Hello everyone! The last time we had Wisdom Wednesday, I was writing to you from St. Jude for my son’s last chemo treatment. Life’s been a whirlwind since then, and when we got home, it was time to start Kindergarten and find our “new normal.”
Gabe is doing well and seems to enjoy school so far. Now things are settled more, (I’m finishing up my third book so deadlines are looming) I’m looking for guest authors for Wisdom Wednesday, and Fantasy Reads. If you are a Christian or clean fiction author, and interested in being featured, please send me an email.
Now, on to our guest today. I’m happy to have author Jennifer Hallmark with us. I had the pleasure of being on her blog for The Soul Searcher blog tour earlier this year, and I can’t wait to see what she is sharing with us for #WisdomWednesday.
Name: Jennifer Hallmark
Genre: Southern Fiction (contemporary)
Latest Novel: Jessie’s Hope
My favorite writing tip is don’t edit while you write your first draft of a story or novel. You want to get the story on paper in a raw form much like putting a lump of clay on a potter’s wheel. Craft it into the shape you desire after your words are on paper.
I couldn’t agree more! I can’t edit as I’m writing the rough draft or I never go anywhere with the story.
Favorite Writing Tip for New Writers:
To be a writer, you need time, patience, and perseverance. Time to learn the craft. Patience when things don’t go your way. Perseverance when the odds are against you. If you do this, you’ll eventually reach some of your goals.
Great advice. Patience seems to be something I lack quite often. It’s hard to persevere when you are waiting and waiting. But learn and study. Keep trying. It will happen!
Years ago, an accident robbed Jessie Smith’s mobility. It also stole her mom and alienated her from her father. When Jessie’s high school sweetheart Matt Jansen proposes, her parents’ absence intensifies her worry that she cannot hold on to those she loves.
With a wedding fast approaching, Jessie’s grandfather Homer Smith, has a goal to find the perfect dress for “his Jessie,” one that would allow her to forget, even if for a moment, the boundaries of her wheelchair. But financial setbacks and unexpected sabotage hinder his plans.
Determined to heal from her past, Jessie initiates a search for her father. Can a sliver of hope lead to everlasting love when additional obstacles–including a spurned woman and unpredictable weather–highjack Jessie’s dream wedding?
Jennifer Hallmark writes Southern fiction and has published 200+ internet articles and interviews, short stories in several magazines, and has co-authored three book compilations. Her debut novel, Jessie’s Hope, released on June 17th, 2019.
When she isn’t babysitting or gardening, you can find her at her desk writing fiction or working on her two blogs. She also loves reading detective fiction from the Golden Age and viewing movies like LOTR or Star Wars. Sometimes you can even catch her watching American Ninja Warrior. She blogs at www.jenniferhallmark.com and www.inspiredprompt.com
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Are you a patient writer? Can you wait to finish an entire rough draft before you edit? Are you taking the time to learn and hone your craft? Join in the conservation and let us know.
Before you go, take a moment to connect with Jennifer on social media and check her novel, Jessie’s Hope.