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Sneak Peek: Lori Hatcher’s Workshop, “The Day I Wanted to Quit”

Your proposal is rejected—again—and your head swirls with doubt, disappointment, and confusion.

You pour your heart out in a blog post, take hours to format it just right, click Post, and wait. The only buzz you hear is from the ceiling fan above your head, and the only comments you receive are from your mother and Aunt Fran.

Every writing conference you attend seems populated by successful, profound writers and brings new battles with jealousy and insecurity. You compare your blog, book, or platform with that of your superstar colleague and wonder whether you’re deluded in thinking that God could ever use you or your story to influence someone else.

I felt this way at my very first writers’ conference. I sat there as a new writer, the ink still wet on my fingers. I’d written quite a few articles for our homeschool newsletter, had two published in a local magazine, and had no clue what a blog was.

To my left was a two-time Christy Award winner. To my right was an author of fifty (not fifteen) books.

And then there was me.

Stuck in the middle like the ketchup in a ketchup sandwich. Colorful, but not much substance.

They talked about POV—first person, second person, and third person. And third person limited, third person multiple, and third person omniscient. I didn’t know whether I was in a theology class or in a psychology class, studying schizophrenia.

“What am I doing here?” I thought to myself. “I’ve never wanted to write a novel. I don’t even understand half the words they’re tossing out, and Google Translate is no help! What if they find out I’m a poser? They’re going to sit me in a corner and put a dunce cap on me . . . or worse—write about me in their next novel: The Girl Who Thought She Was a Writer.”

I wondered how quickly I could excuse myself to go to the bathroom and never come back. That was the first day I wanted to quit.

Have you ever felt this way? Perhaps you’re feeling this way right now.

In my 2018 Write2Ignite workshop, “The Day I Wanted to Quit: Tackling the Mind Games That Discourage and Defeat Writers,” we’re going to talk about comparison, insecurity, and competitiveness. We’ll examine the biblical roots of each issue, walk through a three-step personal evaluation, and craft a unique mission statement designed to silence the voices that imprison our writing potential. After attending this workshop at another conference, one attendee confided, “I didn’t just identify my writing mission, I identified my life mission!”

Most writers leave a conference pumped up and empowered. Then they go home. The doubts, fears, and insecurities they left behind begin to whisper in their ears again. Head games—writers play them every day. Is winning the battle in our minds really just a matter of positive thinking, or does God have something to say about it? I look forward to examining these thoughts with you at the 2018 Write2Ignite conference.

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Lori Hatcher is the editor of Reach Out, Columbia magazine and the author of two devotional books: Hungry for God . . . Starving for Time, Five-Minute Devotions for Busy Women (the 2016 Christian Small Publisher Book of the Year) and Joy in the Journey: Encouragement for Homeschooling Moms. A blogger, writing instructor, and women’s ministry speaker, Lori seeks to help women connect with God in the craziness of life.

You’ll find her pondering the marvelous and the mundane on her blog, Hungry for God . . . Starving for Time. Connect with her on Facebook, Twitter (@LoriHatcher2), or Pinterest (Hungry for God).

Giveaway Contest: Week 5!

UPDATE: Congratulations to Nicole Hodges Wyrick, the winner of our Week 5 contest!

This week’s contest is open to everyone! All you have to do is look at the schedule for our upcoming conference. Then, in the comment section below, tell us the name of the workshop that intrigues you most.

Submit your answer before June 30 by

  • commenting on this post,
  • sending a comment to W2I’s contact email (info.write2ignite@gmail.com), or

We’ll draw from the comments submitted and announce the winner for Week 5 on July 2! 

Reminder: Don’t forget to check the guidelines for the “Faith and Freedom” writing contest cosponsored by EA Books Publishing and W2I. That contest is open to both adults and students attending W2I on September 21–22. The deadline for submissions is August 20! Winners of the “Faith and Freedom” contest will be announced at the W2I conference on September 22. 

Time’s Running Out!

