Helping Hands Press Contest: What’s in a Word?

In my travels, first as a writer and now as an author, I run across so many people who have a story to tell. Frankly, I’d be deeply sadden if I met someone who didn’t have a story to tell. After all, we are living creatures, made by God. His intention wasn’t for us to be born and just…be. It was to born and live.

Key to living is our ability (and necessity) to dream. Behind every story, behind every idea, behind every aspiration is that one word: dream. I wonder if that was God’s ultimate plan for all of us for certainly we cannot live if we do not dream.

What’s in a word? As an author, I love to study words and their meanings. Linguistics was always a favorite course of study for me at college. Words change over time, too. Years and years ago, well before I was even thought of, the word “writer” meant something special. To dream to be a writer was a high aspiration, indeed. Not many people could have that dream. Spare time to write was a luxury and very, very few made a living out of it.

Today, however, when people ask me what I do for a living, if I respond that I’m a writer, their eyes glaze over and that’s about the extent of the conversation. Most recently, I change the word from “writer” to “author” and that sparks a completely different level of interest.

Person: “Tell me about your book you are writing?”
Me: “Which one?”Person: “You are writing more than one?”
Me: “And I’ve published over 40.”


If you’ve been collecting words along the Helping Hands Press (HHP) Road Rally, then you’ve come to the right place to get your next word for a chance to win a Kindle Paperwhite. If you’ve not been collecting words on the Road Rally, but you do like the idea of a free Kindle, then you’ll need to visit the earlier HHP author stops to get them. You’ll find links to those other Road Rally stops on the HHP’s Facebook page.

You can improve your chances of winning the Kindle by doing one or more of the following:

This is the last stop on the Road Rally itinerary. I sure hope you had fun with this journey! Visit the Helping Hands page on Facebook for the announcement of the winner on 10/24!!!!