Last year at about this time, I suggested you set some goals for the new year. How did you do? What went right? Take time to celebrate your successes. That will give you hope and inspiration for the future. It will also help you set new goals that stretch you.
What went wrong? More importantly, why did things go right or wrong? And what are you going to change next year?
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Whatever holiday you celebrate this time of year, I pray it’s a delightful time spent surrounded by loved ones.
Here in the States it’s Thanksgiving, and as I reflect on the many things I’m thankful for—home, family, friends, my congregation, freedom, and meaningful employment—I want you to know that you have a place on that list, too. When I started this blog just under three years ago, no one was paying attention, and I had no assurance anyone would. But here you are. Your kind attention and thoughtful comments make this endeavor worthwhile. So I am thankful for you and to you, Dear Reader, for sticking with me. Whichever holidays you celebrate, may you be abundantly blessed this season.
If you haven’t already, this is a great time to set some goals. Not resolutions. We all know how those end up. I’m talking about real, attainable goals for your writing career.
Your goal could be time-based, for example, to spend an hour writing every day. Or it could be productivity based, such as writing 5,000 words per week.
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Stop me if you’ve heard this one before, but ideally your goals will be SMART: Continue reading
To you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, who is the Messiah, the Lord.—Luke 2:11
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Blessings to you this day and in the new year. Thanks for letting me contribute, in whatever small way, to your writing journey. Continue reading
Writing in Obedience: A Primer for Christian Fiction Writers by Terry Burns and Linda Yezak
My Rating: ★★★★★
This is a truly wonderful book that will help Christian writers, especially novelists, clarify their place in the market. It helps us sort out whether our writing is a calling or an offering by describing the difference. It also examines the different types of audiences we may write for and how to tailor your writing for each audience.
The detailed breakdowns of how different stories need to be structured for these different audiences are alone worth the cover price. I have never seen that information anywhere else. Continue reading
One may walk over the highest mountain one step at a time. — John Wanamaker
Whatever mountain lies before you, whether it’s on the horizon or staring you in the face, I pray that this year you will reach the summit. When you get there…take time to enjoy the view.
Here’s a little Christmas present from Lindsey Stirling, one of my favorite musicians. If you sign up for her mailing list you can get an mp3 download of this song.
I’m enjoying our Thanksgiving holiday here in the U.S., in honor of which I share this neat infographic from one of my favorite sources, the History channel. Continue reading
A friend on a writers’ e-mail list shared a link to this wonderful story about persistence: The Daffodil Principle
It’s a lovely, inspirational story, but of course my first reaction — I suppose this is true for a lot of people — was to wonder whether such a beautiful garden could really exist. Was this a real anecdote from the author’s life, or a fictional story? So I went on one of my research jags.
An illustrated storybook version of The Daffodil Principle is available from Amazon.
The spectacular garden described in the story does exist. I found an archive of an old Geocities website that describes the history of the daffodil garden and includes some lovely pictures.