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Learn punctuation; it is your little drum set, one of the few tools you have to signal the reader where the beats and emphases go. (If you get it wrong, any least thing, the editor will throw your manuscript out.) Punctuation is not like musical notation; it doesn’t indicate the length of pauses, but instead signifies logical relations. There are all sorts of people out there who know these things very well. You have to be among them even to begin. Annie Dillard
And we, who with unveiled faces all reflect the Lord’s glory, are being transformed into his likeness with ever-increasing glory, which comes from the Lord, who is the Spirit.
2 Corinthians 3:18
“Chew your way into a new world.
Molt. Rest. Molt again.”
Amy Gerstler, Advice from a Caterpillar
What the caterpillar calls the end of the world, the Master calls a butterfly.
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Are you different today than you were yesterday? Are you being transformed?
Laurie and Betsy
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And the day came when the risk to remain tight in the bud was more painful than the risk it took to blossom.
Why do we fear writing? I have a friend who writes beautiful poetry and hides it in a box under her bed. There is in each of us a desire to be known that is in conflict with a fear of being known.
I read one time that flowering in a plant is not optional. It is a survival mechanism. Plants that do not flower die without giving life.
If you are a writer you are called to share. If you are not a writer you are still called to share.
Our stories connect us and give life to the next generation.
“I not only have my secrets, I am my secrets. And you are yours. Our secrets are human secrets, and our trusting each other enough to share them with each other has much to do with the secret of what it means to be human.”
— Frederick Buechner
Be bold. Share your stories today.
What’s under your bed?
Laurie and Betsy
You are the light of the world. A city set on a hill cannot be hidden. Nor do people light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on a stand, and it gives light to all in the house. In the same way, let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father who is in heaven. Matthew 5: 14-16
Library Way is a two block stretch of sidewalk along 41th St from Grand Central Station to the entrance of the magnificent New York library building. Embedded into the sidewalk are ninety-six bronze plaques, quoting forty-five different writers. Here’s one we like.
Taste, chew and swallow something wonderful today.
The Writing Sisters
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“Has it ever occurred to you that one hundred pianos all tuned to the same fork are automatically tuned to each other? They are of one accord by being tuned, not to each other, but to another standard to which each one must individually bow.” The Pursuit of God A. W. Tozer
A cord of three strands is not easily broken
Writing can be a solitary experience but writing to be read involves community. Community means collaboration. For us collaboration comes in the writing process, two writing one book. Collaboration also comes in working with a writing group, an agent, an editor, a publisher, a book designer, an illustrator and book seller, even a reader.
Writing involves community.
For us, we had to have unity in faith to have unity on the page. In collaboration there will be differences of opinion, which are good and bring growth and depth to the work. It is in the resolution of the disagreements that our faith is exercised. We decided that we would never go forward in any area of writing or publishing without agreement. We begin each writing session with prayer and are constantly submitting the work to God.
Staying in harmony with God keeps us in harmony with each other. As we constantly try to align our work with God’s will we align ourselves with each other.
Who is a part of your writing community? How do you stay on same page?
Laurie and Betsy
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