Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Yes, you can! Motivation for Writers

Debby Giusti here!

When looking from the outside in, success can appear to be easily achieved. In reality, most accomplishments come about only with hard work and determination.

The fact was recently brought home to me by my young granddaughter. She wrote a school report on Laura Ingalls Wilder, and the information she uncovered in her research gave me pause. Although I had read and reread the Little House series as a child, I had forgotten many of the hardships Laura and her family faced.

Even after Laura married, she and her husband experienced a number of setbacks. Almanzo was stricken with diphtheria and had to walk with a cane for the rest of his life. They had a baby boy who died, a fire destroyed their barn, another ravaged their home, and drought and illness put them in debt and unable to farm their land. Later, the savings they had been able to accrue was wiped out by the Stock Market Crash of 1929.

Their daughter Rose--a reporter for the San Francisco Bulletin--encouraged Laura to write a story about her childhood to help augment the family’s income. That first attempt, titled Pioneer Girl, was rejected, but Laura didn’t give up. She reworked her manuscript, changed the title, and with Rose’s help, Little House in the Big Woods was published in 1932. Laura was in her sixties. The final book in the series, Those Golden Years, was released in 1943 when Laura was 76 years old.

In an era when most sexagenarians were looking back over the lives they had lived, Laura looked to the future. She had a vision and a publishing dream, and in spite of adversity, she achieved her goal.

What about you? Is age holding you back? Can you ignore the calendar and focus on the future instead of fretting over the past? Does life pull you down? If so, can you muster Laura Ingalls Wilder’s pioneer spirit to rise above hardship and misfortune?

Yes, you can!

Most of us know JK Rowling’s rags to riches story. A single mom without a job, she had seemingly hit rock bottom, yet unemployment gave her the time and freedom to bring Harry Potter to life.

Looking back, she wrote:

“Failure meant a stripping away of the inessential. I stopped pretending to myself that I was anything other than what I was, and began to direct all my energy to finishing the only work that mattered to me. Had I really succeeded at anything else, I might never have found the determination to succeed in the one area where I truly belonged. I was set free, because my greatest fear had been realized, and I was still alive, and I still had a daughter whom I adored, and I had an old typewriter, and a big idea. And so rock bottom became a solid foundation on which I rebuilt my life.”( J. K. Rowling, "The fringe benefits of failure", 2008)

In 1998, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone was published in the US. Six years later, Forbes Magazine claimed JK Rowling was the first person to become a billionaire by writing books.

Have you bottomed out? Are you surrounded by darkness or can you see a light pointing you in a new direction? Like JK Rowling, can you turn a negative situation into something positive?

Yes, you can!

A local trial planted the seed for a story that Mississippi attorney John Grisham wanted to tell. Needing extra time in his busy schedule, he arrived at his office at 5 AM and used the hours before the start of the workday to pen his prose, writing six days a week for three years.

The finished manuscript, A Time to Kill, was rejected by 28 publishers before Wynwood Press offered publication. Only 5,000 copies sold once it went to print, but that didn’t deter Grisham, and after finishing his first story, he quickly crafted a second. The Firm sold more than seven millions copies, remained on the New York Times Bestseller list for 47 weeks and propelled Grisham into the limelight.

Is your day packed with commitments—job, school, family? Can you adjust your schedule to find time to write? Hurt by rejection? Instead of a stumbling block, can you see rejection as a stepping stone to success?

Yes, you can!

New York Times bestselling author Debbie Macomber frequently mentions her dyslexia and the teacher who scoffed at her attempts to write when she was in high school. Instead of discouraging Debbie, the teacher’s hurtful words made her even more determined to succeed.

Debby Giusti (L) chats with Debbie Macomber
at Barbara Vey's Reader Appreciation Luncheon 2014

Debbie believed in her ability, and her husband believed in her as well. Money was tight, but the stay-at-home mom with four little ones to care for used a rented typewriter to create her stories. Heartsong sold in 1982 and was the first category romance reviewed by Publishers Weekly. More than 170 million copes of her books are in print. Her Cedar Cove series is showcased on the Hallmark television channel, and her Christmas story, Mr. Miracle, will be a Hallmark movie this fall. Debbie also owns a tea room and yarn shop.

Dyslexia didn’t stop Debbie Macomber. Nor did criticism of her writing. She believed she could succeed, and she did. What’s stopping you? Can you see any weakness or disability as being one small facet of who you are and instead focus on your many strengths and God-given talents?

Yes, you can!

Anne Frank, a young Jewish girl, wrote her diary during the German Occupation of the Netherlands in World War II while she and her family were holed up in a cramped attic hideaway in Amsterdam. A total of eight people lived in the Secret Annex, as Anne called it, for over two years until they were discovered, arrested by German police and sent to concentration camps. Anne and her sister Margot ended up at Bergen-Belsen where they died during a typhus outbreak, just a month before the Allies liberated the camp on April 12, 1945.

