Inside the Museum of the Bible: A Biblical Fiction Lover’s Dream!

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As many of you may know, I have had the privilege of visiting the Museum of the Bible in Washington D.C., not one, but TWO times. My first visit was in the summer of 2018 when I went with my mom, and the second was with Alysha from the blog For The Love of Christian Fiction during our trip to CFRR (Christian Fiction Readers Retreat) this past April of 2019. Both times have been amazing, powerful, and truly life-changing experiences, both for myself as a Christian, and as a Biblical fiction reader and writer.

So for today’s blog post (since I’m constantly talking about this wonderful museum anyways) I thought I would take you guys “inside” the museum and show you some of my favorite aspects of it. You’ll see pictures from both of my trips (the red dress/denim jacket combo is from 2018, and the OTHER red dress is from 2019 – and no, I didn’t do that on purpose. Total coincidence!).

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I never did manage to get a good picture of the OUTSIDE of the museum, mostly because if I backed up any further I would have fallen into the street, but I have to admit, even from the small bit of the entryway you can see, it’s a striking building. The golden “pages” on either side of the door are stunning if you catch them in the right lighting.

The museum itself is SIX floors, plus a basement which houses their temporary/traveling exhibit. Before I go into further detail about each of the floors I would like to point out that this museum is non-denominational, and strictly a museum on the history of the Bible (how/when/why/for what reason it was written, how it was translated, and how it came to be in our hands today). It is not a museum on Christianity itself, the spread of Christianity, or even about the ancient Israelites. This is something the employees will tell you and explain very nicely when you visit. One of the biggest criticisms that I’ve heard about the museum is that people were “waiting for the moment when they would show exhibits on how the Bible saves lives, has impacted Christianity, etc.” It’s not that the people behind the museum aren’t Christians or don’t support Christianity, it’s that their desire is to draw people in to learn about the history of the Bible itself without turning people off or away based off of denominational beliefs. They may even hope to reach people who aren’t Christians or who don’t know the Bible, merely by inviting them in to study the history of the Bible itself, and allowing God to speak through the history.

And trust me you guys, the history alone is enough to make you shed a tear or two and turn your eyes heavenward to say to God, “Wow. All of this – for Your glory.” Honestly, it’s nearly impossible to walk away from the exhibits without thinking anything else, and without praising Him for all He has done and for the miracle that the Bible is so widely accessible today, even when historically people tried to destroy it, hide it, or keep it from those who needed it most. Every time I visit I feel so blessed afterwards to live in a country where I can read the Bible, purchase one in a bookstore, download one on my phone, and worship God in church freely. It’s an incredible blessing and one I don’t think we should ever take for granted.

Now, onto those six floors I was telling you about:

  1. The Grand Hall – this is where you purchase tickets, see a traveling exhibit or two, and pick up a souvenir shirt or theology book from the gift shop (Yep. You can bet I’ve spent LOTS of time in the gift shop).
  2. The Impact of the Bible – This floor’s exhibits focus exactly on that, how the Bible has impacted nations, cultures, countries, and people of all different backgrounds.
  3. The Stories of the Bible – Here we are! Getting to my favorite floor! More on this one later, since I have LOADS of pictures.
  4. The History of the Bible – Pretty self explanatory, but as you can probably guess, this floor’s exhibits show the history of the Bible; how it was written, how it was shared, how it was translated, and how it became the Bible we know today.
  5. Special Exhibits + The World Stage Theatre
  6. Manna Restaurant + Views of D.C. – The top floor of the museum is pretty much a full side of windows which gives you an INCREDIBLE view of the Capitol mall, which is great if you just want to see it all and aren’t super into walking (more like hiking) to each monument, plus a restaurant where you can grab a meal or two. This museum is huge so you may need a snack break at one point – LOL!

All that, plus the basement, and you can see why it would be fairly easy to spend an entire day just at this one museum! Even though I’ve been TWICE, I feel like I’ve still only scratched the surface of what the museum has to offer.

