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Savoring Single Blog Tour- Author Q&A

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Hello everyone!

Happy Valentine’s Day!

Today is a day where there are many mixed emotions due to love and singleness. But today, I’m excited to chat with Shelley Black, the author of Savoring Single, as part of her blog tour  on her new book and her advice for those of us who are single today.

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

Funny enough, I never set out to become an author. My debut release, “Savoring Single,” came as inspired thought that I then developed to become what it is today. It certainly sparked something in me, though, as I already have four more book ideas and outlines ready to make their way to the blank page. It’s become such an exciting adventure!

What is Savoring Single about?

“Savoring Single” is an encouragement to every single girl heart who loves Jesus that there is more to her life than her relationship status and more to her story than a “happily ever after.” My life was on hold for a long time because I was single and believed I was missing out because of it. When in all reality, life is what we make of it, single or married, and can be thoroughly enjoyed and brimming with fulfilment even as we await God’s every promise to unfold. It is in Christ that our truest lives are lived and being single is the perfect time to give ourselves to that journey!

What inspired Savoring Single?

“Savoring Single” is really my testimony. So when God put the idea, and even the first few chapters, in my heart, I went on a road of remembrance of all He had brought me through and where I am in now today. It was remarkable to see how my thoughts and perspectives had changed, how He has changed my heart. Wow. Glory to God. For real.

Who is the book for?

Any single girl heart who is longing for a better way to do single, who wants to live above the depression, rejection and disappointment, who desires a full life and a rich relationship with God. And maybe she doesn’t even realize this is what she wants yet, but knows there must be something more than tear-stained pillow cases, agonizing loneliness and shallow relationships that don’t mirror true love.

Today, of course, is Valentine’s Day. What tips do you have for girls, women or anyone really who is feeling sad because they are Single? 

God’s way of doing things is opposite to the culture we live in. The world says “take,” God says “give.” The world says “hoard,” God says “be generous.”

When we would rather sulk in our pity-party and wallow in our loneliness, watch a chick-flick and scorn our singleness – as the world has shown us so well to do – but hasn’t that gotten you into the same rut you face every year? So how about try something different.

1 Go and be love to someone else. When we give love, we are loved in return by Him.

2 Spend time to love on God. He delights in spending time with you, so go in your room and instead of teasing your emotions with a sappy romance, allow your heart to think on and read scriptures that declare His love and care for you. You’ll be much better off spending those broken moments with Him, I promise!

3 Tune your heart to thankfulness. Without “preaching” a sub-point (smile), I will say this: Eve’s fall came because she believed the lie that God was holding out on her. Sometimes it’s easy to believe the lie, but only if we’re not submerged in the truth. Let the truth of His Word resound in your heart of His faithfulness, kindness, mercy and provision. Thank Him for everything you can possibly think to thank Him for, from your heart. If you run out of ideas, open a Psalm and as you read, thank Him for what David mentions.

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

I want every girl who reads “Savoring Single” to encounter Abba Father in a deeper way that brings her into a richer, more intimate, relationship with Jesus Christ. Every.single.thing. we could ever hope for or need is in Him. Everything. Life, relationships and even marriage outside of Him is but a vapor of the depth He longs to bring us into by knowing Him. Our sun-parched skin can be momentarily soothed by the sea spray from a crashing wave, or we can swim to the depths of the ocean and drink in the very life our soul is desperate for.

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

“Savoring Single” is my debut release, but like I said earlier, more to come as early as this Spring. You can subscribe to my blog at SavoringSingle.com to stay up to date on blogs, speaking events and new releases!

“Savoring Single” is available at Amazon.com and BarnesandNoble.com.

Do you have any other passions other than encouraging others when they are low about feeling Single? 

Oh my heavens. Yes. Worship! It’s the breath of my life and the constant atmosphere of my heart. I also build things, design graphics, spend tons of time with my niece and nephews

Where can we connect with you?

SavoringSingle.com or on Facebook and Instagram: @SavoringSingle

What tips do you have for young aspiring writers?

You are uniquely you and you have a story to tell. There are lives your life touches that others, even me, will never be able to reach. There is great power in the testimony, bringing glory to the One who formed us, redeemed us then renewed us to draw us near to Himself.

“But my life is worth nothing to me unless I use it for finishing the work assigned me by the Lord Jesus – the work of telling others the Good News about the wonderful grace of God.” (Acts 20:24 NLT)

Let the lives that we live and the stories we share be to the glory of God. There are many creative and unique ways this can happen and His expression through you is all a part of His design.

Well thank you so much Shelley for this wonderful talk. And be sure to buy her book when you have the chance.

And if you want to know a bit more about Shelley, here is her bio:

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Shelley Black has journeyed through being single longer than she expected and has since found joy, hope and purpose from a once begrudged season. She now challenges the status quo of what it means to be single as a modern-day Christian female, with a passion to infuse hope and restore joy to every single-girl heart. Shelley is a loving momma to her pup Lucy, is one proud “T” to six nieces and nephews and serves her local church in North Mississippi as the worship leader. Find her at SavoringSingle.com and across social media at SavoringSingle.

