The Writer's Cottage

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The Writer’s Cottage

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The writer’s cottage

holds within its walls

 dreams and wishes

fulfilled or dashed

tales both short and tall

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The writer’s cottage

holds a bottomless well

filled with ink

and mysteries galore

that books will surely tell

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The writer’s cottage

holds a special room

where prayers and poems

  are penned with love

and stories soon to bloom.

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Wendy ❀ 2014

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I would like to thank Jennifer at:

http://jenniferkellandperry.wordpress.com/2014/04/22/a-virtual-writing-tour/

 for inviting me to participate in the

#mywritingprocess blog tour.

Jennifer, like me, is a Canadian writer of both prose and poetry.

 She lives in Newfoundland with her husband and two cats.

Her writing is both captivating and inspiring.

I look forward to reading her novel when it’s published.

I hope you’ll visit her blog and drink in the lovely seascapes she often posts.

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I have invited three blogger friends to participate in the #mywritingprocess blog tour .

They, like me, are Christian writers.

All three of these friends have books or novels published already.

 You can check these out via the links on their blogs.

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First, I’d like to introduce you to Heather Mertens

who is a highly inspiring blogger/writer/author at:

http://40yearwanderer.com/

Here’s a bit about her in her own words:

Hi, I’m Heather! ‘Super race-runner’ after Jesus’ own heart.

Loved wife. Proud mom. Encourager. Deep soul lover. {YOURS!} Former Home School Mama. Big time laugher. Organic-foodie. Voice-over wannabe. Freelance writer & media-gal.

There. You know a lot about me now! I invite you into my space to get to know my soul deep. I’ve wandered through a life full of some incredible things… all of which God has laid on my heart to share. Let’s live, learn, love, and laugh together!

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Secondly, I’d like to introduce you to Wanda MacAvoy

who is a lovely inspirational writer/blogger/author that I follow at:

http://wandamacavoy.com/

Here’s a bit about Wanda in her own words:

My life is full as I serve the Lord at our church, and substitute in our local school district; however, the Lord has opened another path to me as an author. The desire to write has consumed my free time. God continues to put ideas into my head for stories that not only entertain but encourage my readers to take a look at life and see if there’s not some changes that could be made to walk a better walk , talk a clearer talk , and live life with one all-consuming purpose: glorifying our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.

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Thirdly, I like to introduce you to Steven S. Walsky (who many of you already know).

He is a blogger/writer/author that I’ve been following since I started my blog.

His writing is inspirational, romantic, and thought provoking.

 Here’s his profile and blog links:

Steven S. Walsky’s writings have been described as a ‘voice of the urban South’ flavored by his travels; an artist, ‘a painter with words.’
He has two blogs:

Simplicity Lane, where he posts narrative, poetry, and observations on writing. :

http://simplicitylane.wordpress.com/

Words to Love By, where he posts inspirational thoughts on life and love as a Christian:

http://wordstoloveby.wordpress.com/

 

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  Now I’ll answer the questions about my writing process

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1. The project that I’m working on right now is editing my 1st novel draft.

It’s easier than writing it; although, not quite as much fun.

It’s a fast paced, intense, and suspenseful mystery.

I’ve woven both inspirational and romantic elements into it because:

Man cannot live by bread alone and it’s not good for man to be alone either.

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2. My work differs from others of its genre

 in that it involves the readers intimately in the lives 

of the characters.

My subplots are intense.

(I know because they wrung a lot out of me.)

It’s a cozy mystery with an edge and a satisfying ending.

(My beta readers were thorough and blunt

 and wouldn’t allow me to achieve less. )

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3.  I write what I do  because of a passionate response in me

to an event I have either witnessed, experienced or heard about.

My novel is driven by a desire for justice,

 restoration, and redemption.

I hope that readers will be both entertained and inspired.

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4. My writing process is that I show up six mornings a week, at my computer,

whether I feel like it or not. 

Then I ignore everything and everyone (except to kiss my husband if he stops by).

I read over the writing of the day before and do minor edits to warm up my brain and reacquaint myself with where the characters are at

and how they’re feeling. 

Then I write and ignore any critical voices in my head( unless they scream).  

I know that I can delete an entire chapter later if I want to (I’ve done it).

My goals are always:

 -move the story forward

– inspire soul-searching

– evoke emotions.

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I don’t write an outline.

  I need to have an element of surprise to keep me on my toes.

* Even I’m not sure who dunnit until close to the end. *

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Finally, I’d like to thank Aquileana from:

http://aquileana.wordpress.com/

 for nominating me for 4 awards.

I no longer participate in blog awards, but I appreciate the encouragement

she has given me on both WordPress and Twitter.

If you want to learn about Greek Mythology or get refreshed on it

then visit Aquileana’s blog.

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Write On Blessings ~ Wendy

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71 thoughts on “The Writer's Cottage

  1. The lush flowers that introduce the post are my fav here, Wendy. They give mE a sense of fullness. Quite enjoyed the glimpse into your writing process. I love the noble, lofty goal of redemption in the plotting and the surprise, that even you don’t yet know who dunno it. =) I’ve no doubt it’ll be a grand work, what with your eye for excellence in everything you touch.

    Diana

    1. Diana, I am honored by your kind words. Excellence is very evident in each of your blog posts. Blogging is similar to writing a novel in that with each chapter I spend more time editing it than I did writing it in the first place. ❀

    1. Thank you for your kindness. I often walk around the garden with my characters. As always, I really enjoy both your poems & photography whenever I visit your lovely blog. (My first iris of the season opened this morning and I thought of your recent post.) ❀

  2. Such a splendid post Wendy! I love the way you peeled off the layers on how you write, and those pics just brightened my day!
    Blessings and love to you my friend!

