About Me–and You!

I started writing on an Iowa farm, very isolated, with no Internet and no other writers around. It’s not about how talented you are–and it’s not who you know–that gets you published.

Most often the published writers are simply those writers who refused to quit. I can help you persevere until you publish.

Rx for Writers

On this blog, you won’t actually find bandages or medicine. But you will find my cures for dealing with disappointment and jealousy, writing despite physical and emotional pain, banishing procrastination, balancing writing and a day job, and combining writing with parenting (from infancy to adulthood.)

In my experience, with writing friends and hundreds of students, these are the issues that make writers throw up their hands and quit. But you don’t need to. We’re all in this together. If we pool our resources and share what’s worked for us, we’re all better off.

I’ve pooled some of those resources and put them in a free e-book called “Rx for Writers: Managing Your Writing Space and Your  Writing Time.” [Get this free e-book at the top right of this page.]

Realizing a Dream

After college and marriage, I was at home with my three children (soon to become four). I had chronic migraine headaches and a host of neurological face and neck problems, with severe pain. It was then that my childhood dream became a reality. Writing. It was the most effective and reliable medicine I could find.

Since those days, I’ve had 42 books published, by both Christian and general interest publishers. (Most are middle grade. Two are for writers.) Each new one is a thrill!

I can’t imagine a life without writing now, but it hasn’t been easy. I know it isn’t easy for you either. I hope by visiting my blog you’ll find the encouragement you need to keep going–and ultimately share your own stories through the written word.

If you want some of these ideas in book form, I’ve had two writing books published: Writer’s First Aid (2003) and More Writer’s First Aid (2011).



20 Responses to About Me–and You!

  1. Rob says:

    Hi Kristi,

    I’m interested in purchasing advertising links on your site http://kristiholl.net.
    Please let me know if this is possible.

    Best regards,
    Rob Taylor

  2. Cathy says:

    Hi Kristi – I have recently “retired” from my paid position, and now I am beginning a new season. While going thru old files, I found a 24 year old letter from The Institute of Children’s Literature…I had to stop the writing program as my dad died and there were needs to attend to. So, 24 years later I am once again thinking about writing. I had read your “Surrender to the Call” and seem drawn to seek guidance, encouragement or even advice for a 66 year old woman who loves to journal, write notes, and offer her own words of insight to others going thru their life’s struggles. Am not sure what God has planned for this adventure of time with Him, but I am willing to be open to see what is next! Thank you.

  3. Hi Kristie,

    I’m a former ICL student, and I’ve contacted you a few times for advice. Not sure if you can comment on this here, but I was wondering if you would know any kind of guidelines for the rate of pay for freelance illustrators, or, could you point me in the right direction?

    Thank you.

    • kwpadmin says:

      I’m afraid I don’t know about this subject at all. But if you Google “pay for freelance artists” or “pay rates for freelance artists,” you will find many links that might give you the information you’re looking for. Good luck!

  4. Kayla James says:

    I have read some of your devotionals and really like your work. Even though I’m well past middle grades (I’m 24), I still enjoy all children’s books. It’s been my dream to write them since I was seven.
    I am in college now and I would like to know if it’s possible to begin a writing career now, since I am in school and still live at home.

    • kwpadmin says:

      First, thank you for the kind words about my writing. I appreciate it.

      And my answer to your question is YES. Actually, Kayla, I wish I had done exactly what you’re asking! If you still live at home, even if you pay some rent, you are under less pressure now to support yourself than if you wait until graduation or when you might be married and raising children. The more responsibilities you have, the less time you will have for writing and the more you will have to juggle to have enough time and energy to write. I’m not saying it can’t be done. It can. I started my career when I had three very small children, from infant to preschooler. I know, if you’re in school, that you’re already busy. But get Stephen Guise’s book MINI HABITS and start small to build a writing habit. It’s the habit that counts. I didn’t have much time when my kids were little, but I wrote during their afternoon nap time for an hour every day without fail. It was enough to write two books per year every year and build a good career. Yes, I would go for it now. :-)

  5. Kayla James says:

    Thank you for believing in me, Mrs. Holl. I have already submitted a story for Keys For Kids. I’ll do my best.
    I guess I’m just scared that I may need a career to fall back on.

