Wisdom Wednesday: June Foster & Giveaway

As promised, we are back for the second round of Wisdom Wednesday this week! 

Today, I have author June Foster with us, and she has laid out a wonderful step by step writing tip guide. 

Plus, she is giving away an e-book copy of her newest release, so make sure you comment below!


Name: June Foster

 

Genre: Contemporary Romance

Latest Novel: A Harvest of Blessings

Writing Tip: 

Since I always seem to have a deadline, I love reading “how to” articles that are short and list the points with bullets. Could be I’m a minimalist. At least my daughter tells me I am.

Not sure if you’re like me, but a fantastic story idea suddenly occupies my brain, demanding to be told. I can see the setting and the characters as if a little TV had taken up residence in my mind. I wish the rest was that simple. Hopefully these steps will make it a little easier.

*After you’ve opened up a new doc, begin a process I call free writing. Don’t worry about grammar, spelling, or sentence structure. Just get your idea down in print. Let it flow without telling yourself this is lousy stuff. You can write the whole book like this or just a chapter at a time.

*Begin refining what you’ve written by examining the content. Does each event move the story forward? Are the character’s believable? Are your facts accurate? If not delete or tweak.

*After you’re pretty happy with the story, then examine sentence structure, action beats, sentence variation, and word choice. An author once suggested I make my writing sound more elegant. Will the narrative catch and hold the reader’s attention?

*Now go on a treasure hunt in every chapter. Use the “Find” function on the “Home” button on Word. Check for pet words. Any word can be a pet word if you use it too frequently. Here are some I tend to overuse. Just, still, that, back. Check for the over use of ing and ly.

* Run the spell/grammar check and see what turns up.

*Read each chapter aloud. You’ll be amazed what tweaks you need to make.

So, hopefully these points will help to simplify your writing process. Happy writing!

June, this is a wonderful list! I learned the hard way, (after a couple unfinished manuscripts) that I have to write the whole story first before I do any editing. Now, I’m trying to get myself to realize that I don’t have to write the story in order at first. That one is still hard for me, but I’m working at it! 

If you’ve been hanging out around my blog for long, you know that I love lists. This is a list that I will definitely print out and hang beside my computer!


 

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If there’s one thing Nadia Maguire knows, Jon Maguire robbed her of a godly marriage and left her in financial ruin. The night he was killed in an accident, guilt threatened to suffocate her. She wasn’t sorry he died.

When Nadia accidentally sits on a stranger’s lap in the graveyard where Jon is buried, she’s horrified to learn the good-looking guy with salt and pepper hair is her new boss.

Jared Abrams is a widower who longs to move on. He’s intrigued by the beautiful woman who puts God first in her life. But as their friendship grows, an unexpected obstacle separates them—his daughter Sarah. No one can replace her mother. Especially not Nadia Maguire whose son harmed her in high school.

If Nadia can’t find the funds to get her house ready to sell, she’ll have to balance two jobs with no time left to nurture a relationship with the man she loves. Will she and Jared find a Harvest of Blessings, or a season of drought?


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June Foster is an award-winning author who began her writing career in an RV roaming around the USA with her husband, Joe. She brags about visiting a location before it becomes the setting in her contemporary romances. June’s characters find themselves in precarious circumstances where only God can offer redemption and ultimately freedom. Find June at junefoster.com.


 

Thank you June for that fantastic How To Writing Checklist!

Make sure you check out June’s newest release, A Harvest of Blessings and connect with her on social media.

junefoster.com

https://www.amazon.com/author/junefoster

https://twitter.com/vjifoster

https://www.facebook.com/authorjunefoster

http://pinterest.com/junefoster

https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/5755395.June_Foster


Thank you for joining us today for this special edition of Wisdom Wednesday. June is graciously giving away an ebook copy of her book, so to be entered into the drawing, tell us in the comments below what part of June’s checklist you are most excited about trying. Winner will be announced in the comments section by 9/26/18.

