This Writer’s Journey–Lynda Hilburn

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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Lynda Hilburn

I met Lynda a while back through an RWA group. She happened to be looking for a critique partner and I liked the premise of her work. Plus, I figured, I have a psych degree so maybe that could help since the character is into that.

I mean, she writes Vampires, how could I not be interested, right? But hers are very different than the ones I write about in ,my Violet Night Trilogy, but still.  *wink*

When I was at the Romantic Times Readers Convention back in April, I got the chance to sit down at talk with Lynda. She’s as nice in person as she is online!

I’m super glad Lynda has stepped along side of me on my writing journey!

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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I met Kendall Grey through the Fantasy, Futuristic & Paranormal chapter of RWA. There’s this critique group called The Mud Puddle. A bunch of us writers hang out there and critique each others work.

I had posted some of my pages to be reviewed and Kendall grabbed hold of it. Let me tell ya, I sure learned a lot from her. She’s an awesome writer. Her critiques are balanced with brutal honesty, sprinkles of humor, and great suggestions for improving the craft.

EXACTLY what I look for in a crit partner!

What I love most is her personality and zest for life. She’s wicked funny and loves her family. I’m so glad to know her.

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Previous weeks on This Writer’s Journey . . .Nicole BaartColeen CobleDiana SharplesMichelle SuttonChristian Miles

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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I met Michelle Sutton back in September 2008. I was attending an ACFW chapter meeting and she was the guest speaker. Social Media was the topic. She has a busy blog—er—a busy FEW blogs and was active on Facebook and Twitter.

She was funny, knowledgeable, and really engaging. I absorbed every word she said. It was then that I jumped in—feet first—with the blogging, Facebook, and Twitter.

What I remember most is how encouraging she was. Patient, too, because I had more than a couple questions to ask since I was such a newbie.

It’s been fun to watch her as her career has begun to take off. She’s written tons of books and it seems like she’s got a new one coming out every time I turn around. LOL. I’m glad our paths crossed. Thanks for your support, Michelle.

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Previous weeks: Nicole Bart, Coleen Coble, Diana Sharples

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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Previous Weeks: Nicole BaartColeen Coble.

Today we have Diana Sharples.

Remember when I’d mentioned I joined ACFW and jumped into a critique group? Well, Diana Sharples got to be the first writer to read my work.

Poor girl.

I look back now and shake my head wondering how she made it through that dribble. While reading my first chapters, she had to be thinking, “Oh my, this girl is clueless.”

Yeah, well, I was. Heck, I didn’t even know what Point of View (POV) meant let alone how to do it.

But you know what I’m most thankful for? That she took the time to read my work and make all the comments she did. It was the best critique I could have ever asked for.

Goodness that girl knows the craft!

Anyway, she was so supportive in her suggestions and feedback. But the fact that she stepped up to the plate and told the truth is what I respect.

I won’t lie. It stung. I’m not a cyborg, impervious to pain, but her words spurred me on. I could have chosen to walk away thinking, “Oh, this is too big. I’m not supposed to be a writer. I can’t do this.”

But I didn’t.

I still have that crit to this day. I’ll never trash it, because it shows me where I’ve come from. And I’ve come a long way. I get better and better with each novel, and I’ve always kept Diana’s first critique in the back of my mind. When I help new writers, I often share my experience with them to let them know they, too, can move forward. Just need to be open to feedback and suggestions—well, and learning more about the craft!

I thank Diana for her honesty and her wisdom. She’s so smart and talented. I’m happy our paths crossed.