Hi! Lindi here.
Sometimes, we have to go back to the beginning. I believe writing is a passion. At least it is for me. There are many writers, readers, conferences, teachers, books and critiques that made me the writer I am today.
I came across this picture on FB.
From left to right, Missy Tippens, Christy Lashea, Angela Breidenbach, me, Mindy Obenhaus, and Jennifer Hudson Taylor. We were on a blog together called the F.A.I.T.H. Girls. We were all unpublished, I think, when we started the blog. We met at conferences, writing groups and bonded. We had a great time while we had the blog. As of today, all of us are published authors. We all write contemporary romance, except Jennifer who writers Historical romances.
All these ladies are so talented. It made me realize how thankful I am for the people who’ve influenced me on this journey of writing. These ladies, along with many others, were there at the start.
At the beginning.
I started writing in 1998. Yikes! That’s twenty years ago. I’ve learned so much, and have many God stories of His faithfulness to me while I navigated this wonderful, yet crazy world. I met with a group of 4 ladies weekly critiquing chapters, having my chapters critiqued. All of us on the same journey, some of us even targeting the same editors, yet trying to build each other up and make us the best writers we could be.
Here’s 3 of the 4. Missy Tippens, me, and Maureen Hardegree. (Margaret Moseley isn’t pictured) I learned so much about writing, life, and friendship from these ladies as well.
My reason for going down memory lane this month is two-fold. One, it’s November, kind of the month know for being a thankful month. And I am thankful for all the love and support I’ve had over the years while writing novels and novellas. It’s a good time to reflect, and remember.
Second–writing is hard.
Even when you have characters, and ideas, and conflict, it still takes execution to put it all on paper and have it turn out right. When writing a story you want to change people’s lives. We want to make an impact, whether it’s to take the reader’s mind off real life for a while, tug at their emotions, all while showing God’s glory through our stories. Sometimes, and now is one of them for me, I have to take a breath and think about the beginning. The beginning of this journey for me. Why did I start writing?
The love of the story. I didn’t start out writing Inspirational fiction. But when Jesus found me, I couldn’t help but tell of the real love found in God. I write from the perspective of “If we know we’re loved well, we’ll love well.” It’ been my mantra for almost twenty years.
Thank you to all the readers who’ve said kind words about my books. Readers are what make this author’s world go round. :) I love being a writer, but I so love being a reader as well. So, what about you? Do you remember what made you want to be a reader? I know we’ve talked about favorite books before and favorite authors, so today, let’s talk about why we like to read? Escape? Certain story lines? Or maybe an unexpected book that hooked you in?
Leave a comment to be in the drawing for an e copy of the book that I read, that made me change my genre of writing which led to my first novel being published. One of my all time favorite reads, What a Girl Wants.