I’ve spent the most time on floors 3 and 4, because that’s just what I’m typically the most interested in. Because of that, that’s where all my pictures are from, and what I’ll be talking about in this post.

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Beginning with floor 4, the history of the Bible, this exhibit is so interesting because of all the artifacts, replicas, and informational videos that it has to offer. It’s expansive, honestly, and as many of my friends and family have said, it’s the kind of place that I could move into and be perfectly happy living in for the rest of my life.

And you want to know what my favorite part of this floor is?

OK, I’ll tell you. 🙂

Have any of you guys ever heard of the Drive Thru History documentaries? Well, if you haven’t, you should click that link and look them up because they’re pretty incredible. They’re hosted by Dave Stotts, and he discusses all kinds of Biblical history as he literally drives around places like Rome, The Holy Land, the Middle East, stopping at historical sites to explain the significance of them. They’re full of humor, nuggets of information, and are super easy to understand – pretty much designed to give you a basic summary and tour of all the sites mentioned in the Bible (He also has a series on the East Coast of America documenting Revolutionary American history if that’s something else you’re interested in).

Well anyways, my grandma used to show me his documentaries *ALL THE TIME* growing up. They’re perfect for middle school and high school students because they’re so engaging, entertaining, and don’t get too bogged down with details, dates, and the other typical history-book stuff that might make a kid fall asleep in class. I was low-key David Stotts’ biggest eleven-year-old fan.

Not. Even. Kidding.

SO – when I found out about the Drive Thru History theatre at the Museum of the Bible I screamed. Literally. I think I scared the person giving us a tour.

Because I have to, here’s some pictures of me trying not to uncontrollably squeal in front of the giant poster of Dave Stotts, my unofficial middle school history teacher, and THE FAMOUS Drive Thru History jeep. Because. Reasons.

Basically, Dave Stotts did a, what I believe to be an exclusive for the museum, mini-documentary guiding you through all the significant locations to the history of the Bible. If you go to the museum and are on the fourth floor, I highly suggest you start your tour of this floor with this experience, because it really is an intro to what the rest of the floor is all about.

Ok… *CUE THE DRAMATIC MUSIC*

Here’s where the REAL fangirl in me comes out.

Floor 3.

The Stories of the Bible.

So, here’s the thing, as a huge fan of the Bible (I mean, obviously) and of Biblical fiction, my biggest dream has always been to visit the Holy Land and other significant Biblical locations (that’s probably why I liked the Drive Thru History documentaries so much, now that I think about it). I loved The Prince of Egypt movie as a kid, and longed to go to Egypt to see the pyramids. I adored listening to the character “Mr. Whitaker” from Focus on the Family’s Adventures in Odyssey series tell the Bible stories about Jesus’ life, crucifixion, and resurrection, and always wanted to visit Israel and see those places for myself. I would read my children’s Bible version of Paul’s life and ached to see the Roman cities where he preached the gospel. While I plan to visit there someday, it’s just not the most accessible place to get to. Air fare, travel costs, planning an overseas trip like that, isn’t realistic for me right now, nor was it when I was eight-years-old.

If the Museum of the Bible had existed then, I would have been the happiest kid on the planet.

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The person who gave us a tour called the “World of Jesus of Nazareth” experience a “Christian Disneyland” if you will, and that’s exactly what it is. They took the third floor of the museum and built a replica of what Nazareth might have been like in Jesus’ day.

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You walk in and you are instantly transported to another time, and another place.

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Lights, ambient sounds, and actors dressed in Biblical garb really sell the experience that you actually are walking around in what could have been a first-century Palestinian village.

You can enter a house and see what a typical kitchen looked like, learn how food was prepared, and see what kinds of foods would have been served at a meal or feast.

You can visit the sheep in the “fields” or pose for a photo-op doing hard manual labor.

