Mental Health

Mental health. Everyone has it. Somehow that message from Deac. Heidi Goehmann struck me as really chock-full of perspective! And, yes, while it’s a message for everyone, I think it’s a message specifically for writers, too.

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Amazon Affiliates

Maybe it’s because I’m home with my young children, but I often think in terms of “becoming a responsible adult.” So, after reading a blog post about the need for bloggers to make proper disclosure, I though, “Shoot! Become a responsible adult!” I tweaked my website a bit and hopefully now I’m better up to snuff. Anyway, Amazon Affiliates. I do it. It’s free. It’s awesome. If you put yourself out there promoting your books, especially if you have your own website, there’s no reason not to do it.

 

 

 

 

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Lutheran Workshop Review

Today we have a guest post from Pam Springer. It’s a Lutheran workshop review about her experience with the Lutheran writing workshop, Faith and Writing, held at Concordia Seminary. Thanks again Pam for letting us in on a little that happens! Maybe next year more of us can attend!

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My first “novel”

I hereby embrace my inner weirdo. I just found notes I wrote for my first “novel” when I was a kid. (Yep, in a box of papers spilling out in my mother’s garage: making an entrance.) Here is it for your amusement! Unabridged and, so help me, unedited. Except for the girl’s name. That I’ll spell consistently and correctly!

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Goals and Expectations

I have a good assortment of posts for this week already! Woo hoo! Today’s post is about the distinction between goals and expectations. It really hit the spot for me when I read it.

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Preacher of the Cross

 As I wrap up my reading for the CPH summer reading program, I thought, “What two slim books can wrap this up for me?” (Time’s getting a little tight.) I immediately thought about Rev. John T Pless and his latest release, Martin Luther, Preacher of the Cross: A Study of Luther’s Pastoral Theology.

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Beggars

Today I’m linking to an article that shows a great deal of perspective. And, isn’t perspective part of what writers crave? The insight and context of what’s around—and within—us? In particular, this post addresses Luther’s famous last phrase about beggars.

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Unexpected genre

I like dreaming big. And, whenever I’ve thought about getting into fiction, I’ve known what genre I wanted to write. Precisely. I mean, I have a narrow vision that captures me pretty spookily. Except. It seems like the cosmos have conspired against that for the time being. Now I’m thinking about trying a genre I’d always respected but personally sworn off. Am I crazy? I think I may go for it. I mean, 🙂 I’d sure tell you to go for it, if something grabbed your attention for a spell, planned or otherwise!

Still, what do you think? Should I start my first attempt at a novel in a new-to-me genre? Should I type up previous notes instead? Should I outline or just write away?

I’m excited thinking about writing regularly again. Making a good, old-fashioned go of it! Sure, I’ll have days of despair and knocking my head against my desk, but, well, I’d have those days anyway! 😉

I’ve been editing for a spell. Imagine a great big whoosh as I sigh in relief that I’m thinking elsewhere now.

Happy writing!

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Scrivener and Story Structure

I’m taking this week a little easy, so here’s another linked article. Enjoy! I hope to post another review in another day or two.

 

Free Scrivener Template: How to Structure Your Story

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The Gap in Creative Work

I’ll admit it. This week I’ll be posting several articles recommended on the Writing (LCMS) Lutherans Facebook group by Lisa Stapp. (You don’t need to be LCMS to join. It’s just a place for writers with that type of general perspective/persuasion/worldview/theology.) Check out the group, if you’d like. Today’s article is titled, The Gap: What Stops Most People from Doing Creative Work.” It encouraged me so I hope it will encourage you, too. 🙂

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