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Wisdom Wednesday: Sara L. Foust

I know a lot of you may be heading to the ACFW Conference, or you’re plugging away at those word counts, but not only is today Wisdom Wednesday, but tomorrow will be as well. Yep, that’s right, you will get two doses of writing wisdom this week! And believe me, I need that extra dose this week to help me push towards that deadline goal this month.

I’m excited to have fellow Mantle Rock author, Sara L. Foust with us for Wisdom Wednesday today.

Welcome, Sara!

 


Name: Sara L. Foust

Genre: Inspirational Romantic Suspense

Latest Novel: Camp Hope: Journey to Hope, book #2 in the Love, Hope, and Faith Series

Writing Tip: 

Write every day. Though right now I’m having a hard time managing to write every single day, I find that when I do it keeps my story more prominently focused in my mind. I am a writer and if I never write I will not be able to make this into a career. So my goal is to write at least a little something every single day.

Exactly! I agree with you, sometimes there are so many other things that like to pull our attention away. I also struggle some in this area, but it’s a great reminder that we need to become disciplined.  

Favorite Writing Tip for New Writers:

Other than write every day, my advice is to never be afraid to be you. It is important to continually learn about the craft of writing and improve upon your skills, but it is also equally important to make sure you are true to your voice, perspective, and heart. Don’t let others try to change your writing style or convince you you’ll never make it. You will. Keep learning and keep writing.

Yes, I agree. Let your voice shine through. Keep learning. Keep writing. Keep going!


Camp Hope coverAMY DAWSON directs a summer camp for foster children near Briceville, Tennessee. A foster mom for the first time, her responsibilities as mother to a traumatized child bring a whole new set of challenges and joys.

But when Amy’s four-year-old foster daughter is dragged into the mountains of Royal Blue by a former employee, parenting challenges are overshadowed by a new nightmare. The Sheriff’s department fails to procure viable leads, and Amy can’t sit idle. Her childhood friend and first love, JACK EVANS, returns to lend his skills as tracker. Problem is, he also stirs up romantic memories Amy would rather leave buried.

Jack struggles to let go of his past failures and prove his reliability by bringing Mattie home, but fears when he left camp nineteen years ago and failed to keep a promise to Amy he permanently lost her confidence.

As Amy plunges into the wilderness on horseback to search for Mattie, she must decide who she trusts, let go of her childhood traumas, and learn to rely on hope in God. Facing dehydration, starvation, and a convoluted kidnapper, will she succeed in recovering her precious foster daughter or get lost in the vast wilderness forever?


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Sara is a multi-published, award-winning author who writes Inspirational Romantic Suspense from a mini-farm in East Tennessee, where she lives with her husband and their five homeschooled children. She earned her Bachelor’s degree in Animal Science from the University of Tennessee and is a member of American Christian Fiction Writers. Her debut novel Callum’s Compass won second place in Deep River Books’ 2017 Writer’s Contest. She also has a story, “Leap of Faith,” in Chicken Soup for the Soul: Step Outside Your Comfort Zone. Sara finds inspiration in her faith, her family, and the beauty of nature. When she isn’t writing, you can find her reading, camping, and spending time outdoors with her family. To learn more about her and her work or to become a part of her email friend’s group, please visit www.saralfoust.com


Thank you for visiting with us today, Sara, and reminding us that we need to become more disciplined in our writing by committing to writing something every day! Don’t forget to join us tomorrow for Wisdom Wednesday Part Two, with author June Foster.

Make sure you check out Sara’s newest release, Camp Hope and connect with her on social media and her blog. 

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Wisdom Wednesday: Michelle Griep

I’ve always heard that for every two or so fiction books you read, you should read a writing craft book. Writing is a craft, it’s not something that you can master and then never revisit again. You need to be continually writing, reading, and learning the craft of writing. 

That’s why I’m excited to be able to show you all a new Writing How-To book from Michelle Griep and nine other authors. 

Welcome, Michelle!