Anne’s father Otto survived, and after the war, he published her diary. The first American edition, titled Anne Frank: The Diary of a Young Girl, was released in 1952. In 1999, Anne’s name was included in Time Magazine’s list of “The Most Important People of the Twentieth Century.” The article stated, "With a diary kept in a secret attic, she braved the Nazis and lent a searing voice to the fight for human dignity."

As many young girls do, Anne Frank dreamed of being a writer, but her life was short-lived and her world confined to an attic hideout. Do you feel trapped by circumstances? Can you free yourself from those things that imprison you? Can you concentrate on life’s possibilities instead of seeing only the restrictions and limitations?

Yes, you can!

Ben Carson was raised by a God-fearing mother who often worked three jobs to provide for her two sons. She told them they could accomplish anything in life, but inner-city Detroit was a rough place to grow up. Ben struggled in school and had an angry temper that often got him in trouble. Determined to save her sons, their mother limited television, required them to read two library books a week and insisted their homework was done before they could go out to play.

Books opened a whole new world for Ben. His grades improved, and he eventually achieved his dream of going to medical school, where he excelled. In 1985, at the age of 33, he became director of pediatric neurosurgery at Johns Hopkins and is internationally recognized for his work with conjoined twins.

Knowing the importance of education, Dr. Carson has done much to help children succeed. In 1994, he and his wife established the Carson Scholars Fund, which provides scholarships for elementary and high school students in recognition of their academic achievement.

In addition to his successful medical career and humanitarian outreach, Dr. Carson has published six books--Gifted Hands, Think Big, The Big Picture, Take the Risk, America the Beautiful, and One Nation—with reoccurring themes of the value of hard work and faith in God.

Thanks to his mother’s love and God's grace, Ben Carson chose the right path for his life. If you’re headed in the wrong direction, can you make a detour that gets you back on track? Rough childhood, bad environment? Can you leave the past, change the present, and set your sights on future goals?

Yes, you can!

I’ve mentioned only a few writers who have succeeded, but there are many more that deserve recognition. Share inspirational stories of achievement that have impacted your life in a positive way. What motivates you during the tough times? Is there a person or persons who encourage you to keep working toward your goal? Everyone who comments will be included in a drawing for one of my books, winner’s choice, and a writing journal.

Breakfast is served—pancakes, eggs, biscuits and gravy, fresh fruit, assorted bagels and muffins and grits!  The coffee’s hot. Grab a cup of java or your favorite tea, and let’s share inspiring stories that motivate and spur us onward.

Wishing you abundant blessings,
Debby Giusti

By Debby Giusti
Eight years ago, a drifter destroyed Becca Miller's ties to her Amish community—and murdered her family. Now a special agent with Fort Rickman's criminal investigation department, Becca knows her past has caught up with her and doesn't want to relive it. She's convinced that the killer, who supposedly died years ago, is very much alive and after her. Special agent Colby Voss agrees to help her investigate. Yet the closer they get to the truth, the closer the killer gets to silencing her permanently. 
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Helen Gray said...

Wow, Debby!!!

You packed in a lot of wallops there. And got your point across!!!

Age-wise I'm a Laura Ingalls Wilder. How about that.

And I have a hubby who will pray with me before sending a submission.

There's orange juice on the counter.

Lyndee H said...

HI Debby,
You look so beautiful in those photos. I feel like you're in the room with me! Thank you for the great encouragement.

My Dad is a wonderful mentor. He's a writer from the old school that encouraged flowery language and tapestry sentences. He tried to get published for years. The publishing business passed him over as readers now expected tight writing. When I was offered the opportunity to write a non-fiction book about our hometown, Johnstown, PA, I was told by the publisher that since I lived in New York at the time, they had some reservation about assigning me the contract. Their policy was to have a local author in order to sell the book. Well, I had an easy solution. My Dad is known as the 'unofficial mayor' because just about everyone knows him because of his charitable works. The publisher agreed to my plan, but it took a lot to convince my humble Dad, who didn't want to step on my toes. He agreed to be the research assistant and I did the writing.

Finally, the books arrived and I showed him the cover with both our names. His surprised expression will always be etched in my memory.

A book with his name on the front.

It was a little gift to a man who has given me so much, including encouragement in my youth to accept Jesus as my Lord and Savior and to write, even if it's not published and even if it's not pretty.

Loves To Read said...

What an enjoyable post Debby! I especially liked the section on Laura Ingalls Wilder. I've noticed as I age how easy it is to say I'm just "too old" to try something new. Or it's too hard, too much trouble, I might fail, etc. Safe - but boring. I needed the kick in the seat!

Virginia Carmichael Munoz said...

Lyndee, that brought me to tears.

I can't see the screen to type my own story!

Virginia Carmichael Munoz said...

I take encouragement from the story of Mrs. Gaskell, who wrote North and South (now a BBC movie with Richard Armitage). She started writing when she was about 35, as an outlet after a losing a child at birth and another in infancy. She wrote the first bio of Charlotte Bronte because she was educating her own five kids and realized there wasn't a good bio available. While researching, she became lifelong friends with Charlotte.