And what may be my favorite part of all – you can visit a synagogue and see how the Torah might have been read at assemblies, and pose in front of a scroll yourself (although historically, I probably wouldn’t have been the one reading from the scroll!).

As you can see, the reason I love this experience so much is because it makes the Holy land “accessible” if you will, to those who might not have the means to travel overseas, but are in the area of Washington D.C. or can afford to make a trip a few states away. I am still looking forward to the day I get to visit the Holy Land, but for now, this experience will satisfy me.

And for real, you guys, it’s basically my version of Disneyland!!!

Finally, my last favorite experience that I want to share with you guys is called “The Hebrew Bible Experience” – but I can’t share any pictures because they are prohibited in this exhibit. This is a walk-through attraction which uses video, audio, fog, special effects, music, lighting, displays, and more to quite literally walk you through the Old Testament. You begin in the garden where you learn about Adam and Eve and the Fall of mankind, you are taken to Egypt to experience the pain of slavery, you walk in between the waters of the Red Sea as Moses leads the people to freedom, and so much more.

You guys, I can’t even begin to describe this experience. To prove it, I even texted Alysha seeking help:

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She’s telling the truth. The entire walk-through experience had me whispering ALL ABOUT my emotions. I had chills up and down my spine. Several times I was moved to tears. AND I’VE SEEN IT TWICE!!!

It doesn’t get old… I’m quite literally speechless. The only thing I can say is…

Powerful.

It truly is powerful.

The entire museum really is powerful.

So that sums up my Museum of the Bible experience! If you ever get the chance to visit this museum, are ever in the D.C. area, I highly recommend that you do. Even if you’re not a fan of Biblical fiction, it’s still a wonderful experience that truly brings the Bible to life.

Until next time,

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Author Interview: Eliza Noel, Author of Dawn Chandler

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Hey everybody and welcome back to the blog, Reading, Writing, and Living for Jesus! Today I am super excited to be bringing you an interview with author Eliza Noel, whose debut middle grade novel, Dawn Chandler, is releasing THIS WEEK. I had the opportunity to send Eliza an e-mail and ask her about all-things-Dawn, but before we get into that let me give you an introduction to the wonderful author and share all the details about the book and where you can pre-order it!

IMG_1489About the Author:

Eliza Noel is a home school graduate with passion for Jesus, people, and literature. Growing up, her favorite books were always Nancy Drew, Anne of Green Gables, and Pride and Prejudice. Around age twelve she wanted to read something with positive values in a modern setting, but couldn’t find what she was looking for. So she wrote it.

When not doing something book-related (reading, writing, blogging, bookstagramming), Eliza works at her day jobs, spends time with her many younger siblings, longboards, has coffee with friends, eats chocolate, and listens to music. California is home, but she would like to travel more and feels she could learn to be content anywhere.

You can follow her writing journey and see snippets of her everyday life on elizanoelauthor.blogspot.com or by following @elizanoelauthor on social media.

Alright, blogging Jenna has to interrupt here because those were some of my favorite books when I was growing up too!!! 😀 Anyways, back to your regularly scheduled programming…

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Dawn Chandler likes the way her life is— or was. She liked going to the mall with her best friend, excelling at middle school, and attending church with her family. Typical life for a twelve-year-old in the city of Fresno.

When Dawn’s parents announced they were going to homeschool her, on her birthday no less, she felt like her world was falling apart. Normal kids are supposed to go to school, not read books at home. To make matters worse, they may be leaving the only home she’s ever known.

What are her parents thinking?

Before making the final moving decision, the Chandler family visits Lone Pine, a small town between Mt. Whitney and Death Valley. While there, Dawn and her siblings become acquainted with their eccentric great uncle, explore the new area, and meet a large homeschooling family. All of this makes the ‘vacation’ more bearable. Still, Dawn isn’t sure if she can make the move and leave everything she’s familiar with behind.

