Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Book In A Month

Can you believe it's Speedbo time again?
What is Speedbo, you ask?
Speedbo is Seekerville's version of Book In A Month. Stop by Seekerville and check out the hype. AND stop by and sign up on the Seekerville blog to receive a certificate and badge to post on your blog. You'll find all the info you need to participate in Speedbo and have a great time. Oh, and did I mention prizes...?
Don't forget to stop by the Seekerville blog all through March for posts from Seekers and guests designed to help you on your novel writing journey.
See you there!!

Sunday, February 24, 2013

Sunday Inspiration for Writers

"We also pray that you will be strengthened with His glorious power so that you will have all the patience and endurance you need. May you be filled with joy, always thanking the Father, who has enabled you to share the inheritance that belongs to God's holy people, who live in the light." Colossians 1:11-12 NLT

Do you ever ask friends and family to pray for you? For your health, your prosperity, for wisdom in difficult situations? Do you ever think to ask them to also pray for your writing?

As authors, we are entrusted with the task of writing the stories placed on our hearts by the Lord. We’ve been chosen to spread His word through the art of storytelling. This may sound easy to those who have never attempted to write a book. What’s so difficult about writing a story?

I assure you, it’s plenty difficult. And, the responsibility of interpreting the message intended can be--at times--overwhelming. God assures us He will never leave us, nor will He give us more than we can handle. Still, piecing together the fragments of a fictional character’s life—the pain, insecurity, choices – can be a daunting task, even as we call to our Father for wisdom and direction. Do we really want to go on this journey alone?

Friends are there for one another. Ask your faithful friends and family to include you in their prayers so that you might be strengthened and granted endurance in your writing. May the Lord fill you with joy, blessing the creativity welling within you so that you will be articulate in your sharing of the salvation that comes only in faith in Jesus Christ.

Now THAT’S a story worth telling!

Blessings and have a great week!

Sunday, February 17, 2013

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 I can 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!

Saturday, February 16, 2013

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!!

Sunday, February 10, 2013

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!

Thursday, February 07, 2013

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!