Although she and her husband (a minister) were friends with artists and writers (like Charles Dickens) she didn't really consider herself a writer until she was almost forty. Then she threw herself into writing romance with a very political and social edge. She had a message she wanted to convey, about social reform, women's prisons, education of the poor, factory worker rights, women's rights, and religious tolerance.

Everyone said those books were too serious or too romantic, as if you couldn't have one along with the other...

Oh, I also love her because she wrote all her books and articles standing at the counter in the kitchen!

I read that when I was trying to write my first book and didn't even have an office chair. I wrote while sitting on an old toy box (it was the only thing low enough that my feet could reach the ground while my hands were at the keyboard- I'm short) and while nursing my fifth child.

I thought, "if Mrs. Gaskell can write one of the most enduring love stories at the kitchen counter, by hand, while social dissenters meet in her living room, I think I can peck out a book with one hand during naptime"!

Pamela Tracy said...

Faith Ford wrote about an high school algebra teacher telling her to drop algebra because she couldn't do it, didn't need it. Being told she couldn't do it made her decide to do it.

Sometimes I think we're so busy petting self esteem that we forget to challenge the animal.

Great post.

Mary Cline said...

Thank you so much Debby, so encouraging, just what I needed.

Terri said...

Debby, thanks for the encouraging post. I'm always rejuvenated by posts reminding me others have already gone through this hard journey and come out successful.

Carol Garvin said...

Thanks so much for this post, Debby! I'm approaching Laura Ingalls Wilder's generation and I admit it's tempting to think success is only for the young. I love to write, so I just keep writing without any serious attempts to get published. You're inspiring me to believe it may be worth the effort. :)

Cindy W. said...

Thank you so very much Debby! I needed this post more than you will ever know. I am really struggling right now due to so many outside things pulling my attention. I will read your post again tonight and it will be printed and placed where I can see it and read it again and again. It shouts motivation to me!

I would love to be in your drawing one of your books (I would love a copy of The Agent's Secret Past and the journal. Thank you for the opportunity to win and for this motivating post!

Smiles & Blessings,
Cindy W.

Ruth Logan Herne said...

Well, I just bought and read "Gifted Hands" (Ben Carson) and I've shared it with three other families so far, in the past three weeks, and they're all as impressed as I was. I love stories of overcoming adversity, the Phoenix rising, the light of dawn. That's where I put my focus because life offers chances if we're only brave enough and stoic enough to seize them!!!!

Deb, I love Laura Ingalls Wilder's profile and it's such a worthy story. I just finished a pioneer prairie novella for Barbour and it's amazing what those folks and especially the women had to deal with in the nothingness of the vast prairie. Oh my stars, I'm such a W-I-M-P in comparison, and I'm humbled by their strength.

Our God is amazing, our opportunities are endless and the occasional mountain should only give the climb a different perspective...

Great post.

I'm inspired.


Ruth Logan Herne said...

Lyndee. What a beautiful story. Like Virginia, I'm so touched by your words.

God bless you for seeing the possibility and giving the gift. You rock.


Mary Hicks said...

An inspiring post. Thank you, Debby! I enjoyed reading how people can come through adversity to do the 'thing' they were meant to do.

The daily routine of family and chores can be a larger stumbling block for writers at times than something big and looming.

Big and looming eventually gets taken care of and goes away... :-)

Jackie said...

Hi Debby,

I really needed this post today. Thanks so much for all you do for us, and thanks for the encouragement today.

Julie Hilton Steele said...

Great post, Debby. I am thinking of all those folks I know who grow up in abusive households and don't have support at home. They create loving families, pay for their own education, and we never know they have been through such trials. Often until they show up as story fodder!

Put me in for the drawing.

Peace and thanks for a great start to the day, Julie

Piper Huguley said...

Lyndee, your story is wonderful! That's a memory that you all will always treasure I'm sure. And I loved your cute pic on Father's day with the two of you.

I know and love these stories, especially Laura's but my approach is a little different though. To kick myself in the behind when I feel low, I ask myself if I have the right to feel that way when a lot of women, for a lot of reasons, did not have the opportunity to speak in their literary voices and be heard. The estimate is that it was about 1 in 12 women writers who had the opportunities to find their writing voices. The other 11 were kept silent by their lives--whatever they did. That usually does the trick for me.

Great post and buffet Debby! Hope to see you at RWA!

Debby Giusti said...

Morning, Helen!

The orange juice is delightful!

Isn't it wonderful that we can write at any age. Although sitting at a computer all day does add a few aches and pains. :)

God bless your husband for praying over your submissions with you. A good man!

Glynna Kaye said...

Good morning, Debby! Thank you for the inspiring reminders that everything in life doesn't always come easy when we're pursuing the dreams God gave us.

Glynna Kaye said...

Beautiful story, Lyndee!

