Friday, March 8, 2013

The Joy of Your Name in Print by Diana Lesire Brandmeyer

Diana Lesire Brandmeyer
The writing life can be challenging—even on our best days. Have you ever wondered if you’ve got what it takes to not only survive, but make it? Today, author Diana Lesire Brandmeyer shares wisdom and great tips to help us in our personal journeys to publication. ~ Dawn

The Joy of Your Name in Print

Before you begin your writing career take this quiz:

You want to write because:

a) Seeing your name in print would make you happy.
b) Besides holding your newborn infant you can’t imagine anything better than holding a copy of your book in your hands
c) You want your friends to introduce you as a published author
d) When you don’t write you talk to the vegetables at the grocery store and the produce man has noticed.
e) It’s an adventure you must do so you can cross it off your bucket list.
f) All of the above

So how did you do? Circled them all? Did you add a few of your own reasons? If you did that’s wonderful, you’ve been thinking about your career.

Writing a book is an adventure. It can’t be done in twenty-four hours. You have to prepare for the journey. It’s about packing the right tools and sometimes having the right food, or even the right clothing to make it across that finish line called “the end.”

Having the desire to write and acting on it is what makes a writer, a writer. The acting upon it is what sets you apart from those who say, “Someday I’m going to write a book.” Don’t let that be you.

Writing takes a lot of patience and planning. It’s not impossible to do, even if you’re a young mom, you’re working full time or you’re just tired. There are so many ways to write a book. Now you don’t even have to type it. Use your phone and a dictation program then send to your computer. Yes, you can fold the laundry or walk the dog and write a few pages at the same time.

Give yourself permission to read books in the genre you want to write along with books on writing, take online classes, and join a professional group. I belong to ACFW-American Christian Fiction Writers, they offer monthly courses to improve some aspect of your life and are free to members. Once you’re a member go back and read through previous classes.

This is a hard one: Treat yourself like a professional. If you don’t, who will? Schedule times just for learning, writing or brainstorming. Train—yes train your family to respect that time. It can be done. Use examples they can understand, call it your golf, soccer, ballet time and it will make sense to them—in time.

Make friends with other writers. They will become your critique and brainstorming partners. You can finally stop chatting in that English accent to the cucumbers in the produce section. 




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Christian author, Diana Lesire Brandmeyer, writes historical and contemporary romances. Author of A Bride's Dilemma in Friendship, Tennessee and We’re Not Blended-We’re Pureed, A Survivor’s Guide to Blended Families. Once widowed and now remarried she writes with humor and experience on the on the difficulty of joining two families be it fictional or real life.

To learn more about Diana, please visit:

Twitter @dianabrandmeyer



14 comments:

  1. Thank you so much for having me on your site today, Dawn.
    Diana

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  2. And what an exciting adventure it is! What an inspiring post, Diana, and great advice to make sure to pack "patience" in your writing suitcase. lol. Thanks so much for your encouragement today!

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    1. Dora, patience is one of those items that seems to be left behind when we start writing. :) Wal Mart doesn't carry it either, I checked.
      Blessings,
      Diana

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    2. Maybe we need a "Building Your Patience" workshop at every writer's conference. The room would be packed.

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    3. Sandra, we'd need a ballroom for that one, maybe a few massage therapists too. :)
      Diana

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  3. I love your cover, Diana, your message, and your family life! Lots of stories there, huh? Best wishes with your career.

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    1. Tanya,
      Thanks Tyndale did an amazing job with the cover.
      Blessings,
      Diana

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  4. Ah, I thought I was the only one who had discovered the art of multitask-writing. I can't tell you how many times I've stirred something on the stove for supper while writing on my first draft in a spiral notebook at the same time. But, we do what we gotta do, right? That strategy along with many others I've learned through ACFW and authors like you, saw me through to my first published novella this year. Nothing like seeing your name on that cover - God blessed me with that, and I remain humbled by Him using me.
    By the way, I live in Tennessee and have wanted to get your Friendship book - looks like a good read.

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    1. Paula! If you read on an ereader Barbour put A Bride's Dillemma in Fiendship, Tennesse on sale for $2.99 until March 31. So grab it now. :)

      Congratulations on getting your name on the cover. Time to write another one. :)
      Blessings,
      Diana

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  5. Diana, thanks so much for the produce confession... not that I talk to my favorite veggies, but I often imagine various character-backgrounds and backstory to the um... interesting folks I travel the grocery aisles with. Guess I'm a writer!

    Continued blessings, my friend.

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    1. Elaine! You've given me more than the produce section with your note. The whole world of shopping has now opened for me....I'll be following people with my cart now wondering why are they buying 6 boxes of Lucky Charms, 3 cartons of ice cream and 10 packages of Special K protien drink...
      Blessings,
      Diana

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  6. I especially love your advice to treat yourself like a professional. I think that's huge. Thanks, Diana!

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    1. Melanie,
      It makes a difference. If you see yourself that way others will too.
      Diana

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