Everyone has a story. And, we are connected to one another’s story.
Sometimes our paths physically criss-cross; other times similar experiences draw us together. We have much to learn from one another’s story. Blogs offer one way to share these adventures. Their public voice creates a bridge between us and allows us access to one another that we would not otherwise have.
If you have a blog, let me know! I’d love to learn from you and your experiences.
Today I am participating in a blog hop about writing. Many thanks to Rita Snyder who invited me to join her. Please visit her blog, Exploring Life’s Adventures, to learn about her ongoing writing life!
1) What am I working on?
I primarily write faith-based articles, blogs, teachings, and courses. I try to post weekly on my blog as well as send a monthly newsletter on integrating faith and life. Sometimes life gets in the way and distracts my writing efforts. Oh well, it happens! I’m currently also in the midst of creating a new Christian discipleship website, Soul Motive. I’m working with web developers and editors to add articles and content. We are really close to launching the site. You can sign up for the monthly eZine in the right sidebar to get updates and encouragement along the way! After Soul Motive is launched, I look forward to returning to my Young Adult fantasy fiction novel. It’s about 1/3 complete. I need to get back to my characters, I’ve left them wandering in their mythical land.
2) How does my work differ from others of its genre?
The Soul Motive website will harness the assets of technology to host courses, worksheets, and other discipleship resources online. My hope is that the site will provide simple steps and practical inspiration for one’s spiritual journey in a format easily accessed 24-7. The writing is informal and approachable so as to create a safe place to ponder faith and to ask questions.
3) Why do I write what I do?
I write to create a space where people can experience God. That space could be a few moments of quite reflection from a devotional on my blog or a few hours with my prayer retreat workbook. Hopefully, there will also come the time when readers will experience God through the characters in my YA novel! I also love to learn and to teach. As I process life, I want to share my experiences along with all that the Lord places on my heart.
4) How does your writing process work?
I always have paper and pen nearby…next to my bed, in my purse, in the car. Everywhere. When ideas come to mind, I write them down immediately. I’ve been trying to reduce my stacks of sticky notes, napkins, and scrap paper by jotting notes to the online note collector, Evernote. I love this product and use it on my computer, tablet and phone.
I write everyday, but not at the same time everyday. My family, work, and life are not consistent enough for that! My goal each day is to have at least a two-hour block of time to put words on the page. Some days I manage more minutes, others less. But I am always close to a pen & paper to jot down the next inspiration or query or question to research!
May I introduce you to…
I would like to encourage you to continue your blog exploring with some of my blogging friends:
April Yamaski’s blog, On Faith & Writing, is about spiritual practice, writing, reading, faith and life. She describes, “If my blog were a verse of Scripture, it would be James 4:8: ‘Draw near to God, and God will draw near to you.’ If it were an old-time gospel song, it would be ‘Just a Closer Walk with Thee.’ If it were a prayer, it would be the Lord’s Prayer that embraces all of life and brings it to God.”
Dorothy Greco’s site, Words & Images, combines writing and photography. She notes “I have worked as a photographer, journalist, home-schooling mom, and pastor. A rather eclectic combination which actually reflects the diversity of my soul. Perhaps the common theme of all four “professions” is the desire to tell stories: mine and others.’
Judy ‘s blog, Connecting Dots to God, makes “connections between earth and heaven, between physical experience and metaphysical truth, and between ordinary people like you and me and an extraordinary God like none other.”
Still have some time? Check out these blogs of members of the Redbud Writers Guild. Be inspired!!