Kathleen Freeman Writes Her Dreams

By Diana Savage, director of the Northwest Christian Writers Renewal

It’s not an unusual night when Kathleen Freeman has a vivid dream that sparks an idea for a story.

Then she faces a mystery to solve: Who is the person in the dream? What are the circumstances surrounding the action? What will happen next?

“I start writing and keep writing until all those questions are fleshed out,” she says. This pursuit involves countless hours of research. “Good thing I adore learning,” she adds.

KathleenFreemanPinableOne story that began with just such a dream is her young-adult novel The Broken Feather, which won the 2012 ACFW (American Christian Fiction Writers) Genesis contest in the YA category.

Other stories she’s written have been Genesis Contest semi-finalists in 2013 and 2014, semi-finalists in the 2013 and 2015 Promising Beginnings contests, and one was a finalist in ACFW’s Category 5 contest in 2013.

Her nonfiction articles have been published in Vista Journal for Holy Living, Northwest Christian Author, and Raising Small Souls. Focus on the Family’s Clubhouse Magazine regularly publishes her Maddie Science stories, which she calls “quirky interviews in science that point to a great God.”

A universal theme flows through everything she writes. “All my work involves finding hope in hard times,” she says. In fact, she has titled her website, Finding Hope in Hard Times.

At heart, Kathleen is a teacher with a passion for science, history, and people. She believes God wants us to live with abundance, to look for miracles, to lift others up, and to shine light into dark corners. “Talent and potential also thrill me,” she says, “so I very much enjoy helping writers grow through editing and encouragement.”

One way Kathleen encourages writers is by serving as NCWA’s Critique Group Coordinator. In that capacity, Kathleen will lead an interactive WriteCoach Lab at the 2015 Northwest Christian Writers Renewal.

Start Your Own Critique GroupStart Your Own Critique Group (WriteCoach Lab, Friday, May 15) – Move through the steps of forming and running a critique group. You’ll begin a sample group on site and learn how to critique the work of others with precision and encouragement. You’ll walk away with the tools you need to form your own group anywhere—or online—or you can choose to continue the sample group after the conference.

To benefit from Kathleen’s knowledge and skilled direction in this special WriteCoach Lab, sign up today for the 2015 Northwest Christian Writers Renewal!

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DianaSavageDiana Savage, a graduate of Northwest University and Bakke Graduate University, sold her first article when she was still in college, and she’s been writing ever since. Now the principal at Savage Creative Services, LLC, she is also director of the Northwest Christian Writers Renewal conference. Her latest book is 52 Heart Lifters for Difficult Times.

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A Dream That Came Alive by Jim Rubart

Jim Rubart will be speaking at NCWA’s September meeting. See end of post for links.

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I’ve wanted a dirt bike since I was five. Okay, maybe not five—it was more like three.

Growing up, I knew it wouldn’t ever happen.

No way.

Not while I lived with my parents. My mom was not a fan of the two-wheeled neck breakers. I was strictly forbidden from ever getting on a motorcycle. It was a non-negotiable.

(No, I won’t mention the time during high school I jumped on friend’s street bike and screamed past my mom who just happened to be traveling the same road going the opposite direction. Dinner was not fun that night. Nor breakfast the next morning, etc, etc.)

But four years ago I did something about that dream that kept flitting around my heart; I bought  dirt bikes for my boys and me.

We’ve all wiped out multiple times.

I’ve hurt myself—badly.

The bikes take work to maintain.

Is it worth it? Are you kidding? They’ve given us eternal memories that are gold. The first time Taylor and Micah rode out in front of me I couldn’t stop a massive grin from bursting out on my face. It was so fun. So freeing. So full of life.

It was just a small dream. To ride dirt bikes with

my sons. But it came true because I stopped putting it off and took action. And when Micah said it was the best gift I’d ever given Taylor and him, I smiled that big goofy grin again.

What’s yours? That little dream you’ve been meaning to do for years. That dream that won’t go away.

That dream that whispers to you just before you go to sleep.

Buy the bikes, write that novel, go on the trip, ask the girl out, start that restaurant … the Spirit put that desire in there for a reason, it might be time to set it free.

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Jim will be speaking at NCWA’s first meeting of the season: Monday, September 10th.  Click here for details.

This post first appeared on Jim’s blog, July 29, 2011. Used by kind permission.

James L. Rubart is the best-selling, award winning author of ROOMS, BOOK OF DAYS, THE CHAIR, and SOUL’S GATE (Nov 2012). He’s married with two sons, and loves to dirt bike, hikes, golf, take photos, and still thinks he’s young enough to water ski like a madman. More at www.james.rubart.com