I’ve always loved words. I have loved books since I was a teeny little girl. I love to read and am always amazed when writers string ordinary words together in a way that sings to my soul. There is such beauty in the structure and flow of words.
But I also love the beauty of the artistic written word.
My father is an artist and author. While I was growing up, his main source of income was from art. He designed book covers, entered art fairs, and did calligraphy for huge companies like IBM (This was before computers could do calligraphy for award certificates!). I loved to watch his pen glide across the paper, forming a letter so fantastic it fairly took my breath away.
So I begged my dad to teach me. And teach me he did. I learned the basics and then I had to practice. And practice. And practice.
Once I developed some skill at lettering, I began making gifts for friends. Handmade cards. Canvases. Fun stuff. I branched out into more freestyle lettering; trying different fonts, sometimes making up my own. And you know what? It became more and more fun! Experimenting with different mediums, trying different tools … it has made the journey exciting in ways I never dreamed.
I think writing for publication is a similar journey. We learn the rules of writing. We learn the structure of a story. We write and write. We practice and practice. We write book after book, learning new things with each and every one. But once we’ve learned the rules, we can begin to loosen up and break those rules. We allow the passion … our very soul to emerge within our stories. They begin to breathe life and become a part of who we are.
Writing is an exciting journey, blending rules with freedom. Spinning tales, weaving stories—it’s the beauty of words for the world to see.
Sherrinda Ketchersid is a lover of stories with happily-ever-after endings. Whether set in the past or present, romance is what she writes and where her dreams reside. Sherrinda lives in north-central Texas with her preacher husband. With four grown children, three guys and a gal, she has more time and energy to spin tales of faith, fun, and forever love.
Connect with Sherrinda at www.sherrinda.com
Lady Jocelyn Ashburne suspects something is amiss at her family’s castle because her father ceases to write to her. When she overhears a plot to force her into vows—either to the church or a husband—she disguises
herself and flees the convent in desperation to discover the truth.
Malcolm Castillon of Berkham is determined to win the next tournament and be granted a manor of his own. After years of proving his worth on the jousting field, he yearns for a life of peace. Rescuing a scrawny
lad who turns out to be a beautiful woman is not what he bargained for.
Still, he cannot deny that she stirs his heart like no other, in spite of her conniving ways.
Chaos, deception, and treachery threaten their goals, but both are
determined to succeed. Learning to trust each other might be the only
way either of them survives.
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3 thoughts on “The Beauty of Words and Rules-A Guest Post by Sherrinda Ketchersid”
Thanks so much for having me! 🙂
Fun to learn of your calligraphy history, Sherrinda. I like the comparison to working to improve our writing. I definitely see that in my words as I continue to learn.
I just sent my sister Lord of Her Heart to read during her vacation. She will love it!
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Sherida! Thanks for sharing my story with your sister. You are so sweet and supportive! I’ve been itching to take a vacation. 🙂