Despite numerous writing projects, I never took the plunge into online writing groups until I saw hopewriters.com. When I saw who was involved in hope writers, I smiled to myself. I love Emily Freeman! I have read a few of her books, and my absolute favorite was A Million Little Ways. I love her sister as well. Myquillin Smith (the Nester) helped me declutter my home and think about easy functional spaces. The more I looked at the details, I saw that hope writers is a family business! This thrills me when I see families putting something like this together!
I joined this group back in June as I was finishing the semester and I haven't looked back! The online articles, the facebook group, the support, encouragement, and explanations of how the publishing industry actually works have been very valuable.
Well this wonderful group which specializes in dealing with the myriad of issues/challenges involved in writing has a free video series available on their website. I would encourage anyone who is interested to check this out!
And here is Ann Voskamp's prayer for bloggers!
A Prayer for BloggersI am no longer my own blogger, but Yours.
Refine me with each post how You will, rank me how You will.
Put me to service, put me to suffering.
Let me be a follower — instead of seeking followers
Let me post for You — or be put aside for You,
Lifted high, only for You, or brought low, all for You.
Do with me and each post whatever You will, because You alone know best.
Let me not strive but submit
Let me not compete but care
Let me not desire hits but holiness
Let my blog be full of You, and let it be empty of me.
Let me crave all things of You, let me care nothing of this world.
Let my words be focus only on the greatest of audiences: You.
And You are enough.
May I write not for subscribers… but only for Your smile.
May my daily affirmation be in the surety of my atonement not the size of my audience.
May my identity be in the innumerable graces of Christ, never, God forbid, the numbers of my comments.
May the only words that matter in my life not be the ones I write on a screen — but the ones I live with my skin.
I freely and heartily yield every sentence, every title, every post, every comment… or no comments… all to Your pleasure and perfect will.
My only fame is that I bear your name
My only glory is the gift of Your Grace
My only readership, Your eyes that seek to and fro to find
Make this so. Lord…
Yawhew, you alone are my God, not Google
Jesus, you alone are my Savior, not sitemeters
And Holy Spirit, you alone are my Comforter, not comments
So be it, today, yesterday, and every post to come.
O glorious and blessed God, Father, Son and Holy Spirit,
thou art mine, and I am thine.
This is my prayer I have made on earth, over thie keyboard…
let it be ratified in heaven.
In Jesus’ Name…. Amen.