When I published my first book, I had no idea what a blog tour was.
But when I was ready for book three, "Worth it All," to release I was much more familiar with blog tours and how beneficial they can be to spreading the word about your newly released book.
So first of all, what is a blog tour?
A blog tour is the virtual way of doing a book tour. A lot of times when a published author (usually with a traditional publishing contract) releases a new book they'll have a book tour where they go and speak at certain places, or they'll set up and do book signings all over the place. A blog tour is your way of doing that from the comfort of your own home. You'll pre-set a list of so many blogs that you'll be visiting during the week or month of your book release. At each blog stop, the blogger can do something fun such as: an author interview, giveaway, author guest post, character interview, or book review. Or you can get creative and come up with your own idea. By doing this with lots of other blogs, you're exposing your writing and new book to a fresh audience. This begins circulating your work around the internet.
Second, how do you host a successful blog tour?
Well, I'm probably no expert at this because I've only actually done one blog tour, but I've definitely learned a few things from my experience with marketing.
The first thing you'll need to do to make your blog tour a success is schedule everything ahead of time. Trust me on this. Procrastinating or planning-as-you-go with a blog tour is not the way to do it. Lives get busy and if you wait until the day of the tour to start organizing things, it's going to go crazy. Have posts scheduled in advance. If this is your first blog tour, maybe start out small with 5-7 blog stops. Organize which blog post you'll be on what day and if you're doing any guest posts or author interviews at the blogs, always schedule them in advance. Don't wait until that day to write them. Please, you'll be doing yourself and everyone else a favor by staying organized. Organization shows professionalism, and when promoting a book it's always best to stay professional.
The second thing to do to have a successful blog tour is to spread the word. Even if you have blogger friends who aren't on the blog tour, maybe ask them to spread the word. Ask your social media pals to tell others about the tour. Join blog link-ups which are a great way to spread your blog to a higher audience. Use your own social media to direct traffic to every blog stop and always ask your readers to show each blogger some love by leaving a comment. You should also leave a comment and share/follow each blogger as a way of saying thank you. If you're hoping to reach a really big audience with your book release, try something fun by asking a more experienced or popular author/blogger to join your blog tour. Maybe offer to do a giveaway on their blog or have them do an interview with you on your personal blog which will drive their blog traffic your way. Do you have a favorite author or blogger? Just go for it and ask if they have some time in their schedule. The worst they can say is no, but the best they can say is yes.
Finally, to have a great blog tour, focus on having fun. Don't make it all about selling books or getting blog traffic. Although those are very important things, always keep your focus on what truly matters: Developing relationships, having fun, and most of all, glorifying God. Support the bloggers on your tour, have fun creating the posts, and point every message back to God.
Have fun creating your blog tour!
Have you done a blog tour before? What tips or advice helped you most?
Since the release of my very first book, I Dare You, I have hosted three book signings and a writer's workshop/signing. Because of this, I've learned a thing or two about how to host a successful signing and how they can benefit you as a writer. :) Here are my thoughts:
1) Don't overestimate how many books to order. For my first book signing, I ran out of books. However for the next two and my writing workshop, I had ordered far too many books. Honestly, it's better to run out than to take some home. :) Of course, you can always use extra books for another book signing. But then you've got lots of money put out that you haven't made back yet. If you do run out of books at a signing and more people come by wanting to buy some, have a form ready where you can get their name, phone number, and address. That way you can follow up with them about buying the book the next time you have some on hand. Especially for a writer just starting out, you don't need to have 50 books at your book signing most likely. My first signing I sold 22 books.
