Everyone has a unique life situation, but as authors, we all have one main goal in mind ~ to keep writing and selling our books.  

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Maybe you are a full-time author and have 6 + hours a day to write and market your books.  Not every author is blessed with that much time in their day to devote to their passion of writing.  You might have a full-time job and can only allocate a small portion of your day to writing.  I remember when I was working full-time, I could only work on my books during my lunch hour and then later on in the evening when I came home; however, after I got married, I had to cook dinner and clean up and spend time with my hubby and by the time that was all done, I didn’t have much energy to write. 

Now, I’m a freelance writer and I work from home, so I have more time to write.  Others are stay at home moms and their children are their first priority and they need to find time in between taking care of the little ones and other household duties, to write.  Some of you are also moms and you work a full-time job.  Your schedule is just as busy and sometimes it could be difficult to find time to write.

So how do we, as authors, come to a specific plan for our own situations that enables us all to be the prolific authors we hope to be?

1. Take a good look at your own unique situation and figure out the best time management plan to keep writing and marketing your books.

2. Look at what other authors are doing, but don’t get overwhelmed if you can’t produce as much work as they are doing.  Every situation is different.

3. Set goals for yourself ~ immediate, short-term and long-term and write them down; then get an accountability partner (family, friend or fellow writer) to help keep you accountable.

4. Find a balance between your marketing time and your actual writing time.  It’s a great thing to market your own work, but if you spend too much time marketing and not enough time writing more books; soon you won’t have anything left to market.

5. Keep reading ~ find authors that you really like and admire their work and read their latest books.  This will allow you to always hone your writing craft and you’ll also get a needed break from the creative processes.

6. Throughout this process, there will be times when you will need to force yourself to sit down at your computer and write.  You may not be inspired, but you must write ~ keep writing and the inspiration will come.

7. Discipline yourself in each of these steps and never give up.  If your passion is to write, then you need to write every day.  Success will follow if you persevere and don’t get out when the kitchen gets too hot and adversity comes.  Take all the criticism and rejection letters and bad reviews and know that if you keep going, soon the good reviews and awesome opportunities will come your way!


 
 
In one of my pastor’s recent sermons, entitled True Humility, he spoke about David’s interactions with King Saul and how he did not try to steal the crown away from the king, because Saul was God’s anointed. Even though at one point God’s spirit left Saul and came upon David—the young man and future king, did not rush God’s plan through his own devices; but rather waited patiently for the Lord’s perfect timing. Talk about an awe-inspiring moment! That sermon hit me in the gut. 

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As authors we love to write and that means if we want to continue to write—and get paid for it—we need to have an audience. How do we get that audience? In a nutshell: we need to continue to write books, brand our name and market and market and market. Sounds like loads of fun, right! So, what is a Christian author supposed to do?

We’re taught by God’s Word that humility as a believer is a high priority on God’s list. “All of you, clothe yourselves with humility toward one another, because, ‘God opposes the proud but gives grace to the humble.’” (I Peter 5:5 NIV) Okay, so God wants me to be humble, but that is the antithesis of what I’ve been taught to do as an author in promoting myself and my books. Is it possible to be both humble and proud at the same time? How can a Christian author market his or her books in a way that glorifies God and doesn’t bring glory to him or herself?  This is a question that has plagued my mind for some time now and this recent sermon at church brought it squarely into focus again.

I’ve learned that God wants us to be in step with Him—not two steps in front and not two steps behind. Of course this is not always easy and we’re human so we (me included) falter many times. However, God never said we had to do this life journey alone. He has provided His Holy Spirit to be our guide and His Word is a light unto our path. Once we realize that following God’s plan will benefit us in the end, it’s easier to let go of our own desires and follow after Him. If you’d like to find out more about my own personal journey and why I almost gave up writing, please check out this post: What's Your Reason to Write?


Now, humility for the Christian means we are giving credit to God for all of our accomplishments and acknowledge Him as Lord over our lives. Sounds simple, but our pride many times gets in the way and this is especially tricky for an author or someone else who needs to promote self for career advancement. When you start to believe in your own power towards achieving success, you are heading down the wrong road. Pride goes before a fall. However, that’s where God comes into the picture as mentioned in I Peter 5:5—when walking in humility, God won’t oppose you, but He’ll shower you with His grace and favor. Now who wouldn’t want that? I know I’d prefer God’s umbrella over me rather than His opposition.


