Monday, July 30, 2012

Build it Right Series: Housewarming by Dora Hiers

Housewarming: Celebrate Success, 
Hold a Housewarming Party, 
Consider and Pray about Your Next Project.
Build it Right series 
by Dora Hiers

Enter his gates with thanksgiving and his courts with praise; Give thanks to him and praise his name. For the Lord is good and his love endures forever; His faithfulness continues through all generations.  
(Ps 100:4-5 NIV) 

Celebrate success.

It’s done! After months of waiting, watching, crying, whining, wringing your hands and praying, you can finally move in to your new house. Yay! You offer a thanksgiving prayer, shake the builder’s hand, and then get to work moving in furniture, unpacking boxes, and settling things in place. When it’s presentable, you invite friends and family for a housewarming party.

What do you do when you type "The End" on your story?  

Offer a thanksgiving prayer. Celebrate. Go out for a special dinner. Visit the spa. Meet a friend for coffee. Whatever you do to celebrate victories and accomplishments. 

Hold a housewarming party.
Typing “the end” doesn’t mean the project is finished. In the writing industry, the end is really the beginning. Your next step is to submit your completed and polished work, whether it’s directly to the publisher or to an agent. Show it off! But be warned…just as friends and family will praise and criticize certain elements of your house, expect the same from agents, publishers and readers.

Consider and pray about your next project

Who better than the Creator of the Universe to approach for ideas and inspiration? Chat with God. Praise Him. Worship at His feet. 

God has such an imagination and a sense of humor. Ask Him for a spark, just a speck of sand, from His creative well and open your mind to His possibilities. 

Where can you find ideas?

  •          Scour newspapers, magazines, and books
  •          Soak up your favorite television shows
  •          Browse through news articles and local news sites
  •          Wade through files and notes, research online
  •          Dreams. (OK, I hear you laughing here, but don’t discount the idea. My opening scene for Journey’s Embrace actually came to me in a dream.)
  •          Consider life experiences: weddings, funerals, jobs, family issues, hobbies, etc. 

In My Father's house there are many dwelling places (homes). 
If it were not so, I would have told you; 
for I am going away to prepare a place for you. 
(John 14:2 AMP)

I’m so thankful for the Master Builder and His creative well. What about you? Do you incorporate God’s blueprint in your writing?

Thank you for joining me on this Build it Right! journey. 

Journey's Edge:

A Routine Audit? Hardly. Red flags-including some goon who's following her-raise McKinley Frasier's suspicions that numbers don't add up at the insurance firm. When someone tries to snatch McKinley's daughter from school, she turns to police officer and ex-fiance, Renner Crossman-the cop who walked out on her a month before their wedding. But Renner's not the same guy who broke her heart ten years ago. He calls himself a "new man." She trusts the new Renner with her daughter's safety...but what about her heart?

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After a successful auditing career, Dora Hiers left the corporate world to be a stay-at-home mom to her two sons. When her youngest son didn’t want her hanging out at school with him anymore, Dora started writing heart racing, God-gracing books. Dora belongs to the American Christian Fiction Writers (ACFW) and the Carolina Christian Writers. Her first inspirational romance, Journey’s End, released with White Rose Publishing in 2011, and her second, Journey’s Edge released in March 2012. White Rose also contracted her third book in the Marshals of Journey Creek series, Journey’s Embrace, and her first short romance, Small Town Treasure. Dora and her husband make their home in Kannapolis, North Carolina. 
Connect with Dora:

Facebook: Dora Hiers Author
Twitter: @DoraHiers


  1. Dora, I love this analogy! Thank you for such wonderful inspiration On a Monday morning!

  2. What an awesome time I've enjoyed here at Seriously Write over the last month. Thank you, ladies, for your gracious hospitality and your warm welcome. I appreciate all of you!

    1. Such a pleasure, Dora! Thanks for sharing this creative and helpful series with us this month!

    2. I've enjoyed your series so much, Dora! You've had some great ideas and a wonderful take on "building" a book.

      'Appreciate you, too!

  3. Dora, you make such fantastic points! I agree wholeheartedly about moving forward after approaching The Throne first and drawing God into the space of your next "project." I've loved this series, and can also relate to the advice you gave about scouring places and events to find ideas for upcoming books. And I never, ever discount dreams. They are POWERFUL and can lead into some of the most powerful writing imaginable. Blessings to you my friend, and continued success! :-)

    1. Thank you, Marianne. You're such a sweetheart. I count my blessings to know you as friend. Thanks for stopping by, Marianne, and a huge congrats on your upcoming fall release, DEVOTION! :-)

  4. Wonderful series of posts, Dora! I'm so looking forward to completing the "house" I'm working on right now. Then it's on to the next project. Does this mean we need construction permits?

    1. Ahhaha. Love that!

      I'm so looking forward to the invitation to tour, er read, your house! Thanks for adding a laugh to my morning. :-)


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