Can Dawn learn the values of faith, family, and contentment?

Okay, now for the fun part! The interview!!! I hope you enjoy the questions and answers! Since I know I have a variety of people who follow my blog (both readers and writers) I tried to balance out some reader-questions as well as some writing-questions. Without further ado, *que the fun intro music* here is the interview!!! You’ll find my questions in bold, and Eliza’s answers in italics.


 1. Tell me about the title character, Dawn Chandler. Are you similar to her in any ways? Different? Dawn is a twelve year old girl who loves her friends and isn’t a fan of change. I’ve been told that she’s the sassier version of me, hahaha. I personally don’t think we’re that similar, but our life experiences are. Kinda. Dawn lives in Fresno and is possibly moving to Lone Pine. I lived in Lone Pine then moved to Fresno around the same age. I think I took the change a bit better than she did 😉 I’m also very much a people-person and I don’t see that in Dawn quite as much. Aw, haha! Well it’s super cool that the story was partly inspired by some real-life experiences, even if you and Dawn do react differently to those! 

2. What made you choose to write her story and set it in Lone Pine? I guess I chose to write Dawn’s story because I wanted to look at my situation (moving from a small town to a big city) from a different viewpoint and see what would happen if I changed things. It’s set in Lone Pine because, like I said, I used to live there. After moving, it took me years to stop missing the charming small town atmosphere and the fond childhood memories I had made there. Writing this book helped me deal with my homesickness and it also came quite naturally because I know the town so well. That is such a great story, and I think it’s incredibly inspiring that your writing helped you work through those emotions. I’d like to think that your book might fall into the hands of a girl experiencing the same thing, and hopefully bless her as much as writing it blessed you!

3. Your book cover is GORGEOUS! Can you tell me about the cover design process? Thank you, I think so too! I messed around with different cover ideas on my own way before I was ready to publish. When it came time to have an official and professional looking cover I messaged a few different art accounts on Instagram. The three things I knew I wanted were a cute drawing of Dawn, at least some Lone Pine scenery, and beautiful hand-lettering. I found several talented artists who could do one or two of those things, but not all three. Eventually, someone recommended Liza Proch so I texted her to see if she was interested in doing it- she was! After that I chose what size the cover needed to be, wrote a description of what I thought I wanted, and sent Liza pictures I found on Pinterest for inspiration. She sent me about a total of three different drafts. Each draft had slight changes, hair color, mountains, fonts…eventually, it was perfect! I couldn’t agree with you more. It’s definitely PERFECT and truly represents the genre.

4. I believe you are self-publishing (correct me if I’m wrong), what are some challenges you’ve faced? Yes, I am! You’re correct. Underestimating how much time various aspects are gonna take, silly formatting mistakes that took me forever to figure out the easy fixes, and the fact that the whole process can feel a little lonely sometimes. I’m still glad I chose this route though! That’s great! I think we’re all a little guilty of underestimating how much time something will take, even outside of writing and publishing, but it’s lovely that you have such a great perspective on it.

5. What are some advantages about self-publishing? What have been some of the best parts of the process? An advantage would be being in control. I hired an editor (Abigayle Claire) who made it so much better than I could have ever made it, but ultimately the decisions were left to me. Same with the cover. I was able to get exactly what I wanted. One of the best parts of the process has been reading the advanced reviews! It’s so rewarding to know people are actually enjoying my story now. Woohoo for great reviews!!! It sounds like the self-publishing path was and is perfect for you.

6. How did you decide that you wanted to write inspirational/Christian fiction? I typically categorize it simply as children’s fiction, but Dawn is a Christian and she grows in her relationship with God. As a Christian I want everything I do (writing included) to glorify my father in heaven. I can’t imagine writing a story without God in it. That’s a great answer! I definitely feel the same way. 🙂

7. How did you incorporate faith into Dawn Chandler? This was something I struggled with a little bit. In an earlier draft, the reader didn’t know much about Dawn’s faith until towards the end when she was suddenly acting like a fairly mature Christian. I did want to show growth, but I didn’t want it to be so sudden. I ended up going back through the beginning and adding a few prayers and thoughts about God here and there to help fix that. I don’t know if that necessarily did, but I hope it answered your question! Oh yeah, definitely! It’s especially interesting hearing about your writing process and how those aspects changed in the various drafts. 

