Tuesday, September 28, 2010
Good Things Happen When We Get Out of HIS Way
SKC: How important it is to get out His way! I know you stay extremely busy, but how disciplined are you each day with your writing schedule, and if you get off track how do you get back ON track?
SKC: Doing 1000 words a day is healthy. Sometimes I get so bogged down I can't even do that. Other times I do much more. We are strange creatures aren't we, Vannetta. How often do you visit other authors’ blogs, and what do you learn from going about the web? Do you ever get distracted by the web?
VC: I probably visit other authors more on FB than on their blogs, but I do pop in occasionally. I think of both as conversations that I want to take part in, and since I don't like being TOTALLY isolated, I enjoy doing so. I have always enjoyed different perspectives and that is what social networking is to me. That said, when my arm or shoulder starts hurting because I'm on the computer too much, the net is the first thing I cut back on. Writing about the Amish has certainly made me aware of how much time I spend on the computer. More often now, I find myself wanting to finish so I can go outside and work in the garden or go for a walk.
SKC: FB is an excellent place in which to promote yourself. I agree. It's certainly a way that others get to know more about what makes you tick. Okay, next question. Every writer goes through some particular trial when it comes to their craft. What is one that gets to you the most and how do you deal with it, Vannetta?
VC: I'm not sure this falls under craft, but the biggest trial for me lately has been knowing when to walk away from a particular activity, commitment or group that has stopped being positive or productive for me. There might not be anything especially wrong with the activity (say a committee I've been on that no longer really needs me, but I desperately need that time). Or perhaps I've signed up for a gym membership, paid my dues, but find I enjoy being outside much more. Instead of feeling bad about it and berating myself, I need to let it go and be positive and productive with my time. The same is true with on-line groups that are negative or non-communicative. I tend to stay a member long past when I should have moved on, because I want to be the cheerleader, but in truth they are zapping my energy and time - and that does affect my craft.
SKC: Excellent way to look at it all, Vannett. What do you think is one of the most important things you have learned so far in your years of living about life since becoming a published writer?
VC: I have to say, I just finished Josh Hamilton's book, Beyond Belief and it affected me in a very profound way. I think he was able to say in that book what I've been trying to live for some time, but though I'm an author I didn't put it as succinctly as he did. Josh says, "God first, then my family, then baseball." It's the same if you're a writer, whether you're published or not. "God first, then our family, then writing." If we can keep our priorities where they should be, everything else will follow.
SDC: Amen to that. Tell us that one scripture that keeps you going each day. And then, since you are so kind to offer a copy of your book to one of our viewers, what is one of the first questions you want to ask an established writer when you meet them for the first time. Or to gain better understanding of your readers what do you like to ask them when you meet them face to face?
VC : Definitely Jeremiah 29:11. "For I know the plans I have for you," declares the Lord. "Plans to prosper you and not to harm you. Plans to give you hope and a future."
What I'd like to ask my readers is "What story do you need to hear? What story hasn't been written yet that you wish would be written?"
SDC: Ah, now that's a great question.
It has been a pleasure having you here at A Pen for Your Thoughts, Vannetta, and I'm glad I could fit you in here. It was important to me. Tell us which book you are planning to share, and then be sure to let us know where we can find you and your books on the web.