The Balance Between Mom and Writer

I started writing when my kids were five, two, and a newborn, and I was starting my first year of homeschool. My husband was in college and worked at night. We were poor. LOL. I started writing during naptime, but by the time I started getting book contracts, my kids were too old for naps, we still homeschooled, and my kids were home all day. So for years I wrote when they were around the house—usually in the afternoon. I {Read More}

Rewriting is the Real Work of Writing

Rewriting is the Real Work of Writing I get letters almost daily from people who want to write a novel. Most of them have started one, and some are close to the end of their book. But once the writing starts, the fears come quickly. We know what we want to say. We know what story we want to share . . . but the words on the page often don’t match. We look at our manuscript and see that {Read More}

Free Printables for Writing Your Novel

Free Printables for Writing your Novel Are you interested in writing a novel but you don’t want to start? Do you learn by doing? Do you want easy-to-use worksheets to help novel writing made sense? I’ve pulled together a ton of FREE Printables for you. A few are mine, but most of them are awesome resources that I’ve found around the Internet. Yay! FREE Printables for your next novel, collected by @TriciaGoyer! Click To Tweet   Story Ideas Create a Writer’s {Read More}

Fall 2014: Favorite Blogs

My Favorite Blogs: Fall 2014 As a writer, I’m honored to have my work featured on some of my favorite blogs. I thought I’d share the blog-love with the readers on my own site too! Here they are, in no particular order… The Mob Society: FOR Moms of Boys, BY Moms of Boys Created in 2010 by Erin Mohring and Brooke McGlothlin, The MOB Society has quickly become a beacon of hope for boy moms, and the online home for all things boys. With five {Read More}

Sometimes I’ve Felt Like My Heart Has Been Mangled With a Wire Brush.

Sometimes I’ve Felt Like My Heart Has Been Mangled With a Wire Brush. While most writers might want our books to sell more, many writers are surprised by the challenges that come with that kind of success. I’m not talking about fame, notoriety, and greater demands. (Although those are challenges, too.) I’m talking about God’s sanctification process. It seems to me the greater influence one has, the more God’s really going to dig in and help you dig out the {Read More}

Why I Write Romance Novels

Why I Write Romance Novels I’ve gotten the question more than once, “You write romance novels?” I can see the confusion in the eyes of the person asking the question. She looks like such a sweet person. . . . Why would she write THAT? First, I want to defend romance. The Bible is filled with romantic stories—just look at Ruth and Boaz or Mary and Joseph! Romance isn’t just about butterflies in our stomachs and heart-pounding attraction. It’s about {Read More}

Do You Know Who Your Audience Is?

Do you know who your audience is? I have to admit I’m still trying to figure this out; after all, people’s tastes are as varied as the people themselves. There are those who read cozy mysteries, others suspense, others romance (of varying degrees). And while there are many CBA (Christian Book Association) readers who love to read the latest new and different thing, there is a large audience of people who enjoy sweet stories, simply told. These books are engaging {Read More}

How to Juggle Parenting and Writing

I was interviewed recently by Dorothy Adamek at Australasian Christian Writers about all things writing! Check out part of the interview below and read the rest (including my writing process tips and more) here. As a fiction AND non-fiction writer, I imagine you’ve got several projects on your mind at the one time. Do you have any tips on balancing writing deadlines and family and other commitments? How does @TriciaGoyer juggle #parenting and #writing? Read her tips: Click To Tweet Currently I’m {Read More}

The Sights and Scents of Life

  The Sights and Scents of Life Recently on my Facebook page I asked, “What scent or sound immediately takes you back to childhood?” I love the responses that came through. Here are a few of them: Carolann E: The smell of a live Christmas tree. I used to lay on my tummy and play with the little plastic town and the train that my dad set up every year and sing Christmas carols. Jennifer C: The smell of burning {Read More}

Podcast: Living Inspired: MaryLu Tyndall | Shauna Niequist

Living Inspired ~ Thursday 3CT (11/21/13) To listen to the interview: go here and click on the player in the upper right corner of the screen.  This week on Living Inspired, please welcome author of new book Forsaken Dreams (Barbour Books, 2013), MaryLu Tyndall and Bread and Wine (Zondervan, 2013) author Shauna Niequist. If you’re reading this after 11/21/13 you’ll be able to find this show . . . and all my shows in the archive section. For your chance {Read More}

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