Interview With Kaytlin Phillips (+ Writer’s Vision Relaunch)

Today I have the privilege of interviewing Kaytlin Phillips from Writer’s Vision blog. I think you all are going to enjoy reading her answers as well as finding out more about the wonderful community she’s created farther down in this post. So keep reading!

What was the inspiration behind starting Writer’s Vision?

At first it was just a crazy idea of a sixteen year old, but then two and a half years later God brought the idea for a writing community back to the surface and pushed me in that direction. I wanted to create a community where anyone could find encouragement, support, and overall just create a safe place for authors to connect. That was a little over a year ago, and though the site has changed design the reason I created it has not changed at all.

How has it grown since it was first started?

We’ve changed how we run a few things…and I’ve been adding things to the community. We’ve grown in number (almost 5 members and a total of 72 people subscribed to the blog) so that’s made me rethink how everything was set up. I hope I’ve made it more user friendly…lol…

I was also really happy to have Louise Taylor join my team last year, which was a huge blessing and she’s just incredible!

What are your goals and dreams for it in the future?

Goal wise, to reach as many people as possible and create a way for WV to make a passive income so I don’t have to charge people. I’d love to keep WV free, but in order to do that it’s going to need to bring in some income some other way, so I’m working on that.

Dreams…we just want to inspire and empower the next generation of authors. To help them realize and understand the responsibility and power they have with their stories and to encourage them not to give up, but to always stand and write what is right and true.

What’s your favorite piece of writing advice?

That there is no one right way to write a novel. Go Teen Writers coined that term, but it’s my favorite piece of advice to pass out lately. That and when my dad says to, “Write what you don’t know and grow.”

What made you want to be a writer?

I’ve always been a reader. Out of all seven of the kids in my family I was always the one with my nose in a book. Honestly, I had more books than I ever had of toys. I dabbled with writing my own stories, trying to mimic the stories I loved, but honestly didn’t think that seriously about it until my dad encouraged me and my sisters to write down our stories. Once we started doing that it really clicked for me, I loved writing. Loved creating stories and worlds and characters and since then I haven’t looked back, that was six years ago. 

What started out as a love for words in general turned into a passion for crafting the stories God has given me and spreading His love and hope as far as I can!

How do you find motivation and inspiration to write on hard days?

Three things usually, my sisters. They are the best, always encouraging and listening to me ramble.

Remembering why I write, I’ve got a guest post somewhere on this tour that talks about my why and why every writer needs a why…but knowing the reason I write helps me on hard days, because I can look at ‘why’ I’m doing this and it gives me strength to push forward.

And the third and final and in no way least, prayer. Praying for help and guidance in that area of the story helps tremendously! 

What advice would you give new writers?

Write the story that God has called you to write, don’t get tripped up in all the details, simply write it. You can edit later, the most important thing is finishing the story so that you know you can finish!

What advice would you give more experienced writers?

Don’t compromise the story God has given you for what sales or what the world wants, write the story the world needs not what it thinks it needs. Sometimes those are the hardest stories to write, but if they are what God has called you to write then it is well worth the effort. Don’t get caught up in money and sales, remember the reason you write. It doesn’t matter if you reach one or one hundred, what matters is that you wrote the story God gave you!

Hello, I’m Kaytlin!

A homeschool grad, blogger, influencer, and the author of the MG fantasy World of Silence, Co-Author with my sisters, Marisa and Jaiden, of the YA Fantasy series The Dragon Prince Chronicles, and have been featured in the Seize the Night Anthology.

I first discovered a love for writing at the age of seven when I plagiarized a Roy Roger’s film into my own book. Since then I’ve become more creative and write books of my own invention, which are usually stories of hope, purpose, and redemption.  More often than not you can find me with my nose in a book, whisked away to some fictional setting.

Through my stories I long to present the Savior and His overwhelming love for us, I want everyone to know they are never too far gone for God to save them and that everyone has a purpose!

Writers’ Vision is…

Writers’ Vision is a community where Christian creatives can connect and receive feedback, advice, encouragement, and even form friendships. Originally started in 2021 as a writers’ critique site, Writers’ Vision has expanded to include creatives of all levels! From authors to bloggers and even editors! Whether it is a community you are looking for or simply encouragement and advice, Writers’ Vision is here to help!

Our Community space where we share bits of our stories is open to a wide variety of genres and is for making your manuscript what you envisioned it could be.

The Community is a place where authors and bloggers can receive Beta reading services from readers and fellow authors. But it’s not just another critique group, it is a friendship, a coming together for the benefit of all involved.

Writing to Awaken Hope
The Official Blog of Writer’s Vision

Writing to Awaken Hope is the official blog of Writers’ Vision and is full of encouraging posts, interviews, stories, and even useful skills and resources for authors and bloggers alike.

Our Writing Challenges

Writers’ Vision host a writing challenge/competition every three months! The prompts range from sentences, word count restrictions, picture prompts, and even collages!

The challenge winner has their story posted on the Writers’ Vision blog and, of course, given bragging rights.

You don’t have to be a member of the Community to enter or even be subscribed to the blog.

You don’t have to be a member of the Community to enter or even be subscribed to the blog.

Tour Schedule

Monday, Jan 16th

Writers’ Vision – Kick-Off Post
Vanessa Hall – Spotlight
Louise Taylor – Spotlight

Tuesday, Jan 17th

Pearl Christine – Spotlight
Sisters Three – Spotlight

Wednesday, Jan 18th

Louise Taylor – Guest Post
Allyson Jamison – Interview

Thursday, Jan 19th

Lorelei Angelino – Spotlight
Madisyn Carlin – Spotlight & Guest Post
Lillian Keith – Spotlight & Interview

Friday, Jan 20th

Kristina Hall – Interview
Vanessa Hall – Interview
Annabelle Batie – Spotlight & Guest Post
Abbigail Befus – Interview
A.J. Syngraféas – Guest Post

Weekend Off….

Monday, Jan 23rd

Joelle Stone – Guest Post
Louise Taylor – Interview
Writers’ Vision – Mid-Tour Recap

Tuesday, Jan 24th

Abbigail Befus – Guest Post
Issabelle Perry – Guest Post

Wednesday, Jan 25th

Saraina Whitney – Guest Post
Grace A. Johnson – Spotlight
Allyson Jamison – Guest Post

Thursday, Jan 26th

Grace A. Johnson – Interview
Sisters Three – About Writers’ Vision

Friday, Jan 27th

Grace A. Johnson – Guest Post
Annabelle Batie – InterviewWriters’ Vision – Wrap-Up Post

Your turn!

What was your favorite answer from the interview? Are you a part of a writing community? What is a writing blog that you visit regularly?

Blessings, Allyson


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