2) Plan your location and time strategically. My first book signing was super successful because of the day and time I did it and my location. I had it at our local library when an event was already happening at the library. This brought more people to the library than usual which meant more people at my signing. My last book signing was at the library on a regular Tuesday evening and it didn't go so well at all. If your book signing doesn't do very well, don't be discouraged! Consider your location and time and see if you can make it better next time around. Try to do the signing in places where there will already be a lot of people and on a day/time when people will be more available. (Like don't do it on a Monday afternoon when most people are working or in school)
3) Advertise well. Another reason that my last signing didn't go so well was because I didn't advertise nearly as well as I should have. For my first signing my mom did most of the advertising (and my mom ran her own successful business for over a decade, so she knows marketing/advertising), which is probably why it went so well. Make sure you're using successful advertising strategies. Set up a Facebook event for the signing and invite your friends if you have Facebook. If you don't, maybe ask a friend to help you out with it.
4) Interact with your guest. Don't just sell a book, sign it, and move on. Whenever I meet a band at a concert and all they want to do is sign my CD and move on, it makes me sad. I always told myself that I never wanted to do that with my readers. If someone is taking the time to come buy your book and have you sign it, be genuine towards them. Smile, create small talk, thank them for coming. Of course, if your signing is super busy and there are a lot of people wanting to see you, this may be more difficult, but trust me; you can still make each guest at your signing feel like they were more than a reader to you. Always be genuine. Don't make it about money. Make it about your reader.
5) Have free food. I mean, enough said. Who doesn't love free food, right? Have bottled water or soda, and maybe some cookies or a fruit tray. My mom brought cookies and water to my first book signing, and they were very popular. :)
6) Do something fun. It doesn't have to just be sitting at a table, selling and signing books. When I did my writing workshop, I taught the attendees about writing and then signed books afterwards. If you want to teach something, maybe a craft workshop, writing workshop, or journaling workshop, go for it. Then sign books after. (Make it about your book though. If your book is a craft book, have a craft workshop. The book I was promoting was about writing, so I did a writing workshop.) Other ideas are to have an author Q&A or read an excerpt from your book. If you wrote a novel, maybe have your friends help you act out one of the main scenes, or create character profile cards that readers can look through at your table. Make the evening fun!
There you have it! Those are my top tips for a fun, successful, and epic book signing. If you're an author and you have book signing tips, I'd love to hear them in the comments below.
Editing has always been one of my least favorite parts of being a writer.
I'm not the most patient person you'll ever meet (probably why I'm impulsive too), so after I'm done writing an article I'm totally ready to just get it out there and post it somewhere. I cringe at the editing process.
Yet what I've learned over the years is that editing is your friend. Yep, it really is. Editing (especially when others edit your work) makes you a better writer.
And although I strongly recommend an editor if you are working on publishing a book, it's still necessary for you to edit yourself. So with that being said, here are five quick tips to help you edit better and faster:
1) Read your work out loud. Reading aloud gives you the chance to slow down and catch little mistakes. It also allows you the ability to see how well your words flow together.
2) Read through it a few times. Don't just read it through once and let it go. This will prevent you from catching mistakes. Read a couple times with different paces. Maybe one time you'll read it really slowly and the next time you'll read really quickly.
3) Print it out. Read your book/article/story in printed form. If you're publishing a book, this is where you buy a physical proof copy and read it. Reading it off the computer gives it a new dimension and helps you read it differently.
4) Put yourself in your reader's shoes. When writing something, you should first identify your general audience. You can't write to please everyone. Figure out who will benefit most from your work. The general audience for my first book was teenagers and young adults. With that knowledge in mind, when editing my book I had to ask myself, "Is this something that would catch the interest of a teenager? Are the chapters too long and intense for a busy young adult?" Put yourself in their shoes.
5) Remember you can't be perfect. No one is perfect, not even your favorite author. You can't possibly catch every mistake or plot error. Edit to the best of your ability, allow one or multiple people to edit with you, and then leave the book in God's hands. He's got it from there.
I've known for just about forever that God made me to write. I've known it even before I really knew it. Know that feeling?
Anyway, sometimes it's a lot harder than I ever thought it would be. Worth it? Absolutely, one hundred percent. But easy? Nope.
Especially when it comes to developing a writing platform.