Name: Michelle Griep

Genre: Writing How-To

Latest Novel: Writing From the Trenches: Tips & Techniques From Ten Award-Winning Authors

Writing Tip: 

Good artists copy, but great artists steal. Hey, don’t blame me for that one. That’s Picasso’s idea, but doggone if it doesn’t work! My favorite writing tip is to read, and while you’re reading, highlight sentences that really stand out to you. Jot them down in a notebook. Then next time you’re writing and the ol’ well is a bit dry, flip open that notebook and rework one of those awesome sentences into your own words.

Great idea to get those creative juices flowing! We all take in what we read and use in our writings to some degree, especially those that have connected with us on some deeper level. 

Favorite Writing Tip for New Writers:

Finish what you start. Really. Don’t get bogged down in editing or polishing your first few chapters. By the time you actually get to the end of the book, you’re more than likely going to want to change them anyway. Hunker down and plow through that entire first rough draft. That’s what makes the difference between a wannabe and a real writer.

Yes! If I had a “love” button right here, I would click it. This is what I struggled with years ago, resulting in several unfinished manuscripts. I wanted to make it perfect right then, so I’ve learned this tip the hard way. Turn off your internal editor and finish the story. Then you can go back and make it shine. 


WritingfromtheTrenchesFrontFinalTEN-HUT! Gear up for your writing with tried-and-true tips from the trenches. Ten award-winning authors share invaluable tips and secrets they’ve gleaned the hard way, offering a broad range of insights and opinions on the best way to tackle subjects such as the following:

Plotting Techniques
Research
Characterization
Villains We Love to Hate
Dynamic Dialogue
Sigh-Worthy Heroes
The Right Heroine for the Job
Hooking Your Reader in the First Chapter
Scene Endings to Lead Your Readers On
Creating a Movie Set
Making your Readers Cry
Deep POV
Copyediting your Manuscript
Indie Publishing vs. Traditional Publishing

At last … a writer’s tool that provides the experience and expertise of ten authors who’ve been on the front lines of publishing and lived to teach about it: Connie Almony, Lynnette Bonner, Hallee Bridgeman, Louise Gouge, Michelle Griep, Julie Lessman, Elizabeth Ludwig, Ane Mulligan, MaryLu Tyndall, and Erica Vetsch.


Headshot Michelle GRIEP copyMichelle Griep’s been writing since she first discovered blank wall space and Crayolas. She is the author of historical romances: A Tale of Two Hearts, The Captured Bride, The Innkeeper’s Daughter, 12 Days at Bleakly Manor, The Captive Heart, Brentwood’s Ward, A Heart Deceived, and Gallimore, but also leaped the historical fence into the realm of contemporary with the zany romantic mystery Out of the Frying Pan. If you’d like to keep up with her escapades, find her at www.michellegriep.com or stalk her on FacebookTwitter, or Pinterest.

 


Take a moment to check out not only Michele’s other books but also her writing book, Writing From the Trenches: Tips & Techniques From Ten Award-Winning Authors

Thank you so much, Michele with visiting with us today! 

Wisdom Wednesday Michelle

 

Wisdom Wednesday: Gail Sattler

How’s your writing week going? Are you meeting those word count goals?

I’m in my pj’s, hair in a messy bun, and I still have sleep in my eye. However, my house is quiet. Two of my kiddos are still asleep, so now’s the time to get some words on the screen. It doesn’t have to be perfect, because I can edit later.

If you’re limping through the week like me, here’s some Wisdom Wednesday to help you make it through. Today I have fellow Mantle Rock author, Gail Sattler.

Welcome, Gail!


Name: Gail Sattler

Genre: Supernatural adventure

Latest Novel: Mercury Rising

Writing Tip: 

My favorite writing tip is to write what you know, and know what you write. This is my favorite tip because nothing ruins reading a book more for me than when I read something stated as a passing fact, and I know it’s wrong. This is as simple as naming an animal, and knowing that kind of animal doesn’t live in that part of the world, or it’s the wrong season for that animal to be there. To be wrong casts doubt on the rest of the book in a subtle way, but when doubt is cast, it’s there. As a writer, the reader must trust what you are saying is correct, so don’t cast doubt.