Debby Giusti said...

Lyndee, you brought tears to my eyes this morning. Such a wonderful story of a daughter's love for her father and how writing provided a dream come true experience for both of you!

Thanks for sharing.

Would love to see your father/daughter success story published in Guideposts or one of the Chicken Soup books. Have you ever thought of submitting it for publication?

Debby Giusti said...

Hi Loves to Read!

Hopefully I provided a "gentle" kick in the pants! LOL!

I had no idea Laura was in her sixties when she wrote the first book in her series until I read my granddaughter's report. Back then, 60 was considered OLD! Not just-barely-hitting-middle-age as we think of it today. :)

Amazing that she persevered. I'm sure her daughter, Rose, helped in many ways since she was a journalist. But still, it's a wonderful success story.

Debby Giusti said...


Glad I'm not the only one crying over Lyndee's story.

Mrs. Gaskell's determination is inspiring as well. Imagine her persistence and what she accomplished with little support or encouragement.

She's an inspiration for homeschooling moms as well. No book on Charlotte Bronte so she wrote one. That's a go-getter type of gal.

Also enjoyed reading that she stood at her kitchen counter, which is a favorite spot of mine for first drafts and rewrites.

Love your mention of writing while nursing baby. Ah, the things we writers do to succeed.

Someday folks will be telling stories about your road to publication, Virginia. I'm sure of it! :)

Julie Hilton Steele said...

Lyndee, your story is fabulous. And folks, it is a wonderful book. ManO and I helped Dad publish his memoir. It's a great feeling, isn't it?

Piper, "The estimate is that it was about 1 in 12 women writers who had the opportunities to find their writing voices. The other 11 were kept silent by their lives--whatever they did." That is powerful!

Debby Giusti said...

Hi Pamela!

A challenge is always good for motivation, isn't it!

Thanks for stopping by Seekerville today. Are you going to RWA? If so, I'll see you there.


Debby Giusti said...

Hi Mary Cline and Terri!

Glad you were encouraged by the stories. Love seeing what everyone is adding in the comments. We can find inspiration in so many places.

kaybee said...

Thank you, Debby. So inspirational. I am 63 and haven't published yet. A lot of it is my own fault, I thought I knew it all in the beginning and didn't pay attention to industry standards, or sometimes to my critique partners. I'm past that now and determined to do it right until the Lord tells me to stop. Am looking forward to "retirement" so I don't have to fit this around the corners of a "job," but I'm not using the job as an excuse. Seekers help me to stay motivated.
I love anything about Anne Frank. I cannot imagine how she got through that horrific experience as a teenager, with so much that goes on in a teen's head. Sometimes I try to imagine the adult she would have become. But what she left us with is more than enough.
Good Post.
Kathy Bailey

Debby Giusti said...


Don't limit God. If he gives you stories to write, he wants those stories read. And not just by close friends and family.

Think BIG!

kaybee said...

Oh, LYNDEE. My dad loved to read, especially Dickens. He read each of Dickens' novels through once a year. I don't know anyone who did that, especially in the 21st century. I wish I could have shared something like a book title with him. I almost cried.
Kathy Bailey

Debby Giusti said...

You're in the drawing!

Remember: YES, YOU CAN!!!!

You are a writer!
You are a writer!
You are a writer!

And you will succeed with determination and persistence. A bit of luck and a lot of prayer help too!


kaybee said...

RUTHY, good point about the pioneer women. I was whining yesterday because I couldn't get the top off a carton of ice cream. (Butter pecan, no sugar added, but still...)

Missy Tippens said...

Debby, what an inspirational post!! Thanks so much for sharing those examples. How empowering to think that we can overcome our obstacles, too.

Marianne Barkman said...

I'm so glad you shared your post today Debby. I'm not a writer, nor one who wants to be, but I love to read, so inspiring writers is a great thing. Thanks, and to those who shared their story, thanks

kaybee said...

THE OTHER THING's a common understanding that Laura's skills as a writer were honed when they were little and Mary went blind, because she had to describe scenes to Mary. So if there had been no Mary there might have been no Laura, or at least not as good. The Lord works in mysterious ways his wonders to perform.
Please put my name in drawing.
Kathy Bailey
Contemplative in New Hampshire

Missy Tippens said...

Lyndee, I agree! That's a gorgeous photo of Debby. Really shows off her beautiful blue eyes.

Missy Tippens said...

Virginia, thanks for that bit of info! I loved North and South (thanks to a recommendation here, I finally watched the video).

Lyndee, what a sweet, sweet story about your Dad!

Mz.ZeyZey said...

Love this post, Debby!

I think my favorite story of a successful writer has to be Stephen King's story. Feeling the need to write short so he could sell to magazines and make money for his family, he threw away Carrie because he knew it wasn't going to be a short story. His wife found it in the trash and convinced him to finish it. She supported the story and wouldn't let him give up on it. Of course, we know how that story ended.

