Inspired Prompt: Not an Ending, But a New Beginning

By Jennifer Hallmark

My last post at Inspired Prompt.

I have mixed feelings, to say the least. Sad to complete this small part of my life and work. Excited at what lies ahead on the journey.

Not an ending.

*Two roads diverged in a yellow wood,
And sorry I could not travel both
And be one traveler…

A new beginning. For me. For the Crew.

We still would love to stay in touch with all of you wonderful folks out there in cyberspace. This last post is dedicated to sharing where you can find us and hopefully connect there so we can remain friends.

I think Michael W. Smith said it best. These lyrics are for you.


Betty Thomason Owens
You’ll find her on her Facebook author pageTwitterGoodReadsPinterestInstagramAmazon Author Page. And she posts weekly on her blog, Hello, Thursday Morning, found at https://bettythomasonowens.com/.
Gail Johnson
You can find Gail online—at her blogFacebook, TwitterInstagram, and Amazon Author Page.
Tammy Trail
Connect with Tammy at Facebook and Twitter.
Harriet E. Michael
You can follow her at www.harrietemichael.blogspot.com and find her books at amazon.com/author/harrietemichael
Carlton Hughes
Connect with Carlton at Twitter, Facebook, and Amazon.
Bonita Y. McCoy
Drop by at Facebook or her website bonitaymccoy.com.
Shirley Crowder
Find Shirley at www.ThroughtheLensofScripture.com,  Amazon, Twitter, and Facebook.
Fay Lamb
Fay loves to meet readers, and you can find her on her personal Facebook page, her Facebook Author Page, and at The Tactical Editor on Facebook and on Goodreads. She’s also active on Twitter. Fay also invites you to visit her website and sign up for her newsletter.
Cammi Woodall
You can reach Cammi at https://www.facebook.com/cammiwoodall or follow her at https://pinterest.com/cammiwoodall.
Kristy Horine
You’ll find Kristy on Twitter as @Kwriteone and Facebook and her website: https://writeonereallife.fistbump.press/.
Karen Richardson
She can be found online on Facebook and Twitter @KHRWriter, Instagram KHRichardson5, www.KHRichardson.com, or her blog KK’s Candor, www.KKSCandor.com.
Christina Rich
Visit Christina at Facebook and her Amazon author page.
Jennifer Hallmark
Visit me on my website, Amazon author page, Facebook,  Facebook author page, Twitter, and Pinterest.

*Poem fragment from The Road Not Taken by Robert Frost.

Farewells Aren’t Always a Bad Thing

By Christina Rich

When we first began Inspired Prompt back in 2012, it was an exciting and new adventure for us. We loved the simplicity of 3 Questions Wednesday and the short excerpts that developed from our Friday writing prompts. We had the vision to encourage, inspire, teach, and learn the craft.

It was shortly after we began the blog that I sold my first book to Harlequin’s Love Inspired Historical line. And let me tell you, for those of you who are still chasing the dream of publishing, I was told by multiple editors, agents, and other writers that particular story would never sell. Fortunately, I had Jennifer and Betty along with a wealth of other supporters pushing me and encouraging me.

Change came with the dream of seeing my name on the front cover of a book I wrote. To protect that dream my focus had to change. My priorities had to change because I had a contractual obligation to fulfill.  A difficult decision had to be made, and I was torn. As much as I loved working with Jennifer and Betty, I had to say farewell.

I know it was a difficult decision for Jennifer and Betty also about the blog. They’ve put a lot of time and effort to make Inspired Prompt a viable place for writers to network and learn, and although they are saying farewell to the blog, they are not saying farewell to you.

As they move forward and focus more on their writing and their dreams, I encourage you to follow each of the contributors on their social media, cheer them on in their successes, purchase their books, and write reviews. This is a great way to say thank you to them for all they’ve done.

Jennifer, Betty…. Thank you for the years and hard work you’ve spent giving us writing tips, encouraging us to keep writing and challenging us to become better writers. Thank you for being a part of my disappointments and my celebrations. Thank you for the hours of critiquing on my stories, but most of all, thank you for your friendship.


Christina Rich is an author of five full-length historical books and fourteen novellas. She recently signed another contract with Harlequin for another historical set in Kansas, her home state.

You can find her on Facebook, www.threefoldstrand.com, Twitter, and Instagram

Our Unique Experience

by Shirley Crowder

As I look back over my life, there are a few times when certain people and circumstances combine to create a unique experience that can never be duplicated. The people involved gather for a myriad of reasons, for instance, common interests, life circumstances, common goals, and shared experiences.

The Inspired Prompt Crew has been one of those unique experiences in my life. Authors Jennifer and Betty gathered a crew of authors to share through Inspired Prompt to educate, encourage, connect, and inspire other writers.

Through my involvement with Inspired Prompt, I have made many good friends with whom I hope to stay connected throughout the years. I have learned so much about blogging, writing, editing, using illustrations and pictures, how to use social media, how to self-publish, how to work with a traditional publisher, different genres, and so much more!

As this unique experience we call Inspired Prompt comes to an end, let’s take a look at some of the things that made this a unique experience:

The crew is comprised of Christ-followers whom the Lord has given knowledge, gifts, talents, abilities, resources, and experiences to write. We are propelled by our love for God, each other, and other writers to educate, encourage, connect, and inspire other writers.

