Monday, May 5, 2014

A Step in the Write Direction, May 5, 2014--The Stone of Defeat

A Step in the Write Direction

May 5, 2014

Update: Another interesting week! I’ve found a new publisher for The Freedom of Letting Go and have bought out the remaining inventory from the original publisher. So—SALE! Marked down from $15 to $10, plus $3 s&h. This is a talk I give at different functions and the people seem to like the book also. (See web site for chapter titles.)…Finished combining the two editions of A Step in the Write Direction and that is also at the publisher’s….Ended up taking my husband, Gary, to the ER Saturday night with chest pains and shortness of breath (he has a defibrillator) and they admitted him for 24 hours for observation. While there they also took an echogram and we have to make an appointment to get the results of that….This is a busy month. Have about 9 or 10 doctor’s appointments between my husband, me, and my sister (epidurals and eye surgery for her), then get ready for trip to Oklahoma May 29th with youngest daughter to visit other daughter and family, and to teach at a Christian writers’ workshop in Wagoner on the 31st. (See schedule at end of this blog.)

Thought for the Day: When you get to your wit's end, you'll find God lives there (unknown). 

Song for the Day:
No one understands like Jesus;
When the days are dark and grim.
No one is so near, so dear as Jesus;
Cast your ev’ry care on Him.
            —John W. Peterson, “No One Understands Like Jesus”

Laugh for the Day:
"What's this, honey?" said the groom to his new bride, as he looked at the food on his plate.
"Devil's food cake," she replied.
"I thought you were making angel food cake," he said.
"I was, but it fell."

Writer’s Tips:                         The Stone of Defeatism

“It is interesting to note how the news of the outcome of the battle of Waterloo was communicated to England. The message was sent by rider, by ship across the English Channel, and then by semaphore from ship to shore. The message had four words. Only the first two were communicated because a heavy fog descended suddenly. What got through was only, ‘W-e-l-l-i-n-g-t-o-n  d-e-f-e-a-t-e-d.’

“That’s all the relay saw on the tower of Winchester Cathedral, and all he could do was pass on the sad news. England lived in disappointment for 24 hours. Then the fog lifted, and the whole message was completed: ‘W-e-l-l-i-n-g-t-o-n  d-e-f-e-a-t-e-d  t-h-e  e-n-e-m-y’.”

Are we living today with only half a message when God wants to give us all His promises? Are we living in defeat when God wants to give us victory? Bertha Munro, in her book Truth for Today, says that “More than conquerors isn’t just barely squeaking through. It’s victory with a margin.”

We say, “I can’t write.”
God says, “I’ll help you.”

We say, “I don’t know where to send my manuscripts.”
God says, “I’ll provide you with markets.”

We say, “I’m afraid of being rejected.”
God says, “My Son was rejected also.”

We say, “I feel so alone.”
God says, “I’ll surround you with mentors who will be glad to share their knowledge and encouragement.”

Stephen Arterburn, talking about David facing Goliath, says, “David believed with God’s help Israel would prevail. His perspective was certainly different from that of the others. He could have said, ‘Goliath is so big. I can’t win!’ Instead he said, ‘Goliath is so big—I can’t miss!’”

God did not design us to be losers. He made us to be winners!

Think of a subject you’d like to write about and jot down an outline for a book or article.
Oklahoma Conference

To anyone in the Tulsa/Oklahoma City, here is information on a one-day conference I’ll be teaching at Saturday, May 31.

The Successful Writer Conference
Hosted by the Fellowship of Christian Writers of Tulsa, OK
and Impact Church of Wagoner, OK

May 31, 2014 Conference Schedule

 8:00  –   9:00 a.m.       Registration – Book Store Open

9:00  –  9:30 a.m.         Welcome – Introductions -- Devotional
 9:30 – 10:20 a.m.       Keynote Speaker: Donna Goodrich
                               What Field of Writing are You Best Suited For?                                

 Fiction, Nonfiction, Newspaper, Humor, Puzzles, Children, Interviewing, Personal Experience, Devotionals.
10:20 – 10:30 a.m.       Break
10:30 – 11:20 a.m.       Elece Hollis—                                              Gina Conroy—
                                     Crafting Great Stories                                  Top 10 Mistakes New Writers Make
11:20 – 11:30 a.m.       Break
11:30 – 12:15 p.m.        Donna Goodrich—Writing Life-                  Sharon Gibson—Overcoming
                                     Changing Devotionals                           Writing Roadblocks                  Differences between Devotionals
and Fillers. Similarities, Format, Assignments.
12:15  – 1:00 p.m.        Break for Lunch
Afternoon Schedule
1:00  –  1:50 p.m.         Donna Goodrich—Where to get                  Diane Whisner—Cover Art &
                                     Ideas. Marketing                             Interior Design
                                     Marketing—articles, books.            
                                     Where to start.
  1:50 – 2:00 p.m.         Break
   2:00 – 2:50 p.m.        Rebecca Currington—Work for                   Gina Conroy—Follow Your
                                    Hire How-Tos                                                  Dreams           
                                                                                                        How to get motivated to write.
   2:50 – 3:00 p.m.        Break
   3:00 – 3:50 p.m.        Therese Stenzel – Writing                            James Tate and Elece Hollis—
                                      E-Books for Fun & Fortune                        How to be a Poetic Genius
  3:50 – 4:00 p.m.           Break
  4:00 –  4:30 p.m.          Roger Huff—How-tos of Self
  4:30 –  5:00 p.m.          Closing—Donna Goodrich—The Freedom of Letting Go

Chery Lambert Elliott – Representative for Sweetwater Still Publishing, Siloam Springs, AR will be available to answer your publishing questions. If you would like to have an appointment to speak with her at the conference, please sign up at the registration table when you arrive at the conference on Saturday Morning, May 31, 2014.

 Have a good week spreading the
gospel through the printed page.

Donna Clark Goodrich



"A Step in the Write Direction--the Complete How-to Guide for Christian Writers"

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