Monthly Archives: June 2012

Writers, Keep the Wind in Your Sails

I’m not a sailor, but I’ve been in a sailboat many times with people who are. One thing I’ve learned about sailing is that if you don’t keep the wind in your sails, you don’t go anywhere.

Writing is like that for me.

In case no one has told you, revision is harder than writing the rough draft – at least I’ve found it to be so. When writing the rough draft, it doesn’t matter what you write, just that you keep writing. But suddenly, in the revision, it matters a great deal.

Sometimes I waver on the edge of paralysis with fear that I won’t get it as good as I can. Certainly I’m terrified that I won’t get it as good as it needs to be to appease that scary monster, Publishing.

Then I write to my friend, Cathy, and she buoys me back up – i.e. “See how it feels.  If you don’t like it, go back to you original approach.  It’s your child, after all, and you don’t want it to become someone else’s.” And I’m running fast again, almost heeling over, I’ve got so much wind in my sails.

My readers have been a comfort and a challenge to me. My brother-in-law, Gary said,  “I don’t think I would have read it all the way through.” Yikes! What does he know? He’s a guy, and I’m writing for women! But Gary was right. I determined that no one would say that again – if I could help it.

Lastly – though this is really first – I go to the Creator of the wind. If I’m writing for the Lord, funny how it goes much better if I remember to pray.

© Cristine Eastin, 2012
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On Your Mark—Get Set—Go!

Go? Go where?

With this launch post I’m off and running in the blogosphere, but I’m running blind. What’s a blog?

Everything I’ve read and everyone I’ve listened to says a writer must have a blog – so, I now have a blog.

Here’s my plan.

I’ll be writing about writing – what I’m doing, what I’m learning, and questions I have. If I get brave, I’ll post excerpts of my debut novel that’s in revision.

I’ll write about psychology. That’s my area of serious expertise since I’ve been a psychotherapist in private practice for lots of years. Writing and psychology need a good marriage. Characters need to be believable. I think we’ve heard that.

For example – a well known movie features a mentally ill character. At the end, love conquers all, and he’s projected to get all better and live happily ever after. Sorry, but for the particular illness and the severity level at which it’s portrayed, the prognosis for happy ever after for this guy isn’t great. And the ending falls flat.

Hopefully, I can help you draw believable characters with insights into psychology and human behavior.

I’ll write about Christian faith. If I hide my faith under a bushel basket, it’s no good to anyone but me – the assumption being that I’m hiding there, too, either in miserliness or cowardice.

And I’ll write about travel. I’ve been fortunate to see some interesting and lovely places, and I’ve taken photos I’ll share.

I finished reading a novel recently, and I thought, “So what.” I didn’t like the protagonist. I didn’t care about her, even if she got in serious trouble. I disliked her so much, I didn’t care if she got out of the trouble. It’s not a good thing if our readers say, “So what.” With that in mind, I hope this blog will count for something – that you’ll get something for your time, and so will I.

What I hope YOU get from my blog.

Information. Challenged. Fun. Expand your blog community.

That’s what I hope for, too.

One of the things that has just knocked me out the deeper I’ve gotten into this writing community, is the generosity of some of the writers I’ve encountered – and I mean big names. I took a chance and emailed a couple of the biggies with a question. They answered personally! That meant a lot to me. It helped me keep the wind in my writing sails. Sharing and caring – that’s what it has to be all about.

So, if you like what you see here, please bookmark my site and join the party. Pass it on to your friends, and let’s have a BIG party!

© Cristine Eastin, 2012
Categories: Christianity, Psychology, Writing | Tags: , , | 16 Comments

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