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!


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.

14 thoughts on “This Writer’s Journey. . .

  1. I have been wanting to have a mentor or a critique partner, but I haven’t known how to go about it. I’m a member of ACFW and I haven’t been brave enough about my writing to get involved. Could you tell me who to contact at ACFW about this matter or any other groups or people who do this kind of coaching? I’m really in need! Thank you for your help in advance and I’d love to hear from any of you. I’m a good fan friend of Michelle Sutton and Julie Lessman if you need to know anything about me. Other authors also if you need any further info.

    Barb Shelton
    barbjan10 at tx dot rr dot com

    1. HI, Barb. I’m not sure who the list moderators are for the ACFW loop. But I think if you go to the main ACFW website there is information for the critique groups and how to enter otherwise, you can send an email to the main loop, asking. It’s so scary the first time, but totally worth it. I Think that’s your best place to start about that.

      If I remember correctly (since I’m no longer in ACFW), they have monthly training on how to work in the crit groups. IT’ll be there that you’ll find someone you match up with. ACFW is one of the most supportive groups of people out there. . . I know you’ll find a group there!! I’m excited for you to take that next step, like I did.

      You can do it!! 🙂

  2. Way cool! We always remember that one who helped us kick-start that which blossoms into something fruitful and beautiful. As a beneficiary of your journey, I too am thankful for Nicole! Happy Friday!

  3. What a beautiful picture, Nichole. ACFW was the first wrtier group meeting I attended. I met Belinda Peterson there. My first ever writing friend. She was so amazing and kind. She invited me to a RWA meeting and practicaly held my hand the entire way there. She is an inspiration to me. I can’t wait to find out who else inspired your journey. What an exciting idea to blog about.

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