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Friday, November 29, 2013

Sunday, November 24, 2013

Week Nine: Catherine Fox

             Success with Writing


“Only be careful and watch yourselves closely so that you do not forget the things your eyes have seen or let them slip from your hearts as long as you live. Teach them to your children and to their children after them.”  Deuteronomy 4:9 (NIV)

Can we think of anything more important in our journey on this earth than passing on our Christian heritage to our posterity? Whatever we write, whether in our journals, in fiction or
non-fiction stories, in articles about our beliefs or accounts of our own experiences, our writings will become a legacy for our family.

I am now eighty years old and have been writing since age thirty-five. I have several self-published books which are regarded less highly by the professionals than if I had a publisher. A few of my articles have appeared in various magazines—not an impressive number. But I will not lament if “professional” never becomes attached to my name.

Several of my readers have let me know that my books benefited them. This provides great satisfaction for me. Most important of all is the legacy I will leave to my family of the life I lived and my relationship with Jesus Christ.

I pray that some of my descendants who do not know the Lord will be influenced by something I have written, to be united with Him.

So my advice to you fellow writers is don’t be discouraged if you are not a spectacular success in the eyes of the world. You can wield an influence long after your life here is over by the impact your writing can have on your most important people: your family.


                              ~~~Catherine Amands Cone Fox  1924-2011~~~

Sunday, November 17, 2013

Week Eight: Donna Parker

Words


In the beginning was the Word and the Word was with God and the Word was God.” John 1:1  (KJV)



Words. We, as writers, work everyday with words. How important is that?
Words are so important that the apostle John, inspired by God, called God’s own Son, Jesus, the Word—Jesus, God’s ultimate communication with mankind.
Words are so important that in the beginning of the world, God put them into the mouths of only one of His many creations, the only one made in His image: mankind.
Words are so important that God chose to inspire certain men over the centuries to write down

His will for us so that we could have
a solid, unchanging copy of His eternal plan in our Bible.

We, as writers, work everyday with words.   What a
breathtaking and humbling responsibility.
 Even as I write fiction to entertain readers, I can use my words to tear down or build up. I can use them to incite to evil or inspire to good. I can use them as a curse or a blessing. I can let my


Christian light shine or I can hide it under a bushel.
What would Jesus do? What would He expect me to do with this special gift of words?





Donna (D.H.) Parker, a native of the Missouri Ozarks, writes family-rated fiction.  Five books in the "Fiddling With Murder" mystery series and four stand-alone "Fairy-Tale Mysteries" are available at Wings e-Press.  She and her husband of over four decades currently live in Alabama. Website: http://donnaparker.w4aw.org

Check out more of her titles here.



 

Sunday, November 10, 2013

Week Seven: Carolyn Scheidies



 
 
Organizing God’s Way
 

A man’s heart deviseth his way: but the LORD directeth his steps. Proverbs 16:9 (KJV)


Early in my life I felt God’s call on my life to become a writer for Him. I wrote poems and stories for friends and family, and had my own ideas of how I would serve God. Until I got sick. Until I ended up in a wheelchair and didn’t walk again for ten years.

During that time, I didn’t realize as I poured out my heart in writing, my writing was being tempered and honed as was my faith. During those long years, I began to realize my plans weren’t necessarily God’s plans, and I began a journey of faith.

In high school this led me to a published writer who took me under her wings and taught me the basics of writing. I ended up going into journalism, but still non-fiction writing is different from fiction writing (or should be).

I had, and still have, much to learn about writing novels, but one thing I know, I need to continually work at my craft, learn about my craft and not give up. I learned that God has to be an integral part of my writing and writing plans. Writing begins now with prayer and planning.
 


 
 
Carolyn R Scheidies is a wife, proud mother of two, and grandmother of three wonderful grandchildren she loves to spoil. Though her writing career is important, it is not more important than her family or her faith. She is a member of the Hope EFC missions church in Kearney where she serves as a deaconess, secretary of the church board and as a Sunday School teacher.