8. Finally, what is your favorite chapter that you wrote in Dawn Chandler, and without spoilers, why is that your favorite? What should readers be looking out for? Any funny/endearing moments? Sweet scenes or surprises? I can’t wait to hear what people say about it! The prologue is actually one of my favorites. It’s the only part not told from Dawn’s perspective. It portrays the craziness of a Sunday morning in a large family. Several of my beta readers said it was truly relatable. I was happy to know my family wasn’t the only one like that, haha! I also especially enjoyed the playful banter that takes place between the main characters and the good old-fashioned fun they have in a chapter about sledding. You can actually read an earlier version of it on my blog here: https://elizanoelauthor.blogspot.com/2019/01/snow-daydawn-chandler-series.html Ooohhh I can’t wait to read it! Yep, you’re definitely not alone! XD I’m ALL FOR the relatable, big family moments!!!

Thanks so much for interviewing me, Jenna! I loved answering all your questions and I’m honored to be featured on your blog ❤ Of course! Congratulations on your upcoming release! I hope we get to see you here on my blog again someday!!!


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Alright, y’all! If you’re ready to pre-order Dawn Chandler, then here is the link to do so!

You can also enter a Rafflecopter giveaway for a chance to win!!!

I hope you guys take the time to check out this book and support an indie author. If you or someone you know (a mom, a sister, a friend) may enjoy reading this book then please consider sharing it with them. This truly sounds like a wonderful story and a charming start to a great new series for young girls.

Thanks so much for stopping by, and if you’re new here (referred from a friend, or heard about my blog as a part of the blog tour for Dawn Chandler) then it would mean the world to me if you’d pop your e-mail address into that subscription box and subscribe to my blog so you never miss a new post. I’m an inspired writer and an inspirational fiction reader who posts about all things reading, writing, and living for Jesus. If that sounds like your thing, then I’d love to have you a part of the RW&L family.

Until next time,

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Reading, Writing, and Living for Jesus

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Today I felt like it was time for a “proper” introduction post… More than a year after I started blogging!

*Technically* I’ve done an introductory post, but I think that’s just a “blog” thing in general. Your first post you introduce yourself and your blog and what its going to be about, despite the fact that your blog isn’t really about anything yet because you haven’t written it! Yep, I did one of those posts. While it served it’s purpose then of being THE FIRST BLOG POST, I don’t think it really captured the essence of what I want my blog and my platform to be about. So why not do an introduction now, now that I actually have something to introduce?

And if you’ve already been following me for a while, then stick around and read on anyways! You might learn something new about me or the history of my blog that you didn’t already know!

Here goes nothing…

In January of 2016, a lot of things happened to me. I got my first job, I realized that in a matter of months I’d be going away to my first semester of college, I had to start *actually* trying to learn to drive because when I moved to Arizona I was going to need to be able to get myself from the college campus to the nearest Starbucks, preferably legally and without accident.

More importantly however, I began to seriously develop my love for writing. And when I say develop, I mean hone my craft. Start learning and absorbing everything I could about drafting, editing, the publishing industry. I even started writing my own book that year, but it was merely a side-project that I was somehow still convinced would never be more than a hobby.

Well, well, well… A little over a year later, in the spring of 2017, I typed “THE END” on my first novel – if you can even call it that. I’ll spare your the boring and even gruesome details of its plot (it wasn’t good). But that feeling of finishing it was exhilarating, and I knew I wanted to write more. More importantly, I wanted to be published.