Finding a community of writers has kept me inspired and motivated. Meeting Debby and other authors at the Love Inspired Luncheon gave me a great boost as well. I am so happy to have found Seekerville (and you, Debby)!

Debby Giusti said...

Hi Ruthy,
Dr. Carson's story is amazing. Love his mama who gave him the tools to succeed.

Hard work and faith in God--a powerful combination!

Congrats on your prairie romance. I can't imagine how those women endured. A hard life for sure.

Debby Giusti said...

Mary Hicks,

Great comment about daily routine that can eat up time and sap our energy and enthusiasm. That's why having a dream is important. It lifts us above the mundane.


Elaine Manders said...


Your post and Lyndee's comment has me choked up this morning. We forget that God uses our trials to refine our work. It's never too late, the difficulties too great, to press on toward the goal.

All of us won't accomplish great works like the authors you mention, but God will be just as pleased if we are faithful to our calling.

Love your breakfast buffet, BTW.

Debby Giusti said...

Waving to Jackie!

I'm sending hugs along with the encouragement. :)

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Debby Giusti said...

Hi Julie HS!

You're so right. So many folks overcome abuse and neglect, yet they rise about the struggle and succeed. Often their stories go unsung.

You're in the drawing!

BTW, love the new you!

Debby Giusti said...

Piper, thanks for reminding us that in the past many folks didn't have the wherewithal to write their stories. Now, with computers and indie pubbing, opportunities abound. That doesn't mean the road is easy. It still is riddled with potholes and twists and turns that can take us off course. That's why affirmation and support--such as we get in Seekerville--are so important. We're all on this journey together, which encourages me to persevere.

Anna Weaver Hurtt said...

Fantastic post, Debby!

My husband is my strongest supporter when I'm down in the dumps. He gently pushes me to get those words out on paper/the computer screen when I procrastinate. He's a pretty good proofreader, too. I'm truly blessed to have him. :)

My little sister is also a strong "motivator." I once made the mistake of showing her the first 3 chapters of an unfinished novel. She hounded me incessantly until I finished it and gave her more to read. :)

Debby Giusti said...

Hi Glynna,

Sometimes we need to be reminded that success is never easily achieved.

Have a great day!

Sandra Leesmith said...

Great post Debby, YOU have been one of my encouragers all these years. This post is great and surely leaves no excuses does it? lol

Thanks for sharing and I've enjoyed reading other shares as well. We are all so blessed and it is important to remember God has a plan. smile

Debby Giusti said...


Don't look back. Just look ahead. You've got lots of time to follow your dream, and that's exciting. Plus, age doesn't matter. It's how we feel inside that counts.

Thanks for sharing about dad and Dickens. Two very special men. :)

Mary Connealy said...

Here's an off-the-wall reaction, Debby.

Has anyone read the book Tootle the Train?

A little golden book from way way back.

The little train that had so much potential but found it was more fun to frolic in the meadow with a horse than zip around the tracks.

The whole village of Lower Trainswitch worked together to get Tootle 'back on the tracks.'

It is just such a deep message given in what seems like a silly little book.

The moral of the story, "There are nothing but red flags for little trains who get off the tracks."

And is there a deeper truth honestly than this?

Add in the whole village working together to save Tootle from ruining his life.

I give it as a baby shower gift to every expectant mother. And tell them to read it often to their child and MAKE SURE THE CHILD GETS THE POINT!
Anyway, that's not what you're talking about today. But it's what popped into my head.

Debby Giusti said...

We toured Anne Frank's attic when we visited Amsterdam. So sobering. How did they endure two years of confinement?

Her tragic end breaks my heart. We can never forget what happened and always work to ensure it will never happen again.

Mary Connealy said...

I'm close to the Laura Ingalls Wilder phase of life. I beat her by a few years but it's definitely a new season of life, after years of raising children.

It's like God laid it out just perfectly, but I sure couldn't see that during all those years of struggle to get published.

Debby Giusti said...

Kathy, you're in the drawing. Thanks for adding the info about how Mary's blindness honed Laura's writing skills. You're so right. God does work in wonderful and mysterious ways.

Myra Johnson said...

So much inspiration here, DEBBY--thank you!

LYNDEE, what a sweet story about co-writing the book with your dad!

And I love the Ben Carson story. We recently rented the movie Gifted Hands, then watched it again with the kids and grandkids. I love the part where the mom makes the boys turn off the TV and read books!

Debby Giusti said...

We love having you as part of our Seekerville community. Thanks for YOUR support and encouragement.

Debby Giusti said...

Hi Missy!

Writers need encouragement.

True or False?


Debby Giusti said...

Hi Mz. Zey Zey!

We're so glad you found Seekerville! Loved being with you at the LI Luncheon in Florida. Such a perfect day!

(Except for the snow storm in Georgia that nearly cancelled our trip south! LOL!)

I didn't know Stephen King's story. Glad his wife saved CARRIE. Hard to imagine that even Stephen King had trouble getting his work published.