How about you?

How are you celebrating Valentine’s Day today?

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P. S. My good friend Livy organised this blog tour and has organised many others. If you’re a Christian author who would like to have someone organise a blog tour for your upcoming book, then I highly recommend checking her out. Here is  the link to her services

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Writing Wednesday: ‘Write what know’

“Write what you know” the advice that almost every writer on this planet has heard. For some people, it’s easy to do that. But for a lot of people, this advice can be a bit challenging.

What do people mean when they say “Write what you know” Do they mean that you write your life story into your books? Do they mean write only what actually happens around you, not from what you’ve read or watched on TV?

Even now, I still sometimes get baffled from this statement. But then I realised that as a writer, lots of things capture you and inspire you to write. Like when someone annoys you, or when you  read about a person who tried to make pancakes but nearly set the house on fire. There are loads of people, books, countries, languages, schools, places etc. that you already know about that can spark a story

Frankly, I don’t think J. K. Rowling knows about how it feels like  to be a wizard, but then, who does?, but she clearly knew  about school, bullying, different teachers and many other things  that she could incorporate into her stories.  That’s why the Harry Potter books are so popular. I know  Rachel Coker has never been orphaned before, but she was  clearly aware of how painful death can be and adjusting to new environments, so she weaved those ideas into an American WW2 setting. It’s a reason why so many people love Interrupted: Life Beyond Words.

Did you notice a common pattern in the two examples? Each author chose relatable subjects and used them as a basis for an amazing story. And for what they didn’t know, they did some research from observation,  from books and whatever random way that they found something interesting.

So what do people mean when they say ‘Write what you know?’ To put it simply, finding topics, (people, anything) that inspire you to write something. It means that you can  find relatable topics and weave them into a story in a different setting, different characters with an intriguing plotline that keeps the readers wanting to find out more.

And if you don’t know about something, e.g. living in France, not being a Christian, living WW2, you can do some research. The internet is now on almost everyone’s fingertips, so it isn’t as tricky as it used to be.

How about you?

Where do you find your inspiration?

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January Reflections and February Resolutions

Hello everyone!

It’s February already? Yikes, I’m still adjusting to the fact that we’re in 2018!

Last month, I had an amazing time getting back into school, making new friends, being involved in another blog tour and of course, my birthday.

I also made these resolutions last month:

1. Begin to fully outline my novel, which should take me two-three months.

Yep, I’ve started and I’m having a blast imagining what’s going on and finally making my characters and plot go deeper. It should be done, considering school, at the end of March ready to edit the first draft my novel like I am participating Camp NaNoWriMO in April. 2. Start doing a composition a month.

Yeah, I guess I’ve done that, but really it was a school assignment. I did enjoy it, though and I will definitely try to do another one next month.
3. Start doing Writing Wednesdays to encourage writers.

Yes, I did and although January was busier than I had expected, I was able to do two Wednesdays. Hopefully in February, I’ll be able to do weekly. If not, fortnightly it is. I have some really cool things to share this month.
4. Start encouraging people on social media.

Wow, I ended up encouraging myself with some of the things that I wrote! It was really interesting doing that because I grew more and more aware of what other people think and say than I was at the start of the year.
5. Continue reading No et Moi, and memorize one French song

The French song, yes. No et Moi, no. I find it ironic because I managed to read a few other books, but not continue with No et Moi. Perhaps if I treat it like a novel that I love, and I do when I read it in English, instead of a mini challenge, then I’d read more of it.

So, that’s January done. Now onto February:

  1. Do some beta-reading that has a deadline for March
  2. Do some more outlining.
  3. Actually read, and possibly finish, No et Moi, along with possibly watching a French film.
  4. Start writing a story for a competition and a possible writer’s collection, both deadlines in March.
  5. Compose one piece.
  6. Start planning what to blog about in March + April as well as continue to blog this month.

How about you?

How was January for you?

Do you have any resolutions for February? If so, what are they?

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White Wolf and Ash Princess: Author Interview and Giveaway


Hello everyone!

I am so honoured to be part of the Blog Tour for Tammy Lash’s new  book, White Wolf and the Ash Princess, by doing an interview AND a giveaway!

 

Hi Tammy. When did you start writing with the hope of becoming an author?

I never thought I would ever be an author. Ever. I didn’t think I was “smart enough” to be one. I stink at grammar—I make mistakes all the time—I’m scatter-brained and ditzy—*squirrel*—and I have the attention span of an acorn (lol!)…BUT…I LOVED reading and I LOVE stories. I loved listening to my mom. She would tell stories at home and at church where she was a children’s church teacher. When I grew up, I too, felt the calling to teach kids. My husband and I have taught in children’s ministries for over twenty years.

 What is White Wolf and the Ash Princess about?

