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Writing Wednesday: They Call it Community

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Hello everyone!

Today, we’re going to be looking at one of the crucial things that will help you as a writer: Community.

What is a community?

The dictionary defines community as  “an assemblage of interacting populations occupying a given area.”

For writers, it’s a place, online or local, where you meet up with other writers and encourage each other.

Why should writers be in a community?

As a writer, there are going to be days when you may be nervous about the writing industry, or whether you are a good writer. You need to lean on other writers as well to help you. From my experience, I have met some amazing writers who have been so encouraging for me with my stories, platform and simply when I’m not having a great day.

Where do I find a community?

There are tons of communities out there, especially on the internet.

I recommend starting on Goodreads, a book review site that also loads of groups for just about anything, including writing groups. Try and look for a group that:

A. Has your interests, e.g. Christian, Young Writer, Polls etc. You can do this by searching keywords.

B. That is active.

My top recommendation for a community on Goodreads is a group called Writing Buddies, which has a buddy system, mini competitions and just an amazing amount of support.

If you are a young writer, i.e. a writer under the age of 30, I strongly recommend The Young Writer, which not only has an awesome Facebook group, but they also have a Guidebook with tips from so many authors and publishers, a free four-part video series AND a Writer Score which assesses you as a writer in ten categories, e.g. Platform, Mentor, Strategy, Community 🙂 etc. You can take the Writer Score as many times as you wish.

If you are a teen writer, Go Teen Writers is a great community with a blog, Facebook group AND  a book for you bibliophiles.

Finally, if you are a young writer who is a Christian and wants a community and a chance to get published on a website, Kingdom Pen is for you.

Note: The last three websites are Christian based.

Remember, each writer is different and has different preferences, so don’t feel like you have to join a certain group. You do what time allows you to do.

How about you?

Are you in a community? If so, is it local or online?

What do you look for in a community?

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Posted in Fun

My birthday in 2018

Hello Everyone.

As you probably have guessed, today is my birthday.

So I thought that I’d journal some of the events that happened today.

It started on Friday when my little friends from Reception gave me a really sweet birthday card.

Then, on Sunday, the fun began.

I woke up to receive birthday messages from my friends at church, school and abroad.

I had wonderful gifts from my family, which were exactly what I needed as a writer: a good book by one of my favourite authors and a piece of technology.

We then went to church, where my youth worker gave me the birthday task of doing the reading, which is one of my favourite jobs at church. I wore my little badge and read. Then, as I went back to my seat, the minister asked if it was my birthday and, after I said yes, got a round of applause from the congregation and many birthday wishes after the service!

I was given these flowers from friend at church and a card from another.

When I got home, I did a lot of outlining for my novel. It snowed a little, but sadly, I didn’t have my camera to capture the beauty.

In the evening, I went to one of my favourite restaurants with my family, and ended up having someone from school as our waiter!

Overall, it was a wonderful birthday and a wonderful weekend.

How about you?

How was your weekend.

Posted in Author Interview

Allegiance Blog Tour- Author Q&A

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Hello everyone!
I am so honoured to be part of the Allegiance Blog Tour  by Sarah Addison-Fox.

Hi Sarah. When did you begin writing with the goal of becoming an author?

I started writing when I was 18, but never committed fully until January 2017, when I set myself the goal of finishing a first draft within the year. Before then, I spent the time studying, and reading as widely as possible.

What is Disowned about?

Disowned is the story of an unwanted slave girl. Disowned by her family, she’s desperately trying to find a place where she can be free to live a better life.

What inspired Disowned?

That’s a hard question (because I don’t plan anything in detail) but if I had to pick one thing, it would be learning how real slavery is and that it’s still a flourishing industry. I started with an opening scene two names, and a vague idea, then the story grew from there.

Why did you choose to write the story in the genre Fantasy, instead of Dystopian or perhaps Historical Fiction?

I’m not a huge reader of historical, or dystopian. Fantasy is a genre I’d never read much until last year, but once I discovered it, I was hooked! I love that I can make up my own worlds and I don’t need to worry about getting things wrong. Historical fiction needs to be dealt with carefully. These are real events that involved real people and I would be terrified to unintentionally offend someone.

Who is the book for?

I wrote the book for Young Adults, who enjoy a good adventure with a touch of romance but it’s been enjoyed by a pretty wide ranging group so far. Because of the issues involved, which are not pleasant, I’d never recommend Disowned for anyone under the age of 15, or recommend Disowned to anyone who is offended by unpleasant topics such as slavery, and war.

 What do you want readers to get out of your books?

I’d love for them to connect with the characters enough to want to see where Celeste’s journey takes her and to have fun reading something a little different from usual fantasy! I’d love people to come away thinking about why slavery is still a ginormous problem in much of the world. And why do we tolerate it?

 Have you written any other books, and where can we find all of your writings?