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David was content to leave both promotion and demotion to God. He didn’t worry about when he was going to advance to be king. He was at peace leaving his advancement to God’s timing. Yes, David was human, so I’m sure he had his moments of doubt and indecision—like when he snuck up behind King Saul in the cave and cut off a piece of his royal robe. True, he denied his men the many chances to kill Saul, but even cutting off the piece of his robe caused him pain because he knew Saul was still God’s anointed. If only we all could experience such a check in conscience when we walk in offense towards God—but each day is a new day and God is a God of second chances. Amen to that!

In God’s perspective, we only get to the top of the ladder by helping others up before ourselves. The first shall be last and the last shall be first. Usually I prefer reading the New King James Version of the Bible, but this verse pastor read from The Message version really hit home. “Don’t push your way to the front; don’t sweet-talk your way to the top. Put yourself aside, and help others get ahead.” (Phil. 2:3) Since 2010 when I really started promoting my books, I started out with a perspective of doing unto others as I would have done to me. I don’t say this to pat myself on the back, but just to share part of my journey.

To me it made sense to help other authors get promotion because one day, maybe they’d help me when I needed it. I started my website and blog about 6 – 8 months before my second book came out. My first was published years ago and then I got sidetracked with life and did not writing anything new and slacked off majorly in the promotion department. So, while I was trying to build up my platform and gain followers—again, I hate saying this word because it goes against the grain of trying to live in humility!!—I figured no one wanted to hear about little ol’ me. That’s when the brainstorm came that if I promote other authors it would be a win-win situation. I’d get FREE content for my blog and they’d get FREE publicity.

It’s been wonderful because the situation worked out beautifully for all involved and I’ve made some good friends alone the way—many who have reciprocated with free publicity for me. I truly believe that two are better than one, because they have a good return for their labor: 10 If either of them falls down, one can help the other up. (Ecc. 4:9-10)

I believe it is possible to live in the limelight without becoming a glory hog—but you can only accomplish this with God’s daily help. If you think you can remain humble in the limelight on your own terms, you’ll be mistaken and will take a hard fall.

Wouldn’t you rather trust God to open up doors of opportunity for you that are exceedingly abundantly above all that [you] ask or imagine according to the power [Christ] that works in [you] (Eph. 3:20)? Isn’t it better to walk in step with God’s perfect timing and specific plan for your life? Don’t you think a God promotion is so much better than a God demotion? Can you imagine living under the umbrella of God’s unfailing favor and grace every day?

I’d love to know your thoughts on this subject and how you’ve dealt with it…


 
 
The most important task for a writer is to keep writing books. Sounds simple but most often is not so cut and dry. Life gets in the way—you have to continually work on marketing your previous books and branding your name, among other daily tasks. How do you keep the creative juices flowing? Write every day. 

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“It is by sitting down to write every morning that one becomes a writer. Those who do not do this remain amateur.” (Gerald Brenan)

“I write when I’m inspired and I see to it that I’m inspired at 9 o’clock every morning.” (Peter DeVries)

Now, for the record, I slack off many days and don’t always keep up with my newest WIP. As I mentioned, daily tasks, the day job, family and other things continually vie for my attention. It takes discipline to flex the writing muscle each day so let’s talk about some ways to make that happen.

  1. Set goals. There are three types of goals—immediate, short-term and long-term. Once you figure out exactly where you want to be, the journey towards getting there becomes a little bit easier.
  2. Make a decision. Decide to write each day—even if you only write in your journal, you need to flex your writing muscle every day. It’s how you grow as a writer and you don’t allow your skills to get stale.
  3. Be Flexible & prepared. Obviously, there will be days that you don’t accomplish each writing goal that you set out to finish. Be open to stretching those writing muscles so you don’t pull a muscle by too much rigidity in your mindset—not allowing for failure. Forgive yourself when you don’t reach your goals, but then get your but back in gear for a new start the next day.
  4. Deflect distractions. True, we won’t be able to rid ourselves of all distractions—unless of course, we decide to get stranded on a deserted island and write all day long…and even then, I think we’d find a way to distract ourselves! Set a specific time during the day where you can write and not be interrupted. If you write better in the morning, pick that time or in the evening etc., whatever works well for you.
  5. Welcome accountability. This is the one factor that we may not like—however, it will most likely help us the most in our quest to finish the next great novel. Find an accountability partner. Maybe it will be your spouse or best friend or fellow writing buddy. Whoever it is, you need to find someone that you trust to be patient with you, but also give you that push you may need to get back on track.
  6. Re-evaluate the plan. Don’t be afraid to reassess the situation—think of it as a necessary evil. Not many people like to get tested on performance, but if you truly want to succeed, you need to always be open to evaluating your progress. This process is hard for me, but I’ve learned to take a step back and assess the situation.
  7. Regroup & continue. Once you’ve assessed the situation and realized what’s working and what isn’t, take a breather and then get back to work. Just as with exercise, when you stop for a while, it’s more difficult to get into the routine again—but once you get back on track, you feel rejuvenating and energized with your progress. If you’re flexible and ready to work hard, you’ll figure out your own rhythm and what works best for you.
I need to remember to take my own advice and continue to flex the writing muscle each day. I’d love to hear your thoughts and what steps you’ve found helpful in your own writing career.


