Don’t Limit God

As I reflect on this summer, I can see how important it is that I don’t limit God. Being human and more type A than I want to be, I love plans. I enjoy making plans, having plans, and following those plans to completion. What I don’t enjoy is when things come up and disrupt…

Finding Your Calling

When I was starting to think about college, I got to the point where I felt like I was standing in the middle of an intersection that split a million different ways. The options were endless, but all I wanted was to know what direction God wanted me to take. Not just the school, but…

Write What You’re Passionate About

The cursor on your blank computer screen blinks. It’s teasing you and you’re sure it’s doing it on purpose. You had an idea for this chapter days ago but found other things to do instead of writing it. Why? You have another novel idea in mind but you’re refusing to start something new for the…

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…