A Step in the Write Direction
February 2, 2015
Update: Our 19-year-old granddaughter decided recently that she was going to "get serious" about her writing. She sent me the beginning of a story she had written and, to put it mildly, I was amazed! Because she had lived out-of-state for the past three years, she had matured personally, spiritually, and in her writing. To get some help, she's going to visit our critique group next week and listen in….Seems it's either feast or famine here. My work slows down over the holidays, but now I have two editing jobs, three proofreading jobs, and five income taxes to prepare. "I was young and now I am old, yet I have never seen the righteous forsaken" (Psalm 37:25 niv).
Thought(s) for the Day:
British critic and social theorist John Ruskin (1819-1900) once sat with a friend in the dusk of an evening and watched a lamplighter, torch in hand, lighting the street lights on a distant hill. Very soon the man’s form was no longer distinguishable in the distance, but everywhere he went he left a light burning brightly. “There,” said Ruskin, “that is what I mean by a real Christian. You can trace his course by the light that he leaves burning” (http://www.heartbeatinternational.org/ lamplighter)
“He was a lamplighter. He has taken his bright candle and has gone into another room we cannot find, but anyone can tell where he has been by all the little lights he left behind” (source unknown). (As writers, we're lamplighters too!)
Song for the Day:
Let the lower lights be burning!
Send a gleam across the wave!
Some poor fainting, struggling seaman
You may rescue, you may save.
Philip B. Bliss, “Let the Lower Lights Be Burning”
Laugh for the Day: (for football fans)
"What is your brother in college?"
"A half back."
"No, I mean in his studies."
"Oh, in his studies he's way back."(used)
Writer’s Tips: 15 Hints on Writing for Anthologies
After recently editing three anthologies, I’ve compiled the following hints I feel will help writers in their quest for publication:
* DON’T use borders or put submission in box.
* DON’T clean out your files and send everything you have.
* DON’T ask for an extension on the deadline, saying how busy you are.
* DON’T send in manuscript longer than stated requirements, telling editor they can cut it down if they want to use it.
* DON’T tell the editor “feel free to edit.” If it needs it, they’ll do it. That’s their job.
* DON’T write or call a few days after the deadline, asking if they’ve made a decision.
* DON’T send your submission on Facebook.
* DO use correct format—double spacing, no extra space between paragraphs, no justifying right margin, 12 pt. New Times Roman or Courier, one space after period. Omit weird fonts.
* DO include name and complete mailing address, telephone, and e-mail address on submission. Make it easy for the editor to contact you.
* DO stick to the theme.
* DO include a suggested title, without all capital letters, underline, or bold type.
* DO keep bio sketch within requested length. Write it in third person, and leave out adjectives such as “loving husband” or “beautiful grandchildren.”
* DO omit underlines and bold; italicize sparingly any words you want to emphasize.
* DO let the editor know if you change e-mail address or other contact information.
* DO write thank-you note to editor if your submission is accepted—
and if you follow these suggestions, there’s a good chance it will be!
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 (with assignments throughout); original copies now on sale for half-price--$12.50, $3.17 s&h)
· The Freedom of Letting Go (with discussion questions; can be used in S.S. class or small group); original copies without questions now on sale for half-price--$7.50, $2.69 s&h)
· Healing in God’s Time (story of Dave Clark, composer of 25 songs that have gone to #1 on the charts); was $15; now $10, $2.69 s&h)
· The Little Book of Big Laughs (105 purse/pocket-size book of clean jokes); up to 4 for same s&h—$2.32
· Preparing Your Heart for Christmas (31 Advent Devotions) half-price - $5
· Michigan and Ohio Cookbooks; half-price $5 each, plus s&h (depending on number ordered)
· 100-Plus Motivational Moments for Writers and Speakers – half-price $5, $2.69 s&h (This is free if you purchase 4 other books.)
· Grandmother, Mother, and Me Anthology (stories, poetry, and recipes);
· Grandfather, Father, and Me Anthology (stories, poetry, and recipes)
· Celebrating Christmas with…Memories, Poetry, and Good Food
(above three anthologies now half price--$12.50, $3.17 s&h)