 
 
So you’re being interviewed by a reporter and he or she asks the question—why do you write? How do you answer that? Have you ever been asked that question or even asked it of yourself? If you haven’t dug down deep inside to find out your reasons for writing, maybe your best work is not pouring out onto the page yet. 

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“Being an author is not a profession it’s a condition.” (John Wain)

I’ve asked that question of myself a few years ago. I was reading The Power of a Praying Woman by Stormie Omartian and God spoke to me through that book. I felt very strongly that He asked me to lay down my passion for writing on His altar—if He gave me the go-ahead to continue with my writing career, I would have the green light. If not, well, then I’d be crushed, but would give up writing if that’s what He asked me to do—for Him. This may sound weird to some, but that’s what I felt in my spirit and that’s what I did. For almost a year, I gave up writing and spent hours and hours of quality time with the Lord—digging into the Bible and praying during my free time at work at lunch breaks and in the morning and evenings.

Obviously I can’t read the mind of God and understand specifically His reasoning behind the request to lay down my passion for writing—however, I grew tremendously in my spiritual life during that year and when I picked up writing again, my perspective changed and I had a new attitude toward why I was writing. No longer was I writing for myself or only because I loved to write and had to write. I started writing because I realized God gave me a gift to write and wanted me to tell stories that would glorify Him.

Writing takes work and discipline and effort in regard to getting it right and then marketing the work—yet, when your perspective is tuned into God’s view, and how He wants to speak through your words, all of the tedious aspects fade into the distance—leaving only the true joy of doing God’s will for your life. I’ve always wanted to be a writer, ever since I was in high school, but that day during my lunch break when God asked me if I loved Him more than my passion for writing—everything changed. My passion for writing is so STRONG, I can’t express it enough. Being asked to give that up forever…I mean, really, I wasn’t so sure I could do it, but my love for God was stronger.

The beauty of the entire situation was that just about one year later, God permitted me to take back my passion for writing and a new story was born and I quickly got to work. I’ve been happily working on my books ever since—truly knowing that I have God’s blessing to write. Whenever the doubt sets in that maybe I’m not good enough as a writer or should I be pursuing this career, I have this time in my life to fall back on. I can know beyond any shadow of doubt that God wants me to pursue writing books. That fact has been a great comfort to me in that last few years.   

I will not limit myself and put God in a box ~ His ways are not my ways.  He knows what He is doing and has a perfect plan for my life. No matter how things turn out, I will keep on writing books because that is my passion and I am so thankful for the opportunities I have been given. I want to do the best that I can with what I’ve been given and be a good steward of my talents.  God has a plan for your life, too ~ just trust in His Divine Providence to be your guiding light!

Just wanted to share the following:



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Why I Write, my Writer’s Declaration

I write because I can even though there will always be critics of my work, but I charge ahead brazenly, trying to freely express myself, my beliefs and my dreams in what I write.

I write because it feels like I’m not breathing if I don’t write.  It’s a part of who I am and the characters in my mind and their lives flow freely onto the page and I feel compelled to tell their stories. 

I write because I feel that I have something important to say and even if I didn’t think that anyone would ever read my work, I would still continue to write, for me.

I write because I have lived and have experiences and want to intertwine those pains and joys and emotional times into stories that can touch peoples’ lives and let them know that someone else out there has felt the same way. 

I write because I feel that God has given me a gift; I may not be the best writer in the world, but I want to be the best writer that I can be and glorify God in everything I write.

I write because it’s therapy when I’m going through something in my life and I can tell a story of someone who is struggling, but goes through the journey and comes out the other side a better person and I hope that someday that will also be me.