Very true. If the reader doesn’t trust you, they are not going to finish reading. Perhaps this is why (even though I like to read them) I do not have the desire to write a historical book. The amount of research that is required makes me take a couple of steps back. LOL! However, in any genre, you should always make it believable to the reader, even in the fantasy genre, where we can have that “suspension of disbelief.” You still need for the characters and plot to be believable. 

Favorite Writing Tip for New Writers:

Some advice for new writers – join a critique group not only to be critiqued but to do them. You will know from reading that something isn’t working for you. It’s a learning experience to study that part and find out why it’s not working, then even better, to be able to suggest to the writer why it’s not working and what they can do to make it work.

This is one of my favorite tips to see come through here on the blog. Critique groups/writing groups are so important. You have to develop a thick skin and try to remember that the ones critiquing it are only trying to help you, just as you are saying things to only help them become better writers.


 

Mercury Rising - final coverMichael wants to save his daughter, but first he’s got to save the world.

Michael and Charlotte meet when Michael is trying to find Ashley, his missing daughter who has fallen into drug abuse, and Charlotte is searching for her son Jon, a brilliant and aspiring young scientist who has also gone missing.
Ashley and Jon should have nothing in common, but after the murder of Jon’s favorite professor, they become ensnared in a tangled web that becomes worse with every new discovery.
When Michael and Charlotte join together to figure what their children have become involved with, they, too, are sucked into a sinkhole for which there are no answers, only more questions.
When all seems lost, will they all recognize the source of strength offered to them, and… will they take it?


Tim and Gail Sattler photo Tim and Gail Sattler have been (happily) married for 40 years. In that time Gail has published 43 novels/novellas, and 6 works of non-fiction. Tim and Gail enjoy having recently become empty nesters, and this is their first co-written book.

 


Thanks for joining us today Gail and reminding us to make sure that our information is correct and we establish that believability with our readers.

Take a moment to check out her newest release, Mercury Rising. Also, connect with Gail on her Facebook page, and website.

www.gailsattler.com

Facebok – https://www.facebook.com/gail.sattler.3


 

*If you are an author and would like to be a guest on Wisdom Wednesday, please email me at erin@mantlerockpublishingllc.com. I have openings available this fall and would love to highlight you and your books! 

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Wisdom Wednesday: Jason C. Joyner

Before you fire up those grills, eat lots of food, and celebrate with your families, let’s take a few minutes to get our writing tip for the week. It’s a good one, so you don’t want to miss out on the weekly boost we all need to get those words counts and goals accomplished.

Today, I have a fellow fantasy author with me, Jason C. Joyner. YAY! Welcome to the blog, Jason!


Name: Jason C. Joyner

Genre: A supernatural/fantasy/superhero (it’s a superhero book, and I see these classified all over the place!)

Latest Novel: Launch (Rise of the Anointed, book 1)

Writing Tip: 

Turn off your editor! No rule works for everyone, but I was a paralyzed writer early on when I tried to edit as I went. I couldn’t get traction because I’d obsess over the best word or phrase. When I turned off the editor and wrote, I made progress and got into a groove. Often my writing is better then anyway. Write first, edit later. You can’t edit what you don’t have on the page, so get it down first, even if it stinks.

Are we related somehow? This is exactly what I struggled with for years before I made myself turn off my internal editor and just write. It was hard for me at first, but once I made myself sit down and write without editing, the first draft flowed and was finished quickly. If you’re struggling to get that first edit finished, then try this.

Favorite Writing Tip for New Writers:

Find a tribe. Writing can be a lonely past time. If you find others who write what you do and understand it, the support can be invaluable. That’s made all the difference for me as a writer.

No one will understand quite like your tribe, the ones who write in your genre. Writing groups are wonderful and a great place to find those people and ones that write in other genres. (You need to learn from them too) Don’t have a local writing group? Start one! The one that I attend meets at a local library once a month. 


