I guess I identify with the TV detective, Adrian Monk, who said, “I don’t mind change. I just don’t like to be around when it happens.” All my life I’ve disliked change. I still recall the sinking sensation I felt when I heard that a favorite pastor was leaving for another church. I remember the knot in the pit of my stomach when I walked onto Ward 5-C on my first day as an intern. And butterflies populated my inner regions when I stood at the front of the Little Chapel In The Woods and watched my bride-to-be walk down the aisle.
Many of you know from reading my blog post in early July that I love to ride my bike. I want to go touring, get a chance to see new places, meet new people, and share God’s love when he provides the opportunity. Plus, I can see turning my experiences into some great fiction. My quest started a year ago, and at first, bike riding wasn’t easy. I struggled to ride 15 or 20 minutes and it took time to be brave enough to cross major roads and highways.
The older we get, the more valuable our life experiences to others. We also become a little smarter. The events that formed us into the people we are today are our spiritual legacy. Our increase of wisdom comes with a downside. Aging means we have to be more focused on what we write. How do we choose the path best suited for our personal interests and unique personalities? Some writers prefer poetry, greeting cards, children’s works, magazine articles, screenplays, fiction (and the various genres), nonfiction, or something in between. Your attention may be drawn to entertaining a reader while others desire to guide or instruct.
a href=”http://www.faithhopelove-rwa.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/05/mills_diann.jpg”>DiAnn Mills is a bestselling author who believes her readers should expect an adventure. She currently has more than sixty books published. Her titles have appeared on the CBA and ECPA bestseller lists; won two Christy Awards; and been finalists for the RITA, Daphne Du Maurier, Inspirational Readers’ Choice, and Carol award contests. DiAnn […]
Are you a frustrated writer? You’ve been working at your craft for a while, but success eludes you. An agent or a publisher seems to be just out of reach. Self-publishing is not your thing. It’s expensive and the idea of marketing and promoting your own work exclusively is another chunk of change, which you don’t have. Money drains from your account as you attend conferences and workshops, always pitching and always learning. Your writing group supports you, but they aren’t an agent or editor. And you’re fresh out of ideas and hope.