I’ve completed the Allegiance series, the second to be published in February, (now available to pre-order) with the intention of publishing each of the four books every three months. I’ve also written a completely different series which I’ll publish after the Allegiance series is done. I’m halfway through writing another series too. Disowned and Dissemble are available via Amazon.


 Apart from writing, what else do you enjoy doing?

I love watching action adventure movies with my husband, eating good food and reading action packed Christian fantasy. I’m a total homebody, so I’m happiest just relaxing with my family.

Where can we connect with you?

Instagram:   sarahaddisonfox/
Facebook:  sarahaddisonfoxfantasyauthor/
Twitter: @Saddisonfox
Goodreads: Sarah Addison-Fox

And finally, What tips do you have for young aspiring writers?

Put your bottom on the chair, and commit. All the preparation, character profiles, world building and research will do you no good if you can’t make a regular commitment to write. The reason I can write a draft so quickly is because I have a 1000 word limit that I stick to every single day no matter if I feel like it.

Don’t read over what you’ve written and obsess about getting it right the first time. The first draft is supposed to be dreadful. Give yourself permission to make a mess, concentrate on having fun and get those words down! You can edit afterwards, the first draft is just the bones, and it can be fleshed out later on.

It’s really an equation. If you commit to 1000 words a day for two months you’ll finish a first draft. Commitment plus time equals a novel

Well thank you so much Sarah for coming on my blog today. And to you readers, Be sure to check out her blog and buy her books.

More About Sarah:

Sarah Addison Fox

Sarah Addison-Fox is a New Zealand-born home-schooling mother of two who loves action-packed, clean, fantasy with strong heroines. She has an astonishing amount of nail polish, has all her creative writing credentials shoved in a drawer somewhere, and has a husband who, after 27 years, can still make her blush. When she’s not working on both her YA fantasy series’ she can be found fangirling on Goodreads or sending GIFs on Twitter.


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Posted in Book Reviews

January 2018’s Book of The Month

IMG_2131Hello everyone!

Today I will be presenting to you this month’s book.

Drum roll please…

Kisses from Katie: A Story of Relentless Love and RedemptionAbout this book:

What would cause an eighteen-year-old old senior class president and homecoming queen from Nashville, Tennessee, to disobey and disappoint her parents by forgoing college, break her little brother’s heart, lose all but a handful of her friends (because the rest of them think she has gone off the deep end), and break up with the love of her life, all so she could move to Uganda, where she knew only one person but didn’t know any of the language? A passion to make a difference. Katie Davis left over Christmas break her senior year for a short mission trip to Uganda and her life was turned completely inside out. She found herself so moved, so broken by the people and the children of Uganda that she knew her calling was to return and care for them. Her story is like Mother Teresa’s in that she has given up everything—at such a young age—to care for the less fortunate of this world. Katie, a charismatic and articulate young woman, has gone on to adopt 14 children during her time in Uganda, and she completely trusts God for daily provision for her and her family, which includes children with special needs…

What I loved

First of all, it was true! Nothing beats a true person of someone who does amazing things.

I found that Katie really connected with me as I read, like a story. I laughed when she laughed and I cried when she cried. It was as if I was right there with her.

Finally, I loved her little diary extracts at the end of each chapter. It would take me straight to that day and it was always linked with what she’d been talking about.

Age recommendation: 12+

I think anyone can read this, but it depends on your reading ability.

Why I recommend this book

It’s rare for a young woman to have such a strong faith in God that she’ll not only follow Him to Uganda, but she’ll sacrifice her previous lifestyle and take action to what’s happening around her. That is really inspiring for me. The best part is that she’s also human. It’s some perfect being. But it’s when you accept that you can only do so much and place your trust in God, that’s when miracles start happening. And Katie’s journey is a miracle worth talking about.

Where to buy this book:

This book is , surprise surprise, on Amazon as a paperback and ebook. If you are British, here is the link to the ebook.

How about you?

Do you have any heroes?

Have you been on a mission trip before?

If so, how was it?

Posted in Writing, Writing Wednesday

Writing Wednesday: Your Story

IMG_2126.PNGHello everyone!

Today, we’re going to be talking about your story.

Not your novel, or poem or even song. I’m talking about your life story. Or to put it simply, your journey as a writer.

Let me explain:

Have you ever felt that people seem to be having a better life than you? They got 1,000 followers on their blog, they’re published on big sites like the Rebelution, Kingdom Pen, they have a top author for a mentor and on top of that, they have a book contract!

It’s hard and it can be painful. I struggled with this last year when the Rebelution’s Young Writers Workshop was launched.

I chose not to join , and watching other people having these wonderful experiences was hard. But I had trusted God that He will open a door for me.

And He has, from a simple reminder, a blog post and an email.

But that took a long time, and neither of those moments happened at the same time.

So what did I do during those moments when I felt low?

I prayed, and thanked God for helping get to where I was.

I looked at those writers and started talking to them, realising that I only knew a fraction of a long and very hard story.

