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Can I Write a Book? How?

421757_445458705496710_347777754_nCan I Write a Book?  How?

 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

The Best Writing Advice


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



Charles Martin on Writing


“Of the six million species on the planet, only man makes language. Words.  What’s more – in evidence of the Divine – we string symbols together and then write them down, where they take on a life of their own and breathe outside of us.”

Charles Martin – Unwritten

What a beautiful thought:  Words take on a life of their own and breathe outside of us.

Is it true?

Betsy and Laurie

Who are you writing for?


“If you write for God you will reach many men and bring them joy. If you write for men–you may make some money and you may give someone a little joy and you may make a noise in the world, for a little while. If you write for yourself, you can read what you yourself have written and after ten minutes you will be so disgusted that you will wish that you were dead.”

Thomas Merton, New Seeds of Contemplation

Convicting!  Who are you writing for?

Betsy and Laurie


Don’t Stay Stuck: Part Four



We have been reading Mark Batterson’s Draw the Circle, The 40 Day Prayer Challenge.  We love stories and this one from Day 27 is inspiring:

For thirteen years I was a frustrated writer.  I had a half-dozen half-finished manuscripts on my computer, but I couldn’t seem to finish a book.  I started to think that the dream of writing a book might be nothing more than a mirage. 

Finally when my level of frustration hit an all-time high, I decided to do a forty-day media fast out of desperation.  That fast was the turning point in my career.  I needed a breakthrough, but it took more than prayer; it took prayer plus fasting. 

In the process, I found that my writing became a form of praying.  I don’t type on a keyboard; I pray on it.  And by the time I was done, I had completed my first self-published book. 

 Mark Batterson,  Draw the Circle

What do you do when you are stuck?  When we think of fasting we think of abstaining from food, but what about a media fast?  Facebook? Twitter?


Let us know what your think.

Betsy and Laurie

Don’t Stay Stuck: Part Three

American poet William Stafford (1914-1993)

American poet William Stafford (1914-1993) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

“Writing is like fishing. 

A nibble will always come, but all too often we dismiss the little nudge as not worthy of the great works we vaingloriously imagine we will write.”

 William Stafford

 Poet William Stafford claimed never to have experienced writer’s block. His antidote when he felt it coming on was to respect small things.  By accepting the small nudges that came to him he was able to keep writing.

The idea in my head will never match the words that come out onto my pages!  Perfectionism is a great obstacle to writing.   I must be faithful to write just what comes today and not to scorn my feeble attempts at the keyboard. When I start to feel anxious about the results of my work, the acceptance of the work by others, or the worthiness of my words I must stop and remember Stafford’s words. I may have set the standards too high.

The same is true of my spiritual life. God accepts us as we are not as we vaingloriously imagine we will be. Listen for the small nudges and whispers. Most of my growth has come through faithfulness to small nudges. When I am stuck spiritually often I need to go back to basics – the small practices of daily prayer, gratitude, journaling and private worship.

In our writing lives and in our spiritual lives great works start with small efforts. Today let go of the pressure to write a great work and simply write from the nudges that come.

Happy Writing,  The Writing Sisters

If you are faithful in little things, you will be faithful in large ones.  Luke 16:10

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Don’t Stay Stuck: Part One


“Disciplined runners consistently clear their heads and focus fully on the journey ahead.. .because their passion and zeal for the goal supersedes the strain.  The goal beckons them onward. Passion doesn’t negate weariness; it just resolves to press beyond it.”

 Priscilla Shirer, Gideon: Your Weakness. God’s Strength.

Two things can stop us from persevering in our writing:

The first is the past.  If we keep our focus on our failures of the past we stay stuck and can’t move forward into the work that is ours today.  If we stay focused on the successes of the past the same thing can be true.  Success can be as dangerous as failure in keeping us stuck.

The second is the future.  Do we have a goal in mind and are we training and moving toward it? That’s good.  The goal should “beckon us onward”.  Too often we become intimidated by the scope of the vision and stop. The writing life is a life of perseverance, of pressing on.

The same two things can hinder me in my faith. I can’t stay stuck in the failures and successes of the past.  I can’t be intimidated by my future.  I must live fully in today, pressing on.

We can only do our work today.

Forgetting what lies behind and reaching forward to what lies ahead, I press on toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus.  Philippians 3:13-14

Are you” pressing on” today?  How?

Betsy and Laurie


From Our Reading Journals: Mark Batterson


I’m only on Day Two of the 40 Day Prayer Challenge and came across this wonderful thought on praying for books.

“I have a handful of prayers that I pray all the time… One is that God will put my books into the right hands at the right times.  I’ve prayed this prayer thousands of times, and God has answered it in dramatic fashion countless times.  The right book in the right hands at the right time can save a marriage, avert a mistake, demand a decision, plant a seed, conceive a dream, solve a problem, and prompt a prayer.  That is why I write.  And that’s why, for me, a book sold is not a book sold; a book sold is a prayer answered.  I don’t know the name and situation of every reader, but God does, and that’s all that matters.”  Mark Batterson  Draw the Circle

This is a reminder to take the focus off of traditional measures of success in publishing and to focus on the eternal prospective in our work.

This scripture is in the front of our book, The Shepherd’s Song:

so is my word that goes out from my mouth:
    It will not return to me empty,
but will accomplish what I desire
    and achieve the purpose for which I sent it.

Isaiah 55:11

When we write for God we don’t always see the results in sales figures but we are promised that there will be results.

I’m looking forward to the next 38 days.

Do you pray for your readers? Do you pray for books that you put in the hands of others?

10 Powerful Quotes on Prayer by Oswald Chambers

English: Oswald Chambers (1874-1917)

English: Oswald Chambers (1874-1917) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

1. Our true character comes out in the way we pray.

2. Prayer imparts the power to walk and not faint.

3. Prayer is the answer to every problem there is.

4. Never make the blunder of trying to forecast the way God is going to answer your prayer.

5. Prayer is the vital breath of the Christian; not the thing that makes him alive, but the evidence that he is alive.

6. Never say you will pray about a thing; pray about it.

7. God never give us discernment to criticize but to intercede.

8. When you are in the dark, listen, and God will give you a very precious message.

9. We have to pray with our eyes on God, not on the difficulties.

10. Prayer does not just fit us for the greater work. Prayer is the greater work.

Love these quotes on prayer.  Do you have other favorites?

Betsy and Laurie


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