Marji Laine: Faith~Driven Fiction

. . . Authentic and Intense



sitting pretty in an almost complete, empty roomI visited a blog today that totally inspired me. My own little corner of this great virtual existence is tenincy. (Yes, that’s a word I’ve used all my life! Long I in the middle – tea-nIne-cee.) I’ve been tickled that ANYONE came by and have LOVED “meeting” folks online. Some of them, I’m getting to meet up close and personal from time to time. That’s fun!

But after almost nine months of daily blogging, I’m not quite reaching the goals I

aspired to. Or all the folks I hoped to. So I looked up a posting about the 25 Ways to Increase Blog Traffic. Most of them I’ve heard before and I do. Not because I want a whirlwind of traffic, but because it’s the right way to do things – like posting regularly. That’s being dependable in my work place. Visiting other blogs. That’s supporting and encouraging co-workers. Linking, tweeting, and all that goes with it are things I can improve upon, but I still practice with regularity.


I didn’t see anything that really glared at me except for the ever-on-my-mind “Create a Niche” until #21 rolled around. Craft an Editorial Calendar, and yes that was linked to another post. Calendars, mmmmmm. I LOVE calendars and spreadsheets and anything to organize. Don’t ever take me to the Container Store – just saying.


So I hit the link and found the author’s weekly plan for his blog.


Oh. I do that.


But wait. He had his goal for his blog. Now that’s big-picture thinking. I haven’t done that. And that provoked some thought whether to increase traffic, or just make sure I’m not spinning my wheels.


What do I hope Faith-Driven Fiction will do for readers this year?


Because I’m a fiction author, I want to entertain. I hope to make readers laugh or think for a moment. Maybe even cry? (If anyone else shed a tear, you can bet I bawled big-time!) But I’m not only about fiction. My stories point to the Author and Perfecter of my faith. The same must be with my blog. I hope to be used as His pen to inspire His people.


So I’m using part of this week to develop the goals for my blog and set my plan into action. Don’t expect a face lift, as I’m looking more to the long-term content rather than the short-term make up, but you never know. And maybe as I’m developing my goals for this blog, the elusive niche will spring up.


In the meantime, I developed a working synopsis for my romantic suspense, Cat’s Eyes. I pray for mentoring judges who will encourage rather than blast. I’ve heard some horror stories about this contest!


So I’m pleased with my gains. It’s hard to see them, such small steps on a massive path, but their there and moving forward. I have to call it a win!


Your Turn: What wins have you enjoyed this week?



Author: Marji Laine

Marji is a recently "graduated" homeschooling mom whose twin girls have blessed her by sticking around the nest for a little longer. She spends her days directing the children’s music program at her church and working with the authors of Write Integrity Press to put out the best possible version of their books. Raised in suburban Dallas, she got her first taste of writing through the stories of brilliant authors of their day, Mignon Eberhart and Phyllis A. Whitney, and through stage experience. After directing and acting in productions for decades, Marji started writing her own scripts. From that early beginning, she delved into creating scintillating suspense with a side of Texas sassy. She invites readers to unravel their inspiration, seeking a deeper knowledge of the Lord’s Great Mystery that invites us all.

3 thoughts on “Purpose

  1. Thanks for sharing. I clicked on the post right away when I saw the word 'Purpose' because that is my 'one word' for this year. I'm glad I did. I also took to making a schedule for my blog, similar to the one you posted here, with Sunday 'purposefully' blank as a way to rest from blogging for a day. Although I don't always blog every day, I have found the schedule gives me purpose in my writing for the day and it has helped me organize myself. You might want to check it out.


  2. That's great that you're calling it a win. Baby steps are awesome. You're attitude smiles on me. Thanks.


  3. I wish you well as you focus on your developing blogging goals, Marji. I look forward to seeing what you come up with.