The Practice of Expert by Brenda J Wood

I have come across more than one baker who never shared the correct recipe. Oh, they will write out the ingredients, but they leave out an essential, like baking powder. They want to be the only expert in their puny field. (Luke 14:10) Over time, we learn not to trust that so-called expert. The same Read More

Fear of Your Writing Self by Brenda J Wood

Fear of Your Writing Self Ah, I know who you are. You sit with feet up eating bonbons and telling everyone you don’t have time to write. You play with the little ones and throw their ball back with intensity, but you cry out that you have no time to write. The dog needs a Read More

Let Me Make You Laugh by Brenda J Wood

Question: When are kids most likely to go to school? Answer: When the door is open. Question: What letter can you drink? Answer: T (tea) Question: Why did the sea monster eat five shops that were carrying potatoes? Answer: No one can eat just one potato ship! Question: What does a snail say when he Read More

What Do We Know About Mrs F by Brenda J Wood

Mrs. F., as the sheriff calls her, that is Mrs. Fletcher of Murder She Wrote fame is not as mysterious as one would think. She eats like I wish I did, lots of fruit and veggies, preferring seafood over steak. She never eats a full dessert although she’s been known to have a bite or Read More

Y Not by Brenda J Wood

Y Not? I expect you are familiar with Sue Grafton’s Alphabet detective books that began with A is for Alibi and was to conclude with Z is for Zero. Unfortunately, Grafton died recently and according to her family Y is for Yesterday (Penguin Press) is the end of the series and there will be no Read More

So, You Think You Know Books by Brenda J Wood

So You Think You Know Books 1. Who was the youngest author on the New York best seller list? 2. What are the pen names of David Cornwall and Alfred Wight? 3. Dr. Seuss had best sellers on the fiction and non-fiction NY Times’ list. (True or false?) 4. Who holds the record for the Read More

Not Just for Writing by Brenda J Wood

Not Just for Writing Yes, oh yes! We write books. But do we really care about them, ours and other people’s? Do we open them, treasure the smoothness of the paper, read a word or two? Or do we leave them on the shelf never to be really appreciated? In that case, those books should Read More

Food Dictates Character by Brenda J Wood

Food Dictates Character What She Ate: six remarkable women and the food that tells their stories by Laura Shapiro (Penguin Random House Publishers) evoked all kinds of questions in my mind. The book describes the eating habits of Dorothy Wordsworth, Rosa Lewis, Eleanor Roosevelt, Eva Braun, Barbara Pym, and Helen Gurley Brown. Their eating habits Read More

The Writer’s Weight Loss Plan by Brenda J Wood

The Writer’s Weight Loss Plan Am I a writer? Can I write? Should I write? When can I possibly find time to write? What will people think if I write? What if no one likes my writing? And, dear writer friend, note that all the questions are about me, my, and I. Where are you Read More

Find Your Why by Brenda J Wood

Find Your Why

“Why do we write?” moaned my writing pal. “Why do we write when there is no market for our books?”

She didn’t really like my answer and I guess I didn’t really like giving it either.

“We write because God asks us to use our gift and our gift is writing.”

You guessed it. She didn’t like the answer. Maybe that is your thought too.

Here are explanations from other authors who struggle in exactly the same way we do.

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