My Love Affair With Words

In 8th grade, my English teacher introduced me to words this country girl had never heard before and thought I’d never use. Words like supercilious (what we in the south refer to as high-and-mighty). In the 9th and 10th grade, he introduced me to writing with those same big words. And so, began my love affair with words.

Your vulnerability is what buys you the right to teach your reader, remember!(1)Later, I wrote more and more as a way of escape from an auto-immune disease called Hashimoto’s Disease. Wanting to learn more about the craft, I studied creative writing under Meredith Nixon in 2006. Three years later, I took a 2-year Apprentice Fiction course, at Christian Writers Guild with Sandra Byrd as my mentor (I highly recommend her as a writing coach). In 2014, I enrolled in the Journeyman Fiction course under the tutelage of Deborah Christensen.

Since then I have published articles in local newspapers, written articles for some awesome websites, worked with the Inspired Prompt crew, and published my memoir. If you’re interested to read more of my work, click on the links below.

Guarding Your Dreams ~ The Garden of Dreams

My 3-D Life ~ Seriously Write

Keep Pushing ~ Seriously Write

The Write Race ~ Seriously Write

Excited About Memoir ~ Gail

Meet Betty Thomason Owens ~ Heart Wings Blog

In Everything Give Thanks~ Heart Wings Blog

Strong and Courageous ~ Love and Faith in Fiction

Under the Shade of His Blessings ~ Through the Lens of Scripture

Fearless ~ Heart Wings Blog


If you are interested in learning more about writing, I recommend the following:

Dig deep.Write scared.


Description – Monica Wood
Beginnings, Middles & Ends – Nancy Kress
Plot – Ansen Dibell
Scene and Structure – Jack M. Bickham
Character and Viewpoint – Orson Scott Card
The Book of Dialogue – Lewis Turco
An Introduction to Christian Writing – Ethel Herr
GMC: Goal, Motivation & Conflict – Debra Dixon
Proofreading Secrets of Best-Selling Authors – Kathy Ide
Crafting Novels & Short Stories – Editors of Writer’s Digest
Books: Tips, Stories, & Advice On Writing, Publishing, & Promoting – Dan Poynter
Fiction Writing Demystified – Thomas B. Sawyer
Stein On Writing – Sol Stein
Outlining Your Novel – K. M. Weiland
Structuring Your Novel – K. M. Weiland
The Emotion Thesaurus – Angela Ackerman & Becca Puglisi
The Negative Trait Thesaurus – Angela Ackerman & Becca Puglisi
The Positive Trait Thesaurus – Angela Ackerman & Becca Puglisi


Seriously Write
The Write Conversation
Novel Rocket
Writers Helping Writers
Southern Writer-Suite T
Helping Writers Become Authors
Inspired Prompt

Happy Writing, my friend!

4 thoughts on “My Love Affair With Words

  1. I was impressed by your writing style and by your interview of a friend, Gail Kittleson. It was her writing of historical Christian fiction which inspired me to write historical Christian fiction. My first one, A Safe Haven for Beth will be released in April.
    I have enjoyed Gail’s books very much.

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