My name is Diana Strickland and I am an author of two published poetry books. I am also an author of a ministry website. I am currently a student at Abundant Life Bible Institute. I am from Birmingham Alabama but now reside in New Jersey. About five years before I published my first book I wrote in my journal that I was going to be an author. I didn’t see this come to fruition until I rededicated my life to Christ Jesus. Then the passion and commitment came to me. The words flowed out of me like a river. I am still learning and growing but I have some helpful tips for the first time author. I believe that you have to get to the root of anything and plant seeds before they blossom into existence.
CONNECT WITH GOD
Before I make any moves I connect with God. With God comes inspiration and direction. Being connected to God motivates you and takes you to wonderful places that you didn’t have planned for yourself. He’s the author and finisher of our faith. So GO QUICKLY to God before you make any and all decisions. Jesus is our source, judge, provider, protector, and strength. You want to be in God’s will to make the right decisions and travel on the right path. You don’t want your journey to be in vain. You want to be effective so when it’s all said and done you have something meaningful to deliver.
PEN AND PAPER
Always have a pen and paper on ready. It’s so important to write down your thoughts before you forget them and regret it. I particularly like to use a journal but almost anything will do. I’ve been known to use lipstick, a marker, and any scrap paper to write down my thoughts. At a pulse I will write on the palm of my hand or pull over in my car to write because the thoughts would come so rapidly. What I know to be true is that inspiration can come at any time and you want to be ready. Be prepared and diligent in all matters.
SHARE YOUR HARD WORK WITH THE WORLD
USE the resources around you. You shouldn’t allow lack of finances to stop your journey. Now you may have to place some things on pause but you better get back in this race and complete your mission. There’s someone out there that will need to hear your story. Time is of the essence and we don’t have much time of it. When I wrote both books I completed my writing and publishing on someone else’s computer including the local library. When it was time for me to publish my book I searched out the best publisher that would represent me well. I decided to self-publish my latest book because I wanted to have more control. When it was time to share my work with the world I had to use the resources around me to complete this dream. My first professional photos came from a local photographer at some market. I wore my Sunday best outfit and struck a pose like I was at a photo shoot. I had to work with what I had. I must say that it was worth every penny. When it was time to create a website for my books and website I went with a website company that was free. I also use social media such as facebook to make people aware of my newest accomplishments. Use your computer wisely. Search for companies that will allow you to create business cards and post cards at a reasonable price. Please have a budget. You do not want to over spend. Maybe you have to purchase your business cards one week and in two weeks you have to purchase your post cards. I’ve also learned that your past employer can help you. You learned something where you use to work. If you were a telemarketer in the past, then you have experience to do calls. So when your book is finished you are not afraid to pick up that phone and make necessary phone calls to individuals. I have a background in Property Management and hospitality so I know how to market and sale and speak to people. I learned at these jobs how to make follow up phone calls, how to create flyers, and how to hand them out to complete strangers. See life is full of lessons. You just have to be open to draw from all of your life’s experiences and apply them today. There’s no rush to perfection.
STAY FOCUSED AND HUMBLED
To stay focus I usually like to take a nice walk or run at a park or around the neighborhood. This is stress free and really gives me a peace of mind. I like to drink a lot of water and eat healthier. You know this is like being in a race. To be the best you have to do the best. I like to take time in prayer and meditation. I enjoy being quiet. You know being quiet and staying still is just as important as moving. There’s a season for everything and sometimes there’s seasons when you are doing. When you are doing God’s will everything serves a purpose. There is a time for it all. I believe that you have to cut out a lot of tv and socializing. You have to make a lot of sacrifices to get to where you need to go. This road that you travel is not a road that everyone travels. Stay humbled! At the end of it all when you are connected to JESUS everything will fall into place. You will have a lot of dots connected. You will meet people that will help you. You will meet the right publisher. You will be directed to the right book store to sell your books. Everything will work out for your good.
Thank you so much for reading my blog.
LIFE, is a poetry book of 50 poems about my life’s journey as a Christian woman going through one of the most life changing experiences. I began to write this book while being homeless, living in a shelter, and continuing to go through as a woman of God. My book is about overcoming life’s struggles. And God has defined what I went through with the title, LIFE. Keeping that relationship with Jesus.
Your Past Is Your Present
don’t bring up what you did
but your present speaks loud and clear
what you use to do is what you do
you haven’t matured
my mom once said
there’s nothing like an old fool
Your Past Is Your Present
singing the same tune
this man hurt you
like the last one did
the tears even fall the same
you have no sympathy here
you haven’t learned a thing
Your Past Is Your Present
confusion and strife
up and through your life
you can’t sit down
your world is crazy
and it’s been that way for years
Born on April 6, 1980, in Birmingham, Alabama, Diana Strickland had a gift of writing, speaking, and singing. She wrote her first book in elementary and was often the poet to represent her class. Her mother acknowledges that Diana was not a crying baby but she yelled. Her voice was very strong then and still is strong now. Her mother moved her family out of the projects to give them a better and healthier life. Diana Strickland no longer had her teachers to groom and support her so she became very fearful. Her fears paralyzed her and she didn’t speak or write until she was a full grown woman serving GOD.
In 2004 Diana Strickland was married and moved to New Jersey. When her marriage failed she cried out to Jesus in her bathtub. She was tired of a string of mistakes and lies. Her life was in circles like a rollercoaster ride that was not enjoyable. She threw up her hands and surrendered to Jesus. She rededicated her life to JESUS and became a true Christian.
God had worked with her and given her another opportunity. She began to complete her first poetry book and created a ministry website called Believer To Believer. Things were finally looking really hopeful for her. She was committed and was taking her life’s choices seriously. However with all the new love and growth Diana Strickland would have her faith tested with disappointments and heartbreak not far.
In 2007 Diana Strickland was terminated from both of her jobs. Diana lost almost everything of value in her life except CHRIST JESUS. She moved around two different homes before settling down in a shelter. At this point Diana was homeless, living in a shelter, and struggling being poor. But her faith never wavered although it was tested. Diana began to write poems to her second book, LIFE, while going through this season. In Diana’s latest book, LIFE, she “provides an honest spiritual analysis of a woman who learns that throughout her greatest challenges, her ever-increasing faith holds the key to a future of unbelievable promise!”
Today Diana Strickland is a student at Abundant Life Bible Institute to obtain her Associates degree in Theology. She is employed with two published poetry books and a ministry website. She also ministers her poetry at different events. Diana Strickland has her hands full but by the grace of God she will accomplish all that God has planned. She proudly shares her testimony without looking down
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