Thursday, July 28, 2016

Patience Now for Writers & Dreamers

by Henry McLaughlin @RiverBendSagas

There is a scene in Star Wars, Episode IV, where Luke is attacking the Death Star, about to drop a bomb down a chute to the core of the weapon. His wing commander tells him, “Wait for it. Wait for it.

Did you know the Lord tells us basically the same thing? In Habakkuk 2:2 – 3 (NLT) the prophet writes:

Then the Lord said to me, “Write my answer plainly on tablets, so that a runner can carry the correct message to others. This vision is for a future time. It describes the end, and it will be fulfilled. If it seems slow in coming, wait patiently, for it will surely take place. It will not be delayed.

How many of us have ever prayed along the lines of: Lord, fill me with Your patience. NOW? I think we all have in one form or another. We have a dream, a desire, a goal and it feels like it’s never going to happen.

I discovered this verse nearly twenty years ago when I was believing for a job with a large ministry. And believing. And believing. And believing. I had made sure to write my goals based on the call God placed on my life at that season. Submitted applications but the call for an interview seemed like it would never come. The Lord did open the door for me—just not the one I had planned—and I worked for the ministry for ten years.

God has a call for each of us, an ultimate plan.
I do believe God has a call for each of us, an ultimate plan He wants us to live out. But He can’t always simply thrust us into that dream. We need to grow into it, we need to be prepared for promotion, for the work we will have to do to achieve all He wants us to accomplish. When I look back over my life, I see how each place I had in ministry, each job I had in the world, prepared me for the next step in God’s plan.

Now I can see how each position and place prepared me to write the words he gives me, words to minister hope, reconciliation, redemption, and restoration.

And I can see how He tried to develop patience in me. I didn’t always cooperate with Him. Sometimes, I still don’t. To be patient—to wait for it—is really a test of faith. Do I trust Him enough to do what He tells me, which is write, and trust He will find the best way to get my words to the readers? Patience really asks—
Do I trust His timing?

God is never late. He’s never early either. He’s always right on time. But His time is not always my time.

Do I trust Him enough to believe his promise “…it will surely take place. It will not be delayed…”?

How do you handle those times when it seems like your dream will never arrive?


Henry’s debut novel, Journey to Riverbend, won the 2009 Operation First Novel contest. 

He serves as Associate Director of North Texas Christian Writers. 

Henry edits novels, leads critique groups, and teaches at conferences and workshops. He enjoys mentoring and coaching individual writers. 

Connect with Henry on his blogTwitter and Facebook.

Wednesday, July 27, 2016

Excellence Today Will Ensure Writing Success Tomorrow

by DiAnn Mills @DiAnnMills

Professional writers achieve success by initiating effective practices that increase their skills and self-confidence. The moment they accept the writing challenge, they develop a plan of action by studying how others have attained their goals.

Writing and thriving with sellable manuscripts require a tremendous amount of work. Each writer is different in his approach and method, but by following the steps of established bestsellers, we can make a name for ourselves in the world of publishing.

Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Fact From Fiction—Is There a Difference?

by Eva Marie Everson @EvaMarieEverson

In the past few years I’ve found myself in a strange predicament.
For a fiction writer, I’ve been telling a lot of truths.
This realization began years ago when I heard the story of Joan Hunt Zimmerman. My friend, Sharon Decker, who happened to also be a friend of Mrs. Zimmerman told me about her. “What do you think,” she said, “of a woman who comes from England to American after World War II, moves in with four strangers, and ends up buying a wedding dress with them?”

Monday, July 25, 2016

Grow Your Blog by Using Twitter

by Edie Melson @EdieMelson

I’ve never met anyone who has a blog and doesn’t want it to grow. One of the best ways to see that growth is to spend a little bit of time with Twitter. With the judicious use of Hashtags and a little consistent tweeting you can add another layer to your blog audience. Here’s how:

Sunday, July 24, 2016

Make a Name for Myself? Or Make a Self for My Name?

Edie here. Today I'm excited to introduce you to the newest member of our blogging team here at The Write Conversation. I've been a fan of Rhonda's for years and I'm so excited to also call her my friend. I'm sure you'll be as blessed as me by her wit and wisdom. 

Make a Name for Myself? Or Make a Self for My Name?    
by Rhonda Rhea @RhondaRhea

Life as an author has enough unabashed self-promotion connected to it to make most normal people blush. Or at least make them a little uncomfortable. Me? I’ve tried repeatedly to convince my publisher that a life-sized cardboard cutout of me would be a good idea. Of course, mostly I’ve wanted to have it at a book-signing sometime just so I could say something like, “I’m so happy to be here that I’m beside myself.”

Friday, July 22, 2016


By Edie Melson @EdieMelson

How do you find rest? Kirk and I live to retreat to the mountains- or sometimes the seaside.

Share your answers in the comment section below.

I also invite you to use this image any way you like online. Post it to your blog, share it on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, anywhere you'd like. All I ask is that you keep it intact, with my website watermark.

Don't forget to join the conversation!

Why You Won’t Submit Your Writing After a Conference

By Lori Hatcher @LoriHatcher2

You attended a writers conference recently and met with industry professionals. You pitched a book, an article, or a blog post, and someone said the words you hoped to hear, “Yes! Send it to me.”

Yet 70 percent of you won’t submit it.

This surprising statistic is why most wanna-be writers won’t make it. Not because they’re not good enough, but because they won’t try. And try. And try again.