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Writers who have Influenced Me, and why

As per the topic for this year’s Middle Georgia Indie Book festival, I would like to share with you the writers who have influenced my writing career thus far. However, I couldn’t pick just one author or writer in particular; therefore, I will list three writers and how they have become such an inspiration to me


The first is Lee Smith, who not only is a talented writer from the South, but she also edited the “New Stories of the South” 2001 edition. Her introduction where she talks about one of her writing students, not having anything to write about, was the fuel that ignited my creative writing fire. Although I dabbled in writing when I was in high school, it was after I read that anthology that I took my writing seriously. Since that time, I’ve made many mistakes, and learned a lot of dos and don’ts as I honed my craft and improved my writing skills.


The second of these authors is Karen Kingsbury. Her Life changing fiction helped me to draw closer to God, and her stories have inspired me. Part of my book entitled A Journey of Faith, A Stepping Stones Mystery was inspired by a scene, where the teenaged drunk driver was imprisoned for hitting a family and killing the little Christian Kids Theater actress. The scene where the protagonist visits the teen in jail and brings him closer to God, was the pivotal scene that inspired one of my scenes in my full-length novel.


The final author who was an inspiration to me, is Janette Oke. Ms. Oke has written several historical Christian romances that have touched my life, and she has also written several series that I have loved through the years. One series was especially inspirational to me, although I don’t remember the name of it, I do remember the scene that got my creative juices flowing. In this scene, one character is in the hospital, waiting to visit a family member who had been in a terrible accident. She meets one of the doctors, who shows her to a family waiting room, which is much more comfortable than the main waiting room on the first floor. As she waits, she hears an old familiar hymn on the radio. This scene was the inspiration for a scene I wrote, concerning Jason Miller, one of my characters in the book mentioned above. Although this particular scene wasn’t included in my book, I will include it or one similar to it in a future story


Although there’s not enough space to thank each writer and author that has supported and encouraged me on an individual basis, please note that your help is greatly appreciated.

Before I end this post however, I do have one brief question for you: What writers have influenced your writing career and why?

Blessings to you all, and happy writing.


It’s Not Your Publishing Credits or Your Follower Count That Makes You a Writer — It’s This.

Meg Dowell Writes

We’ve all had those days — the ones where we clock out of our day jobs, greet our fur babies, sit down on the couch for five minutes … and then it’s 9 PM and oops we didn’t write again oh well maybe tomorrow!

And repeat.

But there are also days we do try to write. And it doesn’t always go well. Sometimes the words just aren’t coming out right. Or you got another rejection email and you don’t want to even look at your computer screen anymore. Or the 40-hour workweek is exhausting you so intensely that even your small writing accomplishments don’t feel worth celebrating.

Sometimes … you just don’t feel like a writer.

And then you start questioning whether or not what you’re doing actually matters.

You haven’t published a best-seller. You’re tweeting into the void and no one’s responding. You barely even blog anymore. Should you…

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Mixing first person and third person limited points of view in your writing

When I was in my writing zone on Sunday afternoon, I had an idea to mix first person POV with limited third person Point of view (POV). I posed the question on the camp NaNoWriMo message board for the cabin I’m participating in. Here’s a link that explains how to write using both first and limited third person POV.




In your writing, have you ever used different points of view? If so, please explain what worked and what didn’t.


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Four simple marketing strategies for Promoting your book

Here’s an excellent article if you’re looking to get your books in the hands of readers. I am already implementing some of these strategies myself, but I will have to learn exactly how to start a book club.

4 Simple Marketing Strategies for Promoting Your Book

What marketing strategies do you use for your books?

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Publishing News and General Updates

Hey there everyone,

I know it’s been a while since I have actually posted an update, that is except for blog posts that I’ve shared, but today I have a bit of exciting publishing news for you.


First of all, if you remember, I made an announcement about my upcoming book festival. However, Due to unforeseen extenuating circumstances, I won’t be able to attend the book festival. In trying to get everything in place for this event, there’s one lesson I’ve learned: When your best laid plans fall through, the journey doesn’t end. There will be other events, and I have plans to connect with my readers and get book sales from people in my area. Please note that I do have paperback copies of A Journey of Faith ordered. If you’d like to purchase a copy directly from me, please let me know by filling out the form on my “contact me page and I will be happy to give you more details off site.


