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Mary DeMuth is an author, speaker and book mentor who helps folks turn trials to triumph. : She blogs at Mary DeMuth Her recent book, Thin Places, details God's surprising transformation of a life.

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  1. Oh that was a wonderful interview with some very helpful tips!! I loved the tip about weak verbs. I am going to start there in improving my writing!

    You sold me on your eBook, Mary. I just purchased it for my Kindle. 🙂

    Cara, loved what you said about critique. I think I am going to employ my husband 😉

    I am currently dealing with some self-doubt and am a little lost about what to write about. I know what I’m passionate about but so many people have written on the same things. How can I possibly stand out?! I know the classic rule is, “No one will say it the way you do. Your angle will be different”, but I doubt that too much. 🙁

    I have had a passion to write since 5th grade? That is when I began writing in my first journal. I journaled all through high school but also used letter writing to fulfill that desire to just write. My letters to friends were more like small books! I also wrote poetry and had one published in an anthology.

    I officially declare you as my eMentors. Hope you don’t mind!

    AND!! I get to meet you both in person at Relevant! Woot!! 🙂

    • I do want to add, when I was in church Sunday kind of pondering what made me different from some other writers. I believe God spoke to me and told me that my content is “rich and detailed”. I am going to hang on to that because if I’m not careful, when I read other’s writing, I can tend to adopt their style. But I noticed that my writing doesn’t get as much attention when I try to adopt someone else’s style simply because it doesn’t flow as well for me as it does for them. But when I write the way God gifted me to, with depth, rich, and detailed content, people are attracted to it. 🙂

      So, if I could offer a small piece of advice to others reading this? Be yourself! Write in YOUR style, what flows from your hand/heart, not someone else’s. I’m not talking topics, but the way your writing flows. 🙂

    • I used to walk into bookstores and libraries and think the same thing: Everyone else has said it all. But the truth is there is ONLY ONE YOU with YOUR UNIQUE voice. Rest there. God will use your words.

  2. Sometimes I wonder if some dreams (like becoming a writer for me) aren’t meant to die…

    Sorry for the morbid start – it is always great to read inspirational posts – sometimes they just rub something a little bit the wrong way – but then the question I guess is if you are willing to work hard enough for a dream and if you are not,,,I dunno, I’m just rambling 🙂

    • All dreams have hard work attached. You must settle your calling because when thing get tough (and they will), you can rest back in knowing God has called you. That’s why I haven’t quit.

  3. What a great interview! Thank you both so much for sharing your advice.
    Mary – that tip about weak verbs is such a gem! I will seriously always remember that now.

  4. Love interviews like this! So fun to learn more about their creative journeys! How they began and how He has led them. Loved it! 🙂

  5. Oooh, thank you for this! I’m in the throes of being a single mama to very young children and have no immediate publication goals. But writing has been a passion from an early age so even now I journal and blog. Someday, I dream of publication – whatever that looks like in the future!

    I’m forever grateful to my sophomore creative writing teacher who responded enthusiastically to my multiple pages of writing – she is the first to proclaim I had written the beginning of a novel!

  6. Thank you so much and, good Lord willing, I shall join you tonight!

    I am reading your memoir, Mary and writing mine!

    God bless you for taking time off your busy schedules, both of you, to share with us! What treasures you are!

  7. This was so informative and encouraging! Mary, I’m not looking forward to that test for weak verbs, but I know it will help me in the end. 🙂 Congratulations to you both on the sponsorship, and God bless you as you continue forward on your writing journey!

  8. Excellent post! I loved it. It was informative, encouraging and extremely helpful. I can’t wait to participate in the LIVE discussion tonight. Also, Mary’s ebook is a must read for me. Thanks!

  9. I am going to print out your post for i want to keep before me some points that made me hungry to learn more. But these few are the ones I keyed in on.

    Define your ministry. Work from your passion. This is the platform for me. Out of my passion to be a courageous wise hearted woman God opens doors all the time for me to minister to other women.

    That God actually wants to heal me as I write. So very true, there is such healing power in writing down profound thoughts and being able to go back and re read them…

    Know yourself and know what you know. there are so many worlds i have never walked in, such as a cancer world….a child dying world but there are some worlds I know something about.

    Know the world we live in. (Ok I need to twitter, it sounds like something that should have wings)

    Weak verbs. this one, oh so practical and I started using it right away. Since I was putting together a post to be used by someone else about my salvation experience it took me forever because the need to change weak verbs for stronger ones kept cropping up. Time consuming but worth it. Then when i finally got it finish I ask a friend to read it to see if it flowed.. she caught a couple of little grammar things, turned one sentence around for me and in fear and trembling i sent it off…and it only had around 500 words.

    Love this post, more please.

  10. […] “If you have a passion to write and feel called to do so, be serious about it. Set goals. Write as much as you can. Remember the 10,000 hour rule. To master something, you must spend 10,000 hours at it. Count the cost.” – Mary DeMuth via (in)courage […]