Writing The Shepherd’s Song

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The Shepherd’s Song has stories about twelve people whose lives are changed by Psalm 23. When it was time to write about the rod and staff, we started with research.  We learned that the rod and the staff are the tools that a shepherd uses to protect and discipline the sheep. The rod is a club that the shepherd uses to ward off predators.  The staff is a crooked stick that the shepherd uses to guide the sheep and pull them back from danger.  If we look at God as our Shepherd, the rod and staff would be his protection for us.  How would we show this in a story?  What does this look like in a real life? read more

Join us over at Book Reviews and more by Kathy for a Friday Feature.

We are enjoying this launch week and the fact that you can now read the book!

Laurie and Betsy

http://www.WritingSisters.com

By Duffey Myers

 

The Shepherd’s Song: Naming the Cast of Characters

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The Shepherd’s Song has a cast of characters and all those many characters meant many names.  Each name provided us with a challenge. Like choosing a name for a baby you want it to be just right.  read more
We are sharing today over at Ginger Soloman’s blog:  A Bed of Roses: Thorns Included.
We’ll be discussing how to name characters in a book.  We would love to hear your ideas.
Betsy and Laurie
http://www.WritingSisters.com
by Duffey Myers

Seeing The Shepherd’s Song (and Jesus) Face to Face

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There’s something magical about seeing your work published – and you never know when that moment of joy will come.  You stroll out to your mailbox one day, not expecting anything special; and voilà, there it is.  You rip it open and beam with joy.  After all that work, lots of ups and downs, struggles and triumphs, your initial idea has been transformed, and you are face to face with your words in print. Read more here…

Today we are sharing about that face to face moment on Renee’s Inspirational Moments. What can our face to face moment with our book teach us about being face to face with Jesus.

Come and spend some time with us. Here’s the link:  Renee’s Inspirational Moments.

Betsy and Laurie

By Duffey Myers

http://www.WritingSisters.com

Now we see but a poor reflection as in a mirror; then we shall see face to face.

I Corinthians 13:12

Can I Write a Book? How?

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 We will tell the next generation the praiseworthy deeds of the LORD, his power, and the wonders he has done.  Psalm 78:4

 One day when we visited a school to talk about writing we learned something from a second grader. A little guy raised his hand and said.  “I can do the stories, I just can’t do the words.”  He captured the struggle that every writer (or wannabe writer) faces.

How do you get the stories out of your head onto the paper?  How do we even have the courage to begin?  Often we write and rewrite stories over and over in our heads, but they never make it to the written page or screen.

Today at  Blogs by Christian Women we are sharing some scripture passages that were important to us over our years of writing and some of what we learned on the road to publication. read more

Here’s the link.

Betsy and Laurie

By Duffey Myers

http://www.WritingSisters.com

The Best Writing Advice

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What is the best writing advice that you’ve ever heard?

We had to really think to answer Novel Rocket’s question.  What would you say?

Join us here to explore the process of writing – the where, why, how, who and when.   Today we are kicking off our blog tour with an interview on Novel Rocket. We’ll share:

  • How growing up as daughters of a writer shaped us.
  • How we balance writing time with family time.
  • Our best writing secrets.
  • Surprises we encountered while writing The Shepherd’s Song.

And of course:

  • The best writing advice we’ve ever heard!

Here’s the link:  The Writing Sisters on Novel Rocket

See you over there.

Betsy and Laurie

By Duffey Myers

http://www.WritingSisters.com

 

 

Do You Wish That God Would Tweet?

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Because we are surrounded by technologies that make our lives faster and easier, we tend to think about spiritual realities in technological terms.  We want to reap the very second we sow.  We want God to microwave answers, MapQuest directions and Twitter instructions.  We want things to happen at the speed of light instead of the speed of a seed planted in the ground, but almost all spiritual realities in Scripture are described in agricultural terms.  Mark Batterson,  Draw the Circle

A good reminder today that good things take an investment of time. Like connecting with God. Or writing.

Can you relate?  Do you wish God would Tweet?

Laurie and Betsy

By Duffey Myers

http://www.WritingSisters.com

More from Mark Batterson:
From Our Reading Journal:  Mark Batterson 
Don’t Stay Stuck

5 Valentine Promises From God: Five

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Here I am! I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in and eat with that person, and they with me. Revelation 3:20

God is crazy about you.

There are many reasons God saves you; to bring glory to himself, to appease his justice, to demonstrate his sovereignty.  But one of the sweetest reasons God saved you is because he is fond of you.  He likes having you around.  He thinks you are the best thing that came down the pike in quite a while. . .

If God had a refrigerator, your picture would be on it.  If he had a wallet, you photo would be in it.  He sends you flowers every spring and a sunrise every morning.  Whenever you want to talk, he’ll listen.  He can live anywhere in the universe, and he chose your heart. . . Face it, friend.  He’s crazy about you.   Max Lucado,  A Gentle Thunder

Happy Valentine’s Day!

You are loved!

Betsy and Laurie

http://www.WritingSisters.com

5 Valentine Promises From God: Four

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I have loved you with an everlasting love. Jeremiah 31:3

We are children, perhaps, at the very moment when we know that it is as children that God loves us – not because we have deserved his love and not in spite of our undeserving; not because we try, and not because we recognize the futility of our trying; but simply because he has chosen to love us. We are children because he is our father; and all of our efforts, fruitful and fruitless, to do good, to speak truth, to understand, are the efforts of children who, for all their precocity, are children still in that before we loved him, he loved us, as children, through Jesus Christ our lord.

― Frederick Buechner, The Magnificent Defeat

5 Valentine Promises From God: Three

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Never will I leave you; Never will I forsake you. Hebrews 13:5

On your journey to God’s heart, it is critical that you know you are loved.  You have the assurance that He will never leave you or forsake you (Heb. 13:5).  You need never feel “unloved” because His love is everlasting. . .  He has chosen to love you, and nothing can separate you from His love.  His love heals, comforts, and corrects.  His love draws you on the journey toward His heart.

Lord, Your immeasurable love is enough for me.  Thank You that Your love is not dependent on my performance or my physical characteristics.  Your love encompasses all of my life, and this gives me great security.  I would not choose any other destination.  I know I am looking in the right place for love—Your heart.  Amen

Cynthia Heald,  A Woman’s Journey to the Heart of God

5 Valentine Promises From God: Two

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Though the mountains be shaken and the hills be removed, yet my unfailing love for you will not be shaken nor my covenant of peace be removed.  Isaiah 54:10

God is quite astounding.  This Divine Being is a limitless lover, always filling the small hands of my life with grace and goodness, always enriching my life with all that I need for my spiritual path. . . Nothing I could ever do would “earn” all of these gifts that are freely and lavishly given.  I marvel at the gift of my inner and outer life.  I am astounded at the daily guidance I receive.  I am in awe at the way the world works and at how the intricate human body restores and renews itself.  I look at the universe and wonder who this Creating Power is to be so generous with colors, shapes, patterns and designs.  I remember the wonderful people who have come into my life, each with a unique gift to share with me, and I know without a doubt that through them I have been touched by Divine Love.

Joyce Rupp,  The Cup of Life

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