Launch final cover photoSixteen-year-olds Demarcus Bartlett and Lily Beausoliel are among a select group of youth invited to an exclusive, all-expenses-paid conference at social media giant Alturas’ California headquarters. Led by charismatic founder Simon Mazor, the world’s youngest billionaire, this isn’t the typical honors society. It seems that everyone here has some secret, untapped potential, some power that may not be entirely of this world. An ancient prophecy suggests that if these teens combine their abilities, they could change the course of history. The only question is: Will it be for better or for worse?


Jason Headshot 2018Jason remembers sitting in 3rd grade, imaging he’d save the day when a dinosaur came through the window. Unfortunately he never had the chance. But his overactive imagination and love for the heroic has combined into a love of telling stories of people sacrificing for others to save the day, along with witty quips and a smattering of geeky references.

His “real job” is working as a physician assistant. When Jason’s not mending people, he’s traveling to exotic locales or coaching soccer. Or maybe watching Star Wars just one more time. He lives in the high desert of Idaho with his wife, three sons and a daughter, and two Star Wars-named cats that don’t get along.


Thanks for joining us today Jason!  I think everyone needs the reminder to turn off their internal editor and get those words on the page. Learn to love the rewrite phase. You can fix all your mistakes then, but you’ll never get anywhere if there’s not a first draft to work on. 

Please take a moment and connect with Jason on social media, and check out his new release, Launch (Rise of the Anointed, book 1) that was just released yesterday! Congratulations Jason! 


I love to connect with people on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram. Find me at www.facebook.com/jasoncjoynerwww.twitter.com/jasoncjoynerwww.instagram.com/jasoncjoyner. I also have my website, www.jasoncjoyner.com

*If you are an author and would like to be a guest on Wisdom Wednesday, please contact me. I have openings available this summer and would love to have you!

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Wisdom Wednesday: Barbara M. Britton

If you know anything about the publishing industry, you will have heard about building your platform. It’s something that everyone needs to do if they want to become a published author, regardless if they traditionally publish or self-publish their novel. 

Today, my guest is Barbara M. Britton, author of Jerusalem Rising: Adah’s Journey. (What a beautiful cover, by the way!) Let’s see what she has to say about building your platform. 


Name: Barbara M. Britton

Genre: Biblical Fiction

Latest NovelJerusalem Rising: Adah’s Journey

Writing Tip:

Nine years ago, when the social media revolution was beginning, I sat at a writing conference and heard that I should develop a website and be active on Facebook (I don’t think Twitter was even around). I was pre-published at the time and I didn’t think I needed to be “seen” yet. I’ll admit, I’m also a bit tech-challenged. Flash forward nine years, and I will tell you that you need to be participating in the cyberworld even if you don’t have a book out. Your online platform will be checked by editors and agents and may even influence if you get a book deal. Sounds harsh. I’ve had agents go on my social media before a pitch session…they even liked my author Facebook page. I’ve also been told by agents that my work was wonderful, but my platform wasn’t big enough. Yikes!

What do I recommend as a minimum? Join Twitter and Facebook and post often about your life. On Facebook, your “page” will get likes. Don’t invite strangers onto your personal profile. Writing for teens? Choose Snapchat or Instagram. Some writers do Pinterest. I recommend picking 2 or 3 and sticking with those media outlets. You still have to have time to write! Also join Goodreads where readers hang out. If you can afford a website or blog, go for it. You will need one eventually. Being visible in the cyber world will help you–before and after–you sell a book.

These are all great tips about social media and platform! Choosing 2-3 to focus on will also give you the ability to get to know the people that follow your social media and help you interact with them. My publisher is always saying, “If no one knows you have a book, no one will buy it!” The first step to becoming published is building that platform. 

