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.

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