“As part of the one-year anniversary celebration for Tribe Writers, we are compiling an e-book by using blog posts, “testimonials,” and other positive examples of how Tribe Writers impacted you and how you are using that information to impact others.

Here is my story.

I have written about my journey with Tribe Writers and the difference it has helped make in my life and writing career.

I didn’t know where to even begin.

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God spoke to me one day in church 10 years ago. Not audibly, but loud enough in my spirit I responded. He told me “Brenda, I want you to share your story.” I went forward, prayed and lifted my calling up to the Lord and laid it down at His feet.

I attended one Writers Conference and God continued to confirm my calling. Well, fast forward, a few weeks, months and years passed. I continued to pray, serve the Lord and grow in my faith. I started attending a local Writers Group, but over time I was not writing anything for contests or magazines, and ended up quitting. I never could find where I belonged. I would pray and ask God if He is sure He wants me to write because I don’t even know where to begin.

Here I am 10 years later!

Now, years later I am turning my journal prayers to words, not only for God and myself, but also now for others to see. I have the desire to encourage and inspire others. God has never let me forget my calling and vision to share my story. I have finally started writing it now.

I joined an online writing course, called Tribe Writers in March of 2013 and have finally received the support and guidance I have needed all these years.

I read the book “Wrecked” by Jeff Goins in September 2012 while going on a Mission trip. Before then I had never heard of Jeff. Later, however I happened to find something on the Internet about Jeff Goins’ writing class called “Tribe Writers.” At that time the class was not open for enrollment, so it was easy enough to enter my name to be contacted when the class opened up again. A few months later I received an email offering open registration for a short time period. I prayed about it, spoke to my husband and asked a friend of mine who had just written the book “the Outrageous Life”, Dwayne Morris if he had ever heard of the class and what his thoughts were. He thought it would be good and wanted to sign up as well, but the timing was not good for him. The price of the class was very reasonable and I decided to go for it.

I began Tribe Writers in March and finished all the modules sometime in June. This was the best investment into my writing career I had ever made. I not only learned more about writing, but have joined a community of other writers and authors with the same dreams and desires I have. It has been so much more than I ever imagined I would gain from a writing course.

The following are just a few things that I have accomplished in the 10 months I have been apart of this Writers Group:

1. I started a Website called “Ask God Today” where I try to blog weekly and continue to share my faith.
2. I have been able to be a Guest and write posts for several others websites.
3. I did an Interview for Author Jane Bateman, who was a guest on the national radio show, Focus on the Family  and wrote the book called, “I Will Never.”
4. I have begun writing the book God has called me to write about being the wife of an addict and living with addictions.
5. As preparing to write a Free E-Book for my website I realized it was too long.  I have just finished writing, editing and revising “Joy Beyond” which will be an E-book on Amazon and a printed book as well.
6. I also submitted a story in a contest for a book called, “21 Stories of Generosity” by C.J. Hitz.  It was chosen to be published and is now offered on Amazon and is available in print.  This was the very first time I had ever had anything published.
7. God knew I needed a mentor/coach who could help coach me along uncharted territories. Another Tribe Writer offered a contest for 6 months of free coaching.  I entered and was chosen. I have thus far had 2 sessions with Stacie Buck and she has helped me focus on setting goals and has been a huge encouragement.
8. I have had so many opportunities since joining Tribe Writers.  Recently I joined one of the Live Chats with Jeff Goins and Andy Traub.   As an Alumni I helped share experiences of how to obtain the most from the course.  If you follow the strategies presented by Jeff Goins it can change your life as well.
9. The best part has been the relationships and friends I have already made through Tribe Writers.  I have already met two other Tribe Writers who are on the same journey I am.
10. I learned through Tribe Writers, “I am a Writer.”

Now that I have shared my journey with you…

I would like to give you several tips to help you get the most from taking the Tribe Writers course.

1. When signing up for Tribe Writers, you are purchasing not just an online writing course, you are purchasing much more. You will have access to the course for life; so take your time.  You don’t have to rush through the material, but strive to finish.  You can always revisit the lessons to refresh your memory.  The course is packed full of helpful information to help you discover and believe you are a writer.  It gives steps on how to start a blog and website, write stories people want to read, learn how to Guest Post and do Interviews with other authors, teach you how to self-publish a book and so much more.  Don’t get overwhelmed and quit. You can do it!
2. Hit submit even when you are afraid what others will think. You will realize that everybody is so helpful and no one is going to judge you. We all have stories to tell. This is the reason most of us want to write. Nobody will ever hear your story unless you share it.  Push past the fear and submit.
3. It is helpful to get a notebook and take notes throughout the course and then mark certain pages with sticky notes. These are pages you know you will need again. You retain more info when you write it down. Then you have your notes later that were most helpful to you.
4. We all hope when we submit something that someone will read what you wrote and make a comment. Make sure you are doing the same for others. Give sincere feedback and not only will this benefit the other person but you will gain online friendships. Tribe Writers are generous people. Give more than you take. We are all busy.
5. Join the Facebook group and add value to the website.  Ask questions and you will always find someone willing to help.

We all have a story to tell.

It’s the people who are willing to go the extra mile who rise above the ordinary and do the extraordinary. I want to be one of those people. If you haven’t signed up for the Tribe Writer’s Online writing course but are thinking about it, I promise you you will not be disappointed.  Let’s go on this journey together.

It is life changing!

Please leave a comment if you have any questions I may be able to help you with about Tribe Writers or if you have a comment you would like to add.

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About Brenda McGraw

Brenda McGraw is the founder of Ask God Today Ministries where a team of writers share hope and truth with others. She has a God-given dream to reach the masses with the gospel of Christ. Brenda is an author and speaker who reveals how to discover joy beyond the clutter of life. She draws from her own life experiences in the #1 Amazon Best seller,“Joy Beyond, 28 Days to Finding Joy Beyond the Clutter of Life”. She has two new books released. Finished, Top Ten Steps to Finish Writing a Book and Living Uncluttered, An Abundant Life Bible Study. Brenda lives in South Carolina with her husband, Jeff and one of their five children. She is a survivor of breast cancer and a heart attack. Despite the challenges she has endured, Brenda found peace through her relationship with Jesus Christ.
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