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 ( Better yet, come join us for the whole conference! ( You can also purchase your own copy of the book in either e-book or paperback format at

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 Monday, September 14th

Brenda Wood

  Wednesday, September 16th

Janet Sketchley Friday September 18th 

 Jack Popjes Monday, September 21st

Kimberley Payne Wednesday, September 23rd

Steph Nickel Monday, September 28th

Sally Meadows Wednesday, September 30th

Tracy Krauss Friday, October 2nd

Glynis Belec Monday, October 5th


Ruth L. Snyder said...


Thanks for sharing about making room for what's important. I can definitely relate.

Looking forward to celebrating the book launch with you tomorrow!

Kimberley Payne said...

We are creatures of habit! I'm glad this book helps us to create and maintain healthy habits for writers.

Tracy Krauss said...

I can SO identify! I feel like I'm writing all day long, too, and like you said, we have to take the time to enjoy real life too. See you later at conference.

Jack Popjes said...

I, too, write in my head constantly. I sometimes wonder what people think when I'm alone in my car and they see me talking animatedly to no one.

Janet Sketchley said...

Writing in our heads, yes! And you're so right, Marcia, if we're not careful this good habit can expand and take over too much of our lives.