Many of you have been waiting…(drum roll) 🙂 I’m thrilled to announce: The Miracle of Us: Confessions of an Online Dater is soon to be released! This four year writing project has taken many twists and turns along the journey, but at last, the ultimate love story will be released on February 7, 2014 in … More IT’S FINALLY HERE!
I appreciate my readers and followers all over the world. Thank you for choosing to be here with me. Here’s an excerpt: A San Francisco cable car holds 60 people. This blog was viewed about 2,600 times in 2013. If it were a cable car, it would take about 43 trips to carry that many … More 2013 in Review – THANK YOU!
I don’t have anything great or inspiring to write today. But, then I thought about all of you who read and follow my blog. Those who have commented either online or in person or email with such encouragement and consideration. I understand how many blogs there are out there, and the time it takes to … More A Thankful Heart
Who do I write for? An agent, publisher, myself, my reader? The general masses or a specific few? Maybe we write for profit, maybe we write for fun, or perhaps to heal by telling our story. Yet again. It could be, the telling encourages others, or lifts our spirits and soothes our souls. It may … More What Does the Reader Want?
Or, an attempt to encapsulate infinite amounts of wisdom in less than 800 words. Mc Nair Wilson, our keynote speaker, inspired us as creative people to: Be yourself. What do you do best? Who are you, really? Take risks. Just start something. Everyone fails. You have before, you will again. Don’t fear it. Challenge assumptions. … More What I Learned at Mount Hermon
On Christmas Eve I received a great gift. The three critiques for the second novel I entered in the ACFW First Impressions contest arrived in my inbox. As my wonderful husband predicted, they were far more positive than my first novel’s scores. I didn’t expect that—I mean, I’m the same writer, right? How could two … More Encouragement for Writers
I didn’t win the writing contest. Not that I expected to win. Truly! I entered more for the experience and the input from the judges. My desire to become a better writer motivated me to take the plunge and humbly accept any criticism offered. I am thankful for the three judges who read and critiqued … More How to Deal with Discouragement
Last year one of my goals was to open a Twitter account. On December 31, 2011 I posted my first tweet. I don’t think I would have done that if I had only thought or even said to myself that I should start tweeting. I knew it was something that would help my writing … More How to Make Your Writing Goals SMART
I wrote my first novel in high school. Well, okay, so I didn’t exactly write an entire novel; it was more like twenty pages and a little character development. The idea, birthed from my addiction to romantic fiction, sprang from my pencil (yes, pencil) onto the lined pages of my spiral bound notebook (my writing … More Writing a Novel
There is so much great information out there! Sometimes abundant good advice can be hard to sort through. I don’t know about you, but my mailbox is loaded with tips on writing, grammar, blogging and marketing. It’s easy to feel saturated and a bit bloated by it all–a little like you may have felt yesterday … More Throwing Out a Lifeline