I write because I love to read and reading has always been a part of my life since I was a young child.  I want to create my own stories that encompass the imagination I have.

I write because I want to leave a legacy and hope that my work will, in some small way, make this world a better place and help readers see that God is the answer.

I write because there are some stories that just need to be told and I figure that somebody needs to tell them…

Why do you write?  Do you have your own Writer’s Declaration or writing journey you’d like to share?


 
 
Most writers have it at one point or another in their writing careers and if they tell you that they don’t, they’re probably lying. Nothing is wrong with writer’s block, as long as you don’t take up residence there. It is okay to visit, but you need to move on.

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I hate when I get writer’s block. It usually stays with me for a while and the longer I don’t write, the harder it is for me to get back into the writing groove. Now, I’ve heard some people say that there is no such thing as writer’s block; it’s just our own procrastination and we should stop being lazy and get past it. Well, for some people, writer’s block is real. 

Sometimes, I psyche myself out and think my writing is not good enough and then I hit a brick wall in my creativity and just can’t seem to pick up where I left off. It’s very easy to stay in that rut and ignore your need to write and continually wish that one day you’ll finish your manuscript or next project. It takes courage and strength to get out of that rut and take a leap of faith. 

There are gifted writers out there who can put pen to paper or fingers to keyboard and turn out A+ work with as little effort as possible. However, for most writers, that is not the case. Writing a great novel takes work, but if you have the desire, you need to work at it. Don’t let a fear of failure keep you stuck in the Valley of Writer’s Block and despair. 

I’m actually in a good place right now. I am working on my next WIP and am on a roll and loving it. I’m trying to get as much work done as possible, while the creative juices are flowing. One of the most important things you can do is to keep writing every day.  Even if you are not working on your WIP, you should blog every day or journal or write articles for posting online. Keep your mind and creativity flowing all the time. Don’t get frustrated if you get writer’s block. Instead, take some simple steps to try to motivate yourself out of the rut. 


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Listen to music. This usually works for me. I like to listen to instrumental music (like Kenny G) or other love songs when I’m working on my romance novels.  Listen to whatever motivates you while you’re at your PC or laptop. Stare at a blank screen for a while, but at least get moving and turn your computer on.  Even if you only write a few words or paragraphs, try to write something every day. When your creativity sparks, take advantage of that and write and write and write during those times, so you can get a lot of work done in between the dry spells. 

Take out a pad of paper and journal or type on your computer. Just free write about whatever comes to mind. You may surprise yourself with what happens. Maybe you’ll figure out the ending that you couldn’t decide on before or your characters will speak to you. As writers, (even though normal people may think we’re crazy), we know that our characters speak to us. Sit down with your character and let him or her tell the story through you. 

Don’t stare at the blank page or screen too long because that could discourage you.  Watch some TV or a movie or go outside for a walk. Hang out with friends. Do something to distract yourself for a little while, but don’t wait too long to get back to the writing process. You don’t want to get too comfortable in the Valley of Writer’s Block. 

Get connected with a writer’s group, local or online. Surround yourself with other writers who are doing what they love to do: writing! When you see the success they are having in completing writing projects that can spur you on to complete your own works.  Don’t give up! If writing is your dream, then make it happen, but remember it will take hard work and determination along with creativity and desire.  


How do you deal with writer's block?


 
 
I write because I can even though there will always be critics of my work, but I charge ahead brazenly, trying to freely express myself, my beliefs and my dreams in what I write.

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I write because it feels like I’m not breathing if I don’t write.  It’s a part of who I am and the characters in my mind and their lives flow freely onto the page and I feel compelled to tell their stories. 

I write because I feel that I have something important to say and even if I didn’t think that anyone would ever read my work, I would still continue to write, for me.

I write because I have lived and have experiences and want to intertwine those pains and joys and emotional times into stories that can touch peoples’ lives and let them know that someone else out there has felt the same way. 

I write because I feel that God has given me a gift; I may not be the best writer in the world, but I want to be the best writer that I can be and glorify God in everything I write.

I write because it’s therapy when I’m going through something in my life and I can tell a story of someone who is struggling, but goes through the journey and comes out the other side a better person and I hope that someday that will also be me.

I write because I love to read and reading has always been a part of my life since I was a young child.  I want to create my own stories that encompass the imagination I have.

I write because I want to leave a legacy and hope that my work will, in some small way, make this world a better place and help readers see that God is the answer.

