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! 

Friday, February 3, 2017

Hidden Legacy Cover Reveal!

Just wanted to pop in here to share the latest writing news...



My June release has a cover!


Readers of Covert Justice know Caroline as Blake Harrison's younger sister, and many have been asking for her story. I can't wait for new readers to meet Caroline Harrison and her long-lost best friend (and not-so-secret high school crush), Detective Jason Drake.

Here's the back cover blurb:

Arriving home with the baby she's adopting, Caroline Harrison finds her house vandalized…and an intruder intent on shooting her. She's saved when police sirens approach, but all signs point to the little boy as the true target—and the assailant won't give up. Now she has to rely on Detective Jason Drake, the man who once broke her heart, to figure out why someone's after her soon-to-be adoptive son. Reunited after thirteen years apart, Jason can't help but hope their love might be rekindled, but Caroline and her son's safety come first. Because if he wants a chance at a future—and a family—with them, they have to outrun a hit man.


So....What do you think? 

Hidden Legacy will hit store shelves in June, but opportunities to win free copies will start popping up as early as April. And all the major online retailers already have it up for preorder. 

As always, the BEST way to keep up-to-date is to sign up for my newsletter. I make sure newsletter subscribers get the best info first. (They got an email yesterday with the cover reveal and lots of behind-the-scenes info). You can sign up here. 

Grace and peace,
Lynn


Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Deep Work by Cal Newport

I always have a blog post up over at The Write Conversation on the first Thursday of the month. I do NOT always remember to cross post it here. Yikes!

Starting off this new year, I'm sharing my thoughts about a book called Deep Work by Cal Newport. It's a fascinating book and one that I think would be interesting for writers and non-writers. My husband is reading it now. :) 

2016 was a great year. Covert Justice won a couple of amazing awards and I'm still smiling about them. Then I sold my next book to Love Inspired Suspense and that pretty much summed up the rest of the year! I was very busy with the revisions for Hidden Legacy, which will release in June! I'm hoping to have a cover reveal for all of you soon. (I've seen the first version of it and I love it!) 

2016 was also a crazy year for me. Juggling homeschooling the boys, Emma's unique needs, being a wife, mother, friend, sister, daughter, and author...it's a lot! I know many of you can relate. 

Deep Work has been instrumental in helping me redefine my work habits as 2017 begins. And so far, implementing some of his strategies is paying off.

Here's a teaser of what I had to say over at The Write Conversation...




Finding Writing Focus after a Distracted Year

It’s a new year and if you’re anything like me, what worked in 2014 and 2015 did not work so well in 2016. You’d love to be more productive in 2017. 

I know for myself, I have to find a better way to do things or I’m going to be in really big trouble. This realization has been growing for a few months and it hit hard during the holidays.

So I did what I usually do when I want to learn something.

I went to the library.

I picked up a book called Deep Work by Cal Newport and I’m not going to sugarcoat this…it isn’t for everyone. Some people will not like his suggestions. Some people will not like the way he digs into the science and the metrics and the business-side of things. (Personally? My little nerdy, engineering, geeky self loved it.)

But with a subtitle like, “Rules for focused success in a distracted world” you can bet that it IS for a lot of people, including a lot of writers. 

I know—knew before I read Deep Work—that something is going on in my brain that makes it very hard for me to concentrate on anything—good or bad, easy or hard—for more than a little while before I need a distraction of some sort. 

And here’s the thing—I don’t have time for that mess. When I get time to write, I need to be able to write. I don’t have time for quizzes about which Harry Potter character I am (there’s a hint for you in this post) or how OCD I am (I bet you can guess that one, too) but that doesn’t mean I won’t catch myself burning up precious creative time with junk like that. 

Don’t get me wrong—there’s nothing inherently wrong with a Facebook quiz and that obituary for Leia Organa was brilliant—but what is wrong is when I feel almost helpless to stop myself from frittering away valuable time on something that is virtually meaningless.

I can’t be the only one who feels like her brain has turned on her. (Right?)


You can read the rest of the post here


Thanks to those of you who have checked in on me. I promise that my "What I Learned ..." posts will be back starting this month, as well as all the fun stuff leading up to the release of Hidden Legacy

I'm so looking forward to all the 2017 holds!

Grace and peace,
Lynn

P.S. In case you're interested, here are some of my posts from The Write Conversation from the end of 2016...

Every Good Endeavor by Tim Keller - not a writing book, but so important for everyone who has ever wondered if their work matters


The Story of With by Allen Arnold - seriously, everyone needs to read this book

My Impressions of the ACFW Conference - this was my very first time attending ACFW and it was amazing