I've been blessed to have a mom who ran her own business for over a decade, so she's been super helpful when it comes to the marketing side of my writing. I'm taking an online writing workshop currently as well that has given me tremendous advice for platform-building. But it can still be so overwhelming. However, by God's grace I've learned quite a bit over the years of my writing adventure on how to develop your platform, and I want to share just a few easy tips with you today.
Sometimes, I think writers avoid this topic of platform-building for two reasons. Number one--they're afraid that if they focus on building their platform they will become prideful or come across to others as prideful and pushy. Number two--they want to keep their writing focus on God and not getting as many readers as possible.
Before diving into the purpose of this article I would just like to briefly address both these concerns.
First, platform-building can be done with a humble and graceful attitude. You must evaluate your heart regularly to make sure you're keeping the right mindset, and it could be helpful to also have accountability partners to keep your head where it should be. But growing your platform does not mean you're being prideful, nor does it mean you have to be pushy with your writing, if you do it tastefully and respectfully, with the purpose of serving your readers.
Second, no matter what, your focus in writing should always be on God. However, I feel in my heart that growing your platform is also a way to honor God. And let me explain that.
If God has given you a gift of writing, He gave you that gift for a reason. He wants you to use that to honor and glorify Him through it. But if you keep that gift to yourself and do not seek ways to share it with others, for His glory, you are not honoring God fully with that gift. (Matthew 25:14-30) Of course, that's just my opinion, but I feel that when I expand my platform and reach more people with my writing, I'm letting God do more of His work through my words. Just remember that through all of it, keep your eyes on Jesus and do it to serve Him and His people. Serving God and your readers should be your first concern.
Alright, with that being said, let's dive into my four easy platform-building ideas that you can start working on today.
1) Create an email list. I've been learning so much about why email lists are valuable, especially if you want to publish a book someday. So consider starting one today. Don't focus so much on the number of subscribers right now, but instead focus on how you can bless your subscribers. Is there anything you can give to them as a free gift for signing up for your email list (such as a special article you wrote, an e-book you published, etc.)? Is there a fun way you can get them involved in your writing journey (surveys, giveaways, etc.)? Email your friends and family and ask them if you can add them to your email list and let God work on growing it!
2) Submit guest posts. This could be really big for your platform. The more you get your writing out there for readers to view, the better you're able to reach people. Some popular websites that accept guest submissions are The Rebelution, KingdomPen, and (in)courage (they only accept certain times of the year). Submitting guest posts is also a great way to develop your writing skills. You may face rejection or constructive criticism and the honest truth is that, even though those things may hurt, they are making you a better writer. Just don't give up and keep submitting! For anyone wondering, I do accept guest submissions occasionally for my blog. However, I don't accept many. If you are interested in guest posting here, contact me. My online magazine ministry, The King's Princess, also accepts guest submissions more regularly.
3) Start a blog. Blogs are a super fun way for readers to get familiar with your writing style without the commitment of paying for anything! If you hope to publish a book someday, a blog would probably do you a lot of good. It helps you develop your craft, while getting dedicated readers in the process. Always a good thing. :) I'll be writing another post about launching your first blog soon.
4) Launch a Facebook page. Especially if you're younger, you may not be allowed to use social media. And when it comes to social media, always talk to your parents first before creating an account. However, if you are allowed to develop a Facebook page for your writing/blog/book, go for it. A Facebook page can be difficult to grow at first, but if you keep at it, eventually you'll see results. I used to have about 50-100 views per post on my author Facebook page, but the more I promoted it and shared the page, the more views I got per post. One of my more recent posts had over 4,500 views! So keep at it and don't give up.
I know platform-building can be hard and frustrating at times. The key is to keep being faithful to share your gift with others for God's glory, and trust Him for the results. He'll get you where He wants you in His timing. Trust me. <3
That dreaded term in every writer’s vocabulary.
Enter the sick feeling, the eye roll, and the heart racing. Okay, maybe you’re not quite as dramatic as I am. However, every writer knows how dreaded this term is. Writer’s block can prevent even the most experienced writers from writing for weeks.
