January 16, 2018 KimHarms 2Comment

The flowers are gone, but I’m keeping the card forever. The writing part of my life was challenging this fall. I diligently researched and interviewed and wrote and worked on a lot of things that have yet to come to fruition. So many hours of brain-power with so little to show for it. Between September and December, I submitted a lot of work (devotions, articles, queries) to various places. From those submissions I’ve received: 9 rejections (3 came in one day) 6 pieces still under consideration 2 “resend this to us in a few months” emails 3 Acceptance emails (3…

August 4, 2017 KimHarms

Four years after sending a query to Creation Illustrated hoping to write about my first backpacking trip, I received an invitation to write the story. Four. Years. (I’ve had to wait quite a while for responses to queries in the past, but four years is crazytown. ) It was worth the wait, however, because that query turned into an 8-page spread in the magazine. I love writing for online publications, but there is something extra sweet about pulling a magazine out of the mailbox and finding your byline in print. The fact that it was backgrounded by a giant photo…

April 21, 2017 KimHarms

When your house looks like this and you need to get some writing done, but you are too much of a hermit to pack up and find a different location from which to work, you move a chair in front of a window and pretend that because you can’t see the mess, it doesn’t exist. This is my writing strategy for the day. 🙂

October 22, 2015 KimHarms

I love writing for online publications. It still blows me away that I have the opportunity to write for TCW. But there is something special about finding my words in a real print magazine with actual paper pages I can turn with my hands.  The enclosed check is pretty nice too 🙂

September 8, 2015 KimHarms 6Comment

I had to screen shot this. That’s me right there next to Joni Eareckson Tada. What?!? I know that all Today’s Christian Woman writers are just regular people like me who happen to love Jesus and the printed word. But bear with me as I have a moment or two of awestruckness. Because every now and then a girl has to let her emotions take her where they may. And I think being asked to become a regular contributor at TCW warrants a few moments of walking in the clouds.

June 3, 2015 KimHarms

In honor of heading to Chicago for my third Write-to-Publish Conference, I am posting the very first non-newspaper item that I ever had published. It was a children’s devotion called The Rotten Apple, and it was the result of a writing exercise at one of the classes I took at my first Write-to-Publish Conference. Because Terri Kelly (then editor at Devokids) chose to publish it, I started to believe I could do this writing thing. Now several years and many acceptance letters (and many rejection letters) later, I am looking forward to soaking in as much writing knowledge as I can…

May 26, 2014 KimHarms

If you are a regular around here, I’m sure you’ve noticed I haven’t been posting much lately. Sometimes something’s gotta give and right now for me, that is this blog. In an effort to focus on my freelancing and 500 Dresses, I’ve decided 26 Letters is going to take a back seat for a while. Querying and article writing take a considerable amount of time and brain power. I’m super-excited about a couple upcoming magazine articles and some soon-to-be published devotions, but after I spend time working on them it seems I don’t have much left in the tank to…

September 19, 2013 KimHarms

I am happy to know that I’m not the only person in my family who expresses my frustrations in writing. Sometimes you just have to let the paper know how you feel.