Dialogue at Breathe by Carol Van Der Woude

on Nov 10, 2017 in Blog | 4 comments

It is a new season of life for me. My husband I have seven grandchildren and the opportunity to offer gentle guidance. My mother is in the latter stage of dementia and needs care from my sisters and me. And I feel called to write.

Sometimes I am distracted by the chaos in our country. I need time in God’s word to keep a steady balance in my life, a hopeful attitude. And I feel called to write.

When Kate Motaung posted a blog about several writer’s conferences, including Breathe, I was glad. The conference was at a good time and was taking place near my mother’s residence. I decided to go.

The Breathe conference was encouraging and motivating. I came away with inspiration and some new ideas. Some aspects of writing I feel confident about, other aspects, not so much. It was good to meet writers with a variety of talents and gifts.

Currently I am working on historical fiction. I am writing about a midwife that practiced in the beginning of the twentieth century. I can document her life with the research I have done, but I need to fill in the gaps. The book will be fiction with imagined characters and dialogue.

Dialogue is a challenge for me. I need help, so I was happy to attend Susie Finkbeiner’s session on dialogue. I picked up tips and listened to selected dialogue, done well by famous authors. I was glad to have the opportunity to meet with Susie one-on-one and discuss my project.

The conference affirmed and encouraged my call to write.

Carol is a wife, mother and grandmother. She is a retired labor/delivery nurse and has been blessed by the experience of assisting women in childbirth. She has written articles for nursing journals, Midwifery Today and devotions for the Secret place and Upper Room. Her novel, Aliisa’s Letter: Legacy of Faith was published in 2010. She blogs athttp://carolvanderwoude.com


  1. Carol, it was an honor to have one on one time with you at Breathe. I can’t wait to see how God uses you and your story for His glory! Keep writing, my friend!


    November 10, 2017

    • Thank-you, Susie. You have the gift of encouragement.


      November 10, 2017

  2. Carol, I LOVED Susie’s session as well. I came home with pages full of ideas and actual dialogue that will be in my book. And it sounds like you have a fascinating character already started. Blessings on you as you write.

    Janyre Tromp

    November 14, 2017

  3. One more pang of regret that I missed this session! (How on earth do you pick one from six dynamite choices?) But I’m thrilled for you, Carol, that you got to sit under Susie’s teaching. May you be successful in your writing, however He would define that for you! 🙂

    Pearl Allard

    November 18, 2017

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