Thursday, May 14, 2020

Catch and Release By Patti Jo Moore

With all due respect to those of you who enjoy fishing (waving to my brother-in-law Bob), I do not share your passion. 😉 In fact, the only time I’ve actually fished was as a young child, when one of my older sisters and her boyfriend took me to a lake to fish. That remains a fun memory, but I’ve never had the desire to fish again (something about those worms…).

The one and only year I taught the fourth grade, one of the (few) highlights of that year was a field trip that May, when we went to a rural area of Georgia so the students could fish at a “Catch and Release” lake at a nature center. Needless to say, the students had a wonderful time, and thankfully didn’t mind tossing their fish back into the water. I enjoyed walking around with my camera, observing their excitement and making sure no one fell into the lake.

When I recently thought about that memory, it occurred to me that as writers, we’re doing a sort of “catch and release” with our stories.
An idea begins to form in our minds, and if we think it’s a good story idea, we want to hold onto it. We use different processes to develop our idea. Some writers do a thorough outline, while some of us jot notes as our idea grows—often playing the “what if” game in our mind with our characters or settings. One simple idea can go in countless directions!

After much work—writing, adding words, deleting words, editing, and more—our story is finally ready to be released into the world, hopefully to land in the hands of readers who will enjoy and possibly benefit from our writing. 😊

As we all know, a story can give hope to readers. And even if we just touch one reader’s life, all that hard work and time spent on a project is worth it. So, when an idea swims through your mind, catch it and see if it’s one you want to hold onto. If it is, develop that idea the best you can, then release it into the world. You just never know who might benefit from your message, or whose day you could brighten.

     And He saith unto them, Follow me, and I will make you fishers of men.  Matthew 4:19
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Sadie's Dream

In a coastal Georgia town in 1900, a young woman prepares to serve as a missionary in Africa.

After being jilted the previous year, she's certain she's meant to remain single.

When she meets a handsome businessman from Savannah, she begins struggling with doubts.

Over time she learns that the Lord's plans are best, and dreams really can come true.

Patti Jo Moore is a retired kindergarten teacher and lifelong Georgia girl. She loves Jesus, her family, cats, and coffee, and is blessed to be published with Forget-Me-Not Romances. When she’s not spending time with her family (including her two sweet grandbabies) or writing her “Sweet, Southern Stories” Patti Jo can be found feeding cats—her own six and local strays.

She loves connecting with readers and other writers, and can be found on Facebook at Author Patti Jo Moore or her personal blog at Cat Mom's Corner