Friday, February 1, 2008

Writing for the Soul Conference

Scoti, Tiffany and I are attending the Christian Writers Guild's Writing for the Soul conference. I met Tiffany at a Guild conference 5 years ago. I still remember asking her, "Why are you here?"
Her answer?
"I don't know."
Five years later, Tiffany knows what she is called to write and she's pursuing her passion.
We're at our fifth conference--and now we're sitting back and watching Scoti enjoy her first one--and refinding her passion.
Author Lee Strobel, author of The Case for Faith, was the keynote speaker last night. He's a great storyteller, and he shared some things he's learned through the years as a writer.
One thing he said bears repeating:

If you run into a wall, look for a door.

That statement could be true about a lot of areas in your life, but apply it to your writing.
Are you running into a wall with your novel? Are you stalling out on your articles? Can't get an agent or editor interested?
Then stop banging your head against the same wall, the same way.
Step back and look for a door.
Think of another way to get through to your goal of publication. Rethink your plot or your main character or your book proposal or your query letter.
If you can't think of new ideas or angles, brainstorm with some writing buddies. Maybe they'll see something you don't.

See you on the other side of the conference.


Tiffany Stuart said...

Wow, what a ride! Loved meeting and praying for new friends, pitching book and article ideas, learning more about the craft, and being reminded this is a call from God.

And the best part was being with you two. Making the memory together as friends and writing comradea.

I've got your back!

Tiffany Stuart said...

Comrades... not comradea...

Wish blogger had spell check.

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