Writing Is A Journey or reasons why I write

Writing a story.

This month in my post at The Write Conversation, I looked back at the last six years of my writing journey. Attending writing conferences has been a way for me to learn the craft and business of writing, as well as to become a part of the writing community.

Any new career requires a time of acclimation and learning the job. It often requires both practice and training.

On The Write Conversation, I give four reasons why I attend certain conferences each year. (Click here for the post.)

All this begs the question, why do I want to write in the first place? I mean, it’s hard. There are so many things to learn and master.

And it takes time. I spoke to an agent last week and they said that we have time to pick the right project to send out and that we are lucky that we have time.

I wanted to say, “No we don’t. I want my book on the shelf and on the best sellers list (which, of course, it will be on) now.”

But that’s not the way it works, is it?

Is it worth it?

I have a message and I want to share it. I have characters in my head who I would like the world to meet. And, I have a worldview, one of hope and a loving Heavenly Father, that readers need to hear either for the first time or to reinforce what they know but the world tramples down.

Writing is a journey and we can’t see where it will eventually take us. Sometimes we, I, have to trust.

Isn’t that why I’m doing this anyway?

I wish you the best in trying to reach your dream. I, also, want to thank you for visiting my blog. If you have a comment, please leave it below, or hit me up on Facebook or Twitter.

Managing Your Schedule


timingreenville Managing You Schedule

September has arrived. Whether it’s returning to school or enjoying the last of your summer vacations, fall is a time of changes to your schedule.

Unfortunately, that means having more on your plate than you can handle.

Sometimes, instead of feeling like you’re managing your schedule, it feels like it’s managing you.  [/ctt]

Earlier, I had a post on Edie Melson’s, The Write Conversation, with some tips to keep your schedule from getting out of control.

You can read the post here.

You can also get the book I mention, Impactivity by Tracy Higley here.

I would love to hear your tips on not letting life run over you, but still be all God’s called us to be. Just leave your thoughts in the comments.

Thank you for reading and have a blessed rest of the year.

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An Obituary Tells A Story


Writers are always looking for inspiration. To me, a story begins with either the

A lady reading a Newspaper on line.

characters or the plot. And any story is made better when the characters have depth, are more than just what they call a cardboard figure. You add depth by adding personality,  interesting and diverse experience, and characters who aren’t all the same.

I’m a lifelong reader of newspapers. And one place where I’ve found interesting stories of people in a newspaper is in the . . .

Obituaries?

Over on Edie Melson’s blog The Write Conversation, I wrote a post about what you can learn from an obituary and how it can help your story. You can read it here.

I would love to read your comments. Just return here and post it below. Thank you for reading.