I started following “Authortubers,” which are, as the name implies, authors who are also YouTubers and make helpful tutorials and videos about the writing and publication process. Of course, one of the first things that many of these author tubers will tell you is that if you want to be noticed, you need to have a platform.

So, in the summer of 2017 I was even busier. I was getting married, moving to a house in Arizona, getting ready for another year of school, and in the midst of all of this, I made the crazy decision to buy a domain name because there’s no time like the present to start pursuing your dreams.

I didn’t actually launch my blog though. I bought a notebook and started writing down all my ideas, goals, hopes, dreams, anything that came to mind when I thought about “my platform.”

The first thing that I actually did, was create an instagram. I started posting mini book reviews and bookstagram photos, and making friends in the community. Then, after a few months in the spring of 2018, I finally felt confident enough to “go all in.” I set up my website, drafted some blog posts, filmed some YouTube videos – the whole package!!!

When it came around to creating a “brand” I’d always heard that your brand, your tagline, your blog name, whatever it is, should be to the point and specific. It should tell people who you are, what you do, and what makes you unique. I tried to come up with all kinds of crazy names. Stuff that rhymed, stuff that had alliteration, stuff that was catchy.

I felt like I didn’t have a “specific” enough brand. I didn’t want to be just a book blogger. Just a writer. I also wanted to share personal things as well. But every “rule” seemed to say that you had to pick one to be your niche. That’s when I realized… Jesus was the one theme that ran throughout all aspects of what I wanted my brand to be. So that’s what my brand became.

Reading, Writing, and Living for Jesus by Jenna Van Mourik.

So I’d like to introduce you to my blog, which serves exactly that purpose. To share the books I love, Christian Fiction mainly, that contain stories which share and spread God’s love. To write and promote my writing, in which I hope people will also find that same theme of God’s love running throughout. And finally, to share my life, whatever adventures it may contain, and to share how I do my best to live every day according to the way the Bible tells me.

If you like Christian Fiction, this is the place for you.

If you like writing, writing advice, and all the fun creative things that come with that hobby, then this is the place for you.

If you’re interested in my life, love pictures of cute puppies and ranting about little things like crunching leaves in the fall, blowing dandelion dust in the spring, going swimming in the summer, and playing in the snow in the winter, then this is the place for you.

If you love God, this. is. the. place. for. you.

I would be thrilled if you would subscribe to this blog if you haven’t already, and if you are subscribed, would you mind sharing this blog with a friend you think would also enjoy reading? It would make my day.

Of course, if blogs aren’t necessarily your thing, then let me remind you of all the other ways you can keep up with me and my “reading, writing, and living.” If you enjoy watching fun and sometimes humorous videos (i.e. vlogs, book reviews, challenges, and writing tutorials), then you might love my YouTube channel.

For artsy bookstagram photos featuring books you love and probably one to many props leaned up against a monochromatic background, you’ll love my Instagram.

And to keep up with me on a day-to-day basis, then check out my Twitter and my Facebook.

Thanks so much for stopping by and for taking the time to read this ramble-y and somewhat long-winded introduction, even if it did come a little late! I really do appreciate each and every one of you.

Until next time,

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How to Write a Book: My First Writing Series

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WOW! First of all, a humongous thank you to all of you who have shared such wonderful responses to my first writing “series” on my YouTube Channel. For those of you who DON’T know, I started a new posting schedule. I post new book reviews here on my blog on Mondays, book-fun videos on my channel on Fridays, and writing videos to my channel on Wednesdays (Get it? Writing? Wednesdays? WRITING WEDNESDAYS? Ok. Enough fun with alliteration).

For my first few writing videos, I did a series on how to write your book. That is, how to plan to write your book. You know I’m a big outliner. I need all the details planned out! Lot’s of you guys ask me about my process, because you’re interested in outlining as well.

