Jeanette here, wondering how March got here so fast. A little over a week ago I had the fun of teaching at the Castro Valley Christian Writers’ Seminar. This is a conference that attracts a lot of beginning writers. Today, as I continued work on a buddy program for the upcoming Mount Hermon Christian Writer’s Conference, I couldn’t help reflecting on why I love new writers.

New writers . . .
Remind me of those wonderful “firsts”—the first writers’ conference, first finished manuscript, first submission, first acceptance—when everything about the writing life was exciting.
Remind me how blessed I am to be part of the writing world.
Keep me on my toes. If I give them advice and instruction, I better be applying it too!
Keep me wondering which of the eager faces in my workshops will write the next run-away bestseller.
Encourage me. They may not know it but every thank-you and note of appreciation for a workshop or critique lifts me, especially on those days when I’m questioning my gift or calling.

Thank you to all the new writers out there who have inspired and encouraged me by taking my workshops and trusting me with your precious stories. I look forward to what God will do through you!


About Jeanette Hanscome

Jeanette Hanscome is the author of four books and over 400 articles, devotionals, and stories for both teens and adults. Her recent work includes a story for Guideposts magazine, a chapter in Rescue Dogs, Firefighting Heroes and Science Facts, and the short story Gifts, Volume 12 in the 12 Days of Christmas series. Her newest book, Running with Roselle, was co-written with blind 9/11 survivor and New York Times Bestselling author Michael Hingson. When she isn’t writing, Jeanette offers services as a freelance content editor and writing coach, and enjoys teaching writers. Jeanette lives in the Bay Area and feels blessed to be the mom of two amazing sons.

One Thought on “Why I Love New Writers

  1. This reminded me of how is its to spend time with a new believer – very similar. Both are rewarding and renewing.

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