Favorite Writing Tip for New Writers:

I embrace Dory’s line in Finding Nemo, “Just Keep Swimming.” I’ve been writing for eleven years and it took me nine years to contract a book. My query life was full of rejection e-mails. I amassed over 200 rejections before I sold my first book. I had a passion for my stories and I enjoyed writing, so I wasn’t going to give up on my manuscripts. As a Christian, I claimed Ecclesiastes 3:1 that there was a God appointed time for everything—even publishing a book. I recommend joining a writing group for support because this business isn’t for the faint of heart. You can find other writers through professional writing organizations and by attending writing conferences. They are also in the above mentioned cyberworld. I follow a lot of authors, agents, and editors on Twitter to learn about the publishing world (and I re-tweet them).

 

This is a great reminder to not give up. I know at times it can be discouraging, especially when you receive a rejection. One of the best things that I’ve done is join a local writing group. They have given me a lot of support and encouragement. I always look forward to attending each month.


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When Adah bat Shallum finds the governor of Judah weeping over the crumbling wall of Jerusalem, she learns the reason for Nehemiah’s unexpected visit—God has called him to rebuild the wall around the City of David.

Nehemiah challenges the men of Jerusalem to labor on the wall and in return, the names of their fathers will be written in the annals for future generations to cherish. But Adah has one sister and no brothers. Should her father who rules a half-district of Jerusalem be forgotten forever?

Adah bravely vows to rebuild her city’s wall, though she soon discovers that Jerusalem not only has enemies outside of the city, but also within. Can Adah, her sister, and the men they love, honor God’s call? Or will their mission be crushed by the same rocks they hope to raise?


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Barbara M. Britton was born and raised in the San Francisco Bay Area, but currently lives in Southeast Wisconsin and loves the snow—when it accumulates under three inches. Barb writes romantic adventures for teens and adults in the Christian fiction and Mainstream markets. She is published in Biblical fiction and enjoys bringing little known Bible characters to light in her stories. Barb’s debut novel, “Providence: Hannah’s Journey,” released in October of 2016 from Harbourlight Books and kicked off her Tribes of Israel series. Barb is a member of the American Christian Fiction Writers, the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators, Romance Writers of America and Wisconsin Romance Writers of America. Barb has a nutrition degree from Baylor University but loves to dip healthy strawberries in chocolate.


Thanks for joining us today Barbara!  I enjoyed having you on my blog today. Your writing tips about building a platform and never giving up are both things that we must do, and things that we need to be reminded about. 

Please take a moment and connect with Barbara on social media, and check out her novel, Jerusalem Rising: Adah’s Journey.


Barbara’s Social Media Links:

Website

Twitter

Facebook

Goodreads

 

*If you are an author and would like to be a guest on Wisdom Wednesday, please contact me. I have openings available this summer and would love to have you!

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Wisdom Wednesday: Brett Armstrong

I’m glad it’s Wednesday because that means it’s Wisdom Wednesday, where I have the honor of hosting guest authors, their books, and favorite writing tips.

Today, we have author Brett Armstrong with us. Thank you for joining us, Brett!


Name: Brett Armstrong

Genre: Historical Fiction

Latest NovelDestitutio Quod Remissio

Writing Tip:

Trying to find novel (pun intended) advice is a bit of a challenge. Recently I’ve been very concerned about world-building, as I’m developing a high fantasy series. Making the world come to life and stand as distinct is critical to the experience of high fantasy, historical fiction, Sci-fi, any story where the world is not precisely the normal world around us (even then you can argue some contemporary contexts still take extensive world-building). My tip for world-building? While writing take on some side projects. I’m working on a prequel novella that expands on the history between a pair of characters. That extra focus has given me the chance to explore not only more of the story world, but of the characters themselves. Moments that before had one layer of significance suddenly became multi-layered. Some of the concepts and details that developed in the novella have made their way into the novel in softer form.

Be careful to not just expand the world you’re building, but to deepen what is essential around the story at hand. To do that take time to explore the world yourself in short stories, flash fiction, novellas, and sequels. I view publishing a book as taking readers on a tour through lands you’ve visited as the author. When you pause while blazing the trail to get a view of what surrounds your story, you’ll find things, things you want to show readers on their trip through the world later. In short, look around your story and look close. In the end, you’ll have a more richly detailed world and the start to a view of a broader world as well.

