(Note from Linda: Please welcome the first guest in our “Wednesday is Friends Day” series. I’ve known Donita for many years. Not only is she a phenomenal writer, she’s a great teacher as well.)
Donita K. Paul is a grandma who writes. Her Dragon Keeper Chronicles, a series of five books, has sold over 400,000 copies. She’s also written plays, short stories, devotionals, and even Sunday school songs. Four times a week, she meets with other writers, either online or face-to-face, to hone her own writing skills and to share expertise and encouragement with others. And now she has a blog specifically to keep her focused on her current project.
A Writer Writes . . . Sometimes is a new blog for my readers and for me. In the vein of a personal journal, I post the number of the chapter I am working on and my word count. For a writing tip, I lift something from the day’s writing to use as an example.
• The blog is good for me. I am being held accountable to keep plugging along on the old WIP (work in progress).
• The tip is good for learning writers. (And we are all learning.)
• And the whole thing is intriguing to my readers. They can see just how far the new story has come. (It answers the question I often get in emails. “Are you done yet?”) My faithful readers get a glimpse into the action of the new book.
I firmly believe that blogs, like devotionals, should be short. I remember and ruminate on small bits of wisdom rather than great, huge chunks of intellectual philosophy.
Did you know a great scholar, who had written volumes of theological discourse, when asked if he could sum up the essence of God’s message to mankind, answered yes, and then quoted, “Jesus loves me, this I know, for the Bible tells me so. Little ones to Him belong. They are weak, but He is strong.”
I like to think that we can do more good with a few words than with tomes.
— Donita K. Paul