  3. Hello Wendy…

    I hope you are doing great… What can I say?… I am blown away by that writer {s cottage… It seems taken from a fairy tale.

    Lovely… a place that:

    “holds a bottomless well /
    filled with ink/
    and mysteries galore/
    that books will surely tell”…

    Captivating , magical… Truly mesmerizing.

    Thanks for sharing,
    best wishes, Aquileana 🙂

  4. Another wonderful post, Wendy! I wanted to thank you again for allowing me to quote you in my class. I put your words on paper and handed it out to all the women. Then I encouraged them to visit your blog. Please check out my new blog entry which includes a video of photos from the classes I teach. I would be honored to have you post a comment on it. Thank you!
    Love and Blessings,
    Danielle Street

    1. Danielle, thank you for your visit and encouragement. I loved the inspiring and joy-filled video. The ladies all looked like they were experiencing a peaceful woman’s retreat. Wish I lived closer. ❀ I’ll be over to comment after I braid my daughter’s hair. xo

  5. What a beautiful post, Wendy, with your sharing of your writer’s cottage and for introducing us to your friends who also write. We all need a special place where we can pray, dream, create and celebrate our talents.

    1. Thank you, dear Mary. I’ve noticed there’s a lot of bloggers who have books published already (including you), and my admiration grows all the more as I learn how long the journey is between the writing hand and the book in hand. ❀

  6. Lovely Wendy … what a precious, idyllic cottage … your writing process segment is intense … the finished book will make for a brilliant read. God bless xxx

    1. Thank you, Liana. I am learning so much about the publishing world; it’s an intense place. It takes a lot of steps to get a book on a shelf. Blessings on your beautiful writing. ❀

  7. Thank you for the wonderful update, Wendy. God’s blessings as you continue to write for Him and with Him–and do all the necessary editing! 🙂

    1. Thank you, dear Laura. I am almost finished the first round of editing. I do need both God’s guidance and blessing–otherwise it will just be empty words on pages. ❀

  8. Oh, Wendy… you bless me so! I rarely do these types of things because of time restraints, but I couldn’t say no to you. Your words are always lovely, always full of love and hope, and always accompanied by God’s great beauties in your lovely photos! I am honored you chose me.

    I can’t wait to visit each author you mentioned too!
    And your words here:

    Man cannot live by bread alone and it’s not good for man to be alone either.

    … and your posts every day…

    They light up the cracks imposed on this world as Jesus speaks through your words and heart.

    I enjoyed reading how your process works and what I love most…
    that you write as you go and you with God as you write.

    Bless you sweet lady!
    Heather
    Ps – I want to visit you and your writing cottage. And I want one!!

    1. Thank you, Heather, for your warm words of encouragement. It was my pleasure to invite you since I know that you have a heart for encouraging people through your writing.

      Blessings on your weekend. ❀

  9. Thank you for sharing your process with us Wendy. That is so very helpful to an aspiring writer like myself. And it’s so great you had beta readers t give you their response. where did you find them? How does that work. Beautiful pictures of your cottage where you write. Much luck to you! I feel sure you will get published.

    1. I really appreciate your encouragement. It’s helpful to me as well to read about other peoples’ writing process. My beta readers are my husband and my daughter, so far. After I get more editing done I will need to find others. It’s scary letting someone read your work. But it’s also rewarding when you see them want to continue reading. Ideally one should join a writer’s group. I’ve begun to make steps in that direction. I’ve been making good use of both our local library and the internet for writing helps. ❀

  10. Interesting post, Wendy. Thank you for sharing detailed information about your writing process. Your writer’s cottage looks so conducive for writing. The photos are lovely too. 🙂 Love, Iris

    1. Thank you, dear Iris. xo I find that time working in the garden is also ‘conducive to writing’. While the hands are at work–the mind plays with plots. I suspect you know just what I mean. ❀

  11. Thank you Wendy for inviting me to join the tour, and thank you for sharing your writing process. Of course your comments on writing were appropriately overshadowed by your wonderful prose and photography 🙂

    1. You are so very welcome, Steve. I’m sorry that I didn’t give you notice–it turns out I’d sent an e-mail (for you) to the wrong address. I hope the one I sent today gets there okay. Again, I’d like to say thank you for your encouragement over almost two years of blogging. ❀

  12. Thank you, Wendy for sharing your writing process in this beautiful post. Your book sounds intriguing; I look forward to reading the finished product some day! And I LOVE the cottage, and your quote at the end. Wonderful.

    All the best,
    Jennifer xx

    1. Jennifer, thank you for inviting me on this tour. I have discovered that I really enjoy reading about how other writers work. Many accomplished authors don’t use strict outlines (I remember that you don’t either). One mystery writer said that if he knew the ending too soon then his readers would also. This was so encouraging. xo

      1. Hey, that is good to know. I think maybe you can’t be too rigid in the plot so you can have moments of inspiration that sneak up and surprise you. At least that is what happened to me. It’s a wonderful feeling. 🙂

        1. Jennifer, I actually cried once when one of my characters did something unexpected. Part of me wanted to edit it out until I read that we’re not supposed to overprotect our protagonists. It’s a lot like letting our children go out into the world. I love most surprises.

  13. Beautiful words and photos Wendy. And I especially love the photo at the end with words that resonate so much as I am continuously full of self doubt. Thank you. Blessings and love xx.

    1. Dear Christine, self-doubt attacked writers such as J.R.R. Tolkien as well. I’ve read that we need to write anyways. My mantra now is: ‘finish the book’. Thank you, always, for your kind visits. xo

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