The Fatal Flaw

While at the Speak Conference a couple weeks ago, I had the opportunity to talk to several people about the various books I’m working on and have in mind. During one of my conversations, it was pointed out to me that my novel I’ve been editing this summer has what I’m now calling “the fatal…

Speak Up 2017 Changed My Life

Let me just start off by saying, if you’re a writer (or speaker) Speak Up is a must! My first night at the conference, I sat down with a group of women who were ready to critique my writing. Taking in a deep breath, I handed over the first page of my precious novel for…

Magnificent

Magnificent. The word is not powerful enough to describe God. No words can describe God. No scene, setting, picture, art—nothing, absolutely nothing, can describe God and His greatness. We cannot comprehend it—God’s love, glory, beauty. It is beyond what our human minds can handle. On the way home from vacation with my family, my mom…

How You Get There

Several years ago, my brother and I got into a conversation about what kind of cars we wanted in the future. He carried on about the specifics (all over my head) and talked about how great he would feel in his dream car. “I just want something that will get me safely from point A…

When You Feel Stuck: Revising a Novel

I’ve reached the point in revising my novel where I’m overwhelmed and again feeling that the task is impossible. What brought me to this point, you ask? Chapter One. Going back over my first chapter, I realized I had a ton of information that wasn’t needed right away. But how could I jump right into…

Revising Individual Scenes

As many of you know, I am in the process of revising my first novel. This week, I finally made it to the point where I’m revising scenes. I’m just now getting to this because I wanted to make sure I had the general structure of my novel down before I started, this way, I…

Making a Revision Outline

This week, I’ve been working on making an outline for revising my novel. This is to help me stay organized and focused on the most important scenes as I write my next draft. Here’s how I decided what scenes were important: As I mentioned in my previous post on writing, I’ve made an index card…

Why We Don’t Need Answers

I was driving home after visiting my parents for the holiday weekend when I started praying about some things I haven’t been able to get my mind off lately. I didn’t know what to pray, so I just told God how I feel which led to questions as to what He’s doing in a couple…

Where to Begin—Revising a Novel

  This summer, I set a goal to edit the first novel I wrote. Technically, I’m working from a second draft (first written in seventh grade), but it feels like a first draft because it’s so terrible! As I look through my chapters, I am beginning to feel like I’m in over my head. Other…

God Hasn’t Forgotten You

You can plan out your life all you want, but God can do anything at any moment to change your plans—and it will turn out better than you imagined. I can’t say this weekend started off well. I’ve been struggling with feeling homesick for the first time since I moved out a year and a…

Passion 2017: “Do You Want To Hear What I Have To Say?”

Passion 2017 was an exciting experience for me on many levels, but the one thing I looked forward to the most was getting to see Beth Moore speak live. For those of you who don’t know, Beth Moore’s Bible studies were my main inspiration when I first decided that I myself want to write Bible…

Passion 2017: The Most Important Thing I Learned

Exactly a week ago at this time I was preparing to attend the final day of Passion 2017. Passion is a conference for 18-25 year olds that takes place near the first of the year. Big name speakers and bands set out to encourage our generation and to make Jesus known. We are there for…