We have encouraged each other as we have celebrated the exciting news of our fellow crew members’ writing journeys and we have cried with those crew members who have experienced great loss.

Through our involvement with Inspired Prompt, the crew is actually fulfilling The Great Commission (Matthew 28:18-20).

This Commission tells us that as we go about doing the things God has called us to do, in the places He has called us to do them, make disciple-makers. As we share through Inspired Prompt we are helping teach, model, and explain how to glorify God with our writing.

The crew is a great mix of specialty areas that has enabled us to cover a wide array of topics that are helpful for writers.

A distinction I find with Christ-following writers, as opposed to non-Christ-following writers, is their willingness to lend a helping hand to help others succeed in their writing journeys.

Working together, we have built strong friendships as we helped each other with our blogs, shared our lives with each other, and prayed for each other.

Our readers have been a great source of encouragement to us, and have helped spur all of us on to becoming better writers for the glory of God.

You will be enriched in every way to be generous in every way, which through us will produce thanksgiving to God. For the ministry of this service is not only supplying the needs of the saints but is also overflowing in many thanksgivings to God.

2 Corinthians 9:11-12 ESV

As we prepare to turn the page on this chapter, Our Unique Experience, we do so with mixed feelings. We are hesitant to say farewell because we know there will inevitably be changes in our relationships with other crew members and we will miss the resource for our writing that Inspired Prompt has provided.

The website will remain up for a year. We invite you to keep up with the crew by following us on social media and our Amazon author pages, signing up for our newsletters, and subscribing to our personal blogs.

Won’t it be fun to see what the Lord has in store for the crew in the years to come?

Tweet: As we share through Inspired Prompt we are helping teach, model, and explain how to glorify God with our writing. #writinghelp #amwriting

A Fond Farewell

By Fay Lamb

The Inspired Prompt page has been a way to reach out to authors and to writers. I applaud those who brainstormed the idea, started it, invited me to join, and kept it going.

Lately, I have been looking back over my long journey as a writer, and I have at times been highly encouraged and determined. At others, I have been discouraged as I run into walls. Inspired Prompt and the friendships I have made have always been a light in the darkness. I was surprised when I first learned that we would no longer be blogging, but I soon understood, that a page is not what brought us together. Our like minds and our love for God drew us like magnets to one another. When the blog is gone, it does not mean that the Crew will be missing in action. Far from it. We will be cheering from the paths of the different journeys we will take, and those journeys will never be too far from one another. Nor will it take us far from our readers. In fact, in some cases, I am sure that God means for us to draw closer to our friends who made this blog so popular.

In our current world crisis, God actually took me from another project in which I thrived. I had to find a new direction for me. Then I received the word that Inspired Prompt would end, and I was saddened. So many things are changing. Did this have to change, too? As I pondered that question, I realized that God’s answer is “yes.” Change is hard, but pushing back against God’s direction in our lives is so much more difficult.

My prayer for each of the members who wrote for the blog and for those who read it, is that in this time where we are all enduring change, that we all look to God, ask Him where He is working, stand where He is, and do the job that He has for us. I pray that the paths of each of the Crew members and each of our readers will continually cross, because God has been awesome to bring us together. As brothers and sisters in Christ, we are called to encourage one another.

God bless you, our wonderful readers. Thank you, friends—readers and writers alike—for your encouragement. Thank you, Crew, for the opportunities.

Until We Meet Again

By Tammy Trail

Well, it’s my turn. The day I have dreaded since Jennifer made the announcement about deactivating the blog. I refused to accept it. I tried to find a solution. I practically begged the powers that be to reconsider. I wanted to stomp my foot and throw a hissy fit like a two-year-old.

However, none of that worked. Then I realized I was being selfish. Admitting it sounds even worse. Who was I to hold back progress? Sometimes leaving on a good note is best. Even though I knew this in my head, my heart grew heavy, and my mind entertained thoughts of what it meant for me without this blog. I will miss it.

Then I remembered that sometimes things need to end so new things can grow. Even God made it evident in nature, in our Spirits, and with our very lives. We see it everyday for 365 days that make up our year. I know this year is especially hard for all of us, as we are now experiencing history being made with the virus that controls our days. I do not know about you, but I feel cabin fever settling in a little bit.

For the past five years, being part of this CREW has meant the world to me. Jennifer took a big chance on a newbie writer and allowed me to learn, create, and gifted me with a chance to use my voice.  I’m sure some of my older blog post read like the very amateur that I am. I needed a lot of help. And I was graciously given all the help I needed. I appreciate each crew member past and present. I wouldn’t be where I am today without you. I know there are crew members  launching new books, maybe scheduling speaking engagements, and getting contracts offers to write more books. I’m so very excited for all of you!

Thank you to everyone who followed us, left comments, and gave advise along the way! You were the best part of writing for Inspired Prompts! Thank you so much for spending your time with us. I’ve spent my free time lately working on a new novel. I like how its shaping up. I have a writing friend offering to be a mentor of sorts. I’m very excited about that! So maybe someday my writing will be read again, in a published book, or on a blog of my own. Until then……

 

Happy trails to you,
Until we meet again.
Happy trails to you,
Keep smiling until then.

Who cares about the clouds when we’re together?
Just sing a song and bring the sunny weather.

Happy trails to you,
Until we meet again.

Until we meet again#goodbyes are hard