Happy Friday! Today CAN member Carla Hoch inspires us with writing perspectives told from a fighter’s point of view.

Mohammed Ali estimated that over the course of his career he had been hit about 29,000 times. Twenty-nine thousand! Now, I don’t know how many of you have been punched in the face, but it ain’t fun. A solid punch can rock you to your core. And, after the fact, you are sore in places you never thought you’d be. Including your spirit.

Writing is a lot like fighting. You pour your heart into it and sometimes the “win” doesn’t come.   The agent isn’t interested, the editor isn’t impressed. And, it hurts. Literally. Rejection and physical pain ride the same pathways in the brain. Biologically speaking, a solid rejection can rock you to your core just like a punch and hurt you in places you never thought you would. Including your spirit.

Ask a boxer if they ever get hit when they train and they’ll probably laugh. Of course they do. They get hit a lot. And it’s not because aren’t trying or aren’t good at what they do. For boxers, taking punches is part of the process, essential to the product and integral to their profession. Achievement comes with ache. Ali wasn’t the greatest of all time despite those 29,000 hits. He was the greatest of all time, in part, because of them.

The rejections we as writers get are not signs that we should give up. They are proof that we’re doing something right, that we are still in the fight. You know what kind of writer doesn’t get rejected? The kind who won’t step in the ring, who won’t send in their MS. Folks, what if after a hundred punches Ali had called it quits? What if Seuss, Golding, Joyce, Faulkner, Potter, Plath, L’Engle, Kipling, and countless others, had taken their rejections as proof that they weren’t any good, that they should just hang it up?

Writers, achievement comes with ache, punches are part of the process, pain is essential to the product. And all are proof that you are still writing, still fighting. Take the hits. Get ok with them. Expect them. Welcome them. Make them a sandwich and sit on the couch with them. Because you won’t be a success despite them. You’ll be a success, in part, because of them.

Carla HochCarla Hoch is the author of the Writer’s Digest book Fight Write: How to Write Believable Fight Scenes and proprietor of the award winning FightWrite™ blog. She is a Writer’s Digest author and instructor and regularly teaches workshops on the mechanics of fighting for writers as well as the craft of writing fight scenes. Carla is a Brazilian jiu-jitsu fighter with training in nearly a dozen fighting styles. She lives just outside Houston, Texas with her family and host of mammals.

 

Title: Forever Yours This ChristmasA Small-Town Christmas Romance

Author: Sherry Kyle

Release Date: November 19, 2020

Publisher: Independent

Genre: Contemporary Romance

ISBN: 979-8558891478

About the book:

Amy Carrington is the owner of Second Time Around, a charming consignment shop at the heart of the close-knit community of Winterberry, Colorado. But her business won’t survive if the neighboring construction company overtakes her parking lot to build another townhome—and during the Christmas season, no less.

Wes Harding, co-owner of Sunshine Builders, didn’t expect to dance with the consignment shop owner at the community benefit dinner but when he does, sparks fly. As he spends time with Amy, he wants to do everything in his power to help her business succeed, but suddenly he finds himself caught between the wishes of the pretty shop owner and loyalty to his sister, CEO of their construction company and a single mom who depends on him.

Will his divided loyalties extinguish Amy’s dreams…along with any chance they have for a future together?

About the author: 

Sherry Kyle is a graduate of Biola University and the author of Delivered with Love, The Heart Stone, and Capture Me. Sherry also writes award-winning middle grade books, including The Christian Girl’s Guide to Style and Love, Lexi: Letters to God, as well as ECPA finalist, True Heart Girls Devotional: God’s Promises for Me. When Sherry isn’t writing, she enjoys walks along the ocean and decorating her beach home. She lives in California with her husband and four children. Visit www.sherrykyle.com for more information.

Title:  Puppy Ciao (Max Tales Mysteries Book 1)

Author:  Annette O’Hare

Genre:  Middle Grade Mystery

Publisher: Elk Lake Publishing, Inc.

Release Date: August 21, 2020

ISBN-13:  978-1649490438

About the book: 

How far would you go to save innocent animals? Would you risk your life?

In the small town of Kerrville, Texas, thirteen-year-old Jeannie McKay has a notorious reputation for trying to right the world’s wrongs. When Jeannie and her best friend, Jonathan Wooten, rescue two purebred Weimaraner puppies found drowning in Johnson Creek, she vows to find out who is responsible. With the help of her small band of friends, Jeannie plunges head-first into solving the mystery.

 

About the author:


Author, Annette O’Hare writes pre-teen mysteries and historical romance. Her background in comedic sketch writing allows Annette to reveal God’s love to readers of all ages while hopefully giving them a laugh. Annette and husband Dan live north of Houston, Texas, and enjoy RVing, saltwater fishing, spending time with family, and their rescue pets.

 

We are living in uncertain times. A global pandemic is not something we are used to coping with. When life changes quickly it often causes anxiety and fear. But the one constant we have is that our Almighty God never changes. Knowing and believing that God is greater than our circumstance gives us hope and peace.

In Psalm 150:2 the psalmist writes, Praise Him because He is greater than anything else. That means God is greater than our worries and fears. He is greater than our circumstances. And He is greater than a global pandemic.

One of the best antidotes for fear is praising God. When our focus is on praising God for His power and love, our fears slip away. Many verses in the Bible remind us that all of creation gives praise to God.

Isaiah 55:12 says, Mountains and hills burst forth in praise and trees of the field clap their hands. In Psalm 96:11 we read, Let the heavens rejoice, let the earth be glad, let the sea resound and all that is in it.

If all of creation praises God, then we, who are created in His image, can praise His name even in uncertain times. Let’s lift our praises to God today and let Him be greater than our circumstance.

Let everything that has breath praise the Lord. Praise the Lord. (Psalm 150:6 NIRV)

 

Crystal Bowman

Crystal Bowman

Crystal Bowman is an award winning, bestselling author of more than 100 books. She is a speaker for MOPS (Mothers of Preschoolers) and teaches at writers’ conferences. She is a monthly contributor to Clubhouse Jr. Magazine and writes lyrics for children’s piano music.

The Land Beneath Us

by Sarah Sundin

Publisher: Revell

Release date: February 4th, 2020

ISBN-13: 978-0800727994

About the book:

With his future stolen by his brothers’ betrayal, Clay Paxton trains hard with the US Army Rangers, while Leah Jones works as a librarian at the army base, hoping to find her lost sisters. A marriage of convenience binds them, but will D-day—and a foreboding dream—tear them apart?

 

About the author: 

Sarah Sundin

Sarah Sundin

Sarah Sundin is a bestselling author of World War II novels, including The Land Beneath Us, The Sky Above Us, and The Sea Before Us. Her novel The Sea Before Us received the 2019 FHL Reader’s Choice Award. A mother of three adult children, Sarah lives in California. www.sarahsundin.com.