Here’s your weekly dose of inspiration for Chirstian Writers. Enjoy!
Dear Christian Indies,
It’s been a pretty subdued few months around the podcast, but now it’s time to put on your party hats and dancing shoes! Let’s celebrate!
The Christian Indie Writers’ hosts have accomplished an enormous feat – they’ve written and published a book together!
Jen, Tina, Rhonda, and Jamie are serious about helping writers advance on their own personal journey to publication, and that means YOU! Yes, Christian Indie, we wrote this book for you and others like you, who long to be more efficient in the precious moments carved out for writing. That’s why we wrote, “Thirty Days of Writing Sprint Prompts – An Instructional Workbook to Help You Establish a Daily Writing Habit.”
We know we’ve already talked about the importance of sprints to your writing ad nauseam, but that’s because of how strongly we believe in the power of writing sprints to propel you across the finish line! If you missed our chat in episode #108 about building your writing “muscle memory,” you’ll want to go back and check it out, now, then tune in this week as we delve into the four essays and dozens of sprint prompts we’ve packed into this book! You won’t want to miss it!
See you there,
Here’s your weekly inspiration for Christian Writers. Enjoy!
Hey Christian Indies,
I wonder what the open rate on this newsletter will be.
Like, when writers see the word, “sprint,” will they think, “wait a minute, when did I sign up for yet another health and fitness newsletter?”
Will they actually believe we, the hosts of the Christian Indie Writers’ Podcast, are planning to instruct other humans on the form and manner of running – very quickly – for short distances?
The short distance part sounds right….but…Hmm.
Obviously, I’m banking on the fact that you know us better than that, Christian Indie! And if you’re reading this far, that is definitely the case; you know that we know “sprinting” in the writers’ world has nothing to do with track shoes, and everything to do with finally getting your novel published! That’s right – sprinting is the key to unlocking the power to finish your novel’s first draft more quickly than you’d ever imagined.
Sprinting is also a great motivator. There is nothing like hearing the timer go off and realizing that you just wrote a hundred words or more without really “trying.” You’ll start to crave the exquisite feeling of writerly abandon you get when you embrace the white font challenge and write, write write!”
“But, I have so many questions!” I imagine you responding, “For example, what is the white font challenge? And, also, what is the most effective way to sprint?”
Well, Indie, we suspected you’d be asking, so we’re fixing to tell ya. Join us in the chat this week as Jamie, Jen, and Tina discuss our favorite sprinting technique in detail. You’ll leave equipped with everything you need to know in order to harness the power of word sprints and finish that first draft!
See you there,
But where to find writing prompts!? We’ve got the answer – we’ve written a book! More details coming in future installments of our newsletter, so stay tuned!
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Confession time, Christian Indies,
I almost quit writing twice last year.
Twice, it was the encouragement of a fellow writer that pulled me through.
It wasn’t expected – these were not people I regularly corresponded with – they were out of the blue messages of, “I believe in you.”
That was all it took to propel me forward.
I’ve tried to express my thanks to those folks who took time to reach out to edify and encourage me, but somehow I don’t think they will ever understand the deep gratitude I have for that one act of kindness, that moment when they were a beacon of hope in my otherwise dark career world.
Wouldn’t it be great to be that light for someone else?
Tune in this week for ideas of how you can be an encourager.
See you there,
A recent foray into the world of social media has brought a sad fact of reality profoundly to my attention: I have a boring life.
You see, I primarily peruse social media in order to read.
I enjoy reading about the happenings in the lives of other people, the opinions of my peers, or chronicles of events which obligation or distance prevented me from attending, often reacting with “care” or “love.”
But that is the extent of my participation: I’m not really much of a poster.
In fact, I think I’m more of what you call a “lurker.”
So, when I was recently challenged to increase my participation on social media (and, thus, build my “author’s platform,”), I found myself with quite a dilemma:
I had no idea what to say.
I mean, not on my author’s account, anyway. On my personal accounts, I have no issue. It’s easy enough to think of areas in your life your Mom or your Aunt Sally would like to receive updates about: but surely, my future audience – and new social-media-platform acquaintances – are not interested in the fact that my daughter’s prom pictures got rained out, or that I tried a new muffaletta recipe last weekend.
