What a great day today…learning about writing with Linda Gilden, celebrating your successes, and offering a chance to win $100!
Called to Write: 7 Principles to Become a Writer on Mission, by Linda Gilden
First up–What a joy to welcome back my friend Linda Gilden! Linda is not only a talented, prolific writer, editor, and conference director, but she’s also a great roomie! We’ve shared rooms in hotels and conference centers from Florida to Colorado and Atlanta to Texas!
Be sure to read her bio below, but for now I’ll just tell you that she’s the author or co-author of at least six books that I can think of, ghostwriter of a bunch more, and has published gobs of articles, so when it comes to writing, she knows what she’s talking about!
Today we’re going to hear about her thoughts on the writing life and her newest book, Called to Write: 7 Principles to Become a Writer on Mission. Be sure to leave a comment for Linda and you could win a copy of Called to Write! Don’t forget to return next week to see if you’re the winner!
Welcome back, Linda. Thanks for hanging out with us again!
Thanks, Vonda, for inviting me to stop by. Canâ€™t think of anything I love more than chatting with and encouraging other writers (except maybe spending the day floating in a pool surrounded by splashing grandchildren!)
Abolutely! I am with you on that one! So how do you fit writing into a busy family life? Is it really possible to be a writer and keep family relationships strong?
It does take work. It’s a matter of keeping the right things first. If God has called you to be a writer, He probably called you to be a son, daughter, wife, mother, grandmother, or other things first. Writing is important but not above your relationship with God and your family. I started writing when my children were very young and didnâ€™t have great blocks of time to sit and write. Often I just got going on an article assignment and one of the children would need something. When I had to leave my computer to tend to my children, God never failed to redeem that writing time.
You mentioned your relationships. Why are relationships important to writers? Donâ€™t we need to just sit in front of our computers and keep plugging?
Well, of course, we canâ€™t be writers if we donâ€™t write which involves quite a bit of alone time. In fact, many writers are introverts and enjoy the time alone. But because your personality is introverted doesnâ€™t mean you donâ€™t enjoy people. You just want to enjoy them a few at a time! Relationships are important and writers need to build their relationships with God, family and friends like everyone else. In the writing world, relationships are important for encouragement. Relationships with other writers lead to networking that can help you grow in the publishing business.
I mentioned earlier that you recently coauthored a book with Edna Ellison called Called to Write. Do you think all writers have a calling?
Every person has a calling. But finding Godâ€™s ultimate purpose for his or her life takes a lot of prayer, exploration, and listening. Often people donâ€™t discover Godâ€™s purpose until they have explored many different options. How do you know if God has called you to be a writer? There is no easy answer and the answer is different and personal for each person. I did a lot of things in early adulthood I really enjoyed. But when I discovered writing, a whole new world opened up to me. I felt a passion I had never had before. I walked by my computer and it beckoned me. I couldnâ€™t not write.
Eric Liddell said it best in the movie Chariots of Fire when he responded to his sisterâ€™s questions. â€śWhen I run, I feel Godâ€™s pleasure.â€ť What do you do that makes you feel Godâ€™s pleasure? What are you so passionate about that when you do it you feel an immediate connection with God? For me, it is writing and encouraging others.
Hmmm. A lot to think about.
For sure. I donâ€™t know the passion of every reader. But in a way everyone is a writer. In 2 Corinthians 3:3 says, â€śYou show that you are a letter from Christ, the result of our ministry, written not with ink but with the Spirit of the living God, not on tablets of stone but on tablets of human hearts.â€ť Even if we donâ€™t put words on paper people are â€śreadingâ€ť our lives. My prayer for myself and each of us is that our message, Godâ€™s message through us, is a bestseller!
I love that truth! So if we have readers who may want to write a book, what would you say to them?
Get started today!
Yes! I like that answer! So many times we say we WANT to write, but then we don’t do anything about it. The bottom line is writers write. Otherwise, they’re only wannabes.
Linda, thank you again for being with us today and sharing your new book. Readers, leave a comment for Linda and you’ll be in the drawing for a free copy of Called to Write! Then check back next week to see who wins!
Bio: Linda Gilden is an experienced writer, speaker, editor, writing coach, and Certified Personality Trainer. Author of the popular Love Notes series, she is also the author of Mommy Pick-Me-Ups, Mama Was the Queen of Christmas, and many ghostwritten books. With hundreds of magazine articles to her credit, Linda Gilden is a prolific writer who loves to share a great story. As a freelance editor and writing coach working with publishers and individuals she encourages others to make their writing the best it can be. She speaks nationally many times throughout the year, is a frequent radio and television guest, and welcomes the opportunity to help others become better communicators. As a member of the CLASS Seminar training staff, Linda enjoys helping others polish their speaking and writing skills on their journeys to clear, concise communication. She is Director of Writing Programs for CLASSEMINARS, Inc., the CLASS Christian Writers Conference, and the Carolina Christian Writers Conference. – See more at: LindaGilden.com
Now Let’s Celebrate YOU!
Congratulations to these Christian Writer’s Den friends who are working hard…and it shows!
1.Â Alycia Morales and Andrea Merrell (SC): Editors Alycia Morales and Andrea Merrell have started a new blog for writers, The Write Editing. They will have guest bloggers on the second Monday of each month, along with book giveaways, writing and editing tips, and links to valuable online resources. Be sure to stop by, leave a comment, and sign up to receive a new post every Monday.
2.Â Whitney Schwartz (OH): I published an e-book last week. It’s a 30-day devotional called Grace
Like Rain, full of inspirational and informative messages on relevant topics with a recurring theme of God’s grace to all mankind. It’s now available in the Amazon Kindle store here.
5.Â Marilyn Nutter (NC): Lifting and Leaving was the subject for Marilyn Nutterâ€™s guest blog post on Â Widowhood: More than Grief. March 31, 2014. And More Than Pen and Paper: The Benefits of Journaling was the subject of Marilyn Nutterâ€™s guest blog post on The Humbled Homemaker, March 18, 2014.
Congratulations to all these Christian Writer’s Den friends! We cheering you on!
And readers, if you didn’t have a success to celebrate this month, be sure and check back next week where I’ll have a new list writing opportunities collected just for you!
Who MoGo’d in April…and Has a Chance to Win $100?
These CWD writers have earned an April entry into the end-of-the-year drawing for $100 in cash!
#10: Joan – 25,216 words
#11: Jamy Taylor Whitaker – 12,256 words
Congrats, friends! Keep up the good work and youâ€™ll earn even more entries into the drawing.
Writers, want to know how you can qualify for the $100 challenge? Check out the MoGo7000 Challenge here. Itâ€™s free and open to everyone all year long!
I was sad to see you didn’t have any entries in Chip MacGregor’s Bad Poetry Contest. Maybe you’ll celebrate badly for his NEXT birthday!
Well, I guess that does it for another Tuesday gathering. Be sure to leave a comment and check out Linda Gilden’s new book, Called to Write.
See you Friday!
(PS: I’m writing this on 5-9-14 because I’ll be out of town when this posts. If anyone leave a MoGo result or sends me a kudo and you don’t see it here, it’s probably because it was written after I had uploaded this post. I’ll catch you the next time! Thanks!)