Sunday, November 3, 2013

Write NonFiction In November - WNFIN


....."I had created that first blog to get outside the walls of the church, but the women in the church (ministry wife bloggers) were asking for more help, more encouragement. I believe that God set me up a bit. I needed to expand my worldview outside the church, in order to see the part of the world that He knew I could speak into.

God loves his church. I love His church. God sees her pain and her hunger to please Him. He loves these women and I believe that His heart is broken as He hears them worry and stress about being good enough for Him. God, the Father did not set up the strict and confining rules that most churchwomen are working so hard to obey. His acceptance and delight in each of us is not based on how many chapters of His word we have read that day. It is not measured by how early we got up to spend time in prayer that morning.

The truth that we are loved and accepted by God is a simple one. But it is a hard one to believe. There is something about typical church life that slowly and subtly convinces us that He wants more from us than we can give. That we can never be good enough, work hard enough or give sacrificially enough to please Him. But those are lies. God loved you at first sight. He loved you enough to call you to Himself when you were running away from Him and living without Him. Why do we think that He loves us less now than when He first saved us?".....


I’m taking the challenge!
National Nonfiction Writing Month

This month I am being intentional about giving a set amount of time to my WIP each day. (My Work In Progress - A short book that I hope will make the reader more loved on the last page than the first.) Today is only the third day of the month and I have already wanted to give up. But today was a good and productive writing day. 

I still have my freelance clients to keep up with each week and that small income is crucial, so I cannot let those deadlines slide. This is where 'community' can become a beautiful thing. Fiction writers have had a longtime tradition of challenging one another to write huge amounts in the month of November each year in a movement called National Novel Writing Month or NaNoWriMo. This year there is a new creation just for us NONfiction writers, Write Nonfiction In November or WNFIN. We register and declare our personal goals on the website and then check in and give or receive encouragement as the month moves along. There are no winners or losers, just a group of people who understand this silly thing you do.

It is only the 3rd day so I don't really know more than one other person in this particular group, but my REAL online writing community has already been established for the last year with a FaceBook Writers Group that I belong to. These people have amazed me with their sensitivity, ridiculous offbeat humor and practical help in the writing life. I have had serious freelance questions answered there and have even added some tips of my own. Thank you Julie, Tonya, Michael and others, you guys crack me up, guilt me and inspire me every day. 

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11 comments:

  1. Wow! WNFIN! Awesome! I only write non-fiction - memoir and essays. Is it too late to start? I'll check it out asap. Thanks so much for posting this! And don't give up....I know you can do it!! :)

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    1. Hi Becky, come join us. It's just a place to help one another without guilt (well maybe a little!) and with lots of others who are just getting started too!
      Susie

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  2. We love you toooo!!! Becky-- join us. I'm on board with it too.

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    1. Hey Julie! Believe it or not it is already Day 5 and I am on track with my goals so far! Much harder than I expected, but good training for creating a healthy habit.
      Susie

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  3. I have another friend who was lamenting there wasn't a NaNo for non-fiction - I snagged that link, and said, "YES THERE IS!"

    I'm so glad you joined. I have a friend who joined NaNo, but lamented that she wouldn't make the 50k, she's a slow writer. But ... if it gets her to writing, to remembering to TRY .. then she's won. And same for you!! :)

    I love you, too, m'dear. And if you ever want to sprint, come on over :) Even 58 words is forward motion! :) *Brings out the pompoms* You can do it! You can do it! Woop, woop!

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    1. yes, I want to try a Sprint sometime. I did a mini one by myself the other day and it was kind of high-pressure feeling. But that may be be exactly what I need. Thanks TJ!
      Susie

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  4. denver bozzbozzNovember 5, 2013 at 12:29 PM
    Susie, I am so very happy to hear [or should I write 'read' since I didn't actually 'hear'] about your plans to move forward and write your book about God loving his children. Your message resonates in me. A while back I wrote you to say "I'm broken and I don't know how to fix me." This is something I've wrested with my entire life. In my mind all I hear is ... "That we can never be good enough..." I encourage you to write your book and don't stop until it is finished! Your loving perspective is so very, very needed in this unlovely, corrupt and sinful world. Thank you for your Blog and Godly wisdom; your words are appreciated more that you know and I hope in knowing that - you are encouraged. May God bless you,
    Denver Bozzgozz

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    1. Thank you so much Denver. Your words of encouragement mean much more than you can know!
      Susie

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  5. Best wishes with your project, Susie. I hope it is a wonderful process and publication.

    Blessings and Bear hugs!

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    1. Thanks Bear, hope you and the Mrs are enjoying the new cave!

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  6. I take it you wrote the blurb in italics, which I loved. Absolutely, like God's love. You'll do so well in the non-fiction world, Susie.

    Oh, and you're welcome for cracking you up. ;) Love you.

    M.L. Swift, Writer

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