I write because there are some stories that just need to be told and I figure that somebody needs to tell them, so why not me.

Why do you write?  Do you have your own Writer’s Declaration?


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All this week, for anyone who comments on my blog posts, you’ll be entered to win an eBook copy of my book, Mr. Shipley’s Governess…my way of celebrating Christmas with you and thanking you for staying in contact with my blog. I’m truly grateful for each and every reader who stays in touch through my blog and other social media outlets. 

Authors write for readers—at least, I know for sure that this author does. I enjoy hearing from you and hope you will continue to connect with me online in this New Year. I’m looking forward to sharing with you…many new authors and other’s you’ve already met…as they guest on The Mustard Seed. We’ll be hosting many contests and book giveaways, so stay tuned for more details. May 2012 be filled with overflowing blessings in your lives!  ick here to edit.

 
 
Staring at a mountain in your life can become pretty daunting.  If you are not careful, you’ll get discouraged and think you can never ever climb that mountain and then cross to the next valley.  That’s when; digging deep inside yourself to find the courage to continue to the valley of your dreams is the answer.  For me, faith is the first step to getting at the answer of how to traverse the mountain pass.  If I don’t have faith that God is watching out for me and has a plan, then I’m walking in my own strength. 

My mom used to always tell me that where there’s a will, there’s a way.  I truly believe she was right in drilling that into my mind and heart.  If I don’t have a desire to succeed and strive for success, how will I ever cross that mountain? 

However, willpower is not the only ingredient needed to trek through that mountain pass.  You need climbing gear and food and to basically be prepared for the unexpected.  In your writing life, you need the same thing.  Have you studied and learned your craft?  Are you keeping current on all the best marketing strategies?  What about your emotional needs for encouragement ~ have you linked up with other authors who can provide that encouragement to you? 

If you are prepared with your power pack and have the will power to succeed, your trek through the mountain won’t be easy, but you will make it to the valley of your dreams.  Even if you don't see results right away, keep going; because if you don't, you'll surely never see any results at all.

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I really want to encourage other authors to keep going to achieve their dreams, even when the going gets tough.  On Wednesdays on my blog, I’d like to share inspiring stories from other authors who have been successful and achieved success making it over the hurdles in their way. 

If you are an author who would like to share an encouraging story about your writing career, please contact me.  I would love to schedule you for a guest post on my blog.  Have a blessed day! 

 
 
The willing suspension of disbelief was first utilized by the English poet, Samuel Taylor Coleridge.  Basically, if a writer can impart a human element and an aspect of truth into the story, the reader will be drawn in and willingly suspend their disbelief and fully engage in the far-fetched tale. 

Isn’t that why we read fiction novels and short stories and go to see movies?  We want to be entertained and forget about our lives for the moment and transport to another world.  Of course, when you are writing, you always want to get the facts straight and keep those in order so that your readers believe your words.  However, when you write something fantastical or paranormal, you have more license with your story telling, provided you create a believable human element to your story. 

No matter what you write about, if you don’t have a compelling human element, your readers will not be drawn into the story and they won’t willingly suspend their disbelief and walk with you on the journey that could be great if your human element was great. 

One of my favorite aspects of writing a book is to create compelling characters.  I want them to captivate the readers from the moment they meet them and read the first description or first bit of dialogue.  I want my characters to be three-dimensional.  Even if you have the best plot, if your characters are not compelling, your story will fall flat and leave the reader wanting more. 

One-dimensional characters are only fillers and you usually will not have many of these.  They exist as a necessary means to move certain aspects of the plot forward.  For example, in my book, Mr. Shipley’s Governess, my protagonist walked to the post office to get the mail.  She met a woman outside and just said hello and also spoke to the Postman.  They were necessary one-dimensional characters, not heard of again in the rest of the novel. 

In most short stories, the characters are two-dimensional and readers do not see much personal growth because these characters are only supposed to move the plot line forward.  In the short story, the plot is the star, not the characters. 

In a novel, the characters take center stage and it is through them that the reader is drawn into the story and the characters drive the plot.  The human element must be real in a novel; otherwise, the readers will not connect with the characters and thus they will soon tire of the novel.  Three-dimensional characters must have a past, live in the present and look towards the future.  They must exhibit believable emotions, even if the story line is fantastical.  If the emotions are raw and real, the reader will truly bond with the characters and become totally engrossed in the story. 

