How To Be A Writing Community Team Player – Scoring One For The Other Team

A writing conference is the great reality check for the ball hog of the writing field. Just a few weeks ago many of us showed up in Dallas ready to pitch our stories and see our writing pals from all over the country.

Did you score one for the other team?

We all hope that we never make the mistake of scoring points for the other team in sports, but what about our writing careers?

In the Christian writing world we are all on the same team. Striving not for our own advancement, but for the advancement of our Heavenly Father. Every time someone on the team scores, it benefits all of us.

We have the amazing opportunity of blessing and advancing our whole team every time we get together. You never really advance yourself by cutting down someone on the same team.

The conference has passed, but the writing journey continues and so should our team spirit. Don’t let pettiness or discouragement get you down. So, someone else got the big book deal and you didn’t, or someone got their dream agent.

It’s time to dance in the end zone with our team mates who found success. Maybe it is as small as surviving your first pitch, to winning a Carol Award. Throughout the ACFW Conference this year My Book Therapy had a wall of shout outs. Let’s continue to celebrate with each other.

Each step of the journey counts. Every day you continue to dream is a success. Today in our writing practice we are going to focus on being a writing community team player.

Here are three tips to boosting your team that I’d like to challenge you to try this week:

*Celebrate a dreamer’s success.  Take a moment to recognize, or encourage someone new in the writing journey.

*Celebrate with a writer who has achieved something you would like to achieve. This keeps our jealousy monitor in check and keeps us focused on others instead of ourselves.

*Show appreciation or recognize someone who has mentored you on your journey. We sometimes assume that published authors are tired of hearing someone bluther over them, but I’ve never really heard that from an author. Usually they are encouraged that they have helped someone else.

I have nominated a few dreamers from the writing community that I’d like to recognize here today.

Melissa Tagg                    Julia Reffner


Newly Contracted              Dream Chasing Mom            


 Amy Lindberg                     Matthew Sheehy

Amy Lindberg       Matthew Sheehy

*Understand Writing Season Priorities 

Mentors Who Give Selflessly 

Cynthia Ruchti   Lena Nelson Dooley   Reba Hoffman


Alena Tauriainen                                         Colleen Coble

Colleen Coble

Robin & Casey Carroll


Inspiring Dreamers Who Have Overcome Adversity

Terri Dawn Smith                               Arlene Coulter


Join in celebrating them with encouraging comments. Add to the list with some dreamers you saw stretching themselves this year. Blog about this yourself this week. Pass on the encouragement.


About Michelle Lim

Author Michelle Lim is the Brainstorming/Huddle Coach with My Book Therapy Press and the Midwest Zone Director for American Christian Fiction Writers. Michelle’s romantic suspense is represented by Karen Solem of Spencillhill Associates and has gained contest recognition in the Frasier, the Genesis, and the Phoenix Rattler, winning the Genesis in 2015 for her genre. Michelle writes devotionals for The Christian Pulse Online Magazine and Putting On The New. Since her nonfiction book release, Idea Sparking: How To Brainstorm Conflict In Your Novel, through public speaking and online chats Michelle helps writers discover the revolutionary power of brainstorming to bring new life to their stories.

11 thoughts on “How To Be A Writing Community Team Player – Scoring One For The Other Team

  1. Love this post! You are such an encourager yourself, Michelle!

  2. Melissa Tagg says:

    Oh, thank you, Michelle, for including me. You made my day. I always have a little trouble coming off the weekend and settling back into the work week, so your post brings a much-needed smile to my Monday. 🙂

    I’m going to join in on the fun and nominate…YOU, for one. You’ve totally stretched yourself in starting this blog…signing with an awesome agent…and all your hard work for MBT.

    I also want to second your nomination of Alena. I got to know her more this year as her roomie at ACFW…she is so awesome and works so incredibly hard for MBT. She’s a wonderful encourager and she has a big writing goal for the coming year!

  3. Lisa Jordan says:

    Loved your post, Michelle. I’m so thrilled for those you mentioned who are striving toward making their dreams happen. I love your list of mentors too. Most of them have touched my life in some wonderful way! And I agree with Melissa–you’ve done a great job this year in making things happen!

  4. Michelle,
    You are so sweet! I can’t wait to meet you in person again! You are such an encouragement to so many of us!

  5. Thank you, Michelle! I was just thinking of you earlier today and what an encouragement you’ve been to me. I could be feeling down as a basement, and there you are with hugs and kind words. I thank God for you!

    I’d also like to nominate Pat Trainum, Beth Vogt and Reba Hoffman, who regularly put feet on their encouragement by praying for us. What an incredible blessing with eternal paybacks! Thank you, ladies. I’m very proud to be on the same team as each of you!

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