Saturday, June 17, 2017

The First Blank Page

I'm starting a new book today. 

Oh, I've been working on it for weeks, but today is the first time I'm taking the ideas and brainstorming and plots and characters and putting them on the page.

Today, I'm turning these characters loose and letting them come alive - and hanging on for the ride they will take me on. 

Everyone approaches their writing a little bit differently. No writer has exactly the same method as another. For me, staring at the very first blank page is humbling. And terrifying. 

So before I put a word on the screen, I offered all of it up to the One I write for. I recommitted myself, my words, my stories, and my characters to Him. I asked Him to use all of it - every word - for His Glory and to fulfill His purposes. 

I prayed for my readers, my publisher, my editors, my brainstorming buddies, and my sources. I prayed for endurance and focus and I asked for an outpouring of creativity from the Creator. 

And now, I ask you, to join me. Every stage of a book has it's own issues, but for a recovering perfectionist like me, the beginning is fraught with challenges. Would you pray specifically over the next couple of weeks that a solid foundation will be laid for this story? 

In addition, there is a very difficult topic at the heart of this book. The research I've done and continue to do is hard. I covet your prayers as I dig deep into a very real and present evil in our communities. There are things you can't "un-know" and whether this story changes anyone else, writing it absolutely will change me. I pray it does. 

This book is due in early December which means I want to finish it by the end of September so I have a couple of months to do the revisions before it goes to my editor. So when I'm not running kids to camps and swimming pools and football fields, I'll be working on this story. What are your plans for this summer? How can I pray for you? I'd love to hear about it in the comments. 

Grace & peace,
Lynn

Monday, June 5, 2017

Hidden Legacy Fun!

There's a lot going on in the Hidden Legacy world this week! Paperback copies have been flying off the shelf in my local Walmart. If you spot it in a store, I'd LOVE for you to take a picture and send it to me! 

Tuesday (paperback release day!) I'll be participating in a Facebook party with fifteen Love Inspired authors. 





I'll be chatting from 5:30-5:45 p.m. and we'll be talking about my hometown, the wonder that is Hot Dog World (yes, it is a real place and it's fabulous!) and what it was like to bring the secondary characters from Covert Justice to life in Hidden Legacy

If you've never participated in one of these parties, you've really should stop by! It's a great way to meet authors and have a chance to win free books! 

Over on Goodreads I'm having a giveaway! I'd love for you to enter to win one of two copies of Hidden Legacy!


Goodreads Book Giveaway

Hidden Legacy by Lynn Huggins Blackburn

Hidden Legacy

by Lynn Huggins Blackburn

Giveaway ends June 12, 2017.
See the giveaway details at Goodreads.
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I've been overwhelmed by the positive response to Hidden Legacy! Thank you all!!

Thursday, June 1, 2017

Hidden Legacy is here!


The e-book versions of Hidden Legacy released today! The paperback version doesn't officially release until June 6th, but it has been spotted in my local Walmart. Maybe it's in a store near you! 

If you haven't read Covert Justice, then I can't wait for you to meet Caroline Harrison and Detective Jason Drake.

If you *have* read Covert Justice, then you'll enjoy getting to know Caroline better :) . . . and yes, you'll get to spend a little bit more time with Heidi, Blake, Max, and Sara. 

If you spot Hidden Legacy in the store, I'd love for you to share a photo with me on social media and be sure to tag me!

And did you know the best way to show an author some love is to leave a review on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, ChristianBook.com, Goodreads, or anywhere books are reviewed? Well, it is. :) 


First-Timer to Faculty

When I started writing for The Write Conversation in 2010, I had just attended my very first conference—the Blue Ridge Mountains Christian Writers Conference. 

In the years since, I’ve gone from conference newbie to conference regular to published author to . . . conference faculty. This year I’ll be serving on the faculty of three different conferences ranging from small and intimate to huge.

I consider myself to be a faculty newbie so I thought it might be fun to pull back the curtain on the faculty experience.

Here are a few things you should know about the faculty of many of the conferences you’re attending . . .

As always, I'm guest posting over at The Write Conversation today. Click on over to read the rest of the post!


Thursday, April 6, 2017

The Write Conversation




The Write Conversation has been recognized by Writer's Digest as one of the top 101 Best Writing Websites!!!  It is an absolute privilege to a be a monthly contributor to The Write Conversation. I've been posting on the first Thursday of the month since 2010 and the posts I share there are some of my favorite things I write each month.

Crazy congratulations to the writing genius behind The Write Conversation, Edie Melson. And a huge THANK YOU to Edie for allowing me to be a small part of this amazing online community!

Here's a snippet of this month's post!

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Don't Overlook Valuable Writing Connections

Last month I wrote about some of the things I wish I’d known when my writing journey began. Today, I want to share something else that may be beneficial, whether you’ve only dipped your toes in the writing waters or have been swimming along for a while now.

Here it is . . .


In my humble opinion, your fellow writers are at least as important and in many cases are more important to your success than any agent or editor.

Now hear me out on this. I have the BEST agent. BEST. There is no way I would be where I am today without her. I have been privileged to work with AMAZING editors. The kind of editors who tell you half the story works and half of it doesn’t and you wind up being so glad you listened to them. There are a couple of awards on my mantle that would NOT be there without my editor.

So don’t anyone read this and think I’m saying that editors and agents aren’t important. They are. In fact, they are often referred to as the gatekeepers of the industry. Which is true. And that’s why it makes sense that writers often feel the opportunity to pitch to a particular agent or editor is the holy grail. The key to their publishing success.

And, in some cases, it is. But . . . not always.

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I'd love for you to come over to The Write Conversation to read the rest of the story!



Wednesday, April 5, 2017

Exciting Book News

I know things have been pretty quiet over here on the blog. But I promise, I haven't been being lazy. I've been writing every spare minute of the day because....I have just signed a 3-Book Contract with Revell! The first book, Beneath the Surface, is due to my editor on April 30 and will release Spring 2018. 

I've known about this for a couple of months and keeping it a secret has been killing me! I am overwhelmed with gratitude for this amazing opportunity and I covet your prayers as I jump into this new adventure!

There will be much more news in the days and weeks ahead, so stay tuned.

And if you want to get all the news FIRST, be sure to sign up for my newsletter. Newsletter subscribers get first dibs on everything, from the latest publishing news to book giveaways. 


The contract!



Saturday, March 4, 2017

9 Things I Wish I'd Known at the Beginning of My Writing Journey

Over the past few weeks, I’ve been thinking a lot about my early years as a writer. I had no idea what I was doing and I was so eager to learn. I took courses and went to critique groups and attended conferences, all in an effort to figure out how to do this writing thing right. And do you know what I remember most about that time?


Being confused.

There are so many different books, different authors, different opinions.
Here are a few…
  • Outlines are a must. Outlines are evil.
  • Read everything. Don’t read much at all.
  • Write in the morning. Write at night.
  • Write every day. Write 1000 words a day. Write 2 hours a day. Write at the same time every day.
  • Edit as you go. Finish your first draft before you revise a word.
  • Use Scrivener. Only use Word.
  • Critique groups are a must. Critique groups are a waste of time.
  • Join ten different professional organizations. Don’t join any.
  • Get an agent. Don’t get an agent.
  • Traditional! Indie!

Are you confused yet? I know I certainly was. As a card carrying member of the Perfectionistic People Pleasers Club, all the different opinions made it very hard for me to figure out what *my* writing process was. I was terribly afraid that someone was going to find out how I was doing it and they were going to tell me that I was doing it ALL wrong.

You can read the rest of this post over at The Write Conversation. I hope you'll click over and join the conversation!