Rachel Rittenhouse

Christian fiction for ladies young and old

Back-To-School Tips

August 25th, 2016

Back-To-School TipsAt the beginning of the summer, I posted my summertime to-do list. I don’t know if this is your experience of not, but summer always flies by and before I know it, it is time for school to start up again!

Some of the highlights from my summer included

  • Beach trips! ~ There is something marvelous about sitting on the beach or wading in the ocean, feeling the salty air in your hair. It’s one of my favorite experiences ever!
  • Camping ~ Does it seem to you that whenever you want to go camping, it’s either rainy or cold? Day 1 of my camping experience resulted in rain, but it managed to clear up by day 2, making it a beautiful weekend for exploring God’s creation.
  • Vacations ~ I love going to different places whether it is to visit friends, field trip, or just relaxing! This summer, my family went out to Indiana for a family reunion and we also made a pit-stop is Pittsburgh! 🙂


But at the end of summer comes school and how is one to drastically shift paces and adjust to a different life-style?

Here’s some tips to help you get back into the school swing:

  1. Develop a Schedule – Know when you have to do school and when it’s time to have “fun.” You should always plan a little fun during the school year to keep your mind focused. Because you have a schedule, you know when it’s “school-time” and “down-time.
  2. Stay Rested – As tempting as it may be to stay up late and wake up early every night/day, it is important to get enough sleep so that your mind stays alert. If you run on not enough sleep, it may be hard to do the best that you can do when doing homework.
  3. Spend Time with your Family – Even though you are busy with school and hanging out with friends, spending time with your family is so important! They are your biggest supporters and will always be there to encourage you, so it’s important to show them that you care about them too. Help your mom with the dishes one night before going out for ice cream with your friends! The joy that comes with it is so worth it!


Do you have any back-to-school tips? Share in the comments!

Rachel Recommends: Tip #5

August 11th, 2016

Rachel Recommends #5



It’s time for Rachel Recommends – Tip #5: “Attend writing conferences to learn and grow as a writer.”

This tip seems fitting especially after I just came back from a writer’s conference! I love the days after a conference when my mind is just bursting with new ideas!

At this conference in particular, I had the advantage of being on faculty and also attending the different sessions!




3 Reasons Why I Love Conferences: 

1. Learning – One of my favorites classes was attending Rachel Hauck‘s continuing session on “The Story Equation.” Seriously though, if you haven’t read any of her books, I would highly recommend it!

I love coming home and reviewing all the notes that I may have taken throughout the conference. Whether on marketing, writing, editing, or publishing, I found something to apply to ever area of my writing career.


Me with Rachel Hauck

2. Motivation//Encouragement – Being a writer, it is always possible (and highly probable) that you may fall into periods of self-doubt. You may think that no one understands your writing quirks.

Here at a conference, everyone is in the same boat as you — they love to write or they feel called to write. I always leave a conference feeling motivated more than ever to work on my next book!

Speaking at TeensWrite

Speaking at TeensWrite

3. New Friends – And as always, you always have the possibility of leaving the conference with more like-minded friends than what you would’ve started with!

I met up with one of my friends that I made at a previous conference. We were surprised to see each other there and we decided to email periodically to check up and encourage each other on our writing journeys.


Me and Abigail

And as nerve-wracking rooming with someone you don’t know, my roomie became such a good friend after that past weekend! The wonderful Angela Schans is an inspiring lady and it was wonderful to share like-minded stories and tips about CreateSpace.


Me and Angela


Have you ever attended a writer’s conference? 

If you love to write, I would encourage you to check out the Greater Philadelphia Christian Writer’s Conference next year!!

Rachel Rittenhouse

Christian fiction for ladies young and old