Hindsight: What I Now See

I discovered this post in my drafts, where it had lingered for three years. It helped me remember the creativity and goodness in God’s plans, so I’m sharing it in the hope that it will encourage someone else. I recently caught a view that took my breath away. It was on a hike (I stillContinue reading “Hindsight: What I Now See”

Serving vs. Selling

So many thoughts rummaging around in my head these days, but one that has emerged in some state of cohesiveness to ponder with you all is about marketing. And yet it also isn’t. Let me explain. I was reading a fantastic article about marketing by author and writing coach K.M. Weiland recently. (Or, more accurately, IContinue reading “Serving vs. Selling”

One More Day – A Poem

“Heart, where are you?” I said. But my voice came back hollow. “Surely you’re not dead… Don’t go where I can’t follow. “Dawn can’t stay always away, So turn your face to the sky. Hope can’t stay forever at bay, Awake; lift your head high.” Only silence from the depth, Just as still as before.Continue reading “One More Day – A Poem”

The Jonah Within

There are few Bible personalities I really connect with. You know: Ruth was so good, and Esther was fearless and beautiful, and Mary was amazing. Paul is hard for me to get my head around, and the disciples, well, they were interesting and funny, but relatable? Well, maybe not so much. But start talking about Jonah, andContinue reading “The Jonah Within”

Embracing the Struggle

You know when you hear a morsel of truth and all you can do is slap the nearest desk and say, “Yes! YES!”? That recently happened to me when I ran across this quote by Madeleine L’Engle: “Those who believe they believe in God, but without passion in the heart, without anguish of mind, withoutContinue reading “Embracing the Struggle”

The Writer as an Editor

Love it or hate it, editing is an important part of every writer’s role. If you’re like me, 75% of time spent on a manuscript will be refining, be it through rewrites, edits, proofreading, or tweaking after feedback. Today at When Readers Write, I’m blogging about The Writer as an Editor. In my post, I shareContinue reading “The Writer as an Editor”

Hard Decisions

Today, I declined an offer I’ve always dreamed of accepting. Two months ago, when I received the email with the writing-related offer, I was flattered and excited, but for various reasons, it was not possible for me to immediately accept. There was a difficult decision before me. It was as if I’d been walking along the writer’sContinue reading “Hard Decisions”

When the Words Won’t Come

One of my favorite quotes from Einstein was the speech he gave at a college banquet: “I have nothing to say.” All too often, writers are expected to have much to communicate. To be able to churn out something epic on demand. But all too often, the words aren’t there, often when we need themContinue reading “When the Words Won’t Come”

One Part Calling, Another Part Compulsion

Not long ago, someone asked why I chose to pursue writing. Responses for how, when, and where came to mind, but why was more elusive. After a moment’s consideration, the only way I could describe it was: “It was one part calling, another part compulsion.” Eric Liddell, portrayed in the film Chariots of Fire, said, “I believeContinue reading “One Part Calling, Another Part Compulsion”