Thursday, September 24, 2015
7 Essential Habits
Habits. We all have them. Some are good, some not so much. I have a habit that began when I was very young - the habit of writing every day. Truth be told, I write almost all day long. When it’s not happening in a notebook or on a computer it’s happening in my head. I can’t help myself. It’s how I’m wired.
So there are a few things I have to be careful of lest I let this habit take over my life and destroy aspects that need to be there. I have to make sure I make room for other important things – like my relationship with God and my family. I’m a pastor’s wife so there has to be time for church events and relationships being built there too. And there has to be time to take a break – time to enjoy the amazing world around me and just be. I have to make sure I’m learning and growing in all these areas of my life, not just the writing life. Balance is key and priorities often have to be adjusted.
That’s why I was thrilled to hear about InScribe’s new anthology, 7 Essential Habits of Christian Writers. That’s why I was thrilled to know that my submission, Front Pew. Sunday. would be part of it. As I wrote that piece I realized the lesson I learned that day is one I will likely have to keep learning over and over again. Life has a way of wearing us down, of pushing the things we know to be true, the things we have learned the hard way, into the background. We need the reminders to bring out the truth again. We need the habits, the good habits, built into our lives and set in stone like a concrete foundation that holds us and keeps us strong.
7 Essential Habits of Christian Writers is a tool that will help all writers of faith take the steps needed as they grow in all aspects of their lives - in their career, their calling, their faith and their family.
And no one can deny we all need all the help we can get.
I love the variety this book contains:
-Written by 28 Canadian authors
-Poetry, articles, devotionals, and short stories
-7 themes: time with God, healthy living, time management, honing writing skills, crafting a masterpiece, submitting your work, and marketing
On Friday evening, September 25, 2015, InScribe Christian Writers' Fellowship will be launching the paperback edition of the book. You can still join in the celebration by purchasing a ticket for the banquet (http://inscribe.org/product/fall-conference-banquet/). Better yet, come join us for the whole conference! (http://inscribe.org/events/fall-conference/) You can also purchase your own copy of the book in either e-book or paperback format at http://mybook.to/ChristianWriters1.
Right now, you are invited to follow along as many of the contributing authors of 7 Essential Habits of Christian Writers participate in a blog hop. I encourage you to click on the links below to see what each author shares. Comments would be appreciated, and if you like what you read remember to share the post on your favourite social media sites :)
Ruth L. Snyder http://ruthlsnyder.com/blog/ Monday, September 14th
Brenda Wood http://heartfeltdevotionals.com
Wednesday, September 16th
Janet Sketchley http://janetsketchley.ca/tenacity-blog/ Friday September 18th
Jack Popjes http://www.jackpopjes.com/category/blog/ Monday, September 21st
Kimberley Payne http://kimpayne.wordpress.com Wednesday, September 23rd
Steph Nickel https://stephseclecticinterests.wordpress.com Monday, September 28th
Sally Meadows http://sallymeadows.com/blog Wednesday, September 30th
Tracy Krauss http://www.tracykraussexpressionexpress.com Friday, October 2nd
Glynis Belec http://www.glynisbelec.com/blog.html Monday, October 5th