Anyone Ever Laugh When You Say You’re a Writer?

You Need a Real Job Summoned to my high school guidance counselor’s office, I learned not everyone thinks being a writer is a good idea.  I still recall the meeting as if it were yesterday. “Why can’t I be an author?” I asked. I wanted to be the next Kurt Vonnegut, Philip Roth, or Ray… Continue reading Anyone Ever Laugh When You Say You’re a Writer?

Meet the Poets: Carl Sandburg – 1919 and 1951 Pulitzer Prize for Poetry, 1940 Pulitzer Prize for History

“I make it clear why I write as I do and why other poets write as they do. After hundreds of experiments, I decided to go my own way in style and see what would happen.” – Carl Sandburg Carl Sandburg (January 6, 1878 – July 22, 1967) was an American writer and editor, best… Continue reading Meet the Poets: Carl Sandburg – 1919 and 1951 Pulitzer Prize for Poetry, 1940 Pulitzer Prize for History

One Great Way to Discipline Yourself for Success

Below is a little guide I put together. I call it “One Great Way to Discipline Yourself for Success.” 1. You must master your moods. Proverbs 25:8 – Like a city whose walls are broken down is a man who lacks self-control. 2. You must watch your words. Proverbs 13: 3 – He who guards his… Continue reading One Great Way to Discipline Yourself for Success

Creativity and More: The Value of a Liberal Arts Education

Albert Einstein said, “The value of an education in a liberal arts college is not the learning of many facts but the training of the mind to think something that cannot be learned from textbooks.” My undergraduate education is a liberal arts education. My major was history and my minors were English and military science.… Continue reading Creativity and More: The Value of a Liberal Arts Education

Don’t Let Anyone Steal Your Dreams

Have I mentioned I’m writing my fourth novel?  Oh, I know, everyone is either writing a novel, plans to write a novel or has the next great story idea.  So, with that in mind, I’ll start over. Writing My Fourth Novel Did I mention I am writing a novel? Yes, I am. While I’ve published… Continue reading Don’t Let Anyone Steal Your Dreams

7 Habits of Effective Writers

In 1989 the book “7 Habits of Highly Effective People” by Stephen Covey was published. I am using the idea to apply it to writers. Hence the title, “7 Habits of Effective Writers.” The best place to start is at the beginning. Habit One Start.  You have to put your behind in a seat and… Continue reading 7 Habits of Effective Writers

Hold On Tight To Your Dreams

Hello there. Welcome to jimmiekepler.com, the blog of a writer, poet, and polymath named Jimmie Aaron Kepler. This is Jim Kepler. On my blog, I communicate about how I write, my writing process, and how I manage to do it while maintaining a life. From time to time I’ll interview other authors on the same… Continue reading Hold On Tight To Your Dreams

Buna, Texas and the Polka Dot House

In southeast Texas at the southern end of Jasper county is a community called Buna. I lived in Jasper County from 1984 through 1993 and again in 1996. Buna was my home in 1992 and 1993. I had the blessing of serving a wonderful group of people as associate pastor of the First Baptist Church… Continue reading Buna, Texas and the Polka Dot House

Writer’s Life: Remembering My First Sale

Today I was sitting back and reflecting on the writer’s life. It got me to thinking. How did I get that first sale? That first book review? The first sale involved learning the system. I attended a Smokey Mountains Christian Writer’s Conference. I was a want to be writer. I learned some of the basics… Continue reading Writer’s Life: Remembering My First Sale

Devotional: Christmas Bells

Christmas Bells by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow I heard the bells on Christmas Day Their old, familiar carols play, And wild and sweet The words repeat Of peace on earth, good-will to men! And thought how, as the day had come, The belfries of all Christendom Had rolled along The unbroken song Of peace on earth,… Continue reading Devotional: Christmas Bells