September 22nd, 2016
It’s time for Rachel Recommends: Tip #6 – “Be concise when you revise.”
Completing the first draft – what a sense of accomplishment. Writing a book is challenging and time-consuming, and to say that you actually finished your draft – well, that is a great start.
But you’re not quite finished with this draft yet. In fact, you are far from it.
You succeeded in getting your thoughts and ideas into written words on the page. Now it is time to rework and finesse them into something beautiful. A masterpiece.
Re-writing can sometimes be a step that is overlooked or avoided because it seems “too difficult.” Let me assure you that this step is vital in making your book truly wonderful.
I have found that revision, though it may seem exhausting, ends up improving the final product even more than what I could have imagined. Revision is something to be proud of and the time you spend revising is always well spent.
Revising your story can be an adventure. You can move scenes from one chapter to another. You can modify a certain character to better serve the situation. You can reword phrases to make them more precise. You can change sentences and eliminate words that aren’t developing the book.
Anything is possible in rewrites. After all, this is your creation – YOUR STORY
from A Student’s Guide: 10 Easy Steps to Writing & Publishing
Do you enjoy revising your book? Why or why not?
September 8th, 2016
One thing I got into this year is adult coloring. Being artsy isn’t necessarily my strong suit — words suit me more. It is creativity at its finest — and you don’t have to be great at drawing to love it! I found that coloring is a great stress-relieving method.
Wellness Mama talks about some of the different health benefits that come with adult coloring — I mean, if you even need a reason to exercise your creative juices. =)
And that’s when I discovered BIBLE JOURNALING.
I use the Inspire Bible, NLT version. There is space for me to journal in the margins, and then some of the margins have Scripture art.
Maybe some of you are thinking — “Okay, coloring sounds like fun, but I have no time to color with my school/work schedule!” I am totally with you! That’s why I love having my coloring in my BIBLE!
Starting back in January or so, I began using a Scripture reading plan through Sweet Blessings blog. I will then follow this simple plan and read the verse for the day, whether morning or evening works better for you.
If I find that one of those verses has a corresponding Scripture art in my Bible, I’ll spend 15-20 minutes that evening doing a bit of coloring and meditating on that verse.
Here are some of my favorite verses I’ve done so far: