Sunday, September 18, 2011

Read One Page

When Tiffany Colter came to speak to our ACFW Chapter a couple of weeks ago, I wasn't sure what to expect.  I'd heard many good things about Tiff. It sounded like she was a really busy gal and her resume is definitely impressive.

She gave an amazing talk. It was a great evening of camaraderie and sharing. I'm too shy to admit things in front of a crowd, but I was very impressed and I made sure to buy one of her writing packs that night, a compilation of her audio Cd's.

I've been in a funk for a while. I refuse to say it's depression. I think it's lack of organization and issues with priorities. I'm working on that and trying to keep my temper at bay in the mean time. And, I find, when I don't write, it irritates my day.   It's like an itch you can't reach. Like a dog barking in the middle of the night and you can't get him to hush but you've got to get  some rest. It's like hearing someone chew loudly in a movie theater and you can't stand hearing chewing sounds in a movie...

Tiff's Cd's encouraged me. As much as her prayer over our writers group that night gave me a chill, of the good kind, hearing her recap writing advice I've heard many times, I've been encouraged to work on my writing.

The bit of advice that has helped me is Read One Page Of The Manuscript A Day.

It's like: Take your vitamins, every day.

It's: Eat your vegetables!

It's: An apple a day keeps the doctor away.

It's simple, it's good for you, and it works.

When I don't feel like writing, I'm reminding myself of Tiff's advice to read ONE page.  Okay. I've got 30 minutes. I have PLENTY of time to read one page.  I'm finding when I read one page, I'm interested in the story again, the ideas return to me. The passion for the story is rekindled.

What's some good, simple advice you've been given that helps spur you along?

Christy LaShea


  1. I enjoyed hearing Tiffany speak, too. She is such an encourager and prayer warrior. Her prayer was truly a blessing and it was great to see the members of W.O.R.D.!

  2. I wish you lived closer so we could see you more!