Tag: encouragement

Good Enough in a Perfection Obsessed World

 Hands up in you’re a perfectionist. I see ya. Yup, you, too. And over there. You know, there are those who might be surprised to see my hand waving in the air like I just don’t care. I mean, I do care.  A lot….

Wrestling, Atticus Finch, and The Great Cloud of Witnesses

My big brother was on the high school wrestling team for one year. Eleven year old me thought nothing of his involvement in the sport until I had to go to his first match. Back in those days my brother was stick-and-bones skinny. He…

Little By Little. Slow and Steady.

In case you didn’t know, I’m working on my third novel. It’s (for now) called A CUP OF DUST and it’s (I hope) the first in a series about my character, Pearl Spence. I just want you to know that I love this book….

Why I Write

It seems that I’ve written about a septillion essays titled “Why I Write”. It’s a common interview question. It’s something I’ve mulled over for years. Why do I write? I’m going to be honest. It’s tempting, in the secret hyper-ego part of my brain,…

3 Rejections That Made Me Smile

Wednesday I blogged about how to deal with rejection. Go ahead, you can read it. Click HERE. I wanted to tell you about the 3 rejections that made me smile. In fact, that made me a little giddy. 1. When I finished the very first…

The Conference I Couldn’t Wait to Leave — or–My Weekend at the Festival of Faith & Writing

Every other year I attend the Festival of Faith and Writing at Calvin College in Grand Rapids. Since graduating from high school, I’ve attended 8 of these conferences. You can thank FFW for this blog (which I started after the 2010 conference). And, because…

Being Fruity Is A Good Thing

  My friend Amelia Rhodes and I text many times a day. A common theme in our messages lately has been… “The internet is ruining the world” Now, I don’t really believe that. Without the internet, I wouldn’t have this blog, connections to many of…

On Feeling Like You Just Aren’t All That Good.

The other day I looked at my computer and read something so very, very, VERY discouraging. These things happen. And they’ve happened to me more recently. There’s just something about putting your work into the public that is vulnerable-making. Especially with this one reality:…

The Day I Was Mrs. Finkbeiner

March is reading month. Yeah! Really! So, get a book off that shelf and get crack-a-lackin’! You’ve got some reading to do this month. Is it bossy if it’s for the good of literature? Hm. Anyway, because schools are celebrating, many are inviting authors…

5 Ways to “Fake It Till You Make It” — Novelist Edition

Yesterday I posted the following status on my novelist fan page (like me, please…) “The more time I spend writing novels, the more I realize I have NO idea what I’m doing. Isn’t that hilarious?”  So, I thought I’d let you in on 5…

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