Wednesday, April 6, 2016

E is for Empowered - #AtoZChallenge

What has EMPOWERED you lately to continue onward with your latest work-in-progress? For me, engagement with my critique group partners, Karin and Marilyn empowers me to push forward in not giving up on my writing. Their constructive criticism and words of encouragement with my manuscripts throughout the years has been instrumental in me not throwing my hands up in despair and giving up, especially when the dreaded decline notification is received.

What has empowered you to continue to pursue your goals, whatever they may be? 

I look forward to our continued engagement. Thanks for visiting!

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Best wishes,
Donna M. McDine
Multi Award-winning Children's Author

Ignite curiosity in your child through reading!

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  1. I'm empowered through DLP at the moment, but not so much my own writing. I'm constantly thinking about it though.

  2. I keep myself going at my sea, easy as can be

  3. Replies
    1. That he does! Chapel service at work today was about recognizing all the small things God does for us daily and not to focus on the grand.

  4. Aren't critique partners the best? Glad you have two great ones.

  5. My love of writing keeps me moving forward.

  6. Supportive writer friends and blogging buddies have empowered me to move through some of the tough stuff.

    1. They are essential in moving us along right along with our characters!

  7. Thanks, Donna - my Camp Nano cabin is doing a good job of empowering me at the moment!
    Jemima Pett

  8. My love of writing and the support of friends and family keep me going.

    Urszula Humienik from

    1. Amen! It's important to have a nurturing and loving group around us!

  9. Have no clue what keeps me moving. Just know I'm unhappy when I'm not writing. Does that count?

    1. That most definitely counts! Good luck with your continued writing and happiness!

  10. This week I decided to rewrite a character arc and that really put the fire under my butt. I was determined to get it done before I went back to the day job tomorrow. I'm happy to say I achieved that goal last night at 1am.

    ~Ninja Minion Patricia Lynne aka Patricia Josephine~
    Story Dam
    Patricia Lynne, Indie Author

  11. Well, back at you, my dear friend! You continually empower and enlighten me!

  12. I think at this point, I don't want the years I've spent on it to be a waste of time. I have to prove myself worthy enough to make it. :)


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