Today is exactly 3 months until the 2018 Write2Ignite conference. It’s also the last day of our summer registration sale.

Have you registered yet? Take advantage of this great sale price before it disappears!

Today only—pay only $100 for Write2Ignite’s adult tuition. That’s a $20 savings!

Register today at https://bit.ly/2JVDXcQ.

Summer Registration Sale!

National Flip-Flop Day is today, June 15, just a few days before summer begins on June 21. Make Someone Smile Day is also in June. We hope you have a reason to smile every day, but just in case you need something to smile about, here it is!

Write2Ignite Summer Registration Sale
June 15–21, 2018
For one week only, you can pay only $100 for Write2Ignite’s 
adult tuition. That’s a $20 savings!
Register today!

Sneak Peek: Daniel Blackaby’s Presentations for W2I 2018

“The Journey Begins: Step-by-Step Preparation for Beginning the Writer’s Journey”

People often say, “It’s not how you start; it’s how you finish that counts.” The problem is, you can’t finish what you don’t start! So many talented writers never achieved their dream of finishing a book, simply because they never learned how to get started. They might have had dozens of amazing story ideas floating around in their heads, but they didn’t know what to do with them.

Don’t let this be you!

In my extremely practical workshop “The Journey Begins: Step-by-Step Preparation for Beginning the Writer’s Journey,” I’ll equip you with a simple step-by-step guide to help you start finally writing that book you’ve always wanted to write.

“Joining the Fellowship: A Fun Brainstorming Session about Your Book”

All the greatest heroes have faithful sidekicks. Frodo had Samwise, Aragorn, and Legolas; Harry Potter had Ron and Hermione; and Luke Skywalker had Han, Leia, and Chewbacca. The hero’s journey is treacherous and potentially fatal to anyone foolish enough to try traveling it alone. The writer’s journey is no different.

Many writers hold back, not because they don’t know how to write, but because they don’t know what to write about. Is this you? Are you looking for an idea to get you started? Have you hit a wall with your current story? Are you looking for that one idea that will take your story from good to great? If so, come join our fellowship!

In my workshop “Joining the Fellowship: A Fun Brainstorming Session about Your Book,” you’ll have the invaluable chance to discuss and brainstorm ideas for your next book along with a room full of amazingly talented storytellers. Come join the fellowship! Let’s live this writing adventure together.

“Heroic Writing: Overcoming the Obstacles to Find Victory in Your Writing”

A blank page.

The mere thought is enough to make even the greatest writers shake in terror. Writer’s block—the age-old arch-nemesis of the writer—has killed many promising novels. You may be the most talented writer on the planet, but if you can’t beat writer’s block, you’ll never fulfill your dream of writing a book.

Fortunately, like all other classic villains, writer’s block has a weakness. Writer’s block is scary, but it doesn’t have to be invincible. I published eight books in six years, not because I was the most skilled writer, but because I discovered how to win against writer’s block.

In my workshop “Heroic Writing: Overcoming the Obstacles to Find Victory in Your Writing,” I’ll share several simple tips and strategies to help you not only overcome writer’s block but also write more productively than ever before. So—armor up, grab your sword, and let’s slay this dragon together.

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Daniel is a fifth-generation author and the grandson of Henry Blackaby (author of the best-selling Experiencing God Bible study). After publishing his first book as a twenty-three-year-old college student, Daniel went on to write several award-winning books in both fiction and nonfiction. His work includes the YA fantasy trilogy Lost City Chronicles as well as When Worlds Collide: Stepping Up and Standing Out in an Anti-God Culture and 7 Steps to Knowing, Doing, and Experiencing the Will of God for Teens.

Daniel has a passion for using the creative arts and the Christian imagination to enrich and transform today’s culture. To this aim, he has traveled across the country and to four different continents to encourage creative Christians of all ages to leverage their amazing God-given gifts for a higher purpose.

Daniel has a BA in English and an MDiv in theology and is currently pursuing a PhD in Christianity and the Arts.

Learn more at DanielBlackaby.com and on Facebook.

 

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