Tell us about yourself and your books.:
Alicia Yost is a writer and teacher. She loves Jesus and her writing encourages people to live in the freedom God offers. She’s written for The Upper Room devotional, various blogs and is a featured monthly writer for the GoMobilize app which helps connect and build community for believers as they seek Jesus. She also co-leads a women’s ministry called “Something To Chew On” which provides a platform for women to share personal stories of how God is working in their lives. Alicia’s writing is honest and relatable. She lives in Connecticut with her husband, three kids and two dogs
Do you have any unusual writing habits?
It’s probably not unusual but I write very early in the morning. I wake up while it’s still dark. I always begin my writing on my computer because I’m a fast typist but it’s always easier to revise by reading in print. I write whether I have something to write or not. Sometimes my words are just a jumbled mess of nothing but somewhere in the nothingness, my brain will spark and idea will come to life. I may write five thousand words and only 500 will be usable. I mine through a lot of ideas before I find something useful.
What authors have influenced you?
I love Anne Lamott, C.S. Lewis and Dietrich Bonhoeffer. Honestly there are so many to list. I am a binge reader. I especially love to read during the cold winter months and the hot summer months. Every six months or so, I will binge read for weeks at a time and consume startling amounts of material. It’s not unusual for me to read a book a day during these times. Each book has something special, a thought an idea or a story that sticks with me.
Do you have any advice for new authors?
We can’t do it alone. Get around other writers who will encourage and support you, people who are invested in your writing and in you. I was held back in my writing for too long because I had this crazy idea that I had to do everything myself. Writing, as with most things, requires community. We cannot do things on our own. I’ve had to learn to trust people. I also had to learn to set aside my pride and separate myself from my writing. This enabled me to accept critique without taking it personally. It allowed me to improve my writing dramatically because my goal was not to be perfect but to present something beautiful to God. In order to do that, I had to let other people tell me what needed to be improved.
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