    • kwpadmin says:

      Don’t be afraid about needing a career to fall back on. Most writers–including me–also had various other jobs. I taught writing from home through a correspondence course for more than twenty years to make sure I had a weekly paycheck. But it enabled me to keep writing and eventually get to where I could support myself entirely on my fiction writing, year in and year out. But most of the most famous writers had other jobs along with their writing, unless they were married to someone who supported them. It’s very doable, especially in the years when you’re building an audience so that you can go full-time.

  6. Kayla James says:

    Is it foolish to try and see how well I can make it on my own now with only writing? Or, should I try to find a major in something else. Please, may I have more advice. You can email me away from the blog if you like.
    I do thank you for helping me as much as you have. You are very kind to do so. Thank you.

    • kwpadmin says:

      Kayla, that isn’t something I can advise you on. It depends on so many things. Your future plans, how long someone else is willing to support you while you get established…so many things. I had little mouths to feed and felt like I needed a back-up job. If I had been single, I could have supported myself in a nice little apartment on what I made. But it depends also on your personality, and only you and those who know you can talk about that. Some people never quit. Some quit at the slightest discouragement. Most fall somewhere in between. You have to be strong in the “never quit” category to make it as a writer because of the ups and downs and the rejections. You have to be able to treat writing like a career too, not just a hobby. You must write daily to meet deadlines whether you feel like writing or not. There are many factors. Pray, and talk to people who know you well. Read online and in writing books about how writers “made it” and see if you think you can do what they did.

  7. Kayla James says:

    I understand, Mrs. Holl. Thank you.
    Thank you again for your advice.
    I have received some rejections already, but I’ve only sent along two stories. But perhaps I should give this some more thought.
    I know I should like to write children’s books and maybe a children’s magazine. But perhaps you’re right.
    I am still single and am not a mother yet, although I’d love to be, but maybe I should consider the future.

  8. Hi Kristi,
    I noticed that you haven’t blogged for a while. I was just writing to say that your wise words are missed. I hope that you are well and that we’ll be hearing from you again soon.

    • kwpadmin says:

      Heather, you’re so kind! Thank you for asking about me. I am writing a lot…three adult mysteries per year the last couple of years. But the blog got put on hold mostly because I was very sick, off and on, for a couple of years. About the time I was doing better last year, my mother died suddenly. That entailed many trips and packing up a whole house, etc. I’m not absolutely sure yet what I will do with the blog. But I do thank you for the comment. It’s nice to be missed! :-)

      • So sorry to hear about your mom. I know what it’s like to have illness throw you a loop. I was diagnosed with breast cancer last spring, and I’m still off my stride a year later. I’m glad to hear that you are still writing. Three books a year–Wow! Mysteries are my favourite reading, so please let me know some of your titles. I hope your life begins to normalize soon. I’ll be sorry if you drop the blog, but I know how demanding that commitment can be. I have both your Writer’s First Aid books, so I can check in with your wise words anytime. Thanks for the update. Take care!

        • kwpadmin says:

          I’m sorry to hear about your own serious health issues, Heather! Even when we do everything to cooperate with healing, it is a long uphill trek with slower progress than we got when we were young. But with our health, as with our writing, we focus on PROGRESS, not perfection or speed! I can tell I am more well than a year ago, and tons better than two years ago, so I keep moving. Hopefully I will be able to add the blog back before too long too. You take care!

  9. Ellen H Saul says:

    Hi Kristi,
    Thanks so much for this blog! I found it when I was looking for images of boundaries, as I am facilitating a group on boundaries soon. I agree with Audrey’s comment above, this is one of the best explanations I’ve found! Would you be open to my sharing your diagram and blog with my group? I look forward to hearing back from you! esaul.assoc@gmail.com

    • kwpadmin says:

      Thank you for your comment. Because I have an ebook for sale on “Boundaries for Writers,” I don’t generally share the diagrams or images or content for that subject. But I’m glad you found it helpful! By the way, I am in the process of moving the blog to my website, so when that happens you will find yourself “landing” on my blog with some different art work, but it’s the same blog.

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