Kathyrn Graves

Inspiration

Where do your writing ideas come from? The way you answer that question may depend on what kind of writing you do. Are you a fiction story-teller? A creative non-fiction story-teller? A Bible study/devotion writer? A technical writer? Is your typical message more serious, or do you prefer adding doses of humor, or even comedy?… Continue reading Inspiration

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Kathyrn Graves

Flying Alphabet Letters

It was one of those weeks. I needed to work on several writing projects this week, but every day filled with obligations in other areas of my life, leaving no time for writing. My husband is senior pastor of a church, and I have many responsibilities there as well. I also paint one day a… Continue reading Flying Alphabet Letters

Kathyrn Graves

Soundtrack for Writing

Whistle While You Work Do you like to listen to music? Are you one of those people who hums a tune as you work? I have a friend who actually uses songs as part of her text messaging. She knows a song for every situation. I know many writers play instrumental music while they write.… Continue reading Soundtrack for Writing

Karen Jordan, Re-blog, WordServe Water Cooler

4 Powerful Strategies for Claiming Your Promised Land

I hope my post from the WordServe Water Cooler encourages the readers of the StoryWriting Studio to step out and claim their own promised land. Blessings!

WordServe Water Cooler

” … Now you and all the people prepare to cross over the Jordan to the land I am giving …” (Joshua 1:1)

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Standing on the banks of the Jordan, I look across to the other side, gazing at my “promised land.”

Perhaps you’ve been here, too. You’ve been given a vision. And you’re waiting to see your dream become a reality.

I remember the years that I spent wandering through the wilderness on the road to publication, wrestling with my doubt, fear, and unbelief. I recall the first time that I considered writing a book. It seemed impossible, doubting that I would ever see my dream fulfilled. Now, I find myself on the shore, looking across to my promised land.

But wait! How can I navigate the rough waters in front of me? The manuscript deadline? The marketing? The on-going platform challenges? What other obstacles will I face as I try to ford…

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Karen Jordan

Reflections from Sunrise

 Fear exhausted me, as I expanded my "to do" list. How can I work on my book project with so many distractions? When I asked this question in prayer, a familiar scripture came to mind, “Seek first the kingdom of God …” (Matt. 6:33 NKJV). But how can I focus on God, when I have all this… Continue reading Reflections from Sunrise

Anita Agers Brooks

Getting Through What You Can’t Get Over’s Surprise Release

  It happened to me again -- this makes twice in a row. My book baby came early, while I was out of town. Photos of smiling people happily holding my new release came via text, Facebook, and Twitter, while I ground my teeth in anticipation. Desperately wishing I could see its newborn features with… Continue reading Getting Through What You Can’t Get Over’s Surprise Release

Karen Jordan

Facing Our Fears and Weaknesses in Our Writing Life

  "We're going to have to let truth scream louder to our souls than the lies that have infected us" (Beth Moore). I’m forced to face my fears and weaknesses in many other areas of my life, especially my writing life. I love this quote from a recent post, "Secret Fears Writers Face," by Anita Brooks: "One… Continue reading Facing Our Fears and Weaknesses in Our Writing Life

Karen Jordan

Merry Christmas!

The Birth of Jesus In those days Caesar Augustus issued a decree that a census should be taken of the entire Roman world. (This was the first census that took place while[a] Quirinius was governor of Syria.) And everyone went to their own town to register. So Joseph also went up from the town of… Continue reading Merry Christmas!

Karen Jordan

Important Question for Christian Writers

I’m always examining my purpose and motivation for writing. So, I wanted to share this article from the WordServe Water Cooler on the StoryWriting Studio, since I co-founded this blog with another WordServe author, Anita Brooks.

What are some of the important questions that you ask yourself as a writer? Be sure to leave your comments to this post (below) on the StoryWriting Studio (comments closed on archived posts of the WordServe Water Cooler).

WordServe Water Cooler

English: Posthumous official presidential port...President John F. Kennedy inspired American patriotism in his inaugural address: “Ask not what your country can do for you—ask what you can do for your country.”

As a Christian writer, I’ve asked myself a similar question at times: What can I do for God?

I’ve tried to do the things that I thought pleased God, but my good deeds never seemed to be enough when compared to the standards set before me.

So, I sought answers to my question from biblical examples of those who sought God’s approval and blessings.

King David experienced a change of focus when he sought spiritual counsel concerning his desire to please God by building a house for Him (2 Sam. 7:2). But God planned to build a house for David and establish his kingdom, and He chose David’s son to build a house for His Name.

The Lord declares to you that the Lord himself will establish a house for you … I will raise…

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Karen Jordan

Writing Life Survivor Tips

Once again, I’m struggling with some setbacks in a few areas of my life, like some writing projects, my exercise program, and a few others that I won’t mention on this forum. And I needed to read this article again myself. So, I thought I’d share it with my StoryWriting Studio friends. Hope it encourages you, too.

How do you deal with setbacks and discouragement in your life?

WordServe Water Cooler

Photo/KarenJordanHow do you endure setbacks in your writing life? If you’ve embraced writing for publication, you’ve probably faced discouraging obstacles in your journey.

I’ve also faced a few stumbling blocks in other areas of my life, such as my health. After every health or family crisis, I struggle to get back on track with my exercising and walking program.

I discovered my desperate need for exercise after a minor foot injury last summer. As I climbed the very first hill on an asphalt trail near my home, my heart raced. I resisted the temptation to sit down at first. And by the time I made it to the top of that hill, I felt like I’d been walking over an hour. As I plodded on, in pain, the trail leveled. But I continued to struggle with each new hill.

Since I carried my camera, I paused several times to capture an…

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