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Surrender and Writing

reading-1919.jpg!xlMediumTry to give your agenda to God. Keep saying, ‘Your will be done, not mine.’ Give every part of your heart and your time to God and let God tell you what to do, where to go, when and how to respond. God does not want you to destroy yourself. Exhaustion, burnout, and depression are not signs that you are doing God’s will. God is gentle and loving. God desires to give you a deep sense of safety in God’s love. Once you have allowed yourself to experience that love fully, you will be better able to discern who you are being sent to in God’s name.  Henri J. M. Nouwen

We are sharing about surrender today on Julie Arduini’s blog.

According to Merriam-Webster surrender means:  to agree to stop fighting, hiding, resisting, etc., because you know that you will not win or succeed. : to give the control or use of (something) to someone else.

 How do we surrender our work to God?

Betsy and Laurie

http://www.WritingSisters.com

by Duffey Myers

How Two Readers Became Writers

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Most writers are also readers. We are no different – we have always loved books.  Our first library was the book mobile, a truck packed with books that came through our neighborhood once a week.  Our most memorable library growing up in West Virginia was in the basement of the fire station. Our mother, writer and reader that she is, always made a great effort to put books into our hands.
Some of our childhood favorites had a direct impact on us and prepared us to become writers. We are telling about our favorites on Wanda’s blog:

Do you have a favorite childhood book?

Betsy and Laurie

http://www.WritingSisters.com

 by Duffey Myers

Collaboration: How Does It Work?

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As iron sharpens iron, so one person sharpens another. Proverbs 27:17

Before we decided to collaborate on The Shepherd’s Song, we each had writing careers of our own.  In those writing projects we had control of our own books. The thousands of decisions it takes to write and publish a book were all made by one person.  Then the change. We decided to work together.  Suddenly all those decisions had to be made by two people. That’s more complicated.  Read more

We’re guest blogging today at Word Sharpeners.

Come over and join the discussion.

Betsy and Laurie

http://www.WritingSisters

by Duffey Myers

Book Launch Recap!

1912455_816370835045449_1250110403_n Two great days of sharing Psalm 23 were the perfect launch for our book, The Shepherd’s Song.

God’s Word went out on chocolate, cards, books, tissue boxes, cupcakes, water bottles, balloons, cake, dog bandanas, stewed tomatoes and bouquets of spring flowers. Now that’s exciting.

We spent the days sharing Psalm 23 at an urban health clinic, a program for homeless women, a library, a fire station. a hospital, a local park, an urban school, a food bank, a group renovating houses, a retirement home and an ICU waiting room.

Here are some pictures of the fun:

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And our favorite moment in video:

What a great two days of celebrating God’s Word and sending out the book and Psalm 23.

Thanks for all your prayers on the journey!

Betsy and Laurie

http://www.WritingSisters.com

by Duffey Myers

 

 

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

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