This Writer’s Journey . . .

Writing is a journey, one I truly love and enjoy, but it can sometimes feel rather lonely. Hour after hour, alone, at the computer, pouring your heart and soul into each word. But I’ve learned I’m not alone. In fact, I’ve been blessed to be in contact with some amazing people, both writers and non-writers.

I want to share a bit of that with you. Each week I’ll be spotlighting someone I’ve come in contact with during my journey. Thanks for stepping along side of me—all of you—during this exciting time!

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Michele Trent, she’s a friend of the non-writing persuasion. My best friend to be exact.

When you see me mention going running with my friend on Facebook or Twitter updates, that’s her. In fact, this past November, we ran the Aflac Iron Girl race. Yep, that’s us wearing our finisher medals!

I figured it was only appropriate to spotlight her here since it’s her fault I’m on this writing journey to begin with.

Yep. You read right. It’s all her fault.

She was the instigator who said, “Well, just take the next step,” when I asked her what I should do with the first novel I’d ever written.

Bless her heart, she read that novel, too. *ducks head in shame *

She’s my biggest cheerleader and bestest friend. Thanks, Michele. You’re such a blessing to me.

This Writer’s Journey. . .

Writing is a journey, one I truly love and enjoy, but it can sometimes feel rather lonely. Hour after hour, alone, at the computer, pouring your heart and soul into each word. But I’ve learned I’m not alone, in fact, I’ve been blessed to be in contact with some amazing people, both writers and non-writers.

I want to share a bit of that with you. Each week I’ll be spotlighting someone I’ve come in contact with during my journey. Thanks for stepping along side of me—all of you—during this exciting time!

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Nicole Baart

As you might know from reading this blog, or the various interviews I’ve done, my writing journey officially started in May of 2008 after the wonderful words of advice from my BFF, Michele, “Take the next step.”

I had an 87,000-word novel and no clue what to do next. My sweet mother-in-law, Lynn, told me about Nicole Baart. She was an author who lived near my mother-in-law (Iowa) and was published by Tyndale.

Lynn said, “Drop her an email. Ask her what you should do next.”

So, I did. I figured, “What do I have to lose, right? I’m just taking the next step, right?”

Nicole took the time out of her busy schedule to send me a personal email of encouragement! In that email, she referred me to a group called American Christian Fiction Writers.

I joined in May, and found my first critique group, and really started writing. . .More on that to come, so stay tuned.

Thank you, Nicole. You don’t know how you helped jump start my journey.

Musical Monday–Week of Hope

It’s a Week of Hope on the Light of Truth blog.

You might ask why. I’ll share more details on that later, but long story short, I lost a high school friend this past week because he’d lost all hope.

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I’m here to tell you, there is always hope.

No matter what.

There are many songs out there about hope, but for now, here’s mine.

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Our Hope Endures, by Natalie Grant.

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So, what’s  your favorite song that inspires hope?