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Congratulations to Sharon Souza for being recognized as a finalist in both the Women's Fiction and Debut Novel categories for the American Christian Fiction Writer's Book of the Year contest for her book Every Good and Perfect Gift! At the risk of sounding like I'm 'tooting my own horn' I will add that my book, Tuesday Night at the Blue Moon is a also a finalist in the Women's category, but I bow to Sharon's incredible book. You go, girl!
I had the pleasure of dining with Janet Grant and Wendy Lawton along with the Books and Such Christy Award finalists at ICRS several weeks ago, where Robin shared some things she wished she'd known when she first began writing. Robin has published 70 books, has 3 Christy Awards, is a finalist in the Gold Medallion and was awarded Mount Hermon's Pacesetters and Writer of the year awards. Her books have sold 4 million copies worldwide. So I scooched a little closer to hear her better...
1)Keep a list of all your characters' names. After writing so many books, I run the risk of repeating names and readers will definitely recognize them. It's a major task to go back and try to do it later.
2)Be content. Regardless of the number of rewrites and improvements, no book ever feels "done" to me. (after 70 books!) I always think it needs a little more or an adjustment here or a change there. Just as Paul said that he "learned to be content" in whatever state he was in, after 24 years at this I'm trying to learn to be content with the finished book and not fret over what I would have done differently if I'd had more time to rewrite it.
3) Observe the Sabbath. When the opportunity comes to get away, I must getaway. It's the law of the sabbath. Stop once a week and several times during the year in order to do something different than what you do for your work. God gave us this law so that our spirit, mind and body can be restored. One day a week I must not do anything that has to do with writing or emails or interviews. I must rest and in that rest be restored to a place of worship in my spirit. So, if my husband and I have a getaway weekend scheduled and I'm planning to take the laptop along to met a deadline, it's better to postpone the getaway, finish the work on deadline and then getaway sans laptop.
Thank you, Robin, for sharing these pearls of wisdom with us! Please check out Robin's website and see her many fabulous books at http://Robingunn.com.
Now, we'd love for you to share your wisdom with us. What have you learned that would have been helpful to know from the get-go?