IWSG POST 14: Story-Telling, Helen’s Heritage, and My Favorite New Proofing Tool


[I wrote this post as a member of the Insecure Writer’s Support Group where we share our worries and also offer support and encouragement to each other on the first Wednesday of every month. If you’re a writer like me and you’re looking for a bit of support, you can click the link and sign up here]


Mark Twain inspired me with his words, “ The two most important days in your life are the day you are born and the day you find out why.”

I think Mark Twain addresses passion perfectly here. And for me, passion is more than just responsibility, and taking care of the things you might need to do to survive, but the reason you wake up eager and excited early in the morning, or stay up late at night to make time for it. The breaks you take in your day to get something done because you feel better, creative, or more like who you want to be for you.

Passion for story-telling is my answer to this month’s IWSG post.  The question being: What is your favorite aspect of being a writer?

I can’t imagine my life without the characters I create and the situations I place them in to try and solve and grow. 🙂

If you’re looking for some tips on finding your passion, I came across a great article and a few steps to start exploring what makes you feel more you. You can find the article at entrepreneur.com . My favorite tip from the list was number 5. Take a break from responsibility, your work  and let your mind explore something you really love. The example given was a quick exercise in creating a haiku. Then I started to picture myself taking 5 minutes during work to strike a yoga pose like three legged dog or a modification to Warrior II.  Sometimes graphic design can be hard on the eyes. Especially when I’m doing some line coloring … line … by line … by line. I think the key is to interrupt something you may be struggling with in your day and to replace it with something you enjoy to help get you back on track.

A lovely new writing tool to help.

Last month I mentioned I was planning to try a new proofing tool to start the editing of my manuscript. It’s an App I can use on my I-phone and I purchased a customized voice. for $4.99.  I’m really happy with the results. My editing has taken on a whole new meaning and I feel like finally, I can catch the holes and the invisible grammatical mistakes I often miss when I’m silently reading my words to myself.

It’s called…vBookz PDF.

A lovely new book out.

Helen’s Heritage: Life Stories of Helen Herbert Gillham as Told to Debra Irene

My friend Debra Irene

My friend Debra Irene

One of my writing friends recently published a nonfiction book.

The back of the book goes something like this:

What was it like to be born in the depression era and to grow up the youngest of sixteen children in a poor family in rural Missouri? What was it like to be separated from your mother as a young toddler, to be without her daily nurturing and yet have deep spiritual roots and an overall strong family base? How do you carve out your own journey? And then, when your journey is over, what heritage have you left for your descendants? Will they know about the struggles and the victories on earth? Will they know about the promise of an eternal home? Will they know the family stories, those jewels locked up in time?

Helen decided not to keep those jewels to herself. Instead, she unlocked the treasure box, opened it wide, and documented it all for the generations to come. Come and read her stories. Learn of her heritage, the one on earth and the one for eternity.

I highly recommend it and you can find it on Amazon.

Lastly, I’d like to thank the IWSG hosts for taking so much time to stop in and read important thoughts to this month’s question:


Joylene Nowell Butler

Jen Chandler

Mary Aalgaar

Lisa Buie Collard

Tamara Narayan

Tyrean Martinson

Christine Rains


Question: Do you have a favorite aspect of writing? What do you do in your day when you feel stuck and it’s time to get the wheels turning in a whole new way?


Happy Wednesday. 🙂

About Erika Beebe

Author, dreamer, and a momma to a couple of wonderful kids, I try to live life everyday in hope and inspire others along my way.

Posted on November 2, 2016, in Uncategorized. Bookmark the permalink. 30 Comments.

  1. Taking a break is good anyway, especially if you stare at the computer all day. (I do as well.) But to stop and do something that excites you – that’s even better!

  2. It is important to take breaks for your physical health (if not mental). It can be wonderful, though, to be so deep into writing that you stay at the chair with a full bladder just to get the words down.

  3. Taking a break is definitely something we all should do. I’ve been working on book covers lately, and all that photoshopping is rough. I go do a chore or play with the cat. That always helps. 🙂

  4. Looks like the magic is flowing around you. Keep it up. 🙂

    Anna from elements of emaginette

  5. What a great quote by Twain. Thank you for sharing it with us. So glad you liked the app you tried. It sounds pretty cool.

    • Thank you for dropping in Elsie. The app really makes me feel better about my writing. Sometimes I get so lost in my writing world I wonder if what I am writing is any good. Hearing it out loud makes me see it differently and I believe all over again:)

  6. Great post, Erika. I’m going to visit that writing app. I love finding new ways to make writing cleaner.

  7. OK, a quick search and I came up empty. Can you share the link to the app you like?

  8. Taking a break is a necessity. Thanks for the app review.

  9. Love that Mark Twain quote. Still trying to find out why!! Hope you are figuring your why out, Erika!

  10. The characters we create are like friends.
    I hadn’t heard of that app. I might check it out.

  11. I agree taking a break from one of your not-so-favorite tasks allows you to return to it with new energy. Mark Twain was such a wise person and a fantastic storyteller. When I grow up, I want to be like him. Thanks for the tip on the tool. I have used the text to speech on Kindle to read my ms to me, but the voice has no expression. Thanks for the tip on the tool. I’ll check into it as I am in the throes of editing too.
    JQ Rose

  12. Thanks for the voice link. I think that’s a great idea. I used to use one. Why I quit I can’t remember. LOL.

    • It took me forever to actually find one. The free ones didn’t work right and this one is better then some since you can customize it and adjust the speed and tone and certain words as well. Thank you for stopping in today 🙂

  13. Thanks for the entrepreneur.com link. I liked exercise #4: do what you love, even without a business plan. I have a bad habit of worrying too much about my writing career goals. It can sort of spoil the fun of writing.

    • I am glad it gave you a little something to think about. I too worry about my writing being good enough for publishing. You’re right. My writing friend helps me a lot though.

  14. To me, doing something for the passion is more fulfilling than merely doing something in order to survive though often I think the two become intertwined.

    Arlee Bird
    Tossing It Out

  15. Thank you for the reminder that taking breaks throughout the day can actually help our productivity. I need to remember that when I’m working in the office at my day job two days a week. I tend to just sit at the computer for 6 hours without taking a break except to grab lunch!

  16. Characters, oh yes! I love how they can live inside our heads and fuel our imaginations, filling even the most mundane moments with epic entertainment.

  17. I too can’t imagine life without all the characters I’ve come to know so intimately. Thanks for the tip on the proofing tool and the intro to Debra’s book 🙂

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