During 2013, dozens of talented writers are joining me to cheer you on in your storytelling. These guest-writers will share a few helpful words with you right here every Tuesday night, to encourage you as you #TellHisStory. (Come back after midnight to link up your story by clicking here.) And now, I’m delighted to introduce you to my dear friend Dena Dyer, a generous-hearted woman who has authored several books.
A Few Tips for Moms Who Want to Write
As an introverted and passionate bibliophile mom of two boys, writing has been crucial to my sanity. I also believe God called me to write at a young age, and He has been faithful to give me continued opportunities to share His love via the written word. I love to encourage other moms that they don’t have to wait until the kids are grown to pursue writing. In fact, writing is great (and cheap!) therapy; it provides an accessible outlet for the frustrations and joys of motherhood.
Here are a few ideas to help you get started:
—Write whenever you can (during school pickups, soccer practice, in waiting rooms). Trust me; fifteen minute sessions add up over time.
—Don’t edit; just write as fast as you can (edit later, when kids are sleeping or your spouse can watch them).
—Hire a teenager to babysit, clean house, or do errands once in awhile, so you can write for a longer stretch.
—Trade childcare with another WAHM.
—Join online support groups with other like-minded writers who understand your struggles. The group members can provide support, accountability, and networking.
Dena Dyer is a wife, mom, speaker, musician and the author or co-author of six books. Her latest book, Wounded Women of the Bible (Kregel), written with Tina Samples, releases soon. Along with her hubby, Carey, she enjoys raising two rambunctious boys and serving a community of faith where Carey is the music and worship minister. Dena was a professional entertainer for many years, and she loves telling stories in any size, shape, or form. She would love to connect with you on Twitter (motherinferior2), Facebook (DenaDyer-Author), or her website (www.denadyer.com).