It’s almost like the writer’s equivalent of walking through a desert for who knows how long, without any supply of water.
Told you I’m dramatic.
Sometimes it feels real though, doesn’t it? Writer’s block is hard and it can even be exhausting as you pour all of your efforts into trying to write, even when the words won’t come easily. It feels as if your well of inspiration and love for writing has all but dried up.
I’m no expert at conquering this giant fear of writing woe’s, trust me. However, when you’ve been writing for over half of your life, you definitely learn some in’s and out’s of defeating such enemies as writer’s block.
With that being said, here are six ways I have found to fight this enemy in your own writing journey…
1) Read. I’ve been reading for basically as long as I can remember. Just as good musicians listen to other good music, good writers should read good books. Reading is a great way to gain inspiration, grow as a writer, and figure out what you will most enjoy writing about. Reading opens your mind to new ideas, new phrases, and different ways to say things. You can learn so much from simply reading a book by an inspirational author. So next time writer’s block strikes, don’t sit down in front of the computer in despair and watch three hours of Netflix! Read, read, and read some more.
2) Get out and do something! Most of us are not going to gain more inspiration by sitting in front of a blank Microsoft Word document and sipping our fourth cup of coffee. If you need new inspiration for a story idea or you’re looking for a new perspective, get out and live a little bit! Take a nature walk through some woods and observe the wildlife. Go swimming in a lake and soak up the sunshine. Invite some friends for an ice cream date. Try something you’ve never tried before: a new food flavor, a new sport, a new writing method, or a new instrument. Sometimes just taking a break will refresh your mind and give you a new perspective on your story.
3) Always carry a notebook. Sometimes writer’s block occurs whenever we sit and stare at those blank pages. I don’t know about you, but a blank page with no words on it yet is more daunting to me than the thought of climbing the Great Wall of China. But when I’m actually out living life, ideas always seem to be flowing. Can you relate? This is why carrying a notebook is so important as a writer! Whenever you hear a phrase, or you see a beautiful sight that sparks inspiration in you, write it down. Don’t wait until later. Waiting will only give time for the inspiration to die or for you to forget what it was you wanted to remember all along. Don’t forget that precious paper and pen.
4) Get words on the paper anyway. I can still remember a time in my life where writer’s block felt like it was going to destroy my whole love of writing. I dreaded just sitting at my computer because I knew the words were not going to come easily, and I would probably not even like what I was going to write. The biggest piece of advice I was given during this time was: write anyway. Writers write. Even when it’s hard. Even when they’re busy. Even when they don’t have inspiration. Even when they feel that sting of writer’s block. Don’t stop writing because you don’t know what to say, or you don’t know how to say what you want to say. Write words down, even if they stink. You can always fix them later. Just make sure they’re on that paper.
5) Join a writing community. Writer’s block and community reminds me a little bit of darkness and light. Whenever there is a whole lot of light, the darkness disappears. So whenever you are fellowshipping with a community of other writers, writer’s block will tend to disappear. There are so many advantages to a writing community. Not only will you gain accountability from the other writers in the group, but they will also encourage and inspire you to just keep writing. Join a writing group on Facebook, connect with others on Goodreads, or create a writing group for your friends who love to write. Have fun and watch the writer’s block disappear!
6) Know Who you are writing for. Writing has always been a huge part of my life. It is my avenue of expressing my heart, my thoughts, and my message. It is where I get out frustration, learn new things, and create new ideas. But more than anything, the biggest reason I write is to share with others more about the God who gave me the gift to write. Since I started writing seriously, I dedicated everything I wrote to the One who gave me this gift. I write for Him, and because I write for Him, whatever comes of my writing is for His glory. I encourage to honestly evaluate your writing and who you’re writing for. Is it for yourself? For the approval of others? For money? Or is it to give back the glory to God? When we write with our focus on glorifying God, everything changes. Writer’s block loses its hold on us because we no longer worry about what we are “supposed” to write to look good. Instead, we are focused on what we are called to write to honor Jesus. Pray over your writing. Develop a team of prayer warriors when you are working on a new project. And then, dear writer, just write. Write words that will point your audience back to Who you are writing for, every time.