White Wolf is the story of eighteen-year old Isabelle Gudwyne and her journey to the New World. She has many discoveries and revelations along the way, but these are also written to be my readers discoveries, so I don’t want to give too much away. What I can tell you is that Izzy’s life changes dramatically as the book goes on. Her life at the end is very different from the life she had with her guardian Jonathan Gudwyne in the beginning chapters. It’s extremely difficult to peg this book. It’s historical—yet fictional. It’s heart-wrenching—yet inspirational. Laughter, tears, romance, invention…there are so many fun elements to this book. I think there is grain or two of something for everyone in White Wolf.

 

What inspired White Wolf and the Ash Princess?

The idea for White Wolf started with a trip to the Garlyn Zoo in Michigan’s upper peninsula. I saw a white wolf there and fell in love with him. I just knew I had to put him in a story.

I  sat in on my son’s high school English course, One Year Adventure Novel, and I thought…huh…I think I can do this! I had been telling stories to my children’s church kids for years and writing a book seemed to be pretty much the same concept—except instead of dragging my stories on for weeks on end, it was to be chapters instead.

White Wolf became more than just a story about a girl and a wolf. It became a way for me to share my story through Izzy. White Wolf is a story of survival, discovering one’s own faith, and learning what it means to forgive.

 

Who is the book for?

White Wolf is for readers who like adventure, romance, a little humor, a little bit of tear action, colorful characters and neat things to learn about in history. White Wolf is a fun story, but it is really designed to be so much more than that. It is a love letter to my Lord and Savior, to my husband, my family, my readers and to fellow survivors of sexual abuse. It is my prayer people find hope and healing in Izzy’s story and my own.

 

 What do you want your readers to gain from your book?

It is my prayer, that after reading White Wolf, people will take a moment to examine their own lives and look closer at their pain and injustices. Satan would want us to live in a world of pain and heartache forever. The Lord, however, wants us to be free from burden! He wants to carry each and every one of them for us. I want my readers to find a peace and a freedom that comes from letting go. I honestly believe forgiveness is the pathway towards it. It’s not an easy path to take, but it is possible to travel it successfully with His help.

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  Have you written any other books and where can we get them?

White Wolf and the Ash Princess is my first novel. The sequel, Letters from the Dragon’s Son, is in the works! The journey will continue six to seven months after White Wolf and the voice in this story is a little moodier, a little gruffer—a little lower. Jonathan Gudwyne will share his story this time around!

 

 Do you have a favourite book( or books)?

Mrs. Mike was my mom’s favorite book. She passed it down to me and it quickly became mine, too! It’s a story about a Mounty and his wife and their adventures in the wilds of Canada. The native culture, the characters and the ruggedness of the book spoke to me as a teen and it heavily inspired the second part of White Wolf.

 

 Where can we connect with you? 

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/tammylashauthor/
Instagram: http://instagram.com/tamlash5
Pinterest: http://pinterest/tamlash5
Blog: http://tammylash.wordpress.com
Twitter: https://twitter.com/TammyLash5
Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/16373527.Tammy_Lash

Link to Author Central:
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Link to White Wolf on Amazon:

 

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

Everyone has a story to tell…and that everyone includes you! No one can tell your story the way you can. Let your fingers dance across your keyboard and let your words be the song.  Make writing a habit and try to do a little bit every day. Before you know it, you may have a novel of your own!

 

Well thank you so much Tammy for joining me today. And now, ladies and gentlemen, the giveaway!

 

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And if that wasn’t enough, here is the blurb of the book to wet your appetite:

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Eighteen year old Izzy’s limited world begins to feel cramped after she completes her self-appointed book dare. After reading two-hundred and fifty books, a thought that had been once tucked away as tightly as the books on her library shelves becomes too irresistible to ignore…”Who am I?”

Memory loss prohibits Izzy from remembering her life before age seven when she was injured in a fire. Jonathan Gudwyne and his head housekeeper rescued her and took Izzy in as their own, but who did she belong to before they took her in?

Crippling panic keeps Izzy from wandering beyond the stables but Tubs, the Gudwyne’s young stable boy, encourages Izzy to go beyond the property’s rock wall to a world that promises possible answers, but also great danger. A scorched castle in the woods and a mysterious cellar filled with secrets sets Izzy on a path to the New World, where she will not only have to face her own terror but face the people responsible for her scars.

It is here, in the untamed wilds of the seventeenth century that she finds love and a home in the most unexpected of places.

If you want to enter this giveaway, simply click here   to enter, but make sure that you enter before 8th February.

If you want to know more about Tammy, here is her bio:

 

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Tammy lives in Lower Michigan with her husband and her three children. Izzy’s home in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula (Munising) is where she and her family enjoy exploring. Tammy enjoys hiking, kayaking, beach wandering, “hunting” for birch bark and hopes to someday find a porcupine quill. White Wolf and the Ash Princess is her first novel. She is published in Keys for Kids and has been in children’s ministry for over twenty years.

Are you guys excited to read this book? I sure am!

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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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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.

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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.

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 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/
Website: www.sarahaddisonfox.com
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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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?

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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 😊

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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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