Why We Write

Renee Ann Smith —  May 7, 2015 — 9 Comments

My Book Therapy Online Storycrafting

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Typically I design my blog posts to inspire folks as they live their everyday lives and to encourage them to read Christian fiction. 

But the real reason I blog is that I want to interact with people—either my former students or friends far away or the new friends I’ve never met in person.

I blog to connect. 

Isn’t that the same for you, my fellow bloggers?

Each week you search your life for some spiritual lesson and struggle to put it into words that will resonate with others. You type up your thoughts, press publish, and pray that the seed you sow will find fertile ground in another’s heart. 

I, too, write to connect with others’ hearts. And one of the best things I’ve done to become a better “connector” was joining Susan May Warren’s My Book Therapy, which is now at learnhowtowriteanovel.com. (This is an affiliate post about her program because I believe in it that much!)

Yes, the focus of MBT is fiction. However, Susie’s principles for writing scenes and putting a story together have helped me teach better, read better, write better, and blog better.

What’s unique about this writing program is how Susan May Warren
focuses on the emotional journeys that characters take
and how the lies they believe,
about themselves and about God,
shape how He shows up in their stories.

Isn’t that what our own faith journeys are all about?

Maybe that’s why the program has even helped me better understand how God works in my own heart & life.

You used to have to travel to a retreat to hear Susie teach—and go more than once if you really wanted to apply her teaching well. But now Susie has moved her program online.

Why don’t you check it out? Registration is open now until May 13. If you purchase the online Storycrafter’s course, you receive, training videos, various materials, and access to writing coach.

Access to a coach is HUGE! That’s why I’ve paid to to to writing retreats and seminars—so I could get my questions answered by a real, live person! Books are great. But a coach is better!

So although this course requires a financial investment, I think the quality of the teaching & the access to a coach make it more than worth it!

You can check out & register for the online Storycrafter’s Program at this link.

Let me leave you with one of my favorite Susan May Warren quotes from her beautiful novella Evergreen.

Online Storycrafting Susan May Warren

May you continue to flourish in abundant life for Christ!

Thanks for  by stopping by today! Blessings, friends!

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Renee Ann Smith

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I teach literature in a Christian high school by day and write inspirational fiction by night. I love to share heart-touching quotes and stories here on my blog. So glad you stopped by!

9 responses to Why We Write

  1. I’m eager to hit the link and check it out. I write nonfiction, but even nonfiction has “story” within. Thank you for sharing this.

  2. I loved your thoughts and graphics. We do want to connect when we write. Thanks for the link on writing. Hugs for one!

  3. I heard John Piper say once: “Find out what you can’t NOT do, and then do that for God.”
    Of course, writing came to my mind, immediately, so I’m working on that . .
    Glad to have discovered your blog today at Faith and Fellowship. Happy Friday!

  4. Good morning Renee, I love your thoughts and the banners are great with the quotes, which I have pinned.

    Thank you for stopping by Oh My Heartsie Girls Friday Features to share your lovely blog.
    Wishing you a wonderful weekend!

  5. Your insights about why we blog are so very true!

    Thank you for sharing!

  6. I so love that quote about writers writing what we’re unable to say. Right on spot.
    My friend and I were just talking about how eloquent J.K. Rowling is. I can’t just say how good she is with words. I can’t.

    Lovely weekend!

  7. great post, I began writing to feel a connection, then when I was laid off work for one year, I wrote to make money, not want that connection again and want to expand as a writer. I think we evolve and grow and so does our writing….Stopping by from Mommy Monday Blog Hop

  8. I have been going through a blogging class recently and one of the first questuons is, “Why do you blog?” And like you, I. Think at the root of my desire is the need to connect, to share these things that He placed in me to bless others. It is just refining that vision to find how just what is meant to be shared that takes some extra work. Thanks or sharing the writing info. 🙂

  9. Thanks for sharing your encouraging thoughts today. I’ll check out the links.

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