BDN Archive – Being Ready to be Published – Notes from Daniela Rapp

This post first appeared at blackanddarknight.wordpress.com on December 4, 2012.Being Ready to be Published - Notes from a Daniela Rapp workshop | RebekahLoper.com

Back in October [2012], I attended the Ozark Creative Writers Conference.  Daniela Rapp, an editor with St. Martin’s Press, spoke there.  While she represents mostly genres that I don’t even think about writing, she gave a very good workshop on the basics of publishing – things that apply no matter what you’re writing.

This post is compiled from my notes of that workshop.  Continue reading “BDN Archive – Being Ready to be Published – Notes from Daniela Rapp”

BDN Archive – Write The Vision – Devotional

This post originally appeared at blackanddarknight.wordpress.com on June 17, 2012.

I will stand upon my watch, and set me upon the tower, and will watch to see what he will say unto me, and what I shall answer when I am reproved.  And the Lord answered me, and said, Write the vision, and make it plain upon tables that he may run that readeth it, for the vision is yet for an appointed time, but at the end it shall speak, and not lie: though it tarry, wait for it; because it will surely come, it will not tarry.
~ Habbakkuk 2:1-3 KJV

The writing life involves a lot of patience – the same with the Christian life when you’re pursuing your relationship with God.

Have you ever asked God for something?  There are so many times in my life, even more than when the answer is “yes” or “no” that it’s simply “wait.”

Waiting is hard.  I hated what people would say – that waiting produces patience and character.  In my experience, it produces a lot of whiners!

When Someone asks you to wait, there is an amazing amount of trust involved.  We live in a world where everyone is encouraged to be independent and self-sufficient – so when God says wait, it means we have to set aside our own experiences and judgment and trust that He knows what lies before us.

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Five Confessions of an Aspiring Author – BDN Archives

Originally published at blackanddarknight.wordpress.com on September 30, 2011.

I’ve had one of those weeks – one where I set out to be super productive and ended up accomplishing very little.  I meant to have a short story edited and sent to my (new and many!) critique partners.  Didn’t happen.  There’s still tomorrow, right?

Except for the fact that I’m going to the zoo with my mom and sister tomorrow.  Possibly my brother, also.  I’m not about to pass up a free visit to the zoo.

Sadly, I seem to be having a lot of ‘those days’, ‘those weeks’, or ‘those months’ lately.  Then I decided to start thinking about ‘why’.

Confession #1 – I have an innate fear of humiliation.  Continue reading “Five Confessions of an Aspiring Author – BDN Archives”