With that note aside, I will be talking to a colleague of mine about making myself and my books more marketable on Monday. I don’t have any details as of yet, but I will share more information about that in an upcoming post, so please stay tuned for that.


Now, in publishing news, I just submitted a novelette called Inner Vision to Paul White, to be published under the Electric Eclectic brand. I also have one more announcement to make. I have been honored as one of the founding Electric Eclectic authors. I am proud to accept this honor and will proudly post the badge as a part of my post!

On the heels of this news, I have an announcement that might be interesting to those of you who love to read, but don’t have a lot of time.

Electric Eclectic Books Have Gone Crazy!

They are giving away £££’s & $$$’s worth of Amazon Gift vouchers throughout this year (2018) to readers of their books.

All you have to do is leave a review on Amazon books website and you can win yourself Amazon Gift Vouchers.

Grab yourself an Electric Eclectic book today and get into that winning streak.

You can find Electric Eclectic’s Novelettes and the full rules on the Electric Eclectic website.

Check it out today and get winning.

bit.ly/Electric Eclectic


Now for one final update on my work in progress, my second Stepping Stones Mystery called Journey to the Mountain Top is in the revision stage. I have a couple of prequals to this book in the works as well. Stay tuned for more news and updates in the near future. Thanks for reading, sharing and commenting on my posts. See you next time, and as always, happy reading and writing, and God Bless everyone in the blogosphere.


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When I am not writing…

via When I am not writing…

My answer to this question is simple, yet complex. I love to read, listen to podcasts about writing, listen to music, crochet and do other things in my spare time. The first and most important is spending time in prayer and worshiping the Lord and spending time with my precious daughter when she’s with me, and my nieces and nephews. Often times, I will go sit out on my parents’ front porch swing to contemplate my thoughts for the day. I have hada crazy last few weeks, and I have to spend time regrouping from that, so journaling is very helpful and healing for me. These are the things I do now, when I’m not writing, revising, or marketing my books.

After reading the linked post, please come back here and tell me what you do when you’re not writing or creating your own art.


12 Things Wrong With Your Writing Routine

I have fallen into many of these categories…LOL!

Meg Dowell Writes

1. You don’t have one — but you could really use one.

2. You think writing every day is essential — it isn’t!

3. You keep trying to get up early (or stay up late) even though it just doesn’t work for you.

4. You listen to your excuses.

5. You don’t plan ahead.

6. When you feel blocked, you stop writing entirely instead of writing something different.

7. You don’t sit down with a writing session goal already in mind.

8. You consistently choose distraction over focus.

9. You don’t “feel like” writing, so you put it off. All the time.

10. You haven’t figured out how to “productively procrastinate” yet.

11. You keep trying to apply the advice of “experts” even though it doesn’t work for you.

12. Maybe you’re just not a “writing routine” kind of creative. That’s OK. Do what works for you! As long as…

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This Simple Trick Will Make Reaching Your Writing Goals So Much Easier

Meg Dowell Writes

When I was younger, I used to worry about what my writing life might look like two, five, 10 years from now.

I remember spending an entire lecture during my first semester of college writing out my entire five-year plan. I “knew” exactly by what point I was going to graduate, when I was going to publish a book, when I was finally going to “be a real writer.” A “professional.”

I remember bits and pieces of that plan. And I can almost guarantee you that not a single one of the points on that plan played out the way I thought they would.

I did not graduate in three years; it took me five.

I did not publish a book at the age of 22; I still, technically, haven’t. (Unless you count self-publishing, which I did not at the time.)

I didn’t go on to get a master’s degree…

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This Is the First Step to Making Money As a Writer

Meg Dowell Writes

I earned $70 after completing my first job as a freelance writer.

Not knowing any better, I’d agreed to complete a series of articles (yes, I said a SERIES) for a client for literally pennies each.

That was, as I hope you can guess, a mistake. I did a lot of work (and, later, far too many revisions) for basically no money. By the time I’d successfully completed the job, I’d decided never to work with that client again — or anyone who preyed on new freelancers who were desperate enough for work to sign a contract that would pretty much earn them negative income.

But at the time, I was elated. That was the first time someone had actually paid me to write online content.

Up until that point, I’d worked as a student journalist, an intern, and a “contributing writer” (which usually implies, as was the case for…

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