Camp NaNo 2016

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Coming into the game late, I still made it! Because of sheer stubbornness, of course. I can’t stand to lose against myself. ūüôā I didn’t decide to participate until April 8th when I decided it would give me the extra encouragement and push I needed to get the revision done on my novel, Finding Abby. Now I have the momentum going to finish by the end of this month and get it to amazing editor Rachel Overton! ūüôā

Write on!

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TGIF – Gratitude Friday

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The top three things I’m especially grateful for this past week:

1.¬† My sweet nephew, a man of God, integrity and a heart patient miracle, sailing through a serious brain surgery, sense of humor intact. He’s my inspiration.

2.¬† Finishing¬†the final revision of my novel, The Inheritance. OMGoodness! I’m not¬†sure if I’m thrilled, scared to death, or relieved. ūüôā

3.  Going on a long bike ride on a gorgeous, sunny, warm day with my husband, keeping my thoughts on prayer and gratitude as I cruised along the wooded trail.

May¬†gratitude be contagious¬†to others as you share¬†what you’re grateful for this week. ūüôā

Peace.

My Writing Process

I met the talented Rachel Carrera during the 2014 A to Z Blogging Challenge and was¬†invited by her to participate in the Writing Process Blog Tour.¬† I’ve been reading the answers to¬†the given¬†questions by other bloggers who have¬†participated and I have to say it’s been enlightening to not only read about other writers, but to see how their process works.

I don’t know about you, but I’m always open to learning something that may work better or enhance what I’m already doing.¬† I will be¬† the first to admit that I simply write because I love to write and never gave the rest of “the business”¬†much thought until¬†the past year and a half.¬†¬†For me it’s¬†a learn-as-I-go process.¬† And how I love to learn! ūüôā

Be sure to check out¬†Rachel’s blog. She is a brilliant ray of sunshine and has a contagious love of life. Thank you Rachel! ūüôā

Here are the answers to my questions, followed by the links to three + other bloggers I have tagged so you can check out their answers on May 26th.

1.  What am I working on at the moment?

I’m currently working on the final revision of my novel, The Inheritance.¬† Through the years I’ve written a few first drafts that lay cozily tucked within a filing cabinet drawer, but this is the first I’ve chosen to carry through to publication.¬† Let me tell you, it’s given me a whole new respect for published authors as I realize all there is to do after the fun of getting the story down on paper–or to the computer.¬† The things I thought I was good at–like grammar–I’ve learned there is so much I didn’t have down like I thought I did.¬† However, now that I’m able to see the finish line, I’m getting renewed energy and enthusiasm to take my latest first draft, The Last Resort, through to the finish line as well.

2.  How does my work differ from others of its genre?

I’m not sure it differs from all others in my genre, or it would be in a genre of its own. But if I were to mention one area that I have noticed, it’s that despite it being women’s fiction and it has it’s share of relational content, it covers real life issues without the “drama mama stuff” that is exhausting in real life. I like to portray real life issues but also show hope–showing light in the darkness. I also try to avoid profanity and unnecessary crassness because I truly believe God blessed me with my ability to write and my love of writing.¬† That being the case,¬†He is¬†the One I want to please more than anyone¬†with my writing. I choose to tell a story by honoring God rather than promoting what goes against Him.

3.  Why do I write what I do?

I write what I do because I love to read¬†the¬†kind of fiction I write – fiction that shares the joy of living a spiritual life without being preachy.¬† Although I love to read a lot of other genres as well.¬† And I have stories that come into my head that I can’t wait to share with others.

4.  How does my writing process work?

I don’t really have a tried and true process yet. I guess I could say it’s a work in progress to find what works best.¬† I work full-time in a job that pays the bills, I’m¬†a mom to two grown boys whose lives I’m so fortunate to still be a large part of, grandma to one toddler and step-grandma to 5 , and wife to an amazing husband who I love to spend time with. Whew! So with all that, I try to write daily, but am not always successful with that goal.¬† With The Inheritance and The Last Resort I wrote the first draft in 30 days by participating in NaNoWriMo.¬† The revision process has been¬†the biggest learning process and is what I’m trying to achieve with the least amount of pain. But the pain has also been my biggest motivator and teacher. ūüôā ¬†

Jacque @ http://godisms.wordpress.com

Marie @ http://writingwingsforyou.com

Angela @ http://authorangelachristinaarcher.wordpress.com

Amanda @ http://insidethelifeofmoi.wordpress.com