Some days we writers feel like we’re Down for the Count—DFC Zone. You know what I’m talking about. It’s the ugly stepsister to creativity. When it hits, we call for a tow truck to get rid of our writing goals.We’re whipped.Bitter.Tired.Frustrated.Overwhelmed.Wanna quit.Hungry for the wrong reasons.Family not cooperating.Not sleeping or sleeping all the time.Holidays have us stressed to the max.Have I touched on your complaint yet? Learn more.
Life isn’t easy. It hands us both good and life experiences. Those experiences mold us that we draw upon to use in our stories. This article highlights that.
Each of us has certain talents and abilities; that’s life. Some are good with numbers, others are good with athletics, and some are good with music. As I’ve gone through life, I’ve always enjoyed writing and putting my thoughts on paper. However, I never knew how big of an impact writing would have on my life.
I’ve gone through two life-altering car crashes. The first, I was a victim in; the second, I was responsible for. After suffering major head trauma as a result of the first crash, I was counseled to do some journaling as a form of therapy. I began journaling and writing about my emotions and challenges and the words continued to flow onto the computer screen. Miraculously, after extensive therapy, my mental capabilities returned to their normal levels! Learn more.
Creative ideas come from many different resources. Today’s featured article provides some helpful ideas to generate writing prompts.
I’m pretty sure there is a book (or a story, a poem or song) buried in most of us, either borne of experience or imagination. A creative idea is like a trembling newborn fawn, unsteady and blinking against the light. The trick is coaxing it out into the open and nurturing it enough that it has the strength to stand tall and proud and shout, “This is who I am. You may not like or appreciate me, but I do ask that you respect me.” Who could throw stones and barbs at something so pure of intention, so noble of heart? Learn more.
Here’s an article that thanks writers for all their hard work. If you are a writer and need encouragement, read this one.
One of the great joys of winter to me, besides the holidays, is carving out some extra time for me. I’m a lover of hot chocolate. I love to read. I believe these two were made for each other.
That extra time I’ve carved out I spend curled up in my favorite chair, with a light blanket, a book and a cup of hot chocolate. Now I am ready for the author to transport me into whatever world they’ve chosen to send me. This time for me is comforting, enjoyable and relaxing. Learn more.
Merry Christmas to you and yours!
Guest Post from the author of Soul Scents: Awaken
Ten Years and It’s Still True
What I found was joyously stunning.
Recently I read through hundreds of devotionals I’d written over a span of more than ten years. I was deciding which devotional thoughts I wanted to include my latest book project, Soul Scents ~ A Journey in the Son’s Embrace, which offers four volumes of devotional reading: Awaken, Rooted, Bloom, and Flourish. As I read, made my choices, and edited my heart rejoiced because I still believed it all.
The journey of the last ten years has been arduous, but the glorious truths our sweet Savior taught me along the way stand the test of time.
I may have been naïve in 2004 before the big storms hit. Back then I wrote in wonder as I absorbed new understanding of who Jesus is. I may not have understood how deeply the concepts I penned would be tested. I certainly didn’t understand what I was praying as I offered my thoughts of praise and surrender, nor did I guess how God would take me at my word.
But I’m delighted to report it’s all true.
I edited word counts and clunky sentences, but the foundational concepts which I so naively typed many years ago needed no revision. And guess what? The devotionals I penned a few weeks ago are again written in wonder as I “absorb new understanding of who Jesus is.”
In 2004 I invited readers to go with me on a journey into the heart of Jesus. I declared we’d never run out of places to discover, and we never have. He shows us glimpses of His character then allows life experiences to solidify the understanding of the insight. Over time He takes initial understanding deeper and reveals new wonders of His Person.
To be vulnerable, our family rode some difficult waters after the earlier devotionals were written. In spring of 2015 I tried to write about the really hard years, but I often dissolved into tears at the computer.
The Lord called me away from those efforts and invited me to spend time with Him. I journaled, did some more Bible study in the Song of Solomon, and rested. Truth be told I spent a lot of time talking to my plants last summer! And the Lord, always the Healer, did what He does best and healed me.
In the fall the Lord released me back into focusing on development of Soul Scents. I wasn’t really surprised (although I was very pleased) when those months of seeking God resulted in devotions for volumes 3 & 4 of this collection. Even though I believed I was not productive last year, I was writing the rest of this series without knowing it.
I love how organic that is.
I’m excited to offer fellow travelers a year’s journey in the Son’s embrace. It begins with volume 1, Soul Scents: Awaken, and continues with a new devotional book releasing each quarter of 2016.
Now available on Kindle and in print. ~ Soul Scents: Awaken
Author, speaker, and mom of four, Paula Moldenhauer encourages others to be released into full potential through freedom in Christ and the empowerment of God’s grace. Published over 300 times in non-fiction markets, her first devotional book series, Soul Scents, releases in four volumes beginning with Soul Scents: Awaken. Paula’s first two novels released in 2012. Sometimes empty-nesters, Paula and her husband, Jerry, enjoy four adult children and a wonderful son-in-law. Paula loves peppermint ice cream, walking barefoot and talking to her flowers. For inspirational articles, book information, and speaking topics visit: www.paulamoldenhauer.com
This story is so interesting. It might make a great setting for a novel.
Rat race? Patrick Schmidt chose the open road, instead.
Schmidt bought an old school bus back in March, and worked with his father to convert it into a teeny home on wheels. Then he hit the gas. So far, he’s traveled more than 10,000 miles and hit 30 states. Learn more.