Monday, August 5, 2013

A Way to Give Back

Debby Giusti here!

Everyone has a story they want to tell.

So many folks at church talked to me about stories they wanted to write but didn't know how to get started. During that same time frame, the Lord was nudging me to start a writing group at church. Really? I wasn't sure I was hearing correctly and hesitated, thinking there wouldn't be enough interest. Was I wrong.

As you know, when the Lord wants something he keeps planting seeds. Eventually, I decided to host an information meeting. Twelve people showed up, all eager to learn more about the craft of writing. They had questions about agents and how to query editors and a myriad of other topics.

After almost two years, many of those original folks are still part of the group, and lots of other writers have joined as well. We meet every other month, and the topic always varies. Recently we've been doing hands-on writing exercises that drive home whatever point is being taught that night. I'm always impressed with the quality of the work produced and the enthusiasm of the people who attend.

Since our classes started, two women have worked together to write liturgical music. Two ladies are writing children's books. Another author is published in mystery, and a gentleman has a book he wrote with his father.

Want to give back to your church or community? Start a writers' group.

The Holy Trinity Writers are meeting tonight. We'll be doing exercises from Donald Maass' WRITING THE BREAKOUT NOVEL WORKBOOK, which should be fun and informative.  Wish you all could attend.

Happy writing!

Wishing you abundant blessings,
Debby Giusti
By Debby Giusti
Trusting the Wrong Person Can Be Deadly...
Lillie Beaumont's dark past has just turned up on her porch--fatally wounded. The dying words of the man imprisoned for killing Lillie's mother suggest hidden secrets. Criminal Investigations Division special agent Dawson Timmons agrees. He has his own motive for seeking the truth, and it gives Lillie every reason to doubt him. But even as they reluctantly begin to face painful secrets together, Dawson fears that a murderer is waiting to strike again. And this time, Lillie is right in the line of fire...

Watch for THE SOLDIER'S SISTER, Sept 2013!
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