“Read aloud everything you write, and if you feel something is “off,” believe yourself!”
How long have you been an Entrepreneur?
I’ve been writing since childhood and never stopped.
Did you leave a job to become an Entrepreneur?
What is the name of your current project / company?
One of my projects is the Christian Poets and Writers group which I founded a few years ago on Facebook.
Please describe for us in 1 sentence your current project.
The purpose of the CP&W group is to build up the Body of Christ, strengthen faith, and develop God-given writing gifts.
Where did the idea of your current project come from?
When I began to write for publication, I learned by researching, revising, and practicing in all genres. I would have loved the resources I’m trying to provide.
Why do you do what you do?
Staying active in social media, blogging, and writing e-books has given me the opportunity to encourage other writers and help them write with accuracy, beauty, and skill.
What’s the one thing you wish you could go back and tell your younger self?
Everything I’ve been sharing with other poets and writers!
What’s the most important piece of advice would you give to someone just starting?
Read, read, read in your chosen genre. Study the writings of classical and contemporary poets and authors to see what works well and what does not. Read aloud everything you write, and if you feel something is “off,” believe yourself!
What is the hardest thing you have had to do regarding your business?
Marketing! The Internet eases the process, but I much prefer having traditional publishers do this job.
What does your typical day look like?
Some days I wake up with the first line of a poem or new thought I need to note as soon as possible, then I see if other lines or relevan thoughts follow. Most of the time, I start my day with an online devotional then take my coffee onto the deck where poems or ideas for writing are also apt to come to me.
When I’m ready to work, I check my email to see if anything is pressing. If I’m working on a deadline, I avoid Social Media as much as possible to keep from getting distracted. If not, I pop onto the sites a few times a day, mainly to interact with my Christian Poets & Writers group and respond to their posts or questions.
Mostly I write. When I’ve finished a first draft, I read my work aloud then let it sit. Later I return to the poem or manuscript and read it to see if anything needs revising or fact-checking.
If you were to start again, and could change one thing, what would it be?
I’d probably have only one blog instead of several!
What is the most important thing in life?
My relationship with God and my family come first, including my church family.
What is one problem you encountered as an entrepreneur, and how did you overcome it?
I’m dismayed by the lack of interest in writing well! With self-publishing a popular option, many poets and writers just write whatever they like with little or no thought for their potential readers, factual accuracy, or literary quality of their work. Once I recognized this common occurrence, I wrote the Christian Writers’ Guide e-book, available on Amazon, https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00FGCUXRM, and I uploaded my former poetry writing course on Amazon as a Kindle e-book, http://www.amazon.com/Christian-Poets-Guide-Writing-Poetry-ebook/dp/B00AFEA4DY/.
Tell us something unique about yourself.
I’m a Bible nut! I had so many Bibles, I started the Bible Reviewer blog. Now publishers send them to me, free!