Working with writers


The passion of writers. As an editor, I love listening to the words and passion of authors talking about his or her work. Today, I had the pleasure of talking to an author about her story. She spoke of the ways in which God lead her to write her book. She started with her ideas of what the book was going to be about and then heard an inspirational saying that lead her in a different direction for the first part of the book. Then another inspirational saying caused her to change her topic slightly for the second portion of the book.

Fun time

This coming Saturday I will be performing one of my favorite duties as an editor. I will be attending the Novel Crafters Seminar presented by HIS Writers ACFW. As part of the seminar, HIS Writers held a flash fiction contest. The top ten winners of the contest will be published in a special edition of Harpstring Magazine along with a special article by DiAnn Mills, the speaker at the Seminar. As the executive editor of Harpstring, I get the pleasure of announcing the winner of the contest.

One of the special things about this contest is we did something we didn’t tell the authors.

Lots of Work To Do

Whew, I’m trying to catch my breath today. It has been a wild couple of weeks with a trip to the Colorado Christian Writers Conference in Estes Park, Colorado, followed by a trip to Wichita, Kansas, for my niece’s wedding. It all added up to a lot of time on the road and not much time to get work done. Now that I’m back home, I’m trying to get caught up on everything.

One of the things I enjoyed most about my travels was the writers’ conference. It was the first conference as an editor taking appointments from authors who want to get their work published.

A New Cliche?

How Do Clichés Start?

When I hear a cliché, sometimes I wonder how the cliché got started. I can find meanings to the clichés but no specifics on how it started. My guess is someone said something that caught the attention of the people who heard it and they all started repeating the phrase until everyone was saying it.

For example, while I was helping at AWANA we asked the Sparkies what a soul is.

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