I found a community of people who were at different levels in their writing journeys and very encouraging .

But that’s part of my story, and there is more to come.

Your story is going is to be different from mine, but here’s the thing:

‘No two lives are the same.’ No two stories are the same. That’s what God taught me last year, and I stress that people, writers, athletes, musicians etc. understand that.

So now what do we do?

We take steps. We start writing, join a community, start a blog. You will get there, and if you trust God, it’s going to be better than you imagined.

Next week, we’ll look at the importance of having a good community.

How about you?

Where are you on your writing journey right now?

How do you deal with other people’s success?

P. S. Speaking of encouragement, there is a duo giveaway at the moment with Livy Lynn and Isabella Morganthal who have each written a book packed with encouragement for writers, and they’re giving away these books for free this week only! To receive them, sign up to Livy’s newsletter to receive her book, and Isabella’s to receive hers. I have Livy’s at the moment, and it’s really good.

Note: They didn’t ask me to say this. I was just excited enough to spread the word 😊

Posted in Monthly R and R

December Reflections and January 2018 Reflections

Hello everyone.

Is it seriously 2018 now?

A lot has happened in the past month, or year if you’re picky!,.

I had a really fun Christmas, probably one of the best Christmases I’ve had and I pray that you had the same experience.

Last December, I had these resolutions:

1. Try to get to Chapter 10 in my edits, ( I’m already on Chapter 5 with editing, as I slowly began editing the book in August!)

Whilst I did get somewhere with my editing, I decided to redo the whole story and start with a solid outline.

2. Meet up with some of my friends for Christmas, and simply get Christmasy this year.

I did meet up with some friends and I’ve met some new ones as well, which was really nice. I also took photos of different decorations and trees, which you can find on my Instagram,  to get in the mood of Christmas, as well as watching a really cute Christmas film on Netflix called A Christmas Prince.

3. Start listening to more French music( I’m working on being fluent in French as a life goal, and my friend who’s fluent in French suggested reading books, watching films and listening to music all in French.)

I didn’t listen to more French music, but I did get a French book from school which I’ve read in the  English language, No et Moi. I’ve slowly started reading it in French whilst resisting the urge to write notes on the pages!

4. Do a lot more blogging than normal for Christmas, as well as write some Christmas stories and poems for you guys!

I did blog more with tributes, although it wasn’t exactly Christmasy,  it was still fun. I did write a Christmas story, but I only finished it a couple of days before the New Year. Oh well. I can share it with you next year.

Ok, 2017 over and dusted. What about 2018?

This year, as well as my yearly goals, I will still have monthly goals to lead towards them as well as just reflecting on the previous month.

For January 2018, my resolutions are:
1. Begin to fully outline my novel, which should take me two-three months.
2. Start doing a composition a month.
3. Start doing Writing Wednesdays to encourage writers.
4. Start encouraging people on social media.
5.  Continue reading No et Moi, and memorize one French song.
Yeah, as you can see, I’m starting a lot of new things this month, which is a good thing. Speaking of new things, this month on Golden Medallion, a website encouraging young people who are Christians,  we’re talking about New Beginnings and Change.
How about you?
How was your Christmas?
Do you have any New Years Resolutions?

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Posted in Writing

Introducing Writing Wednesday

Hello everyone

This is a quick announcement of what’s happening this year.

Each Wednesday, there will be inspiring stories, tips, resources for writers.

Does that sound interesting ?

Stay tuned for next week.

How about you?

Do you enjoy writing?

Posted in Uncategorized

Radiant Hearts Magazine Launch

Hello everyone!

I’m so excited to announce that one of my friends Leonora Ruth has launched her magazine for teen girls, Radiant Hearts!

About Radiant Hearts

Radiant Hearts Magazine is a quarterly publication, to be published in February, May, August, and November. The goal for this magazine is to “Encourage Girls to Shine Radiantly for Christ.” RHM is an online only magazine for the time being, and everyone will be able to view this it for free! Articles are to be aimed at ages 12-25, but they will be helpful to all ages. Included in the magazine will be (Lord willing) the following things (and more!):

• articles written by Christian young ladies and women

• book/movie reviews and recommendations

• recipes for delicious food

• “Story Behind the Hymn”

• pictures of girls serving the Lord, and

• encouraging notes from girls just like yourself!

About Leonora Ruth

Leona Ruth is a teenage young lady. Leona asked Jesus to be her Savior at a young age, and is striving to serve Him with all that she does. She loves reading, and has a blog where she posts book reviews: Great Books for God’s Girls. Some of her other hobbies are graphic designing, photography, baking, playing violin, piano, and organ, and writing.

I hope you can read the issues and be blessed by them.



Posted in New Year

2018 Greetings

Hello everyone!

Happy New Year!

As we go into 2018, I pray that may you be strengthened by God do to the impossible, that doors will open for you, and that you will be filled with joy.