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 is a founding board member of the American Christian Fiction Writers; the 2014 president of the Romance Writers of America’s Faith, Hope, & Love chapter; and a member of Inspirational Writers Alive, Advanced Writers and Speakers Association, and International Thriller Writers. She speaks to various groups and teaches writing workshops around the country. DiAnn is also a craftsman mentor for the Jerry B. Jenkins Christian Writers Guild.
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 school teacher may dream of writing for children. A grandmother may be interested in developing a blog for grandparents or providing instructions for crafts and activities. A pastor may have a novel brewing. A banker is an expert fly fisherman. Those who have spent time in the military or law enforcement understand the elements of suspense while a politically-minder person or an attorney are able to compose fiction or nonfiction surrounding their fields of expertise. A man or woman may have spent a lifetime developing recipes, and a cookbook is buried in their heart.
The questions below will help you explore your deepest passion for the written word and help you decide where to concentrate your efforts.
- What have I done in my life I’d like to share?
- What have I discovered in my life that I believe is valuable to others?
- Am I passionate about being transparent and allowing others to learn from my life experiences: strengths, weaknesses, victories, challenges, and failures?
- How can my values, beliefs, and insights impact my writing?
- What excites me about writing?
- What is my reading preference?
- How does my faith inspire others and my writing?
- Can others find meaning in their lives from where I live and my culture?
- Is my family background of interest to others?
- Do I want to share with others the power of the written word?
This is Part II in the Never Too Late series. Click here to read Part I