So, what are they interested in? Nothing that I could think of to post from the world of Jamie Hershberger. Thus, I reached the sad conclusion of my introductory announcement: I have a boring life.
Ever intrepid, I wonder now, “How can I overcome my interesting-life deficit sufficiently in order to connect with these people*, thereby creating from them connections, which eventually leads to ‘fans’, when I honestly, secretly, don’t even believe I am a writer, yet?”
Could that, perhaps, be the majority of the problem?
Tune in to find out,
PS – Sheesh. Since I’ve become a writer, I’ve discovered I am both a “pantser” and a “lurker”! I’m going to need a notebook page dedicated to keeping up with all my nicknames!
*Jen has told me I am not allowed to call them, “twits,” no matter how many times they may, “tweet.”
I first fully grasped the concept of an acronym while learning to write a Mother’s Day acrostic poem in Kindergarten. I remember struggling with the exercise. I mean, how many “good” adjectives are there that start with “M”, anyway? And you have to come up wtih TWO for a proper “MOM” acrostic!
Little did I realize how many acronyms I was going to encounter as an adult. I don’t even think the adults responsible for my care and upbringing were prepared to equip me, for the internet, with it’s LOL’s and SMH’s was still a long way in the future.
Thus, I was ill-prepared to face the barrage of confusing terms people throw around when they are talking about writing and launching a book. “It’s so hard to find a good BETA reader” they’d say. Or, “I’m having a bit of trouble recruiting for my ARC team!”
Who can keep it all straight?!
That’s why we at the Christian Indie Writer’s Podcast wanted to do this series on Launch and Review teams. We’ve already covered BETA readers, and now we’re going to sort the ALPHA’S from the BETA’s from the ARC’s, so you’ll be ready to commiserate with the “long time” writers next time you attend a meeting.
See you there,
If you’ve been around the independent publishing world for any amount of time, you’ve heard writer’s speak (often, lovingly,) of their “Team.” Sometimes, they specifically mention a “beloved BETA reader,” or a treasured member of “my ARC team.”
If you’re anything like me, these acronyms become interchangeable in your conversation, because they seem to overlap so much in common usage that you are certain you are referring to the same group of people, but BETA readers and ARC readers serve very different functions.
This week on the podcast, we discuss what a BETA reader is, why you want one, and where you can find one. In future episodes, we’ll cover what you can do with an ARC team of your very own!
Still have no idea what BETA or ARC even means? Tune in to this week’s podcast and the mystery shall be revealed!
See you there,
Last week, we talked about making your protagonist “pop.” But, without someone standing in his or her way, your story isn’t going to be very interesting. So, how do we create a “villain” worthy of the hero we created last week?
Tune in to find out.
See you there,
My son showed me an episode of, “Ants, Canada,” in which the owner of a “crazy yellow ant” colony decides the population is getting too large for the space he has for them. To control the population, a move which, mind you, would ultimately benefit the ants, the keeper introduced a mantis into the enclosure.
Did ants die? They did. Did the population benefit? They did.
So, you see, the keeper of the ants was really being wise when he “hurt” them.
Is it therefore true that we, as “keepers” of our characters, sometimes need to hurt them, in order to be doing a “good job?”
Tune in this week to find out and then visit our Jamie’s blog to read several examples of this concept. You can find her here: Writing Shorts
I’ll never forget Matt Dillon’s character in the movie “Singles,” who was just looking for the kind of girl who would say, “God bless you,” when he sneezed.
(“Gesundheit” is the German variation of this customary expression, a wish for “good health.”)
*** SPOILER ALERT ***
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He sneezes at one point in the movie and a girl, indeed, says “those three little words that mean so much.”
Totally adorable, right?
Except, sneezing itself is not adorable, nor are the airborne germs floating around post-”gesundheit”
It’s a bummer, but it’s true – cold and flu season is upon us. People are coughing and hacking all over the place. What’s a writer to do?
This week on the podcast, the ladies discuss strategies for staying healthy during the cold and flu season, as well as any time of year.
See you there!