Erica, you've got the determination! Don't let anything stop you.


Janet Dean said...

Debby, your post stirred and inspired me. We never stop needing the reminder that when we truly value our gift we won't let anything stop us from pursuing it.
Each of these brief snippets touched me deeply. Thank you.

I think of LaVryle Spencer, the author of both historical and contemporary books, many of which
made the NYT's bestseller list and some became TV movies. She inspires me because the loss of a child didn't stop her from writing.


Debby Giusti said...

Elaine, I thought you'd like the grits! :)

Loved your comment: All of us won't accomplish great works like the authors you mentioned, but God will be just as pleased if we are faithful to our calling.

Being faithful to Him is the key, isn't it? He's called us to write. So we write.

Also we don't limit God. By working with Him, we can dream big and work hard and enjoy the journey.

Janet Dean said...

Lyndee, thanks for sharing the the sweet story of your father realizing his dream through you. He sounds like a wonderful supportive man and strong leader of his home.


Debby Giusti said...

Anna, how lucky you are to have all that support from your family. Love a hubby who encourages and can also proofread! He deserves a hug!

Also a "motivator" sister! You've got a built in beta reader. Sis deserves a hug too!

Keep working! With all that support you're sure to succeed.

Jan Drexler said...

I love how every writer has a story to tell! God works in each one of us the way that's perfect for us :)

I'm so thankful that He brought me to this writing life at the perfect time. My first Woman's World story was published in time for my mom to be aware that I had done it. Only a few months later, and it wouldn't have meant anything to her, but the look in her eyes and her squeeze of my hand when I gave her the news was priceless. (She was nonverbal by then, two years before her death.)

Thanks for all the inspiration, Debby!

Debby Giusti said...

Hi Sandra,

God does have a plan. We just have to keep working and do our best.


Janet Dean said...

I will never forget the day I told my parents I was writing a book and their unreserved confidence that I would be published. I remember my mother saying she hoped she lived to see it. Neither of my parents lived to see my dream realized, but their faith in me remains in my heart yet today.

We never want to trample dreams. The words we speak will never fade.


Pam Hillman said...

JK Rowling: rock bottom became a solid foundation on which I rebuilt my life.

What a powerful statement.

And... Anne Frank's life was cut so short in a horrific time period, but, if you think about it, she was at rock bottom...more so that Rowling... when she wrote her diary. No wonder her diary is so powerful.

Something to ponder.

Tina Radcliffe said...

What an inspirational post! Thank you.

Lyndee! What a wonderful, wonderful, story!!!

Tina Radcliffe said...

Virginia! I didn't know that about the North and South author. Another inspirational tale. Thank you.

Tina Radcliffe said...

Kathy Bailey. 63 is just a number.

Ignore it.

But I still want to see your face in your profile picture.

Debby Giusti said...


Tootle the Train sounds like a great gift for new moms! I need to hunt through my stack of children's books, and see if I have a copy.

Remember The Little Red Caboose? That's a favorite of mine.

The journey to publication was a tough road to walk--at times the struggle felt like something those pioneer wives might have experienced. Not physically, but in the anguish of unfulfilled dreams. That's why I like to offer encouragement. If I can succeed, anyone can! :)

Debby Giusti said...

Myra, I need to rent the video!

Debby Giusti said...

I remember you mentioning your fondness for LaVryle Spencer. As I recall, she used to attend the Moonlight and Magnolias Conference and always seemed like a lovely lady.

Debby Giusti said...

Jan, I know your mom was so proud of you. That hand squeeze and recognition in her eyes are such special memories.

God's timing is perfect.

Debby Giusti said...

Janet wrote: We never want to trample dreams. The words we speak will never fade.

Such sage advice, Janet, that I need to remember always.

Susan Anne Mason said...

Hi Debby,

Your smiling face cheers me up every time I see it! Thank you!

Such a great post. I love stories of encouragement like these.

I started writing around the age of 40, with no real purpose in mind, just to write a story that ended the way I wanted it to! Probably around my mid-forties I started to attend writing workshops and mini-conferences and got the publication bug. It was about this time I started writing 'inspirational' romance with God's message of love and hope in the mix. And it took until now, in my 50's, that God's perfect timing manifested and I am now seeing my dream come true!

You Seekerville ladies were a true inspiration to me, because I found out that none of you were in your twenties! LOL! Many of you were at the same stage of life as me!

Thank you for your encouragement and friendship!!


Meghan Carver said...

Thank you, Debby, for the inspiration today! I read Gifted Hands earlier this year and promptly passed it on to my children. I'm saving this post to refer to when I need a kick-in-the-pants. :-)

Debby Giusti said...

So true that some folks have to hit rock bottom before they can start climbing upward.

JK Rowling could see that when she looked back. More difficult to see when you're at the bottom.

I think Anne's optimism in the face of such horrific evil makes her story even more compelling. It always tears at my heart.

Debby Giusti said...

Kathy, listen to Tina. She used to hide behind a coffee cup. :)

Debby Giusti said...

