketing, book launch, and branding, did I really need to know all the latest marketing tools? It was the unexpected that rearranged my perspective. Unexpected. Witnessing the compassion of … Continue reading Mountainside Marketing Conference 2018
Ten years since I heard my father's voice, or felt his hand on my shoulder. He passed away peacefully in his sleep. Ten years since I began writing a novel, sharing the depth of his character with the world. It took me a summer to write the first draft. A summer. Three months of getting up … Continue reading Timing and Sequence for writers
I'm sitting, staring at the List. The List I made over the weekend to help me stay on track with my writing. All this and more to be completed in one day, along with homeschool and daily life. Work on WIP Write 250 words for the new book Write a blog post Edit a chapter … Continue reading The Interruption
Why am I writing? If for any other reason than to bring glory to Christ...it is selfish ambitions. And those who practice such things will not inherit the kingdom of God—Galatians 5:19-21 Dear God, Guard my heart against selfish ambitions. Help me to surrender all my hopes and dreams, laying them at the altar. … Continue reading WHY AM I WRITING?