Sunday, June 27, 2010

Fellowship with writers

If you're visiting my blog, I'd first like to say THANK YOU!  I'm not savvy with the blog but I'm learning and trying to get better.  ;)  I love the picture posted here because it reminds me of a quiet summer, Sunday afternoon, sitting outside and talking to family.  I decided to post today about Fellowship with writers.  I've been lucky enough to have found a few great groups to join and have been absolutely BLESSED beyond words to have been given the opportunity to be a published author with White Rose Publishing.  The writers there are amazing women.  They help with promotions, reviews, encouraging words, and prayers when needed.  These women are always an email away and have made my experiences as a new author wonderful.  Without their friendships, I would have felt very alone.  Thinking about all of this allowed me to remember what it was like when I started writing and did feel very alone in my journey.  I started writing 12 years ago and have had many ups and downs during that time.  I almost quit too many times to count.  However, I realized that it was God calling me to do this and I had to come back to it.  I often said that if I ever walked away and didn't miss it, then I wasn't meant to do it.  I always missed it.  Always.

I think of myself as a pretty strong person.  I had the willingness to stick to it.  I had the drive and the determination.  I also had published friends who wouldn't let me quit.  (Thank you Michelle Perry and Dianne Miley!!)  But what about those who don't have that steady support.  I've decided to use my blog to help those who need that support.  I hope to post some gem of wisdom at least once a week to give unpublished authors a little encouragement.  If I can do this for 12 years before publication, then anyone can!  So if you're reading this and you're struggling with staying in the game, or throwing in the towel...come back often to receive a pat on the back and come encouraging words.  Just know you're not alone and we've all been where you are.

Until next time...

God Bless!
Theresa

4 comments:

  1. Theresa, what a wonderful idea! Yes, writing is a hard road. Sometimes I wonder why anyone (pre or post published) would want to do this. In truth, I could walk away physically but my mind would never stop creating stories. It is a calling indeed! At least we know that the One who called us will never abandon us in this journey.

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  2. Thank you, Kara! I agree that the strength I get to continue to pursue my writing doesn't come from me! I'd have quit long ago if that were the case. :) Thanks for commenting!

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  3. Theresa, thank you for the wonderful message. It was just what I needed. I am preparing to return to school tomorrow (I teach 7th grade) and am in the throes of promoting Mended Heart, which will be released next Friday. And...my brother and his wife and my nephew are visiting from Chicago. It has been a wild ride, and I'm not sure how everything will get done, but I know God is in control.

    ...Where your treasure is, your heart will be also...

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  4. Thank you, Mary. I teach 2nd grade and I know all too well how hard the first day of school is. I'll pray that it goes well for you. I honestly do not know how you teach middle school. No one can do that job unless God has truly called you! ;)

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