I've been passionate about writing ever since I was a little girl.
I'd sit down and scribble out stories and words in as many notebooks as I could get my hands on. When I was old enough to get a laptop computer, I would sit there for hours and type, letting my fingers fly across the keys.
Of course, writing isn't always easy and the truth is that I can't do it on my own.
I need mentors who have walked the journey of writing ahead of me. I need readers who want to listen to what I have to say. I need family and friends to encourage me (and maybe bring me peanut butter cup ice cream when the editing is getting stressful).
Because I know the community that writing requires, I have become passionate about encouraging, mentoring, and providing resources to other writers, so they don't have to do this alone either.
That's why I created this page on my blog.
This page of my blog is dedicated to every writer who wants to grow but doesn't know how. It's dedicated to every writer passionate about sharing meaningful words, but having no clue how to grow a platform. It's dedicated to every writer looking for resources or advice.
Here I will share encouragement, advice, and resources. And if you ever have any questions, or just need someone to assure you that you can do this, feel free to contact me through my contact page any time.
Let's do this thing together, okay?
And in the meantime, if you haven't heard I've also written a mini guide specifically for writers who are looking for help on writing, editing, self-publishing, and marketing. This guide is called, "Yes, You Can: A Guide to Writing and Sharing Your Story." It can be purchased by contacting me directly or clicking on the link below. This book was created because I want to help you. And I understand that sometimes money can be tight, so if you are serious about writing and think this could be a helpful resource to you, but you don't have the money, contact me. I'd love to send you a digital copy on me. ♥
Growing up, I went through so many phases of different things that I wanted to be when I "was older."
A professional ice skater. Thankfully, I realized I was too clumsy for that.
Show jumper on my own horse in the Olympics. I held onto this one a bit longer, but this too I eventually let go of when my horse obsession faded, and God placed a special calling on my life.
A lawyer. Nah, too much college.
A chef. That is until I realized I not only can't cook, but I also strongly dislike it.
So many different ideas, goals, and ambitions.
But the one thing I've always wanted to be in the depths of my heart that has never changed?
I decided that from the moment I held a pen and discovered that I could use it to create stories and worlds that were my own. I knew it from the moment my creativity first got the best of me and I ached to develop characters that only my mind could see. I understood it more clearly from the first time my fingers touched my shiny new keyboard of my first laptop.
From the time I was eight years old, I knew God made me to write.
Of course, I've been writing pretty much since I could hold a pen. But when I was eight? Well, everything changed.
A simple creative writing assignment for homeschool turned into a story that I couldn't get enough of. I had to write more, I had to tell more about the life of this girl I had created on my own. Would anyone read it? Probably not. But did I care? Nope. All I cared about was writing.
Soon enough, however, I ached for others to read my writing. I dreamed of the day I could write and hundreds of people would read it. I dreamed of the day I could type out a blog post and get a response. I dreamed of the day people would hold my words in printed form, the way I held and cherished others books. I dreamed of the day when my writing would not only impact other's lives, but inspire them too.
And if you would've told my young self that I would be standing here today, I might not have believed you.
Writing has been my life and my dream for so many years, that it has become a part of me. Writing is no longer something that I do. But being a writer is who I am.
I'll be the first to tell you...although it is the love of my life, writing is far from easy.
Writing is hard. Writing is messy. Writing is frustrating. And sometimes writing makes me want to give up.
For anyone who thinks that writing is a simple, easy, or small task, you are wrong. To think that writing is an easy job is to be severely misled. Writing is the hardest job that I've ever had.
Yet I would never trade writing for any other job in the world.
With that being said, this is for you...the writer. These are my words to remind you why what you are writing is so very, very important.
