Sunday Inspiration for Writers

“My gracious favor is all you need. My power works best in your weakness.” 2 Corinthians 12:9 NLT

Though the context of this verse refers to Paul asking God to take away the thorn in his side, I couldn’t help but apply it to my WIP and my life. Oh how so many try to be so strong, so smart, so “on top of our game.” Strength is viewed as superior and heaven forbid you reveal any hint of weakness.

But isn’t that exactly what we’re supposed to reveal in our characters? What is their deepest fear and how do we take and use that fear to create the black moment where life as they know is about to shatter? A fear so devastating it’s a wonder the character…and the book for that matter…will survive and find that happily ever after? Isn’t that the moment the character (and the author) turn to God and plead for His intervention?


If it isn’t, it should be. We endeavor to breathe life into our books. What is life without the same faith you instill in your own worries, your own prayers? Do we trust God to lead us not into temptation and deliver us from evil as we walk with Him every day? Why shouldn’t our characters call on the same Almighty presence?

The bottom line is they should. I must confess, when I try to outline the path of my stories, I try to figure out the resolution of each calamity. If I can’t, I tend to try some other obstacle I know Ican overcome. So therein lies a question for me: Where is MY faith? Am I willing to write a character into a corner I can’t get them out of, praying the Lord will? Most of the time, I don’t.  Forgive me Lord, for my faith is weak.

My challenge to myself is to overcome my propensity to go the easy route. The good Lord gifts me with ideas for books. I pray I turn to Him for guidance so that I always write the book the Lord placed on my heart.
Blessings and have a great week!

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Scrivener workshop

Have you signed up for Scrivener For Windows workshop, yet? No? Well, there’s still time!
If you’re like me, I downloaded the program and played with it, but never used it properly. I ended up more frustrated than pleased.
Gwen Hernandez is offering a 6 week workshop designed to help users reach the full potential of the Scrivener novel writing program. If you haven’t downloaded the program yet, go to Literature & Latte and download your 30 day free trial.
Come join the fun! I’m signed up.
Workshop beginning February 19, 2013 for 4 weeks plus an additional two weeks for questions and answers.
Scrivener: Outline. Edit. Storyboard. Write.
If you need additional aids, try the Scrivener For Dummies book. I have my copy earmarked from end to end : )
BTW, this IS NOT a paid endorsement. I’m simply all kinds of excited about learning how to use this excellent program properly. Nothing worse than having a gadget with 101 uses and not even knowing how to turn the thing on!!
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Sunday Inspiration for Writers

“My thoughts are completely different from yours,” says the Lord. “And My ways are far beyond anything you could imagine. For just as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are My ways higher than your ways and My thoughts higher than your thoughts.”  Isaiah 55:8-9 NLT

Ever feel like the world is just passing you by? Recognition is given to those who might have only striven a short while towards the same goal as you; choices for teams or projects are made that don’t include you; you are excluded from an event you’d been anticipating for months-maybe even years.

It’s so easy for us to forget that God is well aware of everything detail of our lives. Everything happens according to His plan. Envy is a sin that burns too readily in our hearts as our emotions war with God’s plans. We want recognition for that which we’ve worked hard for. We don’t readily understand how someone who has not put in the hours, paid the dues, worked their way up the ladder can reap the rewards we’ve striven so hard to attain.

As writers, maybe we’ve poured over a plot that just isn’t gelling together for us, yet our critique partner can pop viable GMC concepts off like 4th of July fireworks. Maybe we’ve entered contests only to receive feedback and scores that hold our entries back just short of making the finals again and again. Maybe you have 10 unpublished manuscripts looking for a home and someone in your local writing chapter announces at the meeting they sold their first book…the first book they’ve ever tried to write…and it’s taken them a whole year to do it.

Putting it in all too human terms: Life isn’t fair.

But God is. God has perfect timing for us.

God knows exactly what he’s doing. We need to trust in His Divine judgement. As another verse, Jeremiah 29:11 comes to mind — “For I know the plans I have for you,” says the Lord. “They are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope.” — remember God doesn’t forget a thing. He knows our hopes and dreams. He loves us. Wait on Him.

