Blogging, Writing Resources

Happy BLOG Birthday—Part 4

The all-time highest views of any post is part of the series I did on Formatting and Submitting Your Manuscript. I took Jerry Jenkins’ Christian Writers’ Guild, and I’d purchased so many wonderful writing resources, that when I started this blog, I wanted to share them. #amwriting #BLOGbirthdayFeb172014 #fiveyears @donnalhsmith @a3writers

This post is from February 12, 2015. The title is: Writing Resource: Formatting & Submitting Your Manuscript, and it gives you basic guidelines. Here’s the link.

Thanks for taking this trip down memory lane with me. #amwriting #BLOGbirthdayFeb172014 #fiveyears @donnalhsmith @a3writers

Blogging, Encouragement, Inspirational, Writing

Happy BLOG Birthday—Part 2

It’s funny. I couldn’t think of a thing to blog about, but a little thought crossed my mind. How long have I been doing this blog? I remembered starting it toward the beginning of 2014. And I wanted to talk about the process of writing a novel and getting it published. #amwriting #BLOGbirthdayFeb172014 #fiveyears @donnalhsmith @a3writers

I can hardly believe that next week will be the fifth anniversary of this blog! For the rest of the month of February, I’ll be sharing about the blog, plus some of the highest viewed posts and my thoughts about them.

Here’s the second post I published on this blog. It’s entitled “A Rose by any Other Name.”

I’ve come a L-O-N-G way, baby! #amwriting #BLOGbirthdayFeb172014 #fiveyears @donnalhsmith @a3writers

Blogging, Encouragement, Inspirational, Writing

Happy BLOG Birthday—Part 1

Nearly five years ago, and next week we’ll celebrate more, I started this blog. I’d been blogging on another platform with other emphases. But I started this one after I closed my homemade organic chocolate truffle business in 2014. I’d been making chocolates for seven years. I was getting older and wanted a change. I decided to give writing one last push. #amwriting #BLOGbirthdayFeb172014 #fiveyears @donnalhsmith @a3writers

2014 was a pivotal year for me. I was gonna turn sixty, yes, sixty. Let’s put it this way, I wasn’t looking forward to it. My husband has always looked forward to milestone birthdays because that puts him in another runner’s category—being the youngest age in an age group, rather than the oldest.

For this week and next, I’ll be recounting and re-posting some of my earliest posts from this blog. Originally, I wanted to talk about “process.” How life is a process. That becoming a writer is a process, just as becoming published is.

Click here to see that first post.

You’ve seen my sorrows and my rejoicings on this blog—all about the process of getting my first novel published. #amwriting #BLOGbirthdayFeb172014 #fiveyears @donnalhsmith @a3writers

Blogging, Encouragement, Holidays, Inspirational

Happy One Year Anniversary – yesterday

One Year Old yesterday!
One Year Old yesterday!

On February 17, 2014, I started this blog with a very short post about a novel process. Since then, we’ve grown some. This blog has readers from around the world, well over 40 countries. I get the statistics, and I know what you read, and what you don’t. I think, and correct me if I’m wrong, but those of you from other countries like my stuff on writing. Many of you from the U.S. like my other stuff. So that’s why I’m doing two things with this blog, writing and faith/life.

I’m in the mood to give away some things. If you are a NEW follower this week, you may have already won a $10 Amazon gift card. Leave a comment and let me know that you’re new. 🙂

If you’ve followed me from the beginning, and are a writer, with a blog or a novel in process, I’m going to give you your choice of writing resources from my library – IF you don’t already have it. What you’ll get is one sent to you identical to mine.  Write a comment that you’re interested. It’s a gift from me to you!

Giveaways for writers
Giveaways for writers

Here’s what I’m making available:

The Emotional Thesaurus – Ackerman & Puglisi

Writing the Breakout Novel Workbook – Maas

The Dance of Character and Plot – Mills

AND – if you love Christian fiction, I have a few giveaways here. Some are newer than others. But they’re all good. Max Lucado’s book is an uncorrected advance copy given to me last September. I’m not charging for it.

Christian Fiction and The Voice New Testament - claim yours!
Christian Fiction and The Voice New Testament – claim yours!

Hearts Awakening – Delia Parr

Somewhere to Belong – Judith Miller

Between Us Girls – Sally John

Beyond All Dreams – Elizabeth Camden

Sixteen Brides – Stephanie Grace Whitson

Miracle of the Higher Grounds Café – Max Lucado

Special Non-fiction – The Voice New Testament – Thomas Nelson publishers

For your chance to win any of these, leave a comment. Tell me what book you’re interested in and why you want it.

The fiction books are open to anyone who reads this blog and enjoys it. The New Testament is also for anyone who wants it.

I want everyone to be a winner! Unclaimed prizes will be carried over to next week – until they are all gone – or I take them out of circulation.

I like to give, and pass along what I have. Leave a comment and let me know what you’d like!

Inspirational, Writing

What You Liked – Happy Anniversary Today!

Yellow irises from my flower box
Yellow irises from my flower box

I’m looking back this week. This blog celebrates it’s one-year anniversary today. It seems unbelievable to me. I appreciate every one of you who read and follow this on a regular basis. On the anniversary tomorrow, I’ll spell out details of some giveaways I’ve got planned. I’ve never done that before, but there will be something for both new followers and the faithful.

In 2014, you liked these posts the best. Writing Emotional Pain – without bleeding too much on your readers. You can review it here. The next best thing you liked was Let’s Face It – What About Brick Walls? You can refresh your memory here. And you continue to like my Self-Publishing Tips, Part 2, where I recommend several places to publish. I’m taking myself up on one of them. You can find that link here.

This year so far, you’ve liked, and gave me the highest views in a day yet for Please – Get Your Facts Straight. You can find that link here. You also really seem to enjoy my story of Rochelle from just a couple of weeks ago called Eternal Moments of the Day. You can access that post here.

Again – Thank You So Much! You Are Appreciated!

Stay tuned for more fun this week.