Today we get to meet an author new to both of us, Kelly Irvin. She’s the author of the Amish of Bee County, Bliss Creek Amish, and New Hope Amish series. Her latest work is the ECPA bestseller, The Saddle Maker’s Son, which debuted in June. She’s currently working on a new series set in an Amish district in Jamesport, Missouri. I’ll have to read them!
I do have some writing news: Here’s the cover of another upcoming novella collection from Barbour. (I’m in the middle of writing my contribution, Sunshine of my Heart, right now!). Isn’t is gorgeous? We’re also working on another novella contract, but I can’t announce it yet. Stay tuned. . .
Back to Kelly:
For beginning writers and those who have yet to begin
By Kelly Irvin
Writing is a tough gig. It requires practice, patience, and perseverance. People often ask me how to get started. So many folks have told me they have always wanted to write a novel. Why haven’t they? Not enough time. Fear of failure. Uncertainty about how to begin. The reasons are many. So here’s what I tell them:
Sit down and begin.
What? No big secret? No magic formula?
The number one tip is to place your behind in the chair and your hands on the keyboard and begin. If you have a story in your head, put it on paper. Tell the story.
You will find that lots of people will want to tell you how to do this. There are all sorts of methods involving heroes and story arcs and three-acts and other formulas. If they work for you, then by all means, use them. What works best for me is to tell the story. I’m what’s known as a “pantser” (seat of the pants writer). Others do best by outlining before they start writing. If that works for you, do it. You won’t know until you begin so begin.
Yes, I recommend that you attend writing conferences, learn the craft, and hone it. I recommend you join a critique group and allow others to help you refine your work. Read writing craft books.
But number one, write every day you possibly can. Practice might not make perfect, but it certainly helps. You can hone your craft until you have one.
If you’re writing Christian fiction, join American Christian Fiction Writers (ACFW). This organization is a fabulous support group for beginning writers. Check out their website at www.acfw.com. Join a critique group and start pursuing your writing dream today.
Kelly, so true – I tell new writers “write, write, write,” and “read, read, read.” Nothing teaches you how to write like writing.
Rebekah Lantz feels betrayed and abandoned. Tobias Byler is bound by regret. Can two young runaways from a world away teach them the healing power of a true family?
Rebekah simply longs for the chance to be a wife and mother like the other girls. Tobias only wants to escape feelings for a woman he knows he should never have allowed to get close to him. Even a move across the country can’t stop the past from accompanying his every thought.
A surprise encounter with two half-starved runaway children forces both of them to turn their focus on others far more desperate. In doing so, they discover the key to forgetting the past may open the door to the love and the future they both seek.