Writers need people. We need family and friends, and of course readers. We also need other writers.
There’s nothing like the sense of belonging that comes from being with people who understand you. That’s one of the things I love about writers’ conferences and my local writing group.
We may all write different types of material, but at some level, we connect. We can encourage one another, share experiences and information. Commiserate, when needed. We can inspire each other, even brainstorming to develop ideas.
The new anthology, 7 Essential Habits of Christian Writers, is like a portable writers’ group, one we can take home and enjoy at our leisure.
Reading it feels like sitting with other writers and listening to them share advice… stories… poetry… all about aspects of the faith-filled writing life.
The seven habits it addresses are:
- Time with God
- Healthy Living
- Time Management
- Honing Writing Skills
- Crafting a Masterpiece
There’s something for everyone, from the beginner to the seasoned writer. Here’s the Amazon purchase link.
The Kindle version has been available for a while and is a Canadian bestseller. (Other ebook formats are coming soon.) The print version of 7 Essential Habits of Christian Writers will launch at the InScribe Christian Writers’ Fellowship’s Fall Conference, Sept. 25-26. To celebrate, InScribe has organized a blog tour to introduce some of the contributors.
Today’s my turn. InScribe has been a key part of my growth as a writer, and I’m thankful for the chance to collaborate on this project. My contributions are both non-fiction: “Writer. Ready. Pen.” and “The Writer’s Newsletter: Do You Need One?”
If you’re visiting as part of the blog tour and we haven’t “met” before, here’s a quick introduction: I live in Atlantic Canada, and I write Christian suspense novels and blog about faith and books. I love Jesus and my family, and enjoy reading, worship music, and tea. If you’re a fan of Christian suspense, you’re invited to join my writing journey through my monthly newsletter.
I hope you’ll take time to check out the other stops on the blog tour. They’re listed below:
- Ruth L. Snyder Monday, September 14th
- Brenda Wood Wednesday, September 16th
- Janet Sketchley Friday, September 18th
- Jack Popjes Monday, September 21st
- Kimberley Payne Wednesday, September 23rd
- Marcia Laycock Friday, September 24th
- Steph Beth Nickel Monday, September 28th
- Sally Meadows Wednesday, September 30th
- Tracy Krauss Friday, October 2nd
- Glynis Belec Monday, October 5th
Have you read 7 Essential Habits of Christian Writers? If so, what did you think? Please consider leaving a review at myBook.to/ChristianWriters1Review or on Goodreads.
Thanks for sharing your thoughts on why writers need other writers. I love how you described this book as being like a portable writers’ group. It truly is an encouraging, inspirational read.
It really is encouraging, as well as practical!
Yes, writers need people. So true. I’m glad that I got to know all these great people who write through Inscribe.
One of the things I appreciated about the book was getting to know the contributors better. Many are people whose names I know through InScribe, but may never have met in real life. Glad I’ve met you and Ruth and a few of the others!
Great post, Janet. Proud to be in the book with so many friends and great writers. 🙂
That’s a great bonus, Marcia. We’re definitely in good company in this book!
I love your opening line Janet…how true! “Writers need people. We need family and friends, and of course readers. We also need other writers”
Thanks, Melanie. It’s funny how we think of writing as a solitary activity, which it usually is, but yet we can’t sustain it without community.