Today on my blog I am participating in a Blog Tour. This blog tour is where writers and authors answer questions about their writing process.
How does my work differ from others of its genre?
Why do I write what I do?
I have a strong faith in God that I am not at all ashamed of. Jesus Christ has always been the center of my life so not to write about Him would be a disuse of the talent I feel God has given to me. My main goal is to encourage others in their faith. I think the body of Christ as a whole is lacking in encouragement in living their lives to the fullest through Christ. Besides the fact that I just have to write. When I don’t write poetry or any other form of the written word (I do write stories from time to time) I just don’t feel like…ME!
How does your writing process work?
My writing process is mostly when the words start pouring into my brain I write them down as soon as possible. It is rare that I intentionally write a poem meaning that I will sit down and make myself come up with one. Poems like that don’t normally turn out very well for me. Unfortunately a lot of my poetry decides to come when I am driving in the car and so I have to try to remember it when I get to my destination to be able to write it down. Many times you can find me at Chick-Fil-A with a large sweet tea pondering and writing. ☺ I also study the craft and read other poets work to see what works and what doesn’t. My favorite poets are Roy Lessin, Robert Frost, Helen Steiner Rice, Sarah Kay, and many more! I have two very close friends I send my writing to and they give me direction and help with it, especially if I am not certain it is worded correctly. As far as what I put on my blog, it is done through much prayer and asking the Lord’s direction on which one to use and how to use it.
You can find my blog at: http://marcieheartthoughts.blogspot.com/
Other places to find me? https://twitter.com/katylyssiesmom
Where do I get my inspiration and encouragement from? I read, read, and read some more… Here are a few places I enjoy spending time.
Rose Chandler Johnson and I met through Nan Jones. She has a debut devotional book out through Lighthouse Publishers of the Carolinas. I really like her devotional book! Rose Chandler Johnson met Jesus at the age of eleven. As a young bride, she left her tiny Georgia town to start a new life. Through years of disappointments and overwhelming obstacles, her faith in God sustained her as she learned to find God in the midst of everyday moments. A devoted Christian and mother of six, she has been a teacher of English and French over the last twenty years. Her articles, poems, and devotions have appeared in numerous publications. She is the author of the devotional blog, Write Moments with God, and looks forward to continuing her writing ministry in the years ahead. God, Me, and Sweet Iced Tea: Experiencing God in the Midst of Everyday Moments, which released July 1, 2013, is her first published book. This devotional has named a finalist in the Selah awards in May and also received the Georgia Author of the Year Award finalist on June 7th in the inspirational-religious category. Rose’s blog is found at: http://writemomentswithgod.blogspot.com/