Worldbuilding is one of my favorite things about being a fantasy writer. I love sitting down with my characters in mind and creating the world as they know it. I think you bring up an excellent tip to help keep our focus on the right path when we are world building. You said, “I view publishing a book as taking readers on a tour through lands you’ve visited as the author.” I love this! We can’t take our reader somewhere that we haven’t been ourselves. So good!

Favorite Writing Tip for New Writers:

Be very aware of why you are writing. If you’re doing it for fame and fortune, there’s a good chance you’ll want to brace yourself for impact. Even “good” writers don’t necessarily make it in that way. People can tell you they love your books and they’re incredible, but it doesn’t instantly translate to sales. I’m not saying that things can’t work out in that way, just brace yourself if that’s what you’re after.

If money and notoriety aren’t what you seek, then still brace yourself. People are mean. Sometimes people are harsh and may not even realize it. Sometimes they’re just indifferent. Particularly if you write something that is different from mainstream, don’t expect to be embraced like mainstream writing. Since that isn’t why you’re writing, know what your why is and hold on to that. If you’re a Christian writer, so much the better, because at some level God’s honor and glory are probably behind your writing. That is noble and worthwhile and yields rewards independent of the things typically used as measures of success.

When reviews (good, bad, and ugly) come in, awards come and go, sales fluctuate, and you have creative differences with agents and publishers, through all of that you can weather it. You’ll have that why to fall back to, and keep writing and loving writing.

I think this is a great point that everyone needs to remember, especially new writers. You have to know why you’re writing and what drives you to keep writing. I have to constantly remind myself that not everyone will read and fall in love with my stories, and guess what? That’s normal and perfectly okay! There will be readers that connect with your type of stories and that’s what you are aiming for. 


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For decades, Roman Senator Marcus Servius labored to become a wealthy and admired patrician man. But now, his world is shattered. After he is exposed as a Christian during a time of intense persecution, his home, wealth, and prestige are stripped from him. The most painful loss of all is that of his beloved wife, Cassandra. Destitute and wary, Marcus prays he will be delivered from his enemies’ hands as he struggles to realize a new path.

In desperate need of help, Marcus disguises himself and embarks on a dangerous journey to find Benjamin Truvias, the leader of a hidden church and the man responsible for Marcus’s conversion. After Benjamin offers aid, Marcus’s life finally finds needed direction. Yet, the more he helps the church through persecutions, the closer he comes to finding who betrayed him. Caught in a maelstrom of intrigue and deception, should Marcus discover the awful truth of who caused his fall, he must choose between vengeance and forgiveness–a decision that will affect the fate of all the believers in Rome.


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Brett Armstrong, author of the award-winning novel, Destitutio Quod Remissio, started writing stories at age nine, penning a tale of revenge and ambition set in the last days of the Aztec Empire.  Twenty years later, he is still telling stories though admittedly his philosophy has deepened with his Christian faith and a master’s degree in creative writing.  His goal with every work is to be like a brush in the Master artist’s hand and his hope is the finished composition always reflects the design God had in mind.  He feels writing should be engaging, immersive, entertaining, and always purposeful.  Continually busy at work with one or more new novels to come, he


Facebook:     https://www.facebook.com/brettarmstrongwv

Twitter:        https://www.twitter.com/BArmstrongWV

Pinterest:      http://www.pinterest.com/ChristianKid044

Website:       https://brettarmstrong.net/

GoodReads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/8281587.Brett_Armstrong

YouTube:      https://www.youtube.com/embed/n8RdGQ6jQiE?rel=0

Please take a moment and connect with Brett on social media, and check out his novel, Destitutio Quod Remissio.

Thanks for joining us today, Brett! I enjoyed having you on my blog, and your reminders to know our journey and the reason why we write!

*If you are an author and would like to be a guest on Wisdom Wednesday, please contact me. I have openings available this summer.

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