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|Posted on September 8, 2020 at 9:05 AM||comments (3)|
Therefore I run in such a way, as not without aim; I box in such a way, as not beating the air; No, I strike a blow to my body and make it my slave so that after I have preached to others, I myself will not be disqualified for the prize. I Corinthians 9:26,27, NLT
I got up one morning to accomplish my writing routine for the day. Although I expended a lot of time putting words down on paper, after looking at what I had written I realized I had just been "punch...Read Full Post »
|Posted on August 14, 2020 at 11:55 AM||comments (0)|
In your strength I can crush an army. With my God I can scale any wall. Psalms 18:29, NLT
But I have given as much I know how to give. I have nothing else to say; I have nothing left to give!
Those are the words I told my editor after receiving her feedback about a manuscript I sent her to review. I had labored for hours writing the manuscript and felt like I had given it my all. Yet she sent it back letting me k...Read Full Post »
|Posted on August 14, 2020 at 8:40 AM||comments (0)|
I am currently in the process of publishing another book and at the stage of having to choose a cover design. And because I have spent countless hours perusing pictures and talking to my graphic designer about the concept I want for the cover of my book, sometimes I feel like I should just design the cover myself.
And to a great degree, I am doing just that. Because I've chosen to self-publish, that means I not only wear the role of the writer of my book, but also the role o...Read Full Post »
|Posted on May 25, 2020 at 2:55 PM||comments (0)|
"Ms. Stokes, your manuscript has been received."
This is the message I received today after submitting my manuscript to a publisher who requested to review it for possible publication. I can't begin to explain the many feelings I experienced after I hit the submit button. The feelings of joy and happiness knowing I had finally sent my manuscript to a publisher. The feelings of elation and excitement knowing a publisher would now read my manuscript and let me know if it...Read Full Post »
|Posted on May 18, 2020 at 11:10 AM||comments (0)|
I enjoy watching documentaries of how great athletes came
into being. And watching the documentary called The
Last Dance these last few weeks about Michael Jordan was
a reminder once again that great athletes aren't just born,
they are made.
You see, Michael Jordan's documentary illustrated that he
didn't become a great player simply because of his innate
talent; while that was a good start, Michael became a great
player because he p...Read Full Post »
|Posted on April 21, 2020 at 10:25 AM||comments (0)|
I didn’t feel like writing my blog post today. I needed to write my blog post so I'd have it ready to include in my weekly newsletter, but the motivation just wasn't there. So I almost didn't write a blog post for today's newsletter. Until I remembered my why.
You see, my why determines why I write. My why is my purpose for writing. It helps me get up every day and stay committed to my writing goals. And it reenergizes me when the journey of writing ge...Read Full Post »
|Posted on April 21, 2020 at 9:25 AM||comments (1)|
Lewis Carroll’s book, Alice In Wonderland, perfectly illustrates the importance of goal setting during an exchange between Alice and the Cheshire Cat.
Alice asks, “Would you tell me please, which way I ought to go from here?”
The cat replies, “That depends a good deal on where you want to get to.”
“I don’t much care where—“
“Then it doesn’t matter which...Read Full Post »
|Posted on December 31, 2019 at 9:30 AM||comments (0)|
Can you believe it? Another year is almost done.. And as I reflect today on the lessons I’ve learned in 2019 as a self-published author, here are ten I’d like to share with you in my last blog post for the year:
Lesson # 1 – If I had to do it over again this year, I would pay a fee and submit a book proposal to a Christian Manuscript Submission service
Although this resource is mainly for aspiring Christian authors who want...Read Full Post »
|Posted on October 1, 2019 at 8:45 AM||comments (0)|
At the Lord’s directions, Moses kept a written record of their progress. Numbers 33:2 NLT
Recently I attended the funeral of a friend’s father. Initially, I found it difficult sitting through the funeral because I didn’t know him. But as I listened to what others said about my friend’s father and watched his life scroll across the monitor, I was connected to him by his story.
At the Lord’s direction, Moses recorded the ...Read Full Post »
|Posted on August 13, 2019 at 9:35 AM||comments (0)|
Go and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the son and the Holy Spirit. Matthew 28:19, 20, NLT
I’m always excited to hear when my Pastor puts emphasis on our congregation going outside of the walls of our church to share the good news of Jesus Christ, for it’s just a reminder of our primary purpose as Christians – to go and make disciples.
Did you know that your primary purpose as a...Read Full Post »