Thursday, March 7, 2019

Eat Your Vegetables by Tina Radcliffe

The writing journey is unmistakably challenging. At eleven traditional books in I can tell you I am only just beginning to understand how much I don’t know.

We live each day with more ups, downs, and rattles than a wooden roller coaster The path is often murky, the gratifications and paychecks shaky and definitely not timely.  It’s also a calling that keeps us humble though it requires us to toot our own horn to be heard. Should we toot too loudly, there is someone out there who will happily point out our shortcomings.

This calling requires introverts, people who live in their heads, to become social beings. Not only must we master our craft, but we must master the art of selling ourselves. We write the copy, and spin the copy, and sell ourselves like a bottle of Pepsi.

We routinely have our patience, our sanity and our ability to juggle six things at once tested. Often we fail. I contend that there is no balance in this profession. Even boundaries are precariously drawn and often smudged at the edges.

It’s also a lonely journey. Despite our ability to reach out and touch, the creative process is still a solitary endeavor.

Yet, we persevere because we don’t have any other choice. How can we not write?

 So I offer the few bits of wisdom I have picked up along the way. 
  • Keep the faith. Keep that relationship strong and hold it close. It’s the only thing that stands between you and a world filled with destruction and chaos. 
  • Write letters. I mean this. Pick up a pen and paper and send a card or a note of encouragement to those who mean something to you. Don’t forget this old-fashioned nicety.
  • Tell your loved ones that you love them. Daily. Say the words.
  • Don’t forget kindness as you go through your day. The world will buffer you like a cold storm, but your one smile when your eyes meet another’s can make someone’s day spin around from despair to hope.
  • Your words matter. This is a calling. You don’t get to decide to hide your calling under a basket. Your job is to step into your gift.
  • Do not abandon what you know to be true and right while you pursue your dreams. 
  • You really cannot get up unless you fall down. 
  • And finally, eat your vegetables. Chocolate is fine and dandy but good vegetables while sometimes boring will keep you strong and clear-eyed.
May the writing force be with you.

A freelance writer for over twenty years, Tina Radcliffe is an RWA Honor Roll member, a two-time RWA Golden Heart finalist, a three-time ACFW Carol Award nominee, and a 2018 ACFW Mentor of the Year recipient. Her 11th book for Harlequin Love Inspired, Her Last Chance Cowboy, released in February 2019.  In addition to novel-length fiction, Tina has sold over three dozen short stories to Woman’s World Magazine. A former library cataloger, Tina is a frequent presenter on writing topics and an online instructor. She currently resides in Arizona, where she writes fun, heartwarming romance and eats her vegetables.  Sign up for her author newsletter and market newsletter at https://www.tinaradcliffe.com/

 

 
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35 comments:

  1. Happy Writing and Reading. Thanks for having me!

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    1. Tina, thanks for being my guest. I absolutely love it when you visit Seriously Write!

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  2. Loved this and needed to hear every word of it! "Your job is to step into your gift." I may have that painted on my office wall! Time for me to go eat some kale! Awesome as always, Tina!

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    1. Waving to you, Laurel. thank you. Kale chips are good.

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    2. I'll confess, I've never tried a kale chip. Chocolate chips yes, but not kale.

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  3. Great reminders, Tina, thank you!

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  4. Lovely post, Tina! I'm not a veggie fan, but the older I get the more I realize how important it is to take care of yourself. Now, if you'll excuse me, I'm going to write a letter right now!

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    1. I do like veggies. And I do need to preserve this old self. Thanks for stopping by, buddy.

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  5. LOVE, love this! So much truth. Thank you, Tina, for the encouragement!

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  6. Thank you so much for the encouragement, Tina! I needed to hear this one: "Your words matter. This is a calling. You don’t get to decide to hide your calling under a basket. Your job is to step into your gift." I appreciate you!

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    1. Angie! My beekeeper friend! :) Waiting for that story. Patiently!

