Monday, June 29, 2009

Words to Write By... Author Devotions

This week I am highlighting a wonderful devotional book that I was privileged to be a part of - a meaningful work for writers in every season of their lives. The book is "Words To Write By" by good friend and author Robin Bayne. In it are treasures for every writer by well known authors such as Robin Lee Hatcher, Deborah Raney, Jill Eileen Smith, Cecil Murphy, Margaret Daly, among others. It includes devotions in the areas of persistence and rejections, publishing and networking, encouragement and motivation, and many other important topics.

I asked Robin to share a little about this valuable resource that every writer (and reader, too!) should own.

Why did you decide to compile a book like this?

Because I enjoyed reading devotionals, and I loved finding interesting writing tips from my favorite Christian authors. So I decided to invite some of them to contribute a writer's devotional, and the results became "Words to Write By."

Can you give us a summary of the book?

Many writers keep a favorite quote or Bible verse taped to their computer monitors, or as part of their e-mail signature or website theme. Why do they do this? As a constant reminder of a principle or value which aids their writing production or their sanity. The words can serve as task-master, guidance counselor or just plain comforter.

I find this practice fascinating. Each one reflects a bit of my personality and beliefs, as do every writer’s choice selections. I have asked some of the best writers in the business to share their inspiration with us, their favorite words of wisdom, and explain why they find them so special.

Tell us about yourself.

Robin Bayne is the award-winning author of five novels and three novellas, and is a regular contributor to the “Spirit Led Writer” ezine. Her essays, articles and devotionals have been published in the God’s Way Book series, Cup of Comfort Devotionals, The Secret Place, Christian Communicator, Writer’s Journal and many other publications. She has given workshops at regional and online romance writing conferences and the Writer’s Digest World’s Largest Writing Workshop. She lives in Maryland with her husband of nineteen years and works a "day job" as a mortgage underwriter. Visit her at:

A blurb about the book from the publisher's web site -

Join a variety of well-known authors as they share the scripture or quotations they find inspiring to their writing. The devotionals they’ve contributed reflect all aspects of the writing life: basic motivation, rejection, publishing and succeeding. Spend some time with the writers you love and discover what words they write by.

Order this excellent book here.

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