Writing

Why I Write

Whether it is a book fair, author fair, a writers’ conference or any event where there are authors and an audience, there is one question that is always asked is, “Why do you write?” or “What got you started writing?”. Usually, this is asked by people who, deep down, would love to be writers. They just don’t know how to get started.

Some authors say they just always knew they were a writer, from the time they learned how to put pencil to page as a child. Some authors say it began due to one defining experience in their life. As for me, becoming an author has been a journey. Growing up, I was always talented in both reading and writing. But, I knew no creative outlet for it.

After my divorce in 1989, I began journaling for my own peace of mind. After God healed and delivered me about four years later I began studying God’s word, that led to writing essays, then Bible studies, followed by the church newsletter and then newspaper articles.

Over the years, I have written for newspapers, magazines, and websites. Then, I took the very long journey to self-publish my first book, Home Should Be Safe: Hope and Help for Domestic Violence Victims. Today I continue to write for all these opportunities and I write speeches, teach writing classes and speak at writers’ conferences. But, this is only the how.

The writing talent is a gift from God, my creator. When God created me in my mother’s womb he created within me the gift communicating, the gift of putting words together in a way that expresses information and feelings to all who will read and listen to those words.

After I received God’s healing and deliverance after my divorce I asked God two things. First, I prayed that God would show me what He did in me so that I could help someone else come to healing. Second, I asked God to let me do with words what my artist friends did with paint and canvas. God showed me two amazing visions of what he did in me and I share it whenever I share my testimony of healing and deliverance.

So, why do I write? I write to inform people. I write to encourage people. But, most importantly, I write to give glory to the God who created me, saved me, healed me, delivered me and restored me to him after the most painful period in my life. I write to give glory to the God who provided for me, protected me and helped me care for my family and raise my children to love God and who are now raising my grandchildren to love God.

To God be the Glory for all that I am and may ever become. May His will be done.

 

Writing

January 2014

January 2014

Wow, another year. Didn’t this last year fly by faster than every before? Isn’t that what everyone says on the first days of a new year? Every year we talk about how hard it will be to get use to writing a new number for the New Year. Every year we think over what we did the previous year and what we want to do in the New Year. Every year we set resolutions that are quickly broken for one reason or another. Each year brings its own blessings and each year brings its new challenges. Some years are harder than others. Some years we achieved something we longed for and some years we had to let go of things we longed for. The year 2013 brought about some changes in my life, some I liked and some I didn’t like. But, life moves on whether we like the changes or not.

I’m learning to let go of the past, both the distant and the recent past, unless the telling will do some good. I’m learning to care less about what others think of me and concentrate more on how to please God. That’s been a challenge for me having been raised by a mother who drilled into me daily the lesson that “people will talk” every day of my life until she died. After hearing that for a lifetime, no matter how many times I rejected it, the recording in my mind still repeats itself whether I tell it to shut up or not. It’s a very stubborn voice, just like my mom.

There are a few things I did in 2013 that I am very proud of. I put the finishing touches on my book, Home Should Be Safe: Hope and Help for Domestic Violence Victims and will start out 2014 by entering it in the Writers Digest Self Published book contest. I also entered an essay about my relationship with my mom to Good Housekeeping’s memoir contest. I bought some new writing instruction books to help me expand my writing abilities into new areas. Last but not least I concentrated on my freelance speech writing for a company called EZ Speech to the point my assignments come in steadily. Now it is time to broaden my horizons.

Yes, I do have some goals for 2014, mostly related to my writing for that is where my passion lies.

  • I have my new Writers Guide and will submit articles to magazines.
  • I’m going to write essays and short stories and submit them, something new for me.
  • I’m going to write an e-book on self publishing taken from the class I taught on self publishing at local Community Centers. I’ll sell it from my website http://www.minaraulston.com/home
  • I will plan and write other info e-books and sell them from my website as they are completed.
  • I will sell my book, Home Should Be Safe: Hope and Help for Domestic Violence Victims on Amazon as well as on my website.
  • I’m just plain going to write more.

What plans do you have for the coming year? Share your plans here.

Writing

A Perfect Day to Sell Books

     The Farmers’ Market was already bustling with activity when my fellow author Carolyn Williams and I arrived. Vendors that included Four Sisters Farms, jewelry, fresh fruits and vegetables, and bath soaps gathered to sell their wares.  As we set up our table, our light spring jackets keeping off the morning chill, we prepared ourselves to sell our books to the early morning shoppers. The booth to our left drew a crowd with the owner’s beautiful German Shepard dog and The Four Sisters were really sisters.

      My friend’s husband is her best book promoter. He is from this town and knew a great many people we saw that day. He was constantly greeting someone he knew and bringing them over to hear about our books and hopefully buy a copy. We met so many people in just that one day as they walked up and down the aisle, some coming to hear our sales pitch and others staying in the center to avoid any sales pitch. There were men and women, couples and singles, young and old.

      As the morning passed I pulled out my tan, cotton, ball cap to shade my eyes and cast off my jacket that was so needed in the morning. The cool breeze combined with the rising sun did wonders for my mood. My daughter, who lives in another state, says she knows what the weather is like from the sound of my voice.

      We spent the time talking to customers about our books, sometimes taking turns pitching our own book or each pitching the other’s book. We also talked about future plans with our books and other activities we share. We talked with former acquaintances and made some new ones.

      As the time drew to an end the vendors began to pack up and leave. My friend and I vowed to take turns the next trip and walk around to check out other vendors’ products and meet more people. Between us that day my friend and I sold twenty-five books, not bad for three and half hours in a market designed to sell fresh fruits and vegetables.

      Moral of the story: You never know where you might sell your product, be it animal, mineral or vegetable. Just go where the people congregate to buy and sell and you are bound to sell something.

     For those not able to visit our local book signings in Ohio you can buy my book, Home Should Be Safe: Hope and Help for Domestic Violence Victims, from my website and Caroline’s book, Mystery in the Pines, which is available in hardback, paperback or Kindle.