I recommend joining a national writing organization where you can get the support and encouragement of other writers working toward the same goals. Conferences are a great way to study the craft of writing, connect with writing friends, find critique partners, get feedback on your manuscript, and refresh your writing goals. 

Writing Organizations:

American Christian Fiction Writers

Oregon Christian Writers

My Book Therapy

Writer’s Bookshelf

Self-Editing for Fiction Writers, Second Edition by Browne & King

The Emotional Craft of Fiction, by Donald Maass

Writing The Breakout Novel by Donald Maass

The Moral Premise by Stanley D. Williams, Ph.D.

The Christian Writer’s Manual of Style by Robert Hudson

Save the Cat! Writes a Novel by Jessica Brody

Techniques of the Selling Writer by Dwight V. Swain

“First, work at the craft. Hard. Treat it like getting a degree in medicine. Put in the hours.”

Christy Award-winning author James L. Rubart