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Writers Are Healers: When's the Last Time You Used Your Power?

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Writers Are Healers: When's the Last Time You Used Your Power?

Writers have a unique weapon at their disposal that can bring healing to the world. That weapon is the written word. Just like any weapon it can be wielded for good or evil. The right word at the right time can have a huge impact if only on one reader at first, transforming them into a force of change and compassion and producing a ripple effect that can ultimately impact entire cultures and societies.

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Prayers That Release Writer and Editor Creative Flow

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Prayers That Release Writer and Editor Creative Flow

My purpose for blogging is to share and learn ways to be successful in the publishing industry. In maintaining this goal, I like to share encouragement and tools that help me. These prayers came out of a day when I was facing an uphill climb of completing a massive edit in a short period of time and I thought, “I bet there are others out there who may be struggling with projects of their own. Maybe as I pray, I can share my prayers and maybe they will help them too.”

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10 Things You Can Learn from a Writer



Open up the heart of a writer, and you will discover some pretty amazing things. They are a rare breed. These are the kind of people who go toward the struggle instead of running away from it. Why? Because they see past it into their dreams. This one characteristic in itself is one to glean many life lessons from, but for the moment ('cause I live in those), I thought I would briefly list what I thought writers could teach us all.

1. Don't be so afraid to put yourself out there that you don't--if anything, do it scared.
2. Welcome constructive critique and make the changes.
3. Let yourself dream and your imagination soar.
4. Surround yourself with a supportive network of people or animals or both.
5. Get a mentor or coach.
6. Keep in touch with your deep emotions.
7. Take a break and recharge, when you've hit a wall.
8. Know your strengths and be ready to tell your story.
9. Read a lot of good books.
10. Never give up on your dreams.

What are some other things we can learn from writers?

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Do You Pray for Your Editor?


There is so much that goes into publishing a book, and the first phase involving editing and production carries some of the most challenging circumstances, obstacles, and distractions.

I’ve been editing a project when all of a sudden Microsoft Word shut down and I lost thirty pages of edits—never recovered. I had to redo all of it. I’ve been editing a project when my hard drive just up and died. I have been in the midst of an edit and cannot for the life of me figure out what the author is talking about, where they want to go with an idea or principle, or I’ve lost my train of thought on how to increase the intensity of a passionate appeal to the reader. If you quiz a few more editors, the stories of what happens behind the publisher's closed doors may actually scare you straight into the nearest prayer closet, sanctuary, or temple.

So, of course, I pray for myself that God will allow my mind to be sharp and enable me to imagine beyond the author’s words and into their heart. I also pray for the author as I am editing, because I know they are out there somewhere writing, speaking, traveling, and impacting people with hope, encouragement, and life-changing solutions. They are out there promoting their upcoming book. They are making connections and contacts. I know that they could benefit from divine help, so I pray for them.

There are things that work against our progress, but as a person who believes in the power of God, there will be none of that. The opposition will not win.

So I challenge the authors out there, who have faith, to pray for their editors. We are very much a part of your success and there are all kinds of things that try to get us off track from making your message everything it was meant to be.

Here’s how you can pray:

  • Pray that your editor is able to focus.
  • Pray that your editor will have positive interactions with their team members.
  • Pray that your editor will have peaceful and quality interactions with their family and friends.
  • Pray that your editor is inspired with the same passion you had as you wrote your piece.
  • Pray that your editor will have limited distractions—both technological and mental.
  • Pray that your editor’s financial needs are met.
  • Pray that your editor will have success in other editorial or acquisition endeavors.
  • Pray that your editor will have open doors and ears when they go to bat for you on key issues. They are your in-house advocates.

I believe every point listed above plays into how an editor is able to engage in an edit successfully.

What are some other ways to circulate positive synergy in the author-editor relationship?

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Manuscripts Are to Jevon As Marble Is to Michelangelo

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Manuscripts Are to Jevon As Marble Is to Michelangelo

I could have never imagined in my wildest dreams that I would be working in the career and performing in an industry that I would grow to love so much. Honestly, before now I really don’t think I could have articulated what kind of fulfillment and happiness I was looking for or even where to find it.

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