You see, maybe you feel like giving up. Maybe you feel like your writing isn't important because you honestly aren't reaching that many people. Maybe you assume you could never make money off of your writing, so you should pursue something else instead. Maybe you think your writing doesn't really matter in the end.
And you, my friend, would be wrong.
Writing is going to take everything you have. But it's going to be worth it.
Yeah, maybe not many people do read what you write. But you know what? Write anyway. You have no idea the impact you could make on the person who does read what you share.
Your writing is important, because writing is a gift from God.
God is the Master Storyteller. He has written the greatest Story of all time throughout history and He made you a part of that story. He is the King of creativity. If God has given you the gift and the calling to write, you must realize the importance of this calling. Every word you right has the possibility of changing someone's life. Sometimes you may hear about the impact your words made, but often you won't.
Your writing is important, because it is your responsibility to give back to God what He has given to you.
He has given you this gift. He has given you this calling. Using your writing for anything less than His glory would be a shame.
Your writing is important, because you have something to say.
The burning message in your heart that you want others to hear? That matters. The words you ache for others to read? They matter. Don't let anyone--especially yourself--tell you otherwise.
I'm telling you right now...what you have to say is important.
So sit down and write it.
Writing has been my life, my love, and my voice since I was a little girl. I couldn't imagine my life without being a writer.
Looking back on the past decade of my writing journey, I have learned so much. God has taken me so far and He has given me so many wonderful people to inspire me and help me in my journey. Nothing in life is meant to be done alone; we were created for community. Because of that I believe strongly in my heart that I want to give back to other young writers the encouragement and advice given to me over my journey as a young writer.
So when my dear friend, Livy Jarmusch, asked me to write a blog post sharing my writing tips, I was so excited! This post is a part of the blog tour for Livy's brand NEW book that just released, "The Coronation"! If you haven't already, go check it out at her blog: www.livylynnblog.com. :)
And now, without further ado, here are my top ten writing tips for young writers...
1) Read. Yes, indeed, this is very, very important. I've been reading even longer than I've been writing, pretty much as long as I can remember. But reading and writing go hand in hand. Reading great books teaches you how to write great books. Reading is a way of inspiring your writer's heart. So if you have a day of no inspiration, or a day flooded with writer's block, just sit down and pick up a book to read. Read, read, read. Some great authors who have inspired and influenced me are: Ann Voskamp, Leslie Ludy, Lysa Terkeurst, and Bob Goff.
2) Just write something. It can be so easy to get distracted from our writing or feel that we need to be perfect to write. So we spend hours outlining our book, planning our characters, or constructing the plot. And while those are good things, sometimes we let them get in the way of just writing. The thing that makes you a writer is writing, so you should do it every day! Be consistent with your writing. It doesn't have to be good. It just has to be on paper. Set aside a specific amount of time each day that you want to work on your writing, and write even if you don't think it's any good!
3) Get connected with other writers. As I said earlier, we aren't meant to do things alone. God created us for community! He wants us to encourage and help each other. Create a writing group with other young writers from your church or school. Join a writing community on Facebook. If you're a blogger, network with other bloggers. Help each other out! When you're a part of a community, you can gain advice and encouragement from more experienced writers. And you even have the opportunity to give back advice and encouragement to writers who aren't as experienced as you are.
4) Do it afraid. Okay, so, something you may or may not know about me is that I am honestly terrified of sharing my writing with others. Yep, it's the truth. Writing is my life and what I know I was created to do. But sometimes our greatest joy and our greatest fear collide to help us discover our greatest calling. That's writing for me. You too? Then, sweet soul, pull up a chair and listen close. If God has called you to write, you are meant to do this. He has given you a pen for a reason. If you let fear stop you from this adventure, you will miss out on so much. It may be scary to show others your writing. It may be scary not knowing what they will think. Be brave. Be brave and share your words anyway. It's going to turn out amazing. ♥
5) Write for Jesus. With all of my heart I believe that if you are not writing for Jesus and His glory, you are writing in vain. He has given us specific talents and gifts to bring Him the honor and glory He deserves. If we write to gain glory for ourselves or to bring attention to ourselves, we are missing out on the most important part of writing. With every word you type, use it to speak the love and truth of Jesus. Let Him be the reason you write.
