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Hope Writers: Join Me!

This week Hope Writers is opening their doors for new members. If you’re interested, just click here for more information.

Straight talk here, guys. At first, I really hesitated and even after I joined, I wasn’t sure for a while whether or not I had made the right decision. Sometimes, it can be a little corny. But then, corny can also be fun.

Why I joined: I need community in my writing work and dreams. That is really hard for me to find here. I needed accountability in specific areas Hope Writers hits on. They focus more on the marketing and publishing and community building than on the craft of writing. Not that I don’t need to learn craft! I totally do, but at this point in my writing work, I need to focus on those other areas, the more “businessy” side of a writer’s work.

In those two areas: community and accountability for growth in my weaknesses, Hope Writers has totally come through.

It doesn’t meet all my writing needs and it doens’t hit all my interest buttons, but it has been the right thing for me, for now.

I’ve gotten on podcasts, which means I’ve been able to meet incredible women. I’ve joined a few small groups where we encourage each other and hold each other accountable. And just having put down the money means that I’m taking all of it, including my own work, more seriously.

It isn’t for every writer and it isn’t for all times, but for me, for this year of a lot of other stressors, I decided to jump in and join a community of writers. I’m glad I did (even when it does get corny. Or cheesy. Why do we use food for that feeling?)

Anyway, if you’re interested and would like to join me over there, here’s a link for more information:

Join Me at Hope Writers!

Let me know if you join, so we can find each other in the Facebook group.

Hope Writers Resources #3: Newbie’s Pocket Guide

More Hope Writers resources.

This time, it is a Newbie’s Pocket Guide.

I often still feel like a newbie, which is probably imposter syndrome at work and also the good ol’ Ira Glass idea that our actual work will rarely match up with our ideal of our work. The good news is that this gap closes over time, if we put in the hard work of practice, sharpening in community, and putting our work out there for critique.

Still, if you feel like a newbie or you are a newbie when it comes to writing and art and the courage to put words or images to your ideas, here is a useful guide to walk you through.

Hope Writers Resource, 20 Writing Questions Answered!

More Hope Writers resources for ya.

What are some of your biggest questions about writing and publishing?

I know I still have loads, even after years of doing this, to various degrees of success and many degrees of rejections! This was a fun, old post, about the people who have to read our writing submissions: Submission Mockers.

Here is an 8-page PDF with so much wisdom and helpful answers to 20 of the most common writerly questions.

Let me know if you download this and if you have more questions or would like to dig deeper, send the questions to me. I’ll address them in a future edition of the Stories from the Horn newsletter so we can all learn from each other!

Hope Writers Resources, Free For You Guys!

I am a member of Hope Writers, an online community of writers committed to the success and joy of each other.

This week, Hope Writers have released several of their resources for free, for members to share with our readers.

If you love to write or dream of writing or love connecting with other writers, I encourage you to check out these resources. I’ll be sharing one each day this week here, in my newsletter, and on social media, so you won’t be able to miss them!

Here is the first one, a quiz that will help you figure out your writing stage. Have fun!

After you take the quiz, I’d love to hear your results so we can encourage each other in our writing journey and dreams.

Did your results match what you expected?

What can you do to succeed where you are at and reach the next level?

I love to talk writing (obviously). Let me know how it goes!

Finding Home, Third Culture Kids in the World. E-book Announcement!

Back in 2012-13 I hosted a guest post series on Djibouti Jones called Painting Pictures, about raising, being, and loving Third Culture Kids.

Now, six years later, it is time to revisit the essays, the authors, and the ideas. I compiled the posts, combined them with interviews and updates from the authors, and included a few suggestions for how to take the essays and make them personal for your own family and experience.

The final product is a book called Finding Home: Third Culture Kids in the World and it will be available on May 22!

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Here’s a preview. Special thanks to Cecily Paterson, for creating the lovely cover. And special thanks to all the essay contributors! You’ll hear more about them in the coming weeks.