I finally shared it with you! The first three major steps of how I’ve outlined my book and book series, PLUS FREE DOWNLOADABLE TEMPLATES available for YOUR use! Just head on over to the RESOURCES page here on my website and you’ll find downloads for character profiles, outlines, and more!

Here’s the series all in one place, just in case you’d like to get started now, as you’re reading this:

  1. How I outline my books (video + template):
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    2. Template Download: Click HERE to download the FREE template for outlining your novel.
  2. How I profile my characters (video + template):
    1. Video:
    2. Template Download: Click HERE to download the FREE character profile template.
  3. How I created my series “bible” (video + template):
    1. Video:
    2. Template Download: Click HERE to download the FREE template for creating a series bible.

I hope these resources help you all, and if you have any requests for future content, please let me know. Until then, happy writing!

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You Don’t Know Me At All

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“You don’t know me at all.”

That’s what my characters have been saying to me anyways. All day, every day.

Yes, I wrote almost 80,000 words of their deepest thoughts and feelings. I spent almost an entire year in their heads, outlining and writing, and outlining again. Then I started editing after completing the most difficult draft of my life, and I realized, I didn’t know these characters at all.

I had so many questions for them. Why did they take the actions that they chose to take? Why didn’t they fight sometimes? On the flip side, why did they choose to fight at other times? What made them the way they were, and what forces influenced their decisions? As I was going through my manuscript, it was clear my characters needed more. No, they deserved more. Their stories are powerful to me, and I want them to one day reach other people with just as much power and impact on their lives.

So, I created a series bible and a character profile worksheet in order to help me better understand my characters and what I needed to do in order to strengthen their story and message.

I am no stranger to outlining. I am a hardcore plotter! So much so that I spent MONTHS outlining before I even began drafting, because I was so determined on figuring everything – every last detail – out before I even began drafting. And yet, even a draft later, I still felt like I had nothing figured out.

So I went back to the drawing board. But that’s not always a bad thing! In fact, sometimes it is the best thing you can do for your story, no matter where you are in the process. Outlining, drafting, editing, or furiously punching at the wall of writer’s block that keeps your creative inspiration at bay. That’s why the templates for both of these resources are FREE to download in my RESOURCES page here on my website.

My current draft is just the beginning for my story! And filling out these worksheets and exercises has not only helped me understand my characters better, it’s also reignited the fire inside me that burns for this story. The passion I thought would die during the long, grueling editing phase. I highly recommend doing character profiling or writing exercises to get to know your characters, even if you don’t use my resources. It can only help you!

Anyways, that’s all I have for you today. I suppose it’s sort of a “writing update” as I don’t have any reviews to share with you. Just a little bit of the behind the scenes of what’s been going on, and to make sure you knew about my new resources if you didn’t already. Thanks so much for reading, if you did, and if you have any editing tips don’t hesitate to leave them in the comments!

Until next time,

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Healthy Habits for Writers and Readers

Hello everyone and thank you so much for clicking over here. Today on my YouTube channel I published a video called “Healthy Habits for Writers.” These are little tips and tricks for things you can do to make sure you’re still being active and leading a healthy lifestyle, even if you have a desk job or don’t get out much (I mean, why would you want to get out, when you could be surrounded by books, am I right???).

Hope you enjoy! Let me know what you think of this type of content for the future by clicking over to the YouTube video and commenting their, and subscribing to my channel if you haven’t already.

Until next time,

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#SupportGoodBlogs #SupportGoodContent

img_8457Hey! You! Yes you!

Here’s the thing about writing… you thought you chose this career because you hate numbers, right? Wrong! Numbers are even more important to writers than they are to mathematicians!

Example A:

A writer goes in to interview for a professional writing job…

Writer: I know my resume only has fast food worker on it, but I have a degree and I’m really talented!

Interviewer: oh that’s no problem, we accept entry-level people all the time. How’s your freelance writing going?

Writer: uhhh

Interviewer: Well, do you at least have a blog!