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  7. Tina, thank you for the wisdom and truth of your encouraging thoughts. Keeping our faith close is the top priority as we want our words to glorify God.

    I have experienced stepping into my gift and...oops…falling...hard. Thankfully, our writer friends help us up and point us to the trail ahead.

    Loving this post as I munch on a carrot! Thank you!

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    1. LOL on the carrot! My favorites are shaved raw Brussels sprouts.

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  8. You always say the coolest things in the coolest ways. Your comparison to the creaky roller coaster made me smile. Those things are SCARY! lol But, if you don't do what scares you, you won't get to experience the thrill. GREAT post!

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    1. Amen. And my mind is a scary place, girlfriend.

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  9. Hi Tina. I'm going to grab some vegetables and write a letter to you telling you how much you encourage me! No idea where I would be without your help and your uncanny ability to always lift my spirits and send me soaring on my way. Thank you!

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    1. Aw...thank you. I value you as a friend and prayer partner. All the sisters!

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  10. Do not abandon what you know to be true and right while you pursue your dreams.

    Something to always watch for. So easy to compromise, to accidentally step onto the wrong path and follow it.

    Excellent post, Tina!

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  11. Yes, I agree, Jessica. Thanks for stopping by!

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  12. Great words, Tina!

    Thanks,
    Jessica Baughman

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  13. Great message, Tina! Yes, yes, yes about the note writing. I had a friend who lost her father a few weeks ago. The death was sudden. I attended the funeral, hugged her. But it was the handwritten card with empathetic sentiments - the time I took to write, address, stamp and mail it - that meant so much to her. Particularly, she said, "No one takes the time to write anymore. Your note was precious to me." As for vegetables, well, I'm a former Registered Dietitian and semi-vegan so no prob with healthy eating. I will not pass on Peanut M&Ms for anything, though :) #writerfuel

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    1. Hi Mary! Imagine if Austen heroine's had only an emails to cherish and swoon over...no no no. We need handwritten notes. And I am right there with you..except coffee M & Ms.

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    2. That last one was written using TYPO. Read between the lines, please.

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  14. Your words are so spot on, Tina. And about the letter/card writing, I treasure your card congratulating me when I signed my first publishing contract recently. You've been such a help and inspiration. I enjoy my veggies raw.

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  15. I like mine raw or steamed, Pat! And I agree. Give me one snail mail over ten emails.

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  16. LOVE this, Tina! Great encouragement and tips - - coming from one of my FAVORITE authors and friends.

    As much as I love vegetables (especially raw veggies) I'll admit that I keep a stash of M&Ms on hand (and in mouth, LOL) - - along with my ever-present coffee. But I really need to keep those veggies handy too! ;)

    Hugs, Patti Jo (commenting late because I've been with grandbaby all day!) :)

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  17. Tina, thank you for spending the day with us on Seriously Write. Your post was spot on. I rarely write letters, but I do have one friend who I correspond with through letters. And I love cards and always try to write in them.

    Not abandoning the truth while chasing dreams is do important! Thanks for the reminder.

    I'm a chocoholic but like my veggies too. I had steamed broccoli and sweet baby carrots today. I love those steamer bags!

    Oh, and the Big Heart Ranch has been a fantastic series!

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    1. Thanks for having me, Terri. And glad you enjoyed BHR! #Metoo

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  18. Tina, what a powerful reminder: “You don’t get to decide to hide your calling under a basket. Your job is to step into your gift.“ Sometimes when the writing gets hard or when we feel so small in the crowd, it’s easy to wonder if it’s time to stop writing. I’ve felt it. I know many of my writing friends have felt it. But we keep going...because we “feel” the obligation you expressed so well. Thank you!

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  19. Tina, I love you. You've been such and encouragement to me. You've written letters and even called me on the phone once. When I've seen you in person, you reached out to me in love and kindness. You've been a mentor and friend to me and others. I think God must have a special jewel in heaven to put in your crown for all the love and encouragement you've given me and others. THANK YOU!

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