Genesis 5020

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Excelling at the Craft of Writing: 101 Ideas to Move Your Prose to the Next Level August 31, 2016

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Looking to elevate your craft? Since 2011, the WordServe Water Cooler—the official blog of the WordServe Literary Agency—has allowed writers to encourage, engage, and enrich each other on their writing journeys. Now, the best of the Water Cooler’s writing on craft has been compiled in one place. Whether you write fiction or nonfiction, have been working on a novel for decades or are just dipping your toes into the world of publishing, the tips and tricks offered here will take your craft to the next level. The easy-to-read, engaging essays cover a range of topics, from organizing and outlining your work to creating powerful characters and dialogue to fine-tuning your language, style, and voice. With proven advice from more than thirty published authors, Excelling at the Craft of Writing moves from the first seeds of starting your writing project up to the last stages of creating a proposal and pitching your work to agents. For any writer hoping to reinvigorate their writing, this is the place to start.

My thoughts:

No matter what your interest in writing, fiction, non-fiction, devotionals, you will find value in this book.

Each chapter is super short, which makes if very easy to pick up, read a nugget and put it down and pick back up when you have a minute. I really appreciated that as I seem to only have a few minutes at a time most days.

What is exciting about this book is that this is the first in a series full of wonderful advice for the aspiring writer.

I am mostly interested in writing fiction but I found value in reading the chapters on non-fiction as well, because you never know and it could even help with writing a blog or an article for a magazine.

If you are a writer and looking for something to spark your brain this is a book you will want to have ready to read.

Grab your copy at your local book store, Amazon, Barnes and Noble or your favorite retailer.

A copy of this book was given to me in exchange for an honest review. 


My Writing Journey July 18, 2014

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writing-13931299342873AvD[2]Today I have a guest post over at Kristena Tunstall’s blog. I share my writing journey beginning as a child until now. Don’t worry, it isn’t very long. It would be great you popped over there and supported her blog. While your there check out her story, she has a Genesis 5020 that I am sure will touch your heart.

Click here to check it out.

Have a wonderful weekend!


Write to the Point March 7, 2012

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Welcome to Write to the Point Wednesdays.

Last week I said I would do a couple of author interviews a month. Well, I have received so many responses from authors who want to talk to you that Write to the Point is going to be focusing on interviews and giveaway, at least for a while. I might pop in with progress on my work but I am looking forward to helping these other authors get their message out too. I am asking each author to share their Genesis 5020, I think it will be exciting to hear their stories.

I hope you will participate in the giveaways, there will be books of all kinds. Even if you don’t normally read fiction or maybe the genre that is being given away, please consider entering and giving the book away to someone else, or just try something new. Pass these posts along to your friends who enjoy reading.

I thought for this first post I would let you have a sneak peek at my back cover blurb I wrote for my book, A Bridge of Promise. This too is a WIP and could — and should —  undergo revision. Here is your first glimpse at what my book is all about.

“You’re trash. You’ll never amount to anything.” These are the words Ella Bradshaw heard from her father most of her life, and she believed him. Then Collin Kilbride kiss’s her one summer and tells her she’s beautiful. For the first time Ella allows hope to flourish in her heart. Maybe someone loved her after all.

For a year Ella holds on to the promise of Collin’s words. But the day she reveals her feelings to him she discovers he plans to marry someone else.

 Following that crushing blow Ella learns her entire confession of love was overheard by Luke Schilling, a friend of Collin’s. Luke promises to keep her secret and Ella finds herself trusting a complete stranger.

Even after Collin makes his feelings clear Ella vows to capture Collin’s heart. When Grace, Collin’s wife, reveals everything’s not as perfect as it appears, Ella has the foothold she needs to win Collin’s affections.

But Ella can’t out run the forces that pull at her — an expected pregnancy, her parent’s financial difficulties and the constant presence of Luke. She is pushed into making choices that lead her down a dangerous road of destruction and loneliness.  A road that leads her further and further away from the bridge that could give her the promise of love.

There you have it, you are the first to get a peek at my baby.

Be sure to check out Write to the Point next week as we will have our first author and book to gaveaway.


Part III-I Remember March 2, 2012

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I have an exciting announcement to make.

 Starting next week I will be posting on Wednesdays as well as Fridays. I am calling it Write to the Point Wednesdays.

Last week I finished the frist draft of my work in progress (WIP). I will start sharing some of the writing journey and my WIP.

Even more exciting, I will start interviewing authors on Wednesdays. I already have one lined up for April. Authors are really just normal people like you and me. Well,I guess to call writers normal is probably not entirely true, since we are known to hear voices in our heads.

Also, on Write to the Point I will share about books I have read that I think you might enjoy.

Write to the Point is where I will start giving away books, but you can only win if you make a comment on those posts. I can’t wait to see what God has planned for Write to the Point.

Part III:

April 4, 1990 I wrote in my journal: “I’ve done things with (name removed to protect identity) when I was only four. He used to touch me. I felt so dirty, but I liked it, except one time I didn’t want any.”

I apologize if the statement above upsets you, it upsets me. Pity fills me for the young girl who wrote that. Pity because she was so deceived by the enemy’s lies. Pity because that young girl wanted love so desperately but had no idea how to find it.

At that point in my life I felt I was nothing if I didn’t have a boyfriend. I know most fourteen-year-old girls feel this way. But I was obsessed with having someone, anyone, like me. My journal entries are filled with suicide threats and an overall sense of hopelessness.

People who have been abused carry the weight of shame because of statements like the one above. Our minds are twisted because we think we liked it, we didn’t stop it. The blame rests on our shoulders.

April 4, 1990 was the first time I ever wrote what happened to me. But I recalled the events a few years before 1990.

In middle school things started to come together in my mind.  I don’t know what caused me to remember. Between the time of the abuse and the time I realized what happened to me, I never gave it much thought. I do remember odd things during that time; like standing in a room and feeling naked or dirty. I never understood why. Looking back I see shame and guilt covered me.

Shame and guilt are heavy. Darkness is their companion. I wanted light but I had no idea how to find it.

But you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people for his own possession, that you may proclaim the excellencies of him who called you out of darkness into his marvelous light. 1 Peter 2:9 ESV

I love verses about light. Find a verse about light that speaks to you and share it with us.