Have a great week!

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Check Out Seekerville

Join me today in Seekerville where I’m hosting Gwen Hernandez, author of Scrivener for Dummies and a master of the novel writing program, Scrivener. Gwen offers an informative post, plenty of pictures, a giveaway, and of course, FOOD!
Don’t miss out!
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Check out the Seekerville happenings in February!
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Sunday Inspiration for Writers

Until I get there, focus on reading the Scriptures to the church, encouraging the believers, and teaching them. 1 Timothy 4:13 NLT

Paul directed Timothy to read the Scriptures, encourage believers and teach them. Has the mission changed since that challenge and directive so many years ago? I don’t think so. The message Jesus directed his disciples to spread is the same yesterday, today and tomorrow.

Read the Scriptures. Encourage one another. Teach the masses.

In this day of unsolicited phone calls, junk mail, incessant television commericals, we are being pestered on every side to try the new and different. Invitations to attend social events come at us from all sides.  The concept of multi-tasking has taken on a life of its own. The desire for peace and quiet can become overwhelming. How can we be a help rather than a hinderance?

Where friends and acquaintences may balk at an invitation to attend a church service or any other organized meeting, the suggestion of reading a novel at their leisure is something easily accepted with no strings attached or timetable assigned. Though some may scoff at fiction being a viable vehicle for spreading the Word, in truth, many have found a seed planted in their hearts through the innocent enjoyment of reading an Inspiration romance.

As writers, we read the Scriptures so the Message of Salvation runs as a vibrant thread true to the Word of God. We reach out to other writers and encourage their journey, knowing God has chosen us to travel the same path but with unique goals He has placed in our hearts. We teach by the examples we set in every Christian fiction novel we write.

We, alone, can not bring a soul to salvation. We but plant the seed through the call to write placed on our hearts, and leave the harvest to the Lord.

Blessings as you face the week ahead!

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Sunday Inspiration for Writers

“Be strong and courageous, and do the work. Don’t be afraid or discouragd by the size of the task, for the Lord God, my God, is with you. He will not fail you or forsake you. He will see to it that all the work related to the Temple of the Lord is finished correctly.” 1 Chronicles 28:20 NLT

The context of this verse refers to King David building the Temple to house the Ark of the Covenant. But really? Is it so different from what God instructs us to do everyday as His will? As with all facets of our lives, God calls each of us differently, but in respects to my writing, His command to do the work and not be discouraged by the size of the task for the Lord God, my God is with me, strikes a chord deep in my soul.

The road of our calling is difficult to traverse at times. For me, I work full-time outside the home and return in the evenings to responsibilities that include my home, family and commitments. And writing. Most days it’s difficult to juggle everything together.

But, reading verses such as this one, reminds me that God gave me the calling to write for Him. To bring the stories He gave me bumping around in my head to the page and share them. For God to share them with whomever He pleases. But he can’t share them unless I prove faithful and write them. He hasn’t assigned this calling and left me to try and figure out how to hold up my end of the deal. No. He’s there with me every step of the way.

He will see to it that all the work related ot the Temple of the Lord is finished correctly.

God is there to lead me, to guide me, to inspire me.

All I have to do is the work.

Have a blessed week, my friends!

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Sunday Inspiration

Forgive me while I try to find some structure to my blog posts. You know, how-to articles, words of wisdom, recipes, etc.

I’ve visited blogs who offer such consistent attractions such as:

Friday Five
Weekend Edition
Excerpt from…

These are just a few blogs that give you something on a specific day. I’d like to do that. But in order for me to consider such a commitment–

  • It has to be simple, so I can share when promised.
  • It has to be sustainable, so I won’t run out of material
  • It has to be interesting, so you’ll keep coming back : )

Okay, since I write Christian romance, let’s start with one encouraging Bible verse a week. AND since I’ve commited to reading Jesus Calling by Sarah Young each day during my devotion time, chances are I’ll find an inspirational something to share from this incredible book from time to time.

SOOOOO, today, and each Sunday, I’ll share a verse(s) that’s inspired me.

