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In Others’ Words: When Intelligence has Fun

In Others’ Words: When Intelligence has Fun

As a writer, I sometimes focus on the work of it all. Writing the story synopsis. Developing the characters. Putting the fast draft down on the page, scene by scene. And then rewrite. Rewrite. Rewrite. Somewhere along the way from synopsis to rewrite-rewrite-rewrite, I forget that, at the beginning, I fell in love with the story and the characters. I stop having fun and get enmeshed in the work.  ... Read More »

In Others’ Words: Leap of Faith

In Others’ Words: Leap of Faith

“Mom! Don’t take his picture!” I was walking around Breckenridge, CO with my husband and 16-year-old daughter. I had one camera and my daughter had another as we captured images of the town. But my daughter whispered “Don’t!” when I stopped to photograph the painter standing near a bridge, intent on the hanging basket of multicolored flowers. How could I not tak... Read More »

In Others’ Words: How Gratitude Shapes the Heart

In Others’ Words: How Gratitude Shapes the Heart

I’m counting my blessings tonight. And because I just spent 4 days in Nashville at the 2016 American Christian Fiction Writers (ACFW) Conference, those blessings have names like Rachel and Susie and Cathy and Kristy and Roxanne and Alena and Lisa  and Dee … and oh, the list goes on. My heart overflows with gratitude because I spent time with my people — other “creatives,... Read More »

In Others’ Word: They Like Me, They Like Me Not

In Others’ Word: They Like Me, They Like Me Not

  There’s a lot of truth packed into today’s quote. Some people are going to like you. Some people aren’t. It’s as simple … and as challenging … as that. Another way to put it? You can’t please everybody.  But, oh, don’t we try sometimes? You know what finally convinced me that some people will like me and some people won’t? Publishing a b... Read More »

In Others’ Words: If You’re Happy and You Know It …

In Others’ Words: If You’re Happy and You Know It …

There is a time and a place to be dignified. But there are so many more times and places to be happy.   Early in my novel writing journey, I met a wonderful group of women at a My Book Therapy writing retreat. We became friends, dubbing ourselves the MBT Ponderers — after author Susan May Warren warned us not to use the word “ponder.” Not that we were boundary-pushers. No. Not us... Read More »

In Others’ Words: Lose the Fear

In Others’ Words: Lose the Fear

The word “wrong” can stop us in our tracks, can’t it? String “wrong” together with the words “You are” or “You could be” — and well, that forms a major roadblock to forward motion … and to creativity. In our pursuit of creativity, we are going to get it wrong. We’ll find ourselves staring at a dead end … or discover that... Read More »

In Others’ Words: Worth the Dreaming

    “Never give up on a dream just because of the time it will take to accomplish it. The time will pass anyway.” Earl Nightingale (1921-1989), American motivational speaker and author I hang around writers. We’re dreaming all the time. Dreaming up imaginary characters — and how to mess up their imaginary lives so that we can create an imaginary happily ever after... Read More »