13 Characteristics of a Heroine

By DiAnn Mills @DiAnnMills I’m writing the second novel in a new series titled FBI – Rapid Response Series, and my heroine is a tough gal. While working on her characteristics, I discovered strengths and challenges. Her strong points are designed to help her journey through difficult situations. Some of her weaknesses will become victory points as she learns how …

DiAnn Teaching @ Permian Basin Writers Workshop

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On Sunday, September 17th, of the Permian Basin Writers Workshop, there will be a team-up of two highly successful Christian fiction writers, DiAnn Mills and Cynthia Ruchti. Cynthia is also the representative from the American Christian Fiction Writers. They will share what it takes to be a successful Christian writer and how that genre differs. They are dynamic and will …

How Cooking Makes Me a Better Writer

By DiAnn Mills @DiAnnMills I love to cook and bake. It’s relaxing, satisfying, and hopefully the results are tasty. I’ve discovered my passion for writing has a lot in common with food prep. In fact, cooking makes me a better writer. Look at the following, and I think you’ll understand what I mean. Decide on a recipe Just like I …

Dispensers of Love

By DiAnn Mills @DiAnnMills Dispensers of love come from all walks of life. Hurricane Harvey dumped 50 inches of rain on the millions of people of the Gulf Coast. Reports as of this writing state the devastation has impacted approximately 145,000 homes and an estimated 60 people have lost their lives. While driving just beyond my neighborhood, the mounds of …

Houston, We Have a Problem

By DiAnn Mills @DiAnnMills Houston and most of the Texas Gulf Coast has a problem, and it’s called Harvey. On Friday night, the category 4 storm slammed into Port Aransas and Port O’Connor, Texas. According to the National Hurricane Center, Harvey brought winds of 130 mph. Here’s how it looked, courtesy of NOAA/NASA, when it was approaching. At the time …

7 Ways To Stomp out Perfectionism and Embrace Acceptance

By DiAnn Mills @DiAnnMills A perfectionist is seldom satisfied with her performance, and she’s rarely pleased with other’s accomplishments either. Some say it’s the way the person is wired, or how the person was raised, educated, and a host of other reasons, which are really excuses for an attempt to step out of the human DNA. None of us are …

Spreading the Word about Fav Books

By DiAnn Mills @DiAnnMills As readers, many of us finish a novel or nonfiction book and post a review on Amazon, Barnes and Noble, CBD, Goodreads, LifeWay, Mardel, etc. In addition to reviews, many of us post our opinions about a title on social media platforms such as Facebook, Instagram or Twitter. Still others choose word of mouth to recommend …

10 Characteristics of a Best Friend

By DiAnn Mills @DiAnnMills Our best friends love us despite our faults. They are our 2:00 a.m. friends. They listen to us when we’re ecstatic and comfort us when we think our lives have been flushed down the toilet. And we are there for them too because that’s what best friends do. Statistics show best friends often overlook each other’s …

Why Getting Outside is Good for You

By DiAnn Mills @DiAnnMills When we were kids, we couldn’t wait to get outside. A sunshine-filled day exploded when we opened our doors, and we were energized. We laughed, played, and our spirits lifted higher than the tree tops. What happened to the kid in us who felt better with the sky as our ceiling and green grass tickling between …