Dialogue at Breathe by Carol Van Der Woude
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