Are You a Procrastintor?

Do you have difficulty carving out the time to write? Maybe you want to write your next book, but have been too busy marketing your current one. Maybe you want to post regularly on your company publishing blog, but every time you go to write, something more urgent comes up.

Carving out time to write is difficult, especially if writing is not your main livelihood. If you are a chronic procrastinator or if you easily get distracted by more pressing issues when you sit down to write, there is help for you.

One website, 750Words.com, was developed just for you. On 750Word users are encouraged to write 750 words each day. The website tracks the word count for you. Your writings are kept private unless you want others to view them, and best of all, it’s free to use.

Of course, to use 750Words.com, you do have to make the time in your schedule. However, even if you chose to use the site a couple times a week and write 750 words each time, you may end up doing more writing than you currently are.

Head on over to 750Words.com today and start writing!

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Interesting Project

This month, 36 Northwest authors came together to write a full-length novel in six days. The writing was featured live on the Internet as it was happening. This was quite a literary feat!

The purpose of the project was to raise awareness for literacy and funds for two programs that promote writing.

The story titled The Novel! Live! can be read online at the project’s website.

Watch this trailer for the project and the novel.

I would love to see a group of Christian authors do a similar project to raise awareness for the Gospel and Christian literature. Any takers?

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Are You Well-Fed?

In his book The Well-Fed Self-Publisher, Peter Bowerman gives advice to self-published authors on how to promote their books to make money. His advice is good.

Are you well-fed?

I believe that Christian authors and publishers should be concerned with being well-fed. However, I think being well-fed spiritually is as important as being well-fed physically.

In Matthew 4:4, Jesus says, “Man shall not live on bread alone, but on every word that comes from the mouth of God.” Our souls need food. If we only feed our physical bodies, our souls will starve.

This leaves the question: How does one become a spiritually well-fed author or publisher?

In John 4:32-24, Jesus tells his disciples, “I have food to eat that you know nothing about…My food is to do the will of him who sent me.” That is our food also – to do the will of God.

If you are writing and publishing what God has called you to do, then you are doing God’s will and feeding your soul. I know an author who God has called to write on a certain topic. She is stalling out of fear and, instead, is writing other good things. What she has been called to write nags at her like constant hunger pains.

Has God called you to write or publish something, but you are hesitating?  I encourage you to boldly move forward with the project. Trust God to take care of you. Nothing satisfies like doing the will of God.

Be well-fed!

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Follow Your Dream

I recently read a touching story by a gentleman who makes his living writing. This author related that at one writers’ conference he attended, he noticed an older man standing in the back. This conference attendee looked out of place.

After approaching the attendee and introducing himself, the author discovered that the attendee was a janitor at a local community college. This was the janitor’s first writers’ conference. After harboring a life-long desire to write, his wife had encouraged him to attend the conference to pursue his dream.

The janitor then showed the author something he had written. It immediately became apparent that the janitor was fairly uneducated and needed some help with basic grammar. The author encouraged the janitor to take grammar classes at the community college where he worked since he could attend the classes free of charge as an employee of the institution. The author then promised to critique the janitor’s future writings.

After a year of critiquing the janitor’s monthly writings, correspondence stopped. The author called the janitor to find out why. Speaking to the wife on the telephone, the author discovered that the janitor had recently passed away.

After expressing his condolences, the author remarked that it was sad the janitor had never reached his goal of writing for publication. The wife told the author not to feel bad, that in the past year of her husband’s life he had been the happiest she had ever seen him.

The moral of this story is: Follow your dreams.

Proverbs 29:18 says, Where there is no vision, the people perish, and Psalms 37:4 promises, Delight yourself in the Lord, and he will give you the desires of your heart.

What is your dream? What is the desire of your heart?

God wants to give it to you, but you must take the first steps in that direction.

If your desire is to write a book for publication, then begin by attending a writers’ conference.

If your desire is to publish a book, then begin by educating yourself on the publishing and marketing process.

If your desire is to become a speaker to better promote your books, then start by taking a course on public speaking such as Toastmasters.

Now is the time to start. Don’t put it off. You don’t know the number of your days.

For years I have wanted to make a quilt out of squares of old jean material. I have collected jeans and stored them in my closet for the past five years. Recently, I decided it was time to take another step toward fulfilling my dream. Over the Thanksgiving holiday (when I officially turned one year older), I started cutting the jeans into squares. If I persevere, one step at a time, one day I will have a completed jean-square quilt.

How about you? What dream are you carrying? As we enter the New Year, may one of your goals be to pursue the dream you have long carried and begin taking steps to reach it.


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