Rachel Rittenhouse

Christian fiction for ladies young and old

Following Your Dream…And God’s Will

July 31st, 2014

How often do we have dreams that appear so crazy, they often seem impossible? When I dream, my imagination tends to sometimes run wild as I think of crazy things that I could turn into reality. Those dreams never seem to last very long. In fact, they’re sometimes gone before the sun goes down. But there was one dream of mine that I never gave up on—

Become a published author.

In today’s world, it seems easy to “live out your dream” whether it is becoming a famous movie star, park ranger, or flying to the moon. With technology and school, you can do almost anything you set out to do.

But is it according to God’s will?

Read the rest of the article along with 3 tips of mine over at: http://blogsbychristianwomen.blogspot.com/2014/07/following-your-dreamand-gods-will.html

 

5 Tips for Writing & Editing

July 24th, 2014

In the past five years, I have written, edited, self-published, and marketed my first book. That in itself has been a journey, especially as I worked to complete middle school and high school at the same time!

But the first novel has been completed (yay!), and now I want to share 5 tips on writing and editing that I have learned going on this journey.

 

1. Know what you are writing and why you are writing it: call it what you want–motto, purpose–but you need to have some direction as to where you are going. Something to keep you motivated when the days get long and you are wondering “Why am I doing this?” Having a purpose statement really makes things a lot clearer and gives your writing a new perspective.

2. Work with Scripture: Proverbs 16:3–“Commit your work to the Lord, and your plans will be established”–helped me keep my focus right. My writing was for God, and if I committed whatever I had to Him, then I knew everything would go according to His plan, whatever that may be.

3. Know where you want your story to go and how you want it to end: make detailed plans, have an outline, make character sketches for your characters–all this will help you stay on track. Writing a novel can be tricky business, but when you can look back on your plans and remind yourself where you are going, it makes those “writer’s block” times a lot easier!

4. Look over your book again, and again, and again: I can’t stress this enough. It is so important to have many people, whether friends, family, or peers, look over your book. Your eye becomes “immune” to what you have written and can easily skip over the mistakes fixing them only in your head. When you have fresh eyes look at your manuscript, they are able to find mistakes in what you may have thought was just fine!

5. Hire a professional editor: Sometimes we think that our friends have edited for us good enough, why hire someone? But in truth, an editor can be much more than an editor. Your editor will no doubt have more experience than you and will be able to mentor you through many important aspects of your book.

 

I hope you are able to find these tips applicable to your writing. Are there any tips that you’d like to share? Feel free to leave a comment…I love hearing from readers!

Stay tuned for a future post about tips for self-publishing and marketing!

Just W.R.I.T.E!

July 17th, 2014

These past few weeks, I have been taking a course called Tribe Writers created by Jeff Goins. And while trying to balance that on top of editing my next book, work, and college, it has been going quite well! I have been learning so much and have been working towards finding my voice and tribe.

 

In the acronym I have listed below, I will be sharing 5 tips that I have learned that have greatly been affecting my writing life:

 

W-ork = Writing takes a lot of work and dedication. Most people can’t just sit down and write the next bestselling novel in one hour. At least, most can’t! You have to spend time, honing and crafting your talent.

 

R-eading = When you want to write, one of the top things you can do is read. Reading expands your mind and helps you grow. It teaches you about your craft or maybe it gives insight to a certain genre you are writing.

 

I-ntuition = Let your writing come from inside you. Don’t try to force yourself what to write, because that will result in a forced voice. Instead, allow what you already to shape and form your writing.

 

T-ime = Time often seems to slip away, especially if you are busy with this, that, and the other! But to make sure you have time with writing, you need to make it your priority. Make a schedule and stick to it. Don’t let yourself go to bed without everything on your list to be crossed off. Overtime, this will help you in making sure your continue writing even if you have “writer’s block.” It will soon become a habit.

 

E-ncouragement = Lastly, you need encouragement. What writer could possibly even think of succeeding without the encouragement of friends, family, or fans? Encouragement helps spur you on, even when you don’t know what to write.

 

How about you? What have you been learning in your writing life that would be helpful to others? 

Rachel Rittenhouse

Christian fiction for ladies young and old