Wow–how did it get to be the 1st Tuesday in August already? Today we’ll announce call-outs and see who won a free book, but first, let’s talk about a writer’s stage . . .
Several years ago, I had a one-day job at the Cherokee Indian Museum where I also took the time to learn about my own Cherokee heritage.Â After that visit, I knew I wanted to go back, take our younger grandchildren, and learn more together. A few weeks later, we did. It was an amazing experience.
But on my way home that day, I realized I did more than simply learn dates and historical events. I began to write about it, at least in my mind.
Isnâ€™t that the way we writers are? We go on a simple vacation or go shopping or read a current event and before we know it, weâ€™re contemplating characters, mapping out plots, scouting locations, capturing events, and creating a world inside our heads.
In As You Like It, William Shakespeare wrote, â€śAll the worldâ€™s a stage, and all the men and women merely players . . . .â€ť Today I realize how true that statement is.
- My first mystery for kids was set on Tybee Island (GA) because we went there when I was a kid.
- The second in the Bitsy Burroughs Mystery Series was set on Amelia Island (FL) because my older grandchildren lived there.
- And the last in the series, Bitsy and the Mystery at Hilton Head Island (SC), was on Hilton Head because it had become a family vacation favorite for our us, our adult children, and our grandchildren.
Little did I know those events in life would prepare a stage for my charactersâ€“-real or imaginedâ€“-to enter and exit. After all, I didnâ€™t set out to find locations for childrenâ€™s books. I simply found myself there . . . and the characters and their stories began.
Now Iâ€™m already looking forward to doing something with these nuggets of Cherokee ideas, even though it won’t be right now. After all, I went to Tybee Island in 1961, but it was well over 30 years later that I began to write about it.
I have a feeling Iâ€™m not alone in this phenomenon. What about you? Have you experienced anything similar? If so, would you share it with us here at The Christian Writers Den? It could be fun to see where our storiesâ€“-whether published or not, whether written or notâ€“-originated.
Calling All Kudos!
Okay, friends, itâ€™s time for us to celebrate YOU and celebrate EACH OTHER! After all, thatâ€™s the goal of The Christian Writerâ€™s Denâ€“-to encourage and instruct writers.
In order to do that, I need to hear from you. It doesnâ€™t matter how small it may seem to you or how recently itâ€™s been, every step forward is a step that leads to the next one.
So I want to know what youâ€™ve been up to. Have you had something exciting happen recently in your writing or speaking life? Maybe youâ€™ve had an article published, signed a book contract, released a new book, got an agent, or started a new blog. If so, we want to hear from you. Everybodyâ€™s welcome to share.
Itâ€™s really simple, but I do ask that you contact me with the info in this format and order ONLY:
**Your state in two-letter abbreviation
**Link to your website or blog
**Your good news
**Link to your good news, if online (online bookstore, online article, etc)
I canâ€™t wait for us to celebrate with you!
Who Worked on Their MoGo7000 in July?
If you wrote at least 7000 new words on a book project in July, you can receive an entry in the drawing for the 2016 MoGo7000 $100 cash prize! Itâ€™s open to everyone who qualifies.
To report your July results, please leave a comment below with your total new words written on a book project in July. (Please do not send your totals by email or through the Contact page. Totals must be left as a comment here by next Sunday).Â
If you missed out on last yearâ€™s money-winning writing challenge, donâ€™t worry, the 2016 Challenge continues! Here are the MoGo7000 Challenge rules. All you have to do is write at least 7000 NEW words on a book project in any month and youâ€™ll receive an entry into the end-of-the-year drawing for $100.
Each month that you qualify with 7000 new words, your name goes in the â€śhatâ€ť for the drawing. Reach the goal one month and youâ€™ll have one entry. Just starting out? Donâ€™t worry! Meet it the next 5 months and youâ€™ll have 5 entries!
So what are you waiting for? Get started now and you could have and extra $100 next year. And it doesnâ€™t cost you a cent.
And the winner of Cheryl Barker’s Mother of the Bride: Refreshment and Wisdom for the Mother of the Bride is . . .
Congratulations, Kristi! To claim your free book, simply contact me with your snail mail address and Cheryl will get your book right out to you!
And for those who didn’t win, you can get your own copy of Mother of the Bride with this direct Amazon link.
Well, that does it for another Tuesday. Don’t forget to share your insights about finding your stories from life!
Iâ€™d love to hear from you!