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I Have a Couple Questions for You

Yes, you. You nice friend reading this in the comfort and anonymity of your mobile phone. Please help a girl out and tell me what you want, what you really, really want. Why? Because I can’t be all things to all people. So I’ll just try to be some things to you, ok? It’s been a rough year or so burning all my candles at every end, so 2017 I am bound and determined to just do one, or two, or a dozen things. Thirty, tops. You could help by telling me what you like best. That is the nice, positive way of trimming the fat. Or, you could just tell me what you hate most, get it off your chest, and we’ll all move on. Either way, I’ll be grateful for your help. And you’ll get a fun surprise at the end. yay! Here goes . . .

How Attending This Writing Conference Could Make You a Better Writer

You may or may not believe this, but no one asked me to write this post. This is not a paid advertisement, and no kitty cats were harmed in the writing of this article. Many aspiring authors attend writing conferences. Lots of them. There are events all over the country to inspire and inform writers, to help them network and negotiate their way to more lucrative and successful careers. I’m not interested in attending any of them. Not that I have anything against writer’s conferences per se. I’ve heard amazing stories about writers meeting the perfect agent or the publisher of their dreams at these events. I’ve seen the photo ops and the live tweets and wondered how much fun they’re having. But if you’ve ever partied with me more than a couple hours, you know that I simply can’t keep up. There is no way I can people that long. I have attended one or two such events, and the politics of it all is too exhausting. I’m not interested in proving to you that …

How a Writer Can Survive the Opinionated Folks

This week, I received a message from a fellow writer that gave me pause. Her question is so common, and it touches on issues I am wrestling with right now in my own writing journey. Praying for Wendy and writing my answer to her helped me re-connect with what this is really about. Maybe you can relate, too. You may not think of yourself as a writer; perhaps your ministry is more giving hugs and encouragement at church, holding babies in the nursery, and posting verses on Facebook. But whether your ministry of words is blogging or blabbing, you can’t help but run into this problem Wendy and I discuss: how to deal with those scary critics. So, writer to writer…when you publish a book the opinionated folks come out of the woodwork and say crazy things but God has called us to thick skin and few words in debatable matters. I’m not sure I’m ready for the full throttle attack that I know will come over my book on marriage I’m writing. The very …

How I Started Writing, and What I’m Doing Next

Many people have asked me in the past few months how I got started on this writing journey. I enjoy telling the story, because it was just as surprising to me as to anyone else. And so many wonderful people have reached out to help me, that I can’t help being incredibly grateful. One of the first was Jonathan Lewis at Home School Enrichment. Eight years ago this past week, I met Jonathan Lewis for the first time over the magical interwebs. A friend at church had sent me a link to Home School Enrichment‘s free online digital issues, and I read with great interest Jonathan’s editorials and as well as the other helpful articles. A few weeks later, I found in Jonathan’s newsletter that HSE was looking for a new Early Learning columnist. Without thinking of the consequences, I applied. It was my first query letter of any kind, and I wrote it without any thought and hit “send” immediately then walked away. Five minutes later, it hit me what I had just done. Panic descended …