Happy Wednesday! Today the Inspired Prompt welcomes author, Susan Neal. We’re so happy you could join us. First question:
How many unpublished and half-finished books do you have?
Susan: I have several unfinished manuscripts. They were from my early years of writing when I did not know God’s specific calling (or genre) for my writing career. I attempted to write these books before I attended writers’ conferences or joined a Word Weaver Christian Writer Critique group. So I really didn’t know what I was doing.
The first unfinished book was a young adult (YA) historical fiction about the biblical character, Daniel. The second was a YA Star Wars Bible Study. As I learned more about writing, I realized how much I needed to learn. It reminded me of my relationship with God; the closer I got to Him I realized the further away I was.
Ultimately, I put writing fiction on the back burner because I had so much to learn. I thought I will write nonfiction; it is much easier. So I did. Now I self-published my sixth book, Healthy Living Series: 3 Books in 1.
So glad you found your niche 🙂 Now about advice…
If you could give advice to your younger self, what would it be?
Susan: I would attend writers’ conferences and join a Christian writing group earlier than what I did. I was writing for years before I attended either. Conferences provide an opportunity to learn about the writing craft, but more than that, we meet other people who are struggling writers like ourselves.
A writers group provides a monthly opportunity for us to have our work critiqued and to meet with like-minded individuals. Writing is a lonely career and many people in our own family do not understand it. The members of my two writers’ groups are near and dear to my heart. We encourage and pray for each other. I am surprised that I have become very close friends with many of them.
What a great asset for writers. Last question:
What are common traps for aspiring writers?
Susan: It is difficult to figure out the specific genre that we are called to write in. For me I started with fiction and moved to nonfiction. I had so many different things I could write about (parenting, YA fiction, hospice, Scripture Yoga™). I didn’t know which one to pursue. Figuring out God’s calling for your writing is essential. For me, I experienced much rejection until I figured this out. I wrote about my journey in this Suite T blog post “Finding Your Writing Path Through Rejection.”
Great Advice! Thanks so much for dropping by!
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Determine the root causes and solutions for your ill health or excessive weight so you can
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Susan’s mission is to improve the health of the body of Christ. She has her RN and MBA degrees, as well as a master’s in health science. She is a Certified Christian Health and Wellness Coach with the American Association of Christian Counselors. Please check out her brand new
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Her book 7 Steps to Get Off Sugar and Carbohydrates won the Selah award. The sequels, Christian Study Guide for 7 Steps to Get Off Sugar and Carbohydrates and Healthy Living Journal were published in 2018. In January 2019, Susan released a mega book, Healthy Living Series: 3 Books in 1 which includes the previous three titles. With this book, readers get three books for the price of two. Reboot your metabolism with Susan’s free 7-Day Challenge. This guide provides step-by-step instructions regarding what you should do to increase your energy level and clarity of mind. It is written from a Christian perspective to access God’s power to make lifestyle changes.