Hi, Julie! Thank you for joining us today! How long have you been writing? What inspired your quest to become a writer? I have been writing with professional intent for almost two years. Following a profound transformation with God in my early 40’s, He called me to speak for Him. One year following the call to speak, He pulled me back to write. It was December 2015, and I was disappointed. I am an extrovert who draws her energy from interaction with others. Social media doesn’t cut all the time for extroverts. We need to be with real smiles, varying tones and hugs, if appropriate. Writing was something I had thought about long ago. When I was in elementary school, I wrote stories on notebook paper and illustrated them with colored pencils. Through my Godless life (where I didn’t know Him, but He knew me), I journaled my pain, wrote poetry, and at different points had book writing ideas. Now I realize God had created a writer within me.
Tell us a little bit about your writing journey! In the last two years, I have poured out poetry. I have dabbled with short fiction stories. However, the bulk has been nonfiction writing about the power of God in my life. Purpose Magazine has accepted two of my nonfiction articles for publication. In September of 2016, I began blogging. Currently, I am working to write two books.
What is the greatest praise you’ve received about your writing so far? The greatest praise I have received about my writing was its timing. In December 2016, I wrote about my parents’ death on my blog. This was not my idea, but God’s. With the way He orchestrates everything, I received a message from an acquaintance who said they saw my post because someone shared it. Just that night, they found out their father-in-law suddenly died. That post, to date, has the most views. God’s plan, not mine.
Describe your writing style in three words. Transparent, relatable, emotive.
What is your favorite thing about writing? The process of ongoing discovery. I never would have known certain parts of myself without writing. Some ideas and stories have surprised me.
What is your least favorite thing about writing? My least favorite thing is the solace required. For me, I need pretty much total quiet to concentrate, brainstorm, etc. It can get lonely for me sometimes.
Your most creative ideas come when. . . My most creative ideas follow meditation. For me, that includes prayer, walks outside, or even focusing on an image.
Do you have any advice for aspiring writers? Quite humbly, I suggest to aspiring writers to simply read and write. For writing, it doesn’t matter what or how grammatically correct it is. Set apart at least 15 minutes a day to write. How long must you do this? No clue; you will know as ideas begin to formulate into a bigger “something”. The reader part is natural for some writers. If it is not, find a way to incorporate books into your life.
Can you give us a teaser about your WIP? My current book project is a memoir of my marriage. The teaser I can offer is that both Satan and Jesus have their parts in our marriage story. The beauty is Jesus is always victorious.
Thank you for joining us, Julie! Happy writing!
Julie Dibble, MA, is a Christian speaker and author who has a passion for truth. With a late-in-life transformation, Julie is forever grateful for Jesus. She and her husband Jason life in Central PA with their sons, Braedon and Jackson.
Julie writes at her blog http://www.juliedibblewrites.wordpress.com and has two published articles in Purpose Magazine.
Julie will speak to both secular and faith-based groups: MOPS and other women’s groups, retreats and conferences.
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