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Behind the Scenes Writing Tour & Blog Hop!!!!

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Happy Monday, my friends!!! I hope this weekend has treated you well and that you were able to soak up some family time.  I have a unique, and out of the ordinary post for you today as I participate in a blog hop and feature two of my favorite blogs!

I was recently asked by sweet blogger, Jennifer Kostick, of A Girl on a Doorstep, to participate in a “blog hop” that offers readers a behind the scenes tour of our writing world.  I LOVE Jenninfer’s blog, as she openly shares her heart about infertility through miscarriage, stillbirth and secondary infertility.  Having struggled with infertility myself, I relished the chance to hear from her heart.  She even has a new book, Nothing to Hold but Hope. But, Jennifer unexpectedly lost her step-father, a man she loved greatly, and needed a chance to grieve, and decided not proceed with the blog hop. I admire her strength and would love it if you would keep her in your prayers.

BUT, fun and spunky Paula at Sincerely, Paula, who does AMAZING paper crafts in her Etsy shop, Paper Crush Crafts AND writes about everything under the sun, was kind enough to extend the blog hop invitation to me and thus it continues.  Thanks, Paula for passing the torch to me!! Be sure to check out her No Rules, Weekend Blog Party!!

For the behind the scene tour of my writing process, I was encouraged to answer four questions about how I tackle the art of blogging.

What Am I Working On?

Well, I have a BIG project in the works right now, BUT it’s top secret!!! I apologize for not being able to divulge all of the information yet and I am not doing it just to make you wonder what I am up to. I promise to share it the minute I can!   Other than that, I am plugging away at new posts and working on a new series. I am starting to pray for wisdom and guidance in my work and that God will show me where He wants to take this blog.

How Does My Work Differ from Others in my Genre?

I feel that my complete and total transparency and vulnerability set me apart from others.  You won’t find smoke and mirrors here as I try to portray a perfect life.  Instead, I write from our weaknesses and am not afraid to share our struggles.  If one person’s life can be touched through what I write, than it is completely worth it!!

Why Do I Write What I Do?

I write from a place of emotion, as I am passionate about God’s work in our lives and the day to day strength He provides. The Lord has brought us through some tough places and after what He has done in our lives, I HAVE to tell of His goodness and love! This blog is a chance for me to share my faith and I pray that others will come to a deeper understanding of Him through the words He gives me..

How Does My Writing Process Work?

Haha!  I wish I could say I had this fancy process that was organized and detailed, but oh no!!! A lot of my posts come from my private thoughts in my quiet time journal or on sticky notes in that journal throughout the day.  I have inspired ideas for posts at random times when I am busy with the kids, cooking dinner or in the shower.  I’ve learned to keep post-its handy so I can scribble my rough ideas before mommy brain kicks in and they are gone!  I am a HUGE believer, though, of editing and revising A LOT before publishing as to make sure I say exactly what is on my mind.  I like to step away from a post for at least 24 hours before publishing so I can evaluate with fresh perspective.

Starbucks is one of my favorite place to write.  There’s something about being away from my sweet babies and knowing I only have a certain amount of time to myself that kicks my creativity in high gear!

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Passing the Torch…..

Part of the Blog Hop is passing the torch to a few other bloggers that I admire and enjoy their work.  Let me introduce you to….

Amie Jo of Life’s Little Projects

I stumbled upon Amie Jo’s blog through a blog party, like the Saturday Soiree Blog Party, and connected with her site immediately! She’s a former teacher and plans these amazingly creative activities for her children and has incredible ideas.  I look forward to trying many of them with my babies. 🙂

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My name is AmieJo. Life’s Little Projects is a blog for families. You will find art, crafts, activities, recipes, diy and tips to make life easier. I hope to inspire people to create, have fun, save money, teach, play and spend quality time with your family. I Love God, my family, my friends, country music, happy people, to make stuff, to take pictures, art, teaching and watching my kids without them knowing I am. I have a bachelors of arts degree in K-12 art education and a K-12 learning disabilities endorsement. I taught art for 3 years and finished my learning disabilities endorsement just before my daughter was born and I became a full-time stay at home mom. I have a wonderful husband Mike and two terrific children Michael (Mikie) and Adilynn (Adi). We struggled to start our beautiful family. I share the beginning of our struggle with trying to conceive after a miscarriage. I share more of our story of how we started our family in IVF Struggles and Success.

 

Michelle Stam of Considering Grace

I also found Michelle’s site through a blog party, and am so inspired every time I read her work She suffers from chronic pain, but always praises God and relies on His hope during this journey. Even when times are tough, she recognizes that no matter what, God is good and deserves her praise. What a woman of faith!

 

Michelle is a wife to John, mom to Isaiah (age 13), and Hannah (age 6). Michelle is from just outside Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada (where the 2010 Olympic Winter Games were held). Last summer they moved 14 hours northeast to Fairview, Alberta. Now the city girl is living in a small farming town in the middle of nowhere! During her spare time, Michelle loves to read, sew, sing and play cello. She has traveled all over the world singing with various music ministries. She also loves writing, and has just recently got her blog, Considering Grace up and going. Michelle suffers from Fibromyalgia, Depression and Anxiety, which leaves her on permanent disability. She is learning to make the most of the time she used to spend working as a 911 Operator. Now she is a stay at home mom, and is praying that God will use her to bless others through her writing. Considering Grace is a blog mainly about the life and experiences Michelle goes through, and how God uses them to teach her how to become the woman He wants her to be.

Hop on over to visit these women and their amazing talent!  I know you won’t be disappointed!

This post was linked to Capture the Joy Link-Up.

 

About Sarah Ann

Sarah Ann is a perfectly imperfect wife and mother, and is thankful for the saving grace of the Lord. When she’s not busy folding yet another load of laundry or comforting a crying child, she enjoys studying God’s Word, writing, and spending time with authentic friends. She's passionate about equipping women to live with intentional faith, family, home, and habits at Proverbs31Mentor.com. Join her for biblical encouragement and practical lifestyle tips to help you live on mission for the glory of God.

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8 Comments

  1. Aww, thanks for the kind words! It was awesome to read about your process and I cannot wait to hear about your something BIG. Blessings to you my friend!

    1. Thank YOU for writing amazing content I love!! So glad to feature you!

  2. I have really enjoyed reading about your writing process. And I too am looking forward to your something big. Thank you for including me in this blog hop.

  3. Sarah Ann,
    Thanks for sharing your writing process. I find it helpful to see how others work out their writing. I love mind mapping; it helps me to order my thoughts. I like to take time away from home and do planning sessions as well. I also have many ideas that come to me at the most unexpected times. Can’t wait to hear about your secret project.

    Blessings!!

    1. Thanks, Lora! I too love knowing how the mind of other writers work. 🙂 May you be blessed on your writing journey!

  4. Thanks for linking up! I love Michelle’s blog and I think it is so fun to be introduced to other amazing bloggers! So fun to hear their stories especially since we all have such different processes at times!
    -S.L. Payne, uncommongrace.net

    1. Thanks for stopping by! I’m so glad you enjoyed getting to know these amazing two bloggers!! Blessings to you!

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