Susan, we're all smiling about your success. Isn't it wonderful to have worked long and hard and then see your efforts pay off.

I'm proud of you!!!


Debby Giusti said...

Aren't you a smart mother to give your children such an inspirational book.

Dr. Carson's story is the American dream. He succeeded. All of us can too!

Jeanne T said...

Wow, Debby. What an upbeat post! I needed it. :) It's inspiring to read how others overcame obstacles to become what they were meant to be.

I think my favorite quote was from JK Rowling: "And so rock bottom became a solid foundation on which I rebuilt my life.”

Wow. My heart is pumping and I'm ready to chase this dream of writing. Thanks so much for the inspiration!

Debby Giusti said...

Waving to Jeanne T!

Keep chasing that dream! You'll succeed! I'm sure of it!

Wilani Wahl said...


Thank you for this timely post. I have been struggling this last month. I haven't been able to write much due to health issues. This helped to encourage me to get back to pursuing my dream of having a book published.

Thank you to everyone in Seekerville. You have been an encouragement to me.

Chill N said...

Debby, I didn't realize Laura Wilder was in her 60s when her first book was published. How inspiring! Posts like yours help me through low-motivation, doubt-ridden times. Thank you!

Nancy C

Kav said...

Debby, this is such an inspired post -- and the comments have just added more goodness to the whole thing. I feel like standing up and cheering while listening to Ruthy's fave 'Overcomer.' LOL

And, of course, this can apply to all aspects of life, not just writing. I know I have spent too much time lamenting the past instead of being wholly in the present while hoping for a brighter future. I've slowly gotten better at that over the years but this post is definitely going to be my go to for inspiration when my spirits lag.

Seekerville is my go to place for encouragement. Y'all inspire and bless me on a daily basis.

Lyndee H said...

Wow, I am humbled by all of the comments about my earlier post. Talk about encouragement! Thank you!

Debby Giusti said...


I'm sorry you haven't been well. Praying for your health to improve so you can return to your writing.

Keep us posted!

Mark Abel said...

Thanks Debby for encouraging an older guy who is working on his first novel. My small business went flat for three years during the worst of the Great Recession, but it got me started. Currently three years in and too many pages later I have discovered a passion to write. Sometimes I remind myself that Moses did not receive his calling until he was 80 years old! I may be starting a little late in life but the good news is I'm a youngster compared to him. Thanks so much for the examples of success you listed, they were inspiring and resonated in me to press on. Thank You !

DebH said...

Lyndee your story is a wonderful and tear producing one. very special and I love that you shared it with us.

I needed to read "Yes, you can!" today. How did you know?

(I know... it's a God thing - you Seeker ladies appear to be very in-tune with Him, each blog post seems to be the perfect one I need for that day)

Debby Giusti said...


Like you, I didn't realize Laura was older when she penned her first manuscript. In those days, folks in their 60s were probably considered over the hill! :) Yet she published an entire series that has charmed children and adults for more than seventy years.

She is an inspiration!

Debby Giusti said...


We all need Seekerville encouragement and the support of like-minded friends who see the big picture and understand the writing journey. This road is not easy to walk.

Glad we're all in this together! Some days you're pushing us up the hill. Sometimes we're pushing you to move forward. Working together eases the load and makes the trip a lot more fun!

Debby Giusti said...

Lyndee, the story needs to be written. Pray about it. OK?

Debby Giusti said...

Mark, so glad you stopped by today.

Thanks for mentioning Moses. That man did not want to be called, yet he eventually said yes to the Lord. Thank goodness he did.

Sorry about your business, but sounds as if you turned a negative into a positive. Keep writing. Keep visiting Seekerville. We always provide inspiration, writing tips or technical know-how, and comments and questions are always answered. Plus, you'll find support and encouragement, which we all need.

Can you achieve your writing dream?


Debby Giusti said...

I'm smiling, DebH!


Believe it!
Believe in yourself!
Believe in your story!

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Connie Queen said...

Thanks for the awesome post!

I really needed this right now.

Debby Giusti said...

Hope it provides motivation and encouragement, Connie!


Mary Connealy said...

That is just a remarkably pretty picture of you, Debby. Love it and I love this post.

Mary Connealy said...

Mark this sounds a little like me. I sat down to try my hand at writing when my youngest child went to kindergarten and discovered I loved it.
That's what kept me going all those years, I just love writing.

CatMom said...

Awesome and encouraging post, dear Debby!! A definite Keeper for my files.
Am packing for a little vacation, but had to stop by and read your post and say thanks.
You are wonderful!!
Hugs, Patti Jo :)

Debby Giusti said...

You're a born writer, Mary. I had to learn the craft! :)

Debby Giusti said...

Hi Patti Jo,
Thanks for visiting today. Enjoy your time with family.

Hugs and love!

Pat Jeanne Davis said...

