Exciting News!

My debut book Ruby Slips and Poker Chips: The Modern Tale of Dorothy Gale is going to be released next Tuesday, December 5th. One thing I never could have imagined is the amazing community of writers who support you and cheer you on. Because I won a contest in July, I have met many wonderful people on-line. Three of the people who have been instrumental to making my dream a reality are Dan Alatorre and Sally and David Cronin. I am truly grateful to these new friends. Please check out my book on Amazon or Smashwords, and while your there purchase a copy.

Sally’s Cafe and Bookstore- New Author on the Shelves for Christmas – Ruby Slips and Poker Chips by Heather Kindt #WordWeaverContest winner



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Do You Want to Give Up? Don’t!! (Part 3)

Here are the last two philosophies my friend shared from his climb to Everest base camp.
6) Be prepared for the unexpected and the unexpected won’t happen.
This one reminds me of our family trip to Europe this summer. We had a folder for each country and had almost every detail planned out. We knew how we were getting from the airports to our lodging and even used Google Earth to find the place we were staying or the bus station we were arriving in. Seeing a street view really helped. I know you won’t believe this, but NOTHING went wrong, and this included eight flights!
The same is true when you are publishing a book. Plan. Plan. Plan. Study. Learn. The more you know, the smoother is will go.

7) Nothing worthwhile in life is achieved without perserverance. Keep at it. Never, never give up!

In my classroom, I attempt to teach my students grit. This is the number one character trait that a student can have that is an indicator of future success. Not academic ability, but grit. This is why you hear of successful people who were high school dropouts. They don’t give up when things get hard.

When you have worked hard to achieve something, it means so much more when that achievement comes to fruition. So, follow my friend’s advice. Don’t give up on your writing or whatever your passion is because if you try you never know what could happen.
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Do You Want to Give Up? Don’t! (Part 2)

In my post yesterday, I took three awesome philosophies from a friend of mine who just finished climbing to Everest base camp and applied them to writing. In reality, these philosophies could be applied to anything you do, but because this is a writing blog, I’m giving you my two cents on working with the pen, or in this case, the Macbook. The two things I’m going to talk about today have to do with teamwork and support. A difficult subject for my fellow introverts.

4) Take some friends with you. You will need to help and encourage each other. He continues by saying that this person needs to have the same goal and commitment as you. In writing, this means you might have to actively search for and find like-minded people. I have one friend who is a published writer. We met each other when we worked at the same school. She is someone who I can turn to for advice. She’s someone who has been there and done that. I have other friends who say they have written something, but I don’t see it being an active part of their life. They lack the commitment. I know what that looks like because I was one of those people.

I used to listen to a lot of Dave Ramsey and I also listen to the Model Health Show with Shawn Stevens. Ramsey will always tell you that you will be as rich as the ten people you hang out with the most. On the Model Health Show, one of the guests talked about how we assimilate the traits of the people we are closest to. If you hang out with a bunch of unhealthy people, you will take on those traits. If a lot of your closest friends are getting divorced, hang onto your spouse even tighter.

So how do you change this? Actively seek people who have the same goals and commitment as you. If you want to be rich, hang out and find mentors who have wealth. If you want to have a loving relationship with your spouse, hang out with couples who having loving and committed relationships and learn how to grow yours. If you want to be a better and more successful writer, learn from those who have been there and encourage each other along the way. Life is a process, not a destination. We all need help and encouragement.

5) It important to have a support network back home.

My husband has been invaluable to me along the way. I am reading the book Mindsets by Carol S. Dweck where she says that partners should help the other do the things they want and become the person they want to be. That is what Tom has been to me. When I first started writing, I just earned my masters degree in teaching reading. My kids were small at the time. Throughout that year and a half process, Tom would take the kids and entertain them every Saturday and Sunday so I could read and write a paper. After I finished my degree and started to write novels, he still entertained the kids on Saturday afternoons so I could spend some time in my book. But he knows that I would do the same for him.

Tom has been my greatest champion. When I won Dan Alatorre’s Word Weaver Writing contest, he and the kids decorated the dining room and had a party for me. It touched my heart. He wants me to succeed and this is the greatest gift of all. Who has been your champion along the way? Have you gone it alone?

Tomorrow I will wrap up this series. See you then.


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Do You Want to Give Up? Don’t!!!

A friend of mine just hiked to Everest base camp. Pretty amazing! I’m sure I would have given up after the first day. Even on his days of acclimation, he had to hike. No rest for the weary. He posted his reflections on Facebook today and I think a lot of his reflections and philosophies outline the journey many writers are on.

1) Don’t give up your dreams or let them die from inactivity; pursue them until they become a reality.

This really happened to me. I wrote The Weaver back in 2008 and Ruby Slips and Poker Chips a year or so after that. There was one year when I didn’t have a full-time teaching job, so I only substituted. During this year I wrote like there was no tomorrow. It is a passion for me. And I worked hard to get an agent. I sent my query letters, chapters, and synopsis to agent after agent. I wanted to do the whole Stephen King nail on the wall thing, but stuck the rejection letters in a drawer instead. My dream seemed to slip through my fingers and it wasn’t until I saw my friend Dan Alatorre’s writing contest on Facebook last July that I started to have hope again (just a FYI, I didn’t know Dan before the writing contest – we’re friends now.) Winning that contest has me writing again. Have you stopped writing? What might give you hope again?

2) Set a goal; have a destination; make a plan.

We always have the best laid plans. I wanted to write during the summer, but there was a house to clean, or a vacation to go on, or time to spend with my children. You have to make writing a priority if it is a priority. We can waste our life away on meaningless stuff, or we can get intentional about what really matters. I know that I can easily get sucked into watching Netflix or checking Facebook.

I’ve started journaling. I’m not perfect at it, but I write down my goals. John Lee Dumas’s journal called the Freedom Journal can help you accomplish a specific goal in 100 days. Here’s a link: www.thefreedomjournal.com  

My goals might be overarching goals, or goals for that day, but I have them. Creating goals and thinking about the steps to get there is half the battle. After you do that, you have to execute. Back in 2015 I had the goal of losing 15 pounds. I weighed 152 pounds back then. I had to write down my anti-weight loss triggers. These were the things I had to avoid. These included ice cream, restaurants, the school lounge, absent-minded snacking, and cheese. Try writing down the anti-writing triggers for you. What keeps you from meeting your goals?

3) It’s important to have an experienced guide, someone who has taken the journey before and knows the way.

DON’T BE AN INTROVERT!!! Good advice from an introvert. I took the risk and reached out to Dan by entering his contest. It was one of the best decisions I have ever made in my life (as far as my writing goes). But listen to what I just said . . . I reached out to him. He didn’t send me an email day after day reminding me to enter his contest. I had to do it. One of the things that kept me from self-publishing was I had no idea what to do. I kept telling myself that I was going to get together with my friend Allison who has had success, but as I said in #2, best laid plans.

Last week, I went to my first critique group. I read aloud a chapter from The Weaver and the friend I went with was amazed I could do that. Don’t let critique from an experienced guide bother you. They are helping! Because this group was mostly picture book and early reader authors, I hope to find a YA or novel critique group. Have you found someone to mentor you who has found success where you want to succeed?

Tomorrow I will give you my thoughts on my friend’s next three philosophies. Are you still pursing your dream? Do you set goals? Who helps you along the way? I’d love to hear your advice.

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