Writer: oh, yes!

Interviewer: Tell me the numbers

Writer: *stares in horror*

Now, the writer could try to explain that they have hundreds of followers on IG, maybe even thousands on Twitter or another platform – but does that matter to the publishing industry professional? Well, it’s important, but it’s secondary to how many people *actually* read your writing. img_8459

Numbers are important! And for bloggers and book reviewers? The same rules apply. Book blogging is EXPENSIVE. Have you seen the price of books? So a lot of us work with publishers or professional services to get free review copies of books. But no publisher is going to send a free copy of a book to someone, who’s reviews are only read by their mom and the 80 year old cat lady down the street from them who only signed up for the mailing list by accident while they were trying to order more cat food. They care about numbers! What happens when you don’t have numbers?

Blogger in blog post: Hey guys, and welcome back to another book review and blog post! Sorry, I don’t actually have a review for you this week… I didn’t have any books to review! I guess the future of this blog is pretty much… Well…

*silence*

Don’t even get me started on authors and indie-authors! The internet and internet traffic is one of the only opportunities they have to promote their work and *literally* make a living!!! Especially for self published Christian and inspirational authors, who don’t have the marketing team of a big publishing house to back them up. Without support and “numbers” – they might not be able to keep writing, because putting food on the table takes precedence. 

img_8461The internet is SATURATED with content. But it’s not all *good* content. Because what sells? Greed, deceit, drama, and negative content. Not necessarily the good stuff we want to fill our minds and hearts with, right?

This makes it even HARDER for a blogger whose goal is to create inspiring, faith-based content to break out into the industry. Because faith-based content, isn’t always the popular kind of content. Do you want to keep seeing positive content in your inbox? Then you need to start supporting the bloggers that bring that content to you, because it’s hard work. 

Over a thousand of you follow me on IG. Almost 200 on YouTube. On my blog? Ten of you. Ten. That’s like… one percent!!! 

I get it. We all hear the phrase *link in bio* but when do we ever actually CLICK the link in bio? Hardly ever. It’s not as accessible to us. We’d rather scroll. img_8458

Well guys, it’s really easy to get my reviews and follow my blog! All you have to do is click the link once, and go and sign up with your e-mail address! From then on, my posts will be sent right to your inbox. No more clicking and refreshing and clicking and refreshing. And as for me? No more posting messages like this!

And I’m not being greedy here. I want you to go and follow ALL of the blogs. Any reviewer, writer, or author that you know… If you like good content, support good content – because without support, that good content might start to disappear. 

I mean, for real. Even if you’re not interested in book bloggers or author blogs or review blogs. Chances are, you’re on WordPress because you like SOME kind of blog. You may even run a blog of your own! Lifestyle? Crafts? Tech blogging? Whatever it is, whatever blog you have, whatever blog you love – the message is the same! Support that blog. The numbers don’t just matter to us writers and reviewers, they matter to anyone who is trying to turn their dream into reality. To make their passions their full-time job. If you know someone pursuing a creative endeavor, you need to support them.

img_8462You know that I’m giving shout outs to other bloggers who share my blog on my Instagram stories. Even though I can’t speak for other bloggers, share share their blogs too, and share this message if you agree with it. Don’t forget to hashtag it #SupportGoodBlogs and #SupportGoodContent. Because it takes a village, and each of you are a part of my village!

Let’s all keep supporting each other and building positive communities, alright?

I’m going to keep reaching out to other bloggers, because I don’t just want to be the speaker on the soapbox. I want to practice what I preach too. If you think you have a blog that I’d be interested in supporting, be sure to comment it! I’m also going to start committing more time to this platform, and investing in this blog more. I can’t expect a following to arise suddenly, when there isn’t much content to be consumed. Good thing is, it’s the New Year! It’s the perfect time to start fresh and set goals, and these are just some of mine. I hope supporting fellow creators is on your list too!

 

Until next time,

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