Many thanks for your encouraging post, Debby. You always have such writely insight.
Lyndee's story is so touching. It's exciting that her father had the chance to see both his name and his daughter's on a book cover.
Thanks to Virginia for mentioning Mrs. Gaskell. It's uplifting to read accounts of other writers who still persevered when facing setbacks. Their experiences give hope.
I appreciate Debby and Tina's comments on age in response to Kathy. Thanks for the good advice there, too.

Pat Jeanne Davis said...

Many thanks for your encouraging post, Debby. You always have such writely insight.
Lyndee's story is so touching. It's exciting that her father had the chance to see both his name and his daughter's on a book cover.
Thanks to Virginia for mentioning Mrs. Gaskell. It's uplifting to read accounts of other writers who still persevered when facing setbacks. Their experiences give hope.
I appreciate Debby and Tina's comments on age in response to Kathy. Thanks for the good advice there, too.

Bridgett Henson said...

Beautiful, inspiring post. Every writer needs encouraging at one point or another. I think I'll print this out and refer back to it.
Thanks Debby.

And please enter me for the drawing.

Jackie Smith said...

Very encouraging, Debby. I am just a reader, but loved hearing these stories.
Your sweet smile makes my day....please count me in the drawing.

PS What is going with ausjenny....have not seen her here lately???

Preslaysa Williams said...

Love it! You've given me some fresh inspiration this evening. (And I love your photos by the way! You look lovely.)

Melanie Dickerson said...

Hey, Debby! What a wonderful, inspiring post! Thank you for this! I love it!!!
When I was a kid of about thirteen or fourteen, I was inspired by Harper Lee who wrote To Kill a Mockingbird. She grew up about 40 miles from my tiny little poverty-stricken hometown in the middle of nowhere Alabama, and I thought, If she could get a book published and even have a movie made from it, maybe I can be a published author too. We also shared the same last name. So it made the impossible seem not quite so impossible and gave me hope. :-)

Tanya Agler said...

Debby, I loved this post. I love reading about (the real) Laura Ingalls Wilder. When I gave my daughter a set of the Little House books, I would borrow one, return it, and borrow the next one.

Lyndee, To your father, your shared book was not only probably the prettiest, it was also probably one of the most special and meaningful of his life. Thanks for sharing your story in the comments.

Am I allowed to give a shout out to a group? Hope so. All the writers at GRW have encouraged and inspired me. Dianna Shuford was the first person I talked to at GRW, and her shared words of encouragement about her first sale made me smile. I listen to all the stories and take encouragement from them just as I do the people who leave comments here. (Sorry to be so wordy).

Thanks, Debby.

Debby Giusti said...

Hi Pat Jeanne,

You mentioned hope, which is so important for all of us! I, too, loved Lyndee's story about her father and their book. So, so special...of course, that's Lyndee. She's a very special lady.

Virginia's mention of Mrs. Gaskell was good to read as well.

Tina provided an important line: Age is just a number. LOL! So true!

Debby Giusti said...

Bridgett, glad the blog provided inspiration!


Debby Giusti said...

Jackie Smith,

You're right. We haven't heard from Ausjenny recently. Let's hold her close in prayer in case she's having more health issues.

Debby Giusti said...


Thanks for stopping by Seekerville. I'm still remembering your lovely blog that was so nicely done.


Debby Giusti said...


How special to find inspiration from a local author...especially one so noteworthy.

Look at you now! A wonderful author. I bet you're inspiring young girls to be writers when they grow up.

Debby Giusti said...

Tanya, I love shout outs for GRW! That's where I learned so much about writing.


Mary Preston said...

I love stories of people with 'can do' attitudes. Truly inspirational. My mother always told us growing up that if we do our very best then anything is possible.

Alyssa Faith said...
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Alyssa Faith said...

Gosh, I needed this! Thank you Debby! a.f.washburn(at)aol(dot)com

Edwina said...


Such wonderful encouragement! Thanks!

Jean said...

What a beautiful reminder that God does have a plan and it's not necessarily ours. Thanks for the motivational kick, Debby. Just reading all the comments added to the kick.

Loved it!
Tea, grits, eggs and fruit. I'm good. :)

Carrie Turansky said...

Hi Debby, what a wonderful post! I shared it on Facebook. Such a great encouragement! I've hear Debbie M. tell her story and was so inspired by all she overcame and has accomplished.

Debby Giusti said...

Love your Mama, Mary P! Great advice!

Debby Giusti said...

Hi Alyssa Faith...what a lovely name. Glad the blog hit home with you.


Debby Giusti said...

Hi Edwina,

Always wonderful to see your smiling face in Seekerville. We're so close, and yet we keep in touch via the Web. Guess that's life in 2014. :)
Hope all is well.


Debby Giusti said...

Happy to provide a double kick served with grits! :)


Debby Giusti said...

Hi Carrie,

Thanks for sharing the post. Yes, Debbie M's story is very inspiring. She overcame a lot, and her determination and hard work led to success! She's a powerful role model for all of us. :)