6) Separate editing from writing. Ouch. This one hits home for me. Here's the thing: I am a perfectionist in my writing. Which means that if I don't think something sounds perfect, I sometimes don't write it. Being a writing perfectionist is tough and it is enough to stop some writers from even writing at all. You see, writing is messy and imperfect...and so beautiful. Words don't change and touch lives because they're perfect, but because they're perfectly flawed. As a reader we aren't looking for something perfect, because sometimes we just want something to assure us that you don't have to be perfect to be beautiful. So when you're writing, don't edit. Just write your words. Let them flow. Don't stop because the words don't sound perfect. There is a time and a place for editing. There is a time to strive for excellence in your writing. But that is after you've already written. Edit later.
7) Find your unique writing style. There are so many different things you could write! Do you prefer creating stories and developing characters? Would you rather write your heart out in an article or a devotional? Do you like creating beautiful sentences through poetry? Whatever it is that you love to write the most, write that. And write lots of it. But what scares you the most to write? Because I want you to write that too. You might not discover your unique writing style or writing calling until you've written what scares you the most. I grew up writing stories. Creating fiction novels was my thing. But when God called me to step out into the scary world of writing non-fiction and articles, it was hard! Yet it was there that I discovered the type of writing I love best. So write lots of different things! And in the process you will figure out exactly what you were meant to write.
8) Start a blog. If you are serious about your writing and growing your writing platform, I encourage you to start a blog. My blog has been a source of so much joy and growth for me in my writing. I wouldn't be where I'm at today in my writing without having started this blog. It was essential for me, as well as a dream come true. Having a blog not only gives you the opportunity to have your writing read by others, but it allows you to grow and develop as a writer. And your blog could be about whatever you want! Maybe you enjoy cooking and you want to have a blog dedicated to cooking. Or maybe you love stories so your blog could include short stories you write each month! You might love writing articles like me, and dedicate your blog to sharing God's truth and love with others. Let your blog reflect who you are and who God has called you to be as a writer.
9) Don't live for compliments. Another ouch for me. Because I'm afraid of what people will think of my writing, sometimes I live for their compliments of what I wrote. Hearing that other people loved what I wrote, makes me love it. If they don't love it, then I don't. And here's why that is wrong: Because not everyone is going to love your writing. Your writing is not going to be for everyone. I've heard it said before that if you live for compliments, you will die from rejection. Decide in your heart that you are writing for Jesus. Live for His applause. And love what you wrote. Your opinion honestly is what matters most. If you love what you wrote, it doesn't matter who else does. Now, the other side of this is that it's totally okay to accept constructive criticism! If you can't accept advice and criticism as a writer, you are not going to grow. It may not always be easy to hear, but you should always listen to advice with an open mind. You can't listen to everyone's advice of course, but you should be willing to learn and grow.
10) Pray. The first thing I do when I sit at my laptop to write, is pray, "Father, write through me today." You'll do your best writing, when you first give it to Him. Develop a team of dedicated prayer warriors who would love to pray over you and your writing project. Cover your writing in prayer and let God do the hard work. :)
Keep writing, dear writer. The path ahead may not always be easy, but it is always worth it.
If you are interested in advice or encouragement as a writer, I'd love to talk to you and share with you, just fill out the contact form here on my blog! I've also written a guide just for writers that can be found at my website: www.isabellamorganthal.weebly.com
About this page:
This page of my blog is dedicated specifically to writers. I've been writing for over half of my life. I live and breathe writing. Because of that, I'm passionate about helping other writers grow, develop, and succeed. This section of my blog will include blog posts dedicated to writing, encouragement, and resources. Feel free to read through some posts and my contact form is always open if you ever have any questions or need encouragement! ♥