Tuesday, July 31, 2007

You in a Bubble

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This Saturday I attended my friend, Sherri Lewis' book release party. We shared a very special time. Her family surprised her when her favorite aunts came to town for the party. Her sisters and coworkers shared how they all have had a hand in bringing her debut novel to fruition. Then her family began to tease her about disappearing for days in the name of writing her book.

While listening to all of this humor, I found the answer to a question I often receive from some of my other writing friends and reader's of this blog:

How do I write a book[make a CD, paint, create] without alienating my family and friends?

It's easier than you think. In fact by doing a few of the things I will share with you, you will begin the foundation of taking your inspired art public.

Why is this important, Dee?

As The Master's Artist we do not only exist in this world to help ourselves. We also exist to edify the Body of Christ. Yet creating art is a solitary act. We must draw into ourselves to tap into souls and God's plan for our works. We need to be alone to concentrate, create and conference with God about it. But we can't do this alone. We aren't designed to do this alone. In the Book of Acts we read that Paul did not work alone. He had a team. While in prison[Book of Timothy] Paul was imprisoned, yet his works went forth, because he shared his expression and his teaching with Timothy. So how successful will we be? Like the old proverb if a tree falls n a forest with on one to hear it, then does it make a sound? If you write a novel and no one knows about it, then do you have a book?

You do, if you invite your family and friends to do one or all of these things:
  1. To become members of your personal crit group.
  2. To become members of your prayer cell.
  3. To become a member of your street team.
  4. To become a city host.
  5. To host a bookclub.
Next week I will go into each point in more detail. How do you include your loved ones in your art process?

4 comments:

Anonymous said...

Dear Dee;
Hi, my name is Nora St.Laurent I met you at the Christy Awards a few weeks ago with Ane Mulligan and Gina Holmes with Novel Journey. I was the one taking the pictures of you guys holding each others legs etc.
I was just looking at your article on How to Write a book review and I realized that we had met. I thought that by checking out your website that you would have your magazine articles so I could read them.
I am the one that works for Life Way Christian book store and runs three book clubs. I am gathering information together for the ladies to vote on books for next year. I was excited about your recent posts. I'll have to stay tuned. I just wanted to say Hi!!!
God Bless
Nora
music-mama@fredstlaurent.com

Hi, I'm Dee said...

Hi, Nora.

I want to know more about your bookclubs. Contact me off loop at vidae at writing dot com. Or ask Ane or Gina for my home number.

I have a newsletter I send to bookstores on my picks for the month.

Deborah said...

This is great stuff, Dee.

Deb

Hi, I'm Dee said...

Thanks for stopping by, Deb. Great entry today at TMA.

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