Readers Can Write! — by Pam Lagomarsino

Today I’m thrilled to welcome editor Pam Lagomarsino as she encourages us that every reader can write. And read all the way through, as Pam is offering a prize to one lucky person who leaves a comment. Ever wished you could have someone look through your manuscript and tell you what’s working and what isn’t? This might be your lucky day!

Do you dream of writing a book or creating a blog but haven’t pursued it because you didn’t feel qualified or know where to begin? Maybe you are an avid reader, and get inspired with great ideas after you have read that compelling novel only to discard the thought of writing the next day. Many avid fiction readers have excellent story ideas but won’t ever put them on paper. What’s stopping you? Are you like Moses who felt his words weren’t smart enough? Do you believe your story or message isn’t important? If God has impressed a story or message on your heart, He will guide you and see it through even when it seems impossible.

Yes, writing a book can feel like a daunting mountain to overcome as you attempt to construct the perfect manuscript. That mountain may be insufficient time, frustration over the lengthy process, feeling threatened by the competition, or developing a serious case of writer’s block.

However, I want to encourage you to write when the ideas come. You don’t have to write the entire piece in one day, and you don’t need to worry about it being perfect.  You can fine tune and polish your writing later. As you progress, you can ask friends or beta-readers to help you, or you can pursue using a professional editor.

If you have begun your book, congratulations! You have taken the plunge, and that is something many people have only dreamed of. Only you know how much you have poured your heart into your work—sweating over using the perfect word, writing and revising, and worrying whether your book was worth it. Yes, your book is worth it! You had a story or message, and you wrote it, or you are still writing it—that’s why your book is important—because you are. I am excited for you as you prepare to publish.

Every good thing, invention, or business in life started with an idea. One idea is the single spark it took to make significant developments. Your story or message can impact readers in ways you can never imagine. Join a writer’s group—online or local. Find a writing partner. There is no shortage of excellent writing articles on the internet. However, you will not find encouragement and the personal touch from online articles—but you will find them from your writing partner, critique group, or even your editor. I would love to come alongside you on your writing journey to offer you that personal touch and encouragement. Your one idea can turn into a book.

And now for the details on the drawing: Leave a comment and I will randomly select one lucky person to receive a free critique and chapter review and offer you suggestions to improve it so I can help equip you to touch the lives of your readers.

For manuscript review or editing needs, please visit my website at http://www.abovethepages.com/  or email me at abovethepages@gmail.com. You can also reach me on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/AbovethePages/

Jpeg

Editor Spotlight

  • What (2 or 3) fun or unique things can you tell us about yourself?

I live in the middle of a forest. I jokingly refer to it as a squirrel playground.

  • Where is your favorite vacation spot?

I find the ocean to be relaxing.

  • What do you enjoy most about editing?

It is knowing that I am coming alongside an author to strengthen their work and make them shine. I have the privilege of taking their inspired story or teachings and refining it so they can touch the readers’ lives.

About Pam

Pam Lagomarsino has critiqued, edited, or proofread, Christian nonfiction books, devotionals, homeschool curriculum, children’s books, and Christian fiction. Additional experience includes working in a library, writing numerous articles for area newspapers, and homeschooling her children through high school. Pam’s college coursework included literature, English, and library science. When Pam isn’t editing, she can be found reading, playing games with her family, or enjoying a movie.

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11 thoughts on “Readers Can Write! — by Pam Lagomarsino

  1. This is very thoughtful of you. Thank you for doing this. Im a beginning writer so any critique would be helpful.

    Heather

  2. Thank you for this. I am not a trained writer but I was inspired to write a novel not too long ago. I have often felt I wasn’t “qualified” as you said or that writing was a “daunting mountain”. However, every time I am discouraged, God reminds me that He was the one to inspire me in the first place and I must continue writing until the story He intended is told.

  3. Great interview, Pam. And take it from me, new writers, having your work edited is very important. I’m having to rewrite my first three books now because I did my own editing back then. I’m also rewriting them into a new style, but I’m finding many errors as I go.

  4. Thank you so much Pam. I love the idea of spontaneously writing what is in our hearts but you know that old pesky perfectionism lives so deeply in us (maybe just me) that learning to not edit as we go along is a tough one. Thanks for that encouragement. I would be lost without my editor. What a wonderful and valuable service you provide. Gonna save this post so I can keep a reminder before me to just write. Blessings and thanks again.

    laura padgett

    PS: It just hit me that if I am asking for the Lord to guide my pen and I stop at every adjective, verb or sentence structure juncture along the way, I might just be blocking the Spirit from doing His work in me. Wow, that may be a blog post all in it’s own.

  5. Laura,

    Thank you for your encouraging response.

    I can understand that pesky perfectionism. You are blessed to have a great editor.

    I would love to read that blog post if you ever write it!

    Blessings,
    Pam

  6. I will put it on my list. Right now I am working on one called, “Hard to talk to a numb tongue,” about how we treat each other in disagreements. Has been fun and God has convicted me to be accountable to Him and others for how I say what I say. I am just about finished. And bless Donna she is going to put my story of my writing journey for my book, “Dolores, Like the River,” up in a day or two. So grateful to her. After I sent it, I realized that there were a couple of things I sure could have done better. I only obsessed for a few minutes. Then I had some chocolate.

    Have a good night,
    laura

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