Romans 8:28

And we know that God causes everything to work together for the good of those who love God and are called according to His purpose for them.

Sometimes it’s so hard to interpret God’s will. We press forward with our lives, praying we understand whether we are working within God’s will. Or at least, I do. More often than not, I wonder if I’m beating my head against a wall of my own making. If God has really called me to the ministry of fiction writing for His Glory, why is success taking so long? Why am I running into these obstacles? Why can’t I write better, faster, stronger?

It’s only when I stop and consider my desires and pray over the desires God has for me, do I realize timing is everything. God is not early, nor is He late. He is alway right on time. As long as I keep doing my part, God who is faithful and just, will work His plan at just the perfect time.

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Wake Up! It’s 2013

Ah, the start of a new year. If you don’t pay attention, Christmas will be here again before you know it and what will you have to show for the past 365 days?

Each year I battle over-extension during the holidays. Day job, writing, decorating, baking, shopping, wrapping…the list goes on and on. This year, I changed things up a bit and went on a writing hiatus. From Thanksgiving through New Year’s Day, I did not write a single word toward any fiction project.

At first it felt great. I celebrated Thanksgiving with joy and made the most of my kids being home for the holiday by taking the entire week of Thanksgiving as vacation. Oh my! Sleeping in, creating menus, baking traditional Thanksgiving fare…it was wonderful. I didn’t miss sitting down and battling with my characters one bit. I even dug into a couple of Christmas books I’d downloaded onto my Kindle. Ahhhh, good times.

By the end of that weekend, I did feel a tiny nudge of guilt. An attack of conscience. I need to work on my historical romance. The characters are calling to me.

I ignored them. I pushed them away. I baked cookies instead.

As the month of December continued and my to-do list of holiday chores whittled down, I’d look at my computer and was tempted to just jot down a couple of notes. Re-read the story. Maybe edit a scene or two. You know what? I don’t think I could’ve despite any determination on my part. My hand was stayed and I felt the gentle nudging of Jesus whispering, “not now. Celebrate Me now. Feel My joy.” The guilt and angst went away and I never did push the button to launch Scrivener.

You know what I did instead? I read books. OMG, I have tons of free books on my Kindle and I started reading through them. Some were good, some were great, some were – well, needed a bit more work before the enthusiastic author should have hit publish. It gave me a great feel for what kind of work was being published without the backing or blessing of the Big 6 of publishing (I’d heard there were 6 big publishing house, it seems there might more, but Big 6 gets my point across.)

What did I learn by reading the competition?

  • I realized as far as plot lines and trends go, anything works.
  • I must write what’s on my heart, not the market.
  • I must write and rewrite, then edit and re-edit and make sure my books are the best they can be before offering them to the public.

I learned much more, but you get my drift. I discovered great authors who’s plot took twists and turns I’d never seen in traditional publishing. I even BOUGHT their other books and now watch for their new releases. I expanded my horizons : )

Okay, back to my hiatus. I made it through Christmas and found I’d enjoyed this holiday season more than many years past. I do feel badly for neglecting many of the loops I usually participate on, but I needed to devote time to creating and living the family atmosphere of holiday preparation.

It was VERY good.

New Year’s Eve rolled around and the spirit of comraderie was alive and well in Seekerville as we hosted a 27 hour New Year’s Eve party. OMG, the good Lord has blessed the Seekers a ba-billion fold. We shared the day and night with all those whom we’ve grown to know and love through the common thread of loving romance and Jesus Christ.

And on January 1, 2013, I tapped the Scrivener button on my laptop and launched the WIP I’m currently sculpting. You know what? I was still there waiting for me. My characters welcomed me back into the fold and I’m back to constructing their story with renewed creativity and vigor.

Truth to tell, I was on the brink of wondering if God intended me to continue writing or did He have other plans for me now that I reached a goal of publishing a book.

His answer came clear as day.

Please join me and watch my word count grow : )

Blessings to all my friends in this new year!!!

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Trying to simplify and manage our lives in this hurry up world can be a bit of challenge. Are the smart phones and iPads taking over??
Please join me in Seekerville today as we discuss the topic of:
Do We Need Bigger and Better?
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