A graduate from the University of Nebraska at Kearney (UNK) with a degree in journalism, Carolyns' published credits include over two-dozen books, several of which have garnered awards. Her children's picture book was an EPPIE Finalist in 2006. Which was a nice surprise! She's written for a variety of publications, has a regular newspaper column, worked as an editor, speaker/teacher and book reviewer and, early 2013, signed a three-book contract with Harlequin Heartsong Presents. One of her Kearney Hub columns also won her an Amy Writing Award earlier this year.  

Scheidies speaks to different groups, leads workshops, lectured at UNK for several years and has taught adult enrichment writing classes at Central Community College. She has been interviewed on NTV, KHAS and AFR radio as well as in numerous print and online publications and had a monthly book review segment on NTV when she was a regular book reviewer.. http://IDealinHope.com.

Whatever she does, Carolyn’s goal is to share hope, and that hope is found in Jesus Christ. 
 

The Lady's Hero--coming Dec. 1st.
 

Sunday, November 03, 2013

Week Six: Brandy Brow


Prerequisites

 
“I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go; I
will guide you with My eye.” —Psalm 32:8 (NKJV)


I used to be scared stiff—literally—in the active sense. I was

afraid I would do something out of God’s will that would make

Him upset with me, so I wound up doing nothing: no jobs, no

ministry, no trips. Then God used a job I didn’t know He didn’t

want me to have to show that He always guides as long as I move

forward looking for His direction. I didn’t have to fear being in the
wrong place so long as I obeyed when I realized He wanted me

to alter course. The catch was, if I wouldn’t do anything, He
couldn’t “steer” me. The same is just as true of writing, but I

didn’t figure this out right away.
 
My writing output came in spurts. Most of the time, I was

stagnant wondering what to work on next. The stagnancy didn’t

stem from fear, though. Rather, belief that Christians weren’t

supposed to write anything of their own accord had caused me to
develop a prerequisite: God had to give me a specific assignment

before I would write. It went against the oft given exhortation
“Just write,” so I spent many days confused and frustrated.

One day I opened my Bible, determined to be in God’s word.

I didn’t know where to begin and had no direction, but I was so
desperate that I turned to a bookmark. Soon, I began to think

about what guidance really meant and looked up specific scriptures
on that topic. After jumping from book to book, I found a verse I

knew right away was the heart of my study, Psalm 32:8. Then I
noticed where it was in my Bible: one up from the first verse I had

read when I opened to the bookmark an hour earlier. I shook my
head in awe of God. There couldn’t have been a more perfect

illustration to emphasize His message. Right then I knew God was
saying that as long as I start, no matter if I begin with my own

desires or not, because I’m looking for His guidance, He’ll pick
up somewhere along my journey and guide me to the right

destination.
 
That day I learned God had already given me a broader

direction I was to follow. He had told me to write. That was the
only prerequisite needed.

It’s good to know we don’t have to wait for specific

assignments from God before we start to write, and that, in fact,
we shouldn’t. We have to begin with the larger command He has

already given us. Write.
If you have been waiting for God to tell you what to work

on next instead of getting down to business, take time today to
begin something—anything—knowing God’s direction is just

around the bend.
 
He could point you to your next project beforehand, but it

could be He is waiting to see how serious you are about writing
before telling you.
 
And no matter how you look at it, if you won’t write anything,

He can’t steer your writing.
Father, if you lead I will follow, but I won’t require You any

longer to prod me before I move. You have already given me the
directive to write. That’s good enough for me. Amen.


Brandy Brow contributed to Writer's Digest's 102 Ways to Earn Money Writing 1500 Words or Less. She loves to help authors, whether it's with freelance editing and mentoring or in her capacities as Executive Director of Christian Writers' Group International (CWGI) or the Assistant Executive Director of The Muse Online Writers Conference.
www.brandybrow.com