Especially when writing a romance novel, the writer should focus on the two main protagonists, the romantic interests.  Other characters will be secondary; although, contrary to the short story, these two-dimensional characters will have to be fleshed out to some degree to make them work well in the novel.  If you are writing a mystery novel, you will still have only a few (one to three) main characters, but you also need to focus in on making certain your secondary characters have some depth.  However, never rob your protagonists of the center stage.  They are the ones that your readers will focus most attention on and rightly so. 

Keep your facts straight and you’ll get points with your readers.  Take time to edit your work so that grammar mistakes and misspellings do not distract your readers.  Create a gripping plot that will keep your readers turning the pages.  However, most of all keep the human element as the highest priority and create compelling characters that your readers will relate to and come to call friends. 

 
 
Everyone has a unique life situation, but as authors, we all have one main goal in mind ~ to keep writing and selling our books. 

Maybe you are a full-time author and have 6 + hours a day to write and market your books.  Not every author is blessed with that much time in their day to devote to their passion of writing.  You might have a full-time job and can only allocate a small portion of your day to writing.  I remember when I was working full-time, I could only work on my books during my lunch hour and then later on in the evening when I came home; however, after I got married, I had to cook dinner and clean up and spend time with my hubby and by the time that was all done, I didn’t have much energy to write. 

Now, I’m a freelance writer and I work from home, so I have more time to write.  Others are stay at home moms and their children are their first priority and they need to find time in between taking care of the little ones and other household duties, to write.  Some of you are also moms and you work a full-time job.  Your schedule is just as busy and sometimes it could be difficult to find time to write.

So how do we, as authors, come to a specific plan for our own situations that enables us all to be the prolific authors we hope to be?

1.      Take a good look at your own unique situation and figure out the best time management plan to keep writing and marketing your books.

2.      Look at what other authors are doing, but don’t get overwhelmed if you can’t produce as much work as they are doing.  Every situation is different.

3.      Set goals for yourself ~ immediate, short-term and long-term and write them down; then get an accountability partner (family, friend or fellow writer) to help keep you accountable.

4.      Find a balance between your marketing time and your actual writing time.  It’s a great thing to market your own work, but if you spend too much time marketing and not enough time writing more books; soon you won’t have anything left to market.

5.      Keep reading ~ find authors that you really like and admire their work and read their latest books.  This will allow you to always hone your writing craft and you’ll also get a needed break from the creative processes.

6.      Throughout this process, there will be times when you will need to force yourself to sit down at your computer and write.  You may not be inspired, but you must write ~ keep writing and the inspiration will come.

7.      Discipline yourself in each of these steps and never give up.  If your passion is to write, then you need to write every day.  Success will follow if you persevere and don’t get out when the kitchen gets too hot and adversity comes.  Take all the criticism and rejection letters and bad reviews and know that if you keep going, soon the good reviews and awesome opportunities will come your way!
 
 
What inspires you to write?  For me, I feel compelled to write and if I am not writing or working on another WIP, something is missing from my life. 

My main inspiration to write is that I want to share my faith.  I figure that since I love to write and I’m getting better at it every day,  ;-), then I might as well use that as a vehicle to share my faith and write stories that touch people’s lives.  My publisher was recently interviewed and was asked about any upcoming releases she was especially excited about.  She commented back, “Our first Inspirational Romance is coming out November 9th, Mr. Shipley’s Governess by Joanne Troppello.  I think it’s going to be well received and will touch the hearts of many.”  http://writersauthorsbooksandmore.wordpress.com/2010/10/29/say-hello-to-j-m-smith-owner-of-the-wild-horse-press/     [10/29/10]

When I read that interview, her words made me smile because that’s exactly what I want my books to do ~ to touch the hearts of many.  I really hope that people reading my books will connect with the characters and their journeys of faith. 

Sometimes I don’t always feel very inspired to sit down and write, but I have to make myself sit down and write.  Usually I’ll be staring at the computer screen for a few minutes, but then I decide to listen to some music to try to inspire myself.  Listening to music, especially romantic instrumental music like Kenny G or Jim Brickman, usually helps me get into the swing of things and inspired to get back to my characters.  The other day I was working on a chapter in my current WIP and I had some notations of where I thought the plot line was going, but as I started writing that section, the character told me where he was going next.  I know that sounds goofy, but it’s true.  Other authors, I’m sure, will be able to understand where I’m coming from.

So where do you find your inspiration?  Does music inspire you?  Are you inspired by a person ~ or by God?  Please feel free to comment…
 
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