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My daughter’s first blog! So proud!

Uke Girl

Ever go to church and hear one of those age-old stories and you’re just like, “Ugh! This again!” Well, I know how you feel. But after going to church camp it makes sense why they tell you those stories over and over. I was raised in church but for the first time, I feel it and  understand those stories so much more!

Two of the main things I got out of camp are;

1. Evangelism- If Jesus can die on a cross, why is it so hard for us to go to someone and just say, hey man, just wanted to tell you God loves you. If anything you just planted seed in someone’s heart.

2. Faith- If he made the stars, every grain of sand, the Earth, and everything in it. If we believe he did all these thing then why is it so hard for us to believe…

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Timing is everything

Every single word of this rings solid and true for me! I love this blog and not just because part of it is about me!

Rena Olsen

This weekend I was incredibly blessed to have my darling friend Margie come and visit me. She hopped on a bus and took a 7 hour ride just to stay a couple days with me. We had a fabulous weekend of late night chats, lots of giggling, and jamming out (once we got new strings on my guitar!). I actually met Margie on Twitter, and wasn’t sure she was real for a while.

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Of course, late night chats led to pretty serious, introspective discussions, as they tend to do. I’m not sure what it is about the night that makes it the perfect time for these sorts of talks. The dark, the quiet, barriers lowering as participants grow tired? As scary as the night can be in some cases, there’s also something safe about it. Sacred. The night is a keeper of secrets.

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BLENDING, TRENDING and BENDING as writers.

As writers, our stories must stand out for many reasons: to get an agent, to fetch a publisher, to hook the reader. So a lot of grit, passion and…some other third thing goes into our writing. When we finally finish a work in progress, we go through a gambit of mixed emotions.

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Joy because you can finally step away from this story you’ve rewritten a bajillion times. Self-doubt because it’s never good enough. Pride because 80,000 words! And a little bit of pressure because we know that a writer never stops writing and that the next project we take on will be our WIP for the next year or so and maybe…just maybe this time it will be the one.

So, you think and you dream and you plot and you brainstorm, hoping for that perfect story. The one people won’t be able to put down. The one that will get you an agent. The one that will corkscrew it’s way into your readers’ souls so that they can’t stop thinking about it even when they’re not reading it. The one that will change lives. And inside the pressure cooker, the heat intensifies.

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It’s in these moments that we weigh our options. We research as though we were looking for the cure for a pandemic. What’s trending? What do agents want? What do they hate? How far would I go to make my story stand out? And the irony of it all is that by doing this, we end up just another drop in an ocean of water, another noise in a cacophony of look-at-me’s! 

But don’t be discouraged. This truth, ironically, sheds light on the old writer’s cliche: write what you know; write what you love. You know why? Because YOU’RE unique and when everyone else is blending by bending to the trends, your unique voice will shine and the passion of what you wrote will be felt because it’s real.

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So, be real. Write from the heart. You’ll enjoy the process so much more and chances are, you’ll stand out. The pressure is still there. It’s real. But here’s the thing about pressure…

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