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…

When Going Home Hurts

Last summer, I lived in a different city for an internship. On a short weekend home, when I didn’t have anything to do and my friends seemed to be busy, I was scrolling through various social media accounts. I came across a video of my friends hanging out at a pool. The video was no…

Yes, that Compliment was Meant for You

I recently received an email from my New Testament professor suggesting that I consider a Bible minor because, based on my work for that class, it seems I have a knack for it. When I first got the email my thoughts immediately went to, “Did he mean to send that to me? Maybe he got…

NaNoWriMo: Tips For Completing Your First Draft

I tried National Novel Writing Month for the first time last year by suggestion of one of my best friends. It was summer and I was getting ready to head off to university for the first time, so naturally, the idea sounded crazy. Write 1,667 words every day, finish the month with 50,000 words, AND…

Carrots and Mayonnaise

“Never in my life did I think I would spread mayonnaise with a carrot!” my young friend exclaimed. We were on the road for at least an hour before I remembered that we brought stuff to make sandwiches but nothing to spread the condiments. On Friday, July 15th, my four friends and I loaded up…