Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Rejection Doesn’t Make You a Loser

From the Archives and worth a revisit! Every year emotions run high after the Genesis contest results are discovered. I’ve experienced the disappointment of not finaling and hard critiques and want to offer you hope and encouragement through my story. I never finaled in the Genesis or any other contest, unless you count the time I […]

Lumpy Writing

 “What sorrow awaits those who argue with their Creator. Does a clay pot argue with its maker? Does the clay dispute with the one who shapes it, saying, ‘Stop, you’re doing it wrong!’ Does the pot exclaim, ‘How clumsy can you be?’ Isaiah 45:9 NLT Her fingers quiver as she types the web address. One […]

Take Chances, Make Mistakes, Get Messy!

Who can forget that beloved Ms. Frizzle who inspired her class to “take chances, make mistakes, and get messy!”All but play-it-safe Arnold loved Ms. Frizzle’s fieldtrips that took them to places they’d never been before, often leading them into scary and unfamiliar territory. But oh the adventures they had! Even Arnold would end up enjoying […]

Motivation to Keep Going

“Therefore encourage one another and build each other up, just as in fact you are doing.” 1 Thessalonians 5:11 What gets you out of bed on a lazy, rainy morning to brave a day of errands? What keeps you going when nothing you’ve planned is working? When your kids are defiant and your spouse  just […]

The Five Stages of Writing Grief

From the Editor: Receiving a writing rejection can feel as if a part of your dream has died. After one such rejection last summer, I realized I was going through the stages of writing grief. When I was first told by my mentor that I should scrap my 50,000 word WIP and start over, I […]

Your Black Moment: When Everything Falls Apart

As I continue on this journey of faith and publication it becomes more and more apparent that I’m the protagonist in my own story, and God is the author, moving me along my story arc as I race toward my happy ending. While there is comfort in knowing that God is the ultimate author, and […]

Impossible Dream

When I began writing my first novel back in 2003/04, I thought for sure it would not only publish but likely be a best seller. I thought that of the second as well. And the third. And the fourth. Every one of them was rejected. If you’re unpublished, you might be feeling a little nauseous […]

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