Friday, June 14, 2013


Q: Do YOU identify?
A: You'll just have to read on to see!

Seems like when I’m in an EXTRA writing (or speaking) mode, I’m also in an EXTRA reading mode. Seems like pouring out EXTRA words makes me crave to take in EXTRA words.

So what EXTRA words do I gulp? I am very selective! I read every word in my two favorite writing craft magazines (below), the only two I still subscribe to after years of many writing magazines.

Here’s something to ponder and apply from this mag:
“Books aren’t written – they’re rewritten. . . . It is one of the hardest things to accept, especially after the seventh rewrite hasn’t quite done it.”
(Michael Crichton, p. 10)

And this too:
“Published authors will tell you it’s all about perseverance, the one characteristic all successful writers share.”
(James Scott Bell, p. 14) 


Writer's Digest! What an extemely difficult magazine to put down! It’s kept me reading until midnight numerous nights, even before I retired and I couldn’t sleep in late like now. In this issue, my favorite article is also by James Scott Bell (see above quote), “The 5 Biggest Fiction Writing Mistakes + How to Fix Them.” Don’t miss this article! He gives at least five secrets (OK, reasons) his books are bestsellers.

My word craving is also appeased by author auto/biographies. I’ve recently enjoyed these two Grace Livingston Hill ones. While I can’t say I’m a fan of her books (nor that I’m not a fan), I’m definitely a fan of her writing life and Christian principles. These two biographies inspired me in my writing for Christ. The first author, Robert Munce, is her grandson, and I'm assuming you know Betty Steele Everett.

I also read LOTS of books about China and Taiwan, both fiction and non-fiction, since they are the main settings of my trilogy: Hungry River, Dragon Wall, and Jade Cross (wip). My other book is Women of the Last Supper, so that drives me to read lots of biblical fiction and other resource books about the time period of our LORD.
SOOO, do YOU identify?

Millie Samuelson


  1. How interesting. I didn't know about the bios on Grace Livingston Hill. Thanks for the post.

    1. Tammie, GLH's bios are well worth your time! You'll be inspired by them like I was. . . HEY, great to chat with you in person last week at WTP! And remember, I attended just because of the WORDS in your blog about the special marketing continuing class! :-)

  2. Yes, Millie! I read tons and I probably get a book a day on my kindle. Most are free but lately I've downloaded quite a few writing craft books. Fun post!

    1. OOPS! I entered my reply as a comment -- please see below, Karla!

  3. Thanks, Karla! Hey, do you have the writing marketing book I've been tooting about since Write to Publish last week? It's TOPS -- Rob Eager's "Sell Your Book Like Wildfire"! Weekend blessings. . . :-)

  4. Good article. Thank you very much. Though I noticed something. You referred to two magazines that you read and have two pictured and then talk about one (Writer's Digest). Anything to add on the Christian Communicator?

    1. Sure, Jeff! The two quotes to the right of the "Christian Communicator" are from it, which I tried to point out. . . :-)