February 26, 2010
February 24, 2010
The second section is all about Tactics. It is all about craft. Bell has so many succinct and jam-packed chapters that cover all kinds of issues on the writing journey. He focuses on getting your work to rise to the next level and out of the slush pile.
One of the quotes Bell uses is by Katherine Neville. It spoke to my heart and really sends home the message that we must WRITE! There is no substitute for it.
Write. Remember, people may keep you (or me) from being a published author but no one can stop you from being a writer. All you have to do is write.And keep writing. While you're working at a career, while you're raising children, while you're trout fishing--keep writing! No one can stop you but you.
Isn't that awesome? Isn't that motivating? Isn't that inspiring? I don't know about you, but I need to be encouraged during every stage of this writing journey. Sure, it is fulfilling, but there is also a lot of doubt and discouragement. We all face it. (If you don't, then don't tell me.)
Definitely go purchase Bell's book. The Art of War. It is a keeper!
Oh yes! I just got a package from Amazon today. (You aren't jealous, are you?) In it was A Novel Idea: Best Advice On Writing Inspirational Fiction. It has chapters written by various authors, such as: Francine Rivers, Karen Kingsbury, Randy Alcorn, Terri Blackstock, Jerry B. Jenkins, Robin Jones Gunn, Angela Hunt, and more! I'm looking forward to this one and I'm sure I'll share some of the juicy tidbits I find.
What writing books have you read lately that inspire and encourage you as a writer?
February 22, 2010
February 21, 2010
I totally forgot to draw for a winner for Charles Stanley's book, How To Reach Your Full Potential For God. So without further ado....the winner is:
February 15, 2010
February 14, 2010
Today is the day of Courtney's Love At First Sight BlogFest. Jump over to her blog to read scenes of love at first sight.
Alas, my WIP does not have a "love at first sight" scene since my heroine is disguised as a boy for quit awhile. So I found a clip of the new Emma where Mr. Knightly professes his love for Emma. Not really a love at first sight either, but it's a first declaration of love. Very nice. :)
February 10, 2010
February 08, 2010
February 05, 2010
February 02, 2010
Charles Stanley's newest book, How To Reach Your Full Potential For God, encourages us to not settle for the ordinary life. He teaches that God has designed each of us for an extraordinary purpose that only we can fulfill. We were created with talents, gifts, desires, and dreams that, when yielded to God's plan, enable us to reach our full potential in God.
Stanley's lays out seven hurdles to overcome, including fear of failure, self-imposed limitations, fear of disappointment, and laziness. We cannot leap over these kinds of hurdles in our own strength. We must have God's help to do so. We must line up our lives with His will in order to receive all that God has for us.
Stanley introduces seven areas to examine and work on in order to reach our fullest potential in God. Those are: A Clean Heart, A Clear Mind, Using Your Gifts, A Healthy Body, Right Relationships, A Balanced Schedule, and Taking God-Approved Risks. When these areas fall in line with God's ideal, then we open ourselves up for the extraordinary life.
I don't always enjoy non-fiction books, but the title of Stanley's book drew me in. This book made me think and examine my life more than any book I've read in a long time. I felt my heart stir, heard God whisper His love to me through the pages, and was convicted of how I'd settled for less than what God desired for my life.
You won't be disappointed in this book. You'll be inspired.
** I received this book free from Thomas Nelson Publishers as part of their BookSneeze.com