Renee Blare, http://reneeblare.blogspot.com/ invited me to join her Global Blog Hop.
Welcome to all who’ve been directed from her writing world to mine!
Here are the blog questions and answers:
Coming Attractions! Miracles, to be exact. Seriously, I do have a book coming out soon. The book was suggested to me by Bruce Wilkinson at a conference. That’s a photo of us above. Be The Miracle – a 31-day personal challenge devotional is tentatively scheduled for early February. I’ll be sure to let you all know as soon as I have a launch date.
With the many changes in the publishing world, writers are responsible for a huge portion of the footwork to advertise and promote their own material. Consequently I’m currently preparing marketing and promotion for Be The Miracle, while working on another devotional about Selfies!
How does my work differ from others of its genre?
As my daughter’s have often said – because I am me! Rather than compare or compete with others, I can only be myself. It can be intimidating when you research a topic to see the varied ways a similar title or issue is handled. You might wonder why do I feel called to write on that – there are 6 other books out there on that topic already. But haven’t you faced that dilemma when looking for a book – not the one of ‘only’ finding one book on the topic – but which version best suits you or the reader to whom you want to gift with the book. We all write with our heart and voice, developed from years of personal experiences of our own and of generations gone before us. I have always loved stories, and been a storyteller, so my work will differ from someone who is more analytical. Though you might find cold hard facts and statistics in my work, they will be in story form.
Why do I write/create what I do?
Two reasons – to share with others the joy of knowing God and of working within the
gift He has given me. (Well that’s one compound reason.) The other reason is because it is something I cannot stop doing – it is like breathing! I am a Writing Junkie!
Whether I am driving, walking, watching an event or a show, visiting, or reading someone else’s writing, I am always noticing people and details and wondering what is the story behind this or what could be the rest of that story. I was once at a party and curious about one woman’s trip to China. Another friend leaned in and teasingly warned that I was secretly interviewing her and her story might soon appear in print!
How does my writing/creating process work?
I carry notepads and pens and have them around the house and in the car. Ideas are everywhere and as Ecclesiastes said, there is nothing new under the sun, so whatever I see or think, it is likely someone else has experienced. Half the fun is finding those people and interviewing them.
Goals are for the big rocks – topics, research, starter and ending, but other than that, I am pretty much what some refer to as a Pantster – someone who sits down and writes – they don’t make an elaborate outline, but just let it evolve.
I write way beyond what I need and then edit, edit, edit to the required size. Often parts of what I edit will start a new blog, article or story.
Thanks for visiting and do leave your blog links so we can come visit you too!
Writers: Let me know if you would like to join the Global Blog Hop. I’d be pleased to add a link and send some new friends your direction too! Thank you to Renee for the invitation.