Episode 101 – Lynne Thompson writers fiction for teens, nonfiction, articles, and blogs.
- Lynne Thompson’s first book was The Official Soccer Mom Devotional: A Book of 50 Brief and Inspiring Devotions. Two more have followed, written for teens – Wag the Mouth and Wag the Teacher, with more in the series coming. Lynne got her start as the editor of her high school newspaper. Later she wrote articles, lots of articles- over 500! Her newsletter led to Focus on a Family radio show stint where she read some of her works, which turned into The Official Soccer Mom Devotional. The book is filled with fun stuff for busy moms. Lynne’s Wag series is written to capture some of the silliness off high school with little nuggets of truth and value. They are about what’s important in life – friendship and family and faith. Substitute teaching helps her keep in touch with how kids talk and helps her think young in her writing.
- Fiction, nonfiction, articles, and blogging.
- The Official Soccer Mom Devotional: A Book of 50 Brief and Inspiring Devotions
- Wag the Mouth
- Wag the Teacher
My Writing Obstacles
- Besides battling the doubt that every author has? You have to overcome the constant desire to quit because it is difficult.
- As a writer, never miss a deadline. Ever. Never, never, never miss a deadline. I always set my deadline to myself sooner than they gave me so I would never miss a deadline.
On Word Count
- Being a few words over is probably okay because your editor is going to edit the article anyway. Include sidebars in the word count. I try to stay no more than 15 to 20 words over. But I never stay under the word count I was given.
Tips for Writing for Teens
- Be around teens as much as possible. Listen to them talk. They like to think of themselves as older than they are so empower them in your story to be the change agent that makes positive changes.
On Getting Started
- A blog is a good way to get started. Anyone can open up a blog on WordPress and start writing. There’s really no reason not to be published these days. Self-publishing, social media, and blogs have made it easy.
My Writing Motivation
- I think about my audience. I want to make them laugh and cry and then laugh again. I want them to be able to travel into my world for a little while and receive an encouraging word.
My Most Difficult Writing Challenge
- My most difficult challenge is writing. You have to take breaks.
My Most Rewarding Moment as an Author
- Some of my advance teen readers told me they wanted to meet several of my characters in real life. I thought, wow, I created a character they wanted to meet. That’s as good as it gets.
The Best Advice on Writing I Ever Received
- The best advice I ever received was to never give up. Keep writing. Don’t stop.
My Best Advice for Struggling Writers
- For new writers it’s to be open to learning. We aren’t good at the beginning because we don’t have enough tools and information to make it good.
What Writing Success Means to Me
- At the end of the day, it’s not about how many books you’ve written or how many article you’ve published. It’s whether you have been obedient to your call. For me it’s being obedient to God’s call to what I write.
My Favorite Book on Writing
- For fiction it’s Donald Maas’ book Writing the Break Out Novel: Insider Advice for Taking Your Fiction to the Next Level with it’s workbook Writing the Breakout Novel Workbook. The workbook is great.
- For nonfiction, it’s just reading and studying nonfiction books and articles. Ed. Note – The Breakout Novelist: How to Craft Novels That Stand Out and Sell is a new version of the book.
How To Find Me
About Lynne Thompson from Her Amazon Author’s page
- Radio personality and author Lynne Thompson, can be heard in the United States and Canada on Focus on the Family’s Weekend radio broadcast as ‘The Soccer Mom.’ Her book, The Official Soccer Mom Devotional, is dedicated to encouraging women with a van load of God’s truth and a sport bottle filled with laughter. Lynne resides in California’s Central Valley with her husband Pete, and their two children, whom Lynne drives to more activities than she can count.
From My Perspective
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