Thursday, September 5, 2019

Find You and Do It Well by Sally Shupe

Welcome! Today is my first time blogging as a regular contributor here on Seriously Write. How exciting is that?! Thank you so much for having me here. I enjoy writing and sharing words of encouragement. I’m so honored to get to do that right here! I look forward to seeing you every 1st Thursday.

I have been so excited to share with you today. My hope is that my journey will encourage you in your writing journey. Writing can be a lonely job. But when we gather together, there is camaraderie, encouragement, hope, lasting friendships.

My writing journey seems to have taken a back seat to other pressing life events. It didn’t happen overnight. It didn’t happen all at once. I didn’t even realize it had happened. One day, I just realized I hadn’t been writing. Have you been there? Floating along and then all of a sudden realize you’re not doing everything you need to be doing? That’s where I was. Work, home, church, family, projects, everything was taking over my life, and my writing was taking a back burner. So what did I do? I’m so glad you asked!

I discovered I had gotten discouraged. Not having an office to write in and a set place to write, not being able to block off 3 hours of time to write every day, not being able to consistently write 1,000 words a day had taken the joy out of my writing. But you know what? We have the best job ever. We can work wherever, whenever. All we need is our imagination and pen/paper or a computer.

If writing is your calling, you can do it! Pick up that pen and start writing. Turn on that computer and start typing. Make your dreams come true starting now. Everyone is different. Everyone has different writing styles. Some write every day; some write on weekends, or only a few minutes a day. Some already have a contract; others are writing in anticipation of getting a contract. Get your imagination flowing, keep pen and paper with you at all times. Stuck in line at the grocery store? Pull out that piece of paper or your phone and plot out the next scene in your story, nail down the descriptions, goals, motivation, and conflict for your characters. Watching a movie? What do you do during the commercials? (Unless you skip them!) Plot out the next chapter in your story. Work on your synopsis. Can’t figure out how to get your characters from point A to point B? Use the commercials to jot down scenarios, and by The End, you just might have figured it out.

There are as many different ways to write as there are snowflakes. (Do you love snow? I love snow!) Your office might be your dining room table, or the arm of your chair, or a nice shady spot on your back porch. You may be able to write 500 words a day or more, or you may be able to write a few words at a time. But those words add up over time. The key is consistency. If you write 20 words a day, that’s 20 words you didn’t have before. Each one’s habits are different, but they are your own. What works for you may not work for someone else. What someone else does, may not work for you. Find you and do it well! No one else can be you. No one else can write what you write. Someone needs to read your words, but that will never happen if you don’t write them. Your mission for today: Go write!

Sally Shupe lives in southwest Virginia with her husband, two grown kids-a daughter still at home and a son nearby, and a whole bunch of pets: five dogs, three cats, a rabbit, and birds at the birdfeeder (and the mandatory snowman when the snow cooperates). She writes contemporary Christian romance, with two completed manuscripts and three more in progress. They are part of a series located in small town Virginia.

When Sally’s not writing or working full-time, she is a freelance editor for several authors who write fiction and nonfiction; students working on dissertation papers; a copy editor for Desert Breeze; a content editor for Prism (became part of Pelican); performs beta reading for various authors; publishes book reviews on her blog and with Valley Business FRONT’s monthly magazine; is a member of ACFW and a PRO member of RWA; loves genealogy, running, and crocheting.

Sally uses her love of words to write about God’s amazing love.

Connect with Sally:Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/sallyshupewritings/
Twitter: https://twitter.com/SallyShupe1
Blog: http://sallyshupe.blogspot.com/
Email: sallyshupe1@gmail.com
Pinterest: https://www.pinterest.com/sallyshupe1/
Website: http://sallyshupeseditingservice.weebly.com/
LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/sally-schreiner-shupe-8217a639?trk=hp-identity-name

23 comments:

  1. Welcome Sally! Glad you are here. Thank you for your encouraging words.

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    1. Thanks, Melissa! Thanks for reading and commenting. I'm thankful the words encouraged you.

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  2. Hi, Sally! Thank you for the advice and encouragement. Hope you have a wonderful day.

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    1. Hi, Laura! You are welcome. Thanks and you too!

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  3. Welcome to Seriously Write, Sally! Great to have you here to provide encouraging posts for other writers.

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  4. Good morning, Sally.

    Love this post and your upbeat attitude. I sooo agree w/you. And there are days I struggle to get 100 words and other rare days when 1000 come easy. Consistency is key.

    I'm sure I knew you had so many other writing related jobs, but I forgot. Freelance editor, copy editor and content editor. Impressive.

    It's good seeing you here today!

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    1. Hi, Connie! Anything can be done consistency. If you keep at something long enough, eventually you make headway. Thank you for stopping by and commenting.

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  5. Sally this is so true and yes we miss opportunities to write. As you said just living takes all our energy. Your post today was what many of us need to hear. Thank you for the reminder. I look forward to 1st of the month Thursdays.

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    1. Thank you so much, Sandy, for your comment. Some days, it takes all we've got to just get through the day. But there's always tomorrow. Never give up. See you next 1st Thursday!

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  6. As a reader not a writer I found your comments very encouraging. We allow just living to cut short the things we really want to do. Today was a reminder to all. Thanks for pressing in. I look forward to hearing from you again next month!

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    1. Sandy, thanks for stopping by and commenting. Sometimes just living takes all we've got. Hang in there. If there's something you really want to do, schedule that time in there. Guard it like you would if you had to go to work. Even if it's just 30 minutes. At this time, this is what I'm going to be doing. And then don't let anything take that time, unless you reschedule it. I look forward to seeing you next 1st Thursday! Have a wonderful day!

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  7. Thanks for the encouragement Sally - I've been caught in that "I'm not writing" realization more than once and there's always a gazillion excuses. Just do it, girlfriend. Great advice!

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    1. Cindy, isn't that the truth? You're whizzing right along, and then all of a sudden, you realize you haven't written in a few days. But the good news is we can start from where we stopped. Just keep going. Even one word is forward motion.

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  8. Thank you for your warm welcome! I'm so glad to be here.

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  9. Sally, it's great to see you here on Seriously Write as regular contributor!

    I share your feeling of writing being on the back burner. Summer for me is filled with fun activities....but not the BICHOK productivity I'd also like to have. I appreciate your encouragement to find our own way to write. Lately, I've been using the Notability app on my iPad to get a few words down at random times. Here's to autumn with more progress ahead!

    Thanks again for your advice, and welcome to Seriously Write!

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    1. Hi Sherida! It's great to see you here as well! I hadn't heard of the Notability app. That sounds very useful! I'm looking forward to cooler weather and a slower pace. Thanks for the welcome!

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  10. Hi Sally, and WELCOME!! :)
    Sooo happy you're a regular contributor now, and I look forward to reading lots of your posts.
    Thank you for the encouragement today---such great advice!
    Hugs, Patti Jo

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    1. Hi PattiJo! Thanks so much for stopping by and commenting! I'm so glad you were encouraged. Thanks for the welcome!

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  11. Yes, yes Sally! All so true and relatable. I love that we are still writers and can create in our minds when our bodies are being hustled elsewhere due to outside demands. Welcome to the awesome family of Seriously Write. You are a great addition! My debut with Pelican (Prism Book Group) releases in November :)

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    1. Hi, Mary! Congratulations on your debut! I can't wait to read it. Thanks for the very warm welcome. I look forward to seeing you the 1st Thursdays.

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  12. Sally! I'm so happy to have you as a regular contributor and I look forward to reading your post each month. I always learn something and believe me I need to learn.

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    1. Terri, thank you so much! I look forward to posting each month. These posts help me just as much!

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