Hello from Kathy Collard Miller in the Southern California desert.
When I attended my first writers conference in 1980, writing legend Woody Wirt closed the final session by exclaiming, “I want you to say right now, ‘I am a writer.’”
I am a writer? It seemed dishonest to say such a thing. After all, I’d only had one article and one short story published. That didn’t seem to qualify as a true “writer.” What was a “true writer”? I didn’t know but I was convinced it didn’t refer to me. But being the People Pleaser I am, I wanted to “obey” what Woody was saying, so I paused, gulped, and mumbled, “I am a writer.”
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Hello from Kathy Collard Miller in the desert of Southern California
If I were to ask you whether you’re a perfectionist, you’d most likely say “no.” The explanation for saying that? “Well, I don’t get anything perfect! After all, perfectionists reach perfection.”
Would you be shocked if I told you that’s not accurate? Not only is it not accurate but I would almost predict that some perfectionist tendencies are blocking your efficiency and joy in your writing. Because one definition of a perfectionist is: “A person who takes great pains and passes them on to others.”
Want to know if you have some of those “great pains” or are giving them to others?
Take this perfectionism quiz by keeping track of how many of these statements you relate to:
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Hello from Kathy Collard Miller in the desert of Southern California!
Have you ever been surprised by God’s sovereignty?
Early in my writing and speaking ministry in the 1980’s, I felt the need to make things happen. It felt like I needed to force things to happen. I even seemed to hear from the publishing world that it was up to me to make things happen. And within a decade or two, I began to learn that I needed a platform and it was all up to me.
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HELLO from Kathy Collard Miller in the sunny California desert near Palm Springs.
My 50th book, Never Ever Be the Same: A New You Starts Today (Leafwood) will be released tomorrow, January 13th. I never could have seen that coming so many years ago when I started writing.
Even as a child I’d always wanted to be a writer and so when the Lord put it on my heart to write an article about how He had delivered me from being a child abuser, it felt perfect.
I sold that first article to Moody Monthly in 1978 and then decided to attend a writers conference at Forest Home in Southern California in 1980. That began the love affair with that strange new world of writing.
I came home from there with the idea to write a book about my experience but year after year, I returned to that writers conference and no one was interested in such a book. I can still remember delaying going to a meal at the 1983 writers conference and walked the grounds crying and seeking God, “Did you tell me to write this book or not? Nothing’s happening!” Read More →
It's amazing to me that compiled books are still being published. Even what is most likely the longest running series, the Chicken Soup for the Soul series, is still taking submssions and printing books. Years ago, a publisher invited me to start a compiled series called God's Vitamin "C" for the Spirit and I caught the fever. I ended up compiling and editing about a dozen books in the series. Every once in a while someone contacts me with an idea for a compiled book and I still contribute to those as I can. Because of the successful books in my series, I could call myself "a best-selling author" and those books helped put my two children through college.
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