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When You Get What You Wished For

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Something happened to me this week, something entirely unexpected. Everything I have hoped for in the past few years of writing just happened. A big publisher didn’t knock on my door with one of those gigantic checks, like I had just won millions in the Publisher’s Clearing House. It was a series of little things, things you all wouldn’t even notice if I didn’t tell you about them. I had…

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On Starting New Things

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It always seems like it’s going to be great–the start of something new. Ideas in my head are always amazing and incredible and life-changing. They hang out there, getting bigger and better and even MORE life-changing, if that’s even possible. And then I finally decide to act on them. So. I poured the coffee and got out the laptop and started a new book this morning. Except I forgot that…

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The Funny Thing About Writing a Book

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The funny thing about writing a book, about sweating and bleeding all over the pages, about waiting and wanting a book contract, about spending hours on edits and publicity dates and marketing plans and pre-orders and social media and speaking engagements…the funny thing about it, is it’s not the only thing. Writing this book hasn’t changed my life. It doesn’t make me less secure or make me feel more professional….

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the one thing every writer needs

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I needed my inner big-girl coach to get ready for this moment, and I listened well. Just get in there and tell them about your book! You are publishing with a major house, and you are from Richmond, and they will love you. Like pumping air into a tire, I pumped courage into my heart and walked in–a place that has always been a sanctuary for me, a place that…

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The Writer’s Life…Interview with Emily Freeman

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Yay! Today I’m interviewing Emily Freeman, blogger, mother, teenage-girl encourager and author of Grace for the Good Girl.  I first met Emily through her lovely blog of photos and musings. Of course, you always wonder if the person behind the blog is as wonderful as she seems, and when Emily gave me loads of encouragement and advice for the writing journey, her character was proven true. (sorry Emily, didn’t want…

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Sketchy Skecher Shape-Ups…and other news

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It’s more than a little ironic. The same week I joined with many of you to live on rice and beans and raise awareness about the 983,000,000 people around the world who go to bed hungry every night, I also got the opportunity to post with the Christianity Today women’s blog, Her.Menuetics, on the ever-present discussion of women, girls and body image. I’d love your thoughts on how you talk…

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It’s As If I’m Friends with Michael Hyatt….

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Michael Hyatt, CEO of Thomas Nelson Publishing and blogger extraordinaire, posted today about a Advice for Beginning Bloggers. So I’m wondering if Michael knew all about the Synergy conference last weekend, and how I was there with Natasha and Jenni hosting a Social Media & Blogging for Beginners workshop. He probably saw one of my many tweets, being that we are tweeps and all. He only has about 100,000 friends so that’s…

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Shocking News!

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Ok, that’s a cheap shot to keep you reading. But really, SHOCKING NEWS–here it comes–we are all writers. Even if you hate writing. Unless you work in the zoo or live in a tree (in which case you aren’t reading this anyway) you’ve got to write. You write text messages and FB updates and emails and maybe even blogs or books. And, for the love of all of us readers…

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Loss and the Backspace Key

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You know how people say they “lost” a paper on the computer, or they’ve “lost” their whole hard drive? They moan and cry and post it on twitter…you know those people? I just never got it. I mean, there’s autosave. There’s the restore function. There’s even starting in safe mode–I just have never really *lost* anything on the computer. Until last night. I was working on my new gig as a…

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On Plans….

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Before I actually started writing, I had this whole writing thing figured out. First, I decided I wanted to write a book. I thought writing a book was a bit like a marathon. If you train well and decide to do it, then you’ll get through it. For at least a year, I worked at writing so I could say “I wrote a book,” just like you might say “I’ve…

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