Conversations with a Writing Coach by Susan May Warren

I heard about Susan May Warren at the 2019 American Fiction Christian Writers (ACFW) conference in San Antonio, Texas. The ACFW Colorado Springs chapter was planning a two-day workshop with Warren as the speaker. And it was to be held at Glen Eyrie, which I’ve been wanting to visit forever. As soon as registration opened, I signed up. Then I downloaded two of her writing books, Conversations with a Writing Coach and The Story Equation.

As the country responded to COVID-19 and slow-rolled into shutting, closing and canceling just about everything, I received the disappointing email that the workshop was also canceled, with hopes to reschedule it in the future.

While I hope to attend the workshop when it gets rescheduled, I decided to use my “social distancing” time (as an introvert, I suddenly have the freedom to do what I always prefer to do – work in the quiet) by doubling down on Conversations and my work in progress.

The book is packed with practical writing information packaged as a conversation between Warren and her mentee. Each one wraps up with “dares,” practical steps to apply in writing. Interspersed are “quick skills” sections that break down Warren’s information into acronyms and steps.

I just finished her conversation on NaNoWriMo, which is perfect timing, because April is another NaNoWriMo. So if April turns out to be canceled like March has been, grab a copy of Conversations (available on Amazon), sign up for NaNoWriMo and start working on that novel you’ve always thought about.


About Jill English Johnston

God writes His story on every heart, if we only pause to read it. My heart has lived in a fantasy world since early childhood and am delighted that God has finally brought me to the place where I can bring the fantasies to life through story. I am currently working on a fantasy trilogy (of course) but I also post thoughts, reflections and (hopefully) inspiration to my website: I am a follower of the Rabbi Jesus, married to my best friend and inspiration, and the mother of three incredible children, one daughter and two sons, a son-in-love, a daughter-in-love and two adorable granddaughters. When not writing, I passionately pursue prayer, reading (never enough time to read them all!), and the outdoors. My husband and I both served in the US Navy and have lived/travelled through many states and all over Asia. We both still enjoy travelling, but we really love our home in New Braunfels, located at the Texas Hill Country.
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