Tuesday, October 27, 2015

It's Too Late to Wait

I recently met a woman with a story to tell. She found out I'm a writer and began to tell me her story, in a nutshell, and said she'd like to write a book about her story one day. Her story is interesting and intriguing.

I asked, "Why not now?"

She said she was going to wait till her children were out of college and didn't need her so much. Then I dropped a bombshell on her. I said, "It's too late to wait, you've already started," and when she looked at me in surprise, I explained that the thinking process of any book, article or blog post is part of the writing process.

Yes, it's too late to wait; you've already started if you are so much as thinking about writing a book.

Write often.
Write well.
Just write.

Wednesday, October 21, 2015

Why You Need an Editor

You need an editor, even for the smallest communications going out to the public. Whether you are advertising eye exams or cavity protection, a unique product or a much-needed service, your advertising needs editing.

Take this picture for example:

Had this company had an editor, it's highly unlikely they would have spent the money on a poster such as this. Do you see the problem?

Editors find these problems and fix them before they go to print.
Don't be caught without an editor.
You may end up offering services you cannot and don't want to fulfill.

Thursday, October 15, 2015

Thank You, Professor

I started writing early in life. As a child, I wrote long, elaborate stories while sitting in a hollow tree down by the creek and it was an absolute escape for me. But, it never occurred to me to share that writing with anyone else. I did writing assignments in school with gusto and always got good grades on them, but it still didn't occur to me to write something that anyone else would want to read. My teachers had assigned the writing, so it was their demand I wrote for. I didn't write anything for anyone other than my teachers and myself to read.

Then I got to college and a professor at Summit University (then Baptist Bible College of PA), Glenn Crabb, changed my life. I wrote a paper for his class and I not only got an A on the paper, he wrote a note in red at the top. He simply said, "Reading your writing is just like talking to you. You should write."

I was not used to receiving compliments. His words astounded me, but it took years before I had the nerve to actually submit something I wrote for publication. Finally, I did. I wrote an article called The Oh No Baby! and Regular Baptist Press published it. They have since published many more of my writings, either in their adult take home papers or their magazine, The Baptist Bulletin.

I went on to write about my Victory Over Violence in overcoming the violence I grew up in, as well as a guide for preventing child abuse and several others, including a book on writing based on the courses I taught which helped launch Amanda Hocking's incredible writing success journey.

I love writing. I am a writer.
Getting paid for things I write is absolutely remarkable to me.

Thank you, Mr. Crabb.


Wednesday, October 7, 2015

How Many Blogs do You Need?

I blog.

I blog about essential oils.

I blog about creativity and photography.

I blog about theology and what the Bible says about life and current events.

I blog about homemaking, getting and staying organized, and show how I organize things.

I blog about cooking (although not very often). 

This morning, my husband called from work, as he usually does, and as we were talking I said, in a rather apologetic way, that I'd started yet another blog, my 6th (My Oily Pursuits). Instead of saying something like "Another?" he said, "Of course! You're a writer!" Total encouragement.

Do you blog? Do you have more than one blog?  I think every writer needs to have a blog and even more than one. Some writers have different pages on one blog. I do that, too, but still have six different blogs. Every writer has to do what works for them, organizing their blog(s) to suit themselves. Having different blogs works for me. What works for you?

In total, I have six different blogs, including this one where I blog about writing. 

Happy Blogging!