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Donna Schlachter Today's Guest Author

Donna Schlachter
Today’s Guest Author

Donna Schlachter writes historical suspense from Denver, while her alter ego, Leeann Betts, pens contemporary suspense. When not writing or praying, you will find them traveling for research for the next book, and the next book.  Follow them at www.HiStoryThruTheAges.wordpress.com or www.AllBettsAreOff.wordpress.com . Check out their books at Amazon, NOOK, and Smashwords.

Writing on a Deadline

By Donna Schlachter

Just when you think things can’t get any busier, they do – you have a deadline to produce a certain number of words by a certain date. Maybe you’re under contract for a book. Maybe it’s a magazine article, a devotional, or even a simple blog like this one.

And yet that date looms like a guillotine over you head.

You sit at the computer and will the words to come. But they won’t.

Perhaps a walk around the block. And hour later you limp home after twisting an ankle stepping off the curb. Ice the swelling. Then heat. Then a nap. Then –

Wait a minute. What about the deadline.

Back to the computer. Sit in the chair. Stare at the screen.

Nothing.

Now what?

Now is the time to do what you should have done the first time you sat down.

Pray.

Yes, you read that correctly.

Pray.

This is my favorite version: Lord, give me ears to hear the words You dictate. Let me transcribe this story/blog/article/devotional/poem for You. And thank You for letting me be the first person to hear these words. May Your words change me first, and then change others. Amen.

Not only is this prayer on target, it also reminds me who is the Boss. This prayer humbles me to my rightful position. And being a transcriber is Biblical. Even the Apostle Paul says he had scribes who wrote for him.

That’s our job. That’s our goal. Write the only story worth telling, from the One who is the Creator of story.

And by the way, once I have my priorities right, it’s not a deadline; it’s a lifeline.

Follow Donna and Leeann at www.HiStoryThruTheAges.wordpress.com or www.AllBettsAreOff.wordpress.com . Check out their books at Amazon, NOOK, and Smashwords.

RECENTLY RELEASED: Second Cups and Second Chances – sweet stories of second chances from a God of second chances. Available at Amazon.com in print and digital

WRITING AS LEEANN BETTS: Counting the Days: a 31-day devotional for accountants, bookkeepers, and financial folk and No Accounting for Murder, Book 1 of By the Numbers series,  recently released as an eBook at Amazon.com, BarnesandNoble.com, and Smashwords.com.

PREVIOUSLY PUBLISHED: 100 Answers to 100 Questions about Loving Your Husband, Strang Communications AND Quiet Moments Alone with God, Baker/Bethany

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