interview: kayti phillips, founder of writers' vision
Interested in learning more about Writers' Vision? Then you're in the right place! Kayti's joining us for a wonderful interview all about Writers' Vision and how it's the perfect community for young and aspiring Christian writers!
Hey, Kayti! Thank you so much for joining us today! I am so excited to learn more about Writers’ Vision and share this amazing community! Would you mind telling us a little bit about what inspired Writers’ Vision?
Thank you so much for having me, Gracie! I am so happy to be here and share about WV! Alright, let me see if I can summarize…
I had been writing for about two years, which put me at sixteen, when I realized writing wasn’t something I could do alone, so I started searching for a community to join. That’s like searching for a needle in a haystack; there are so many options, many you have to pay for, a lot you don’t, but then I was questioning the security of the site. (I’m paranoid about my writing sometimes…lol…) So I ended up not joining any site and thinking that maybe one day I’d start my own.
In 2021, almost three years later, God gave me a shove and was like, do it. Just do it. I was afraid no one would join and I didn’t know what to call the site, but then as I pulled Wix up and started creating it, Writer’s Vision came to mind, which I then changed to Writers’ Vision! I launched it and was pleasantly surprised at how many people joined!
That was kind of long…but not overly so, I could make it longer…lol…
What’s your main mission for Writers’ Vision?
To create a community for writers who can’t afford to pay for a community site. I know I’ve been there; you’re a teen writer without a job yet and you’re saving your money for books or other things. I want anyone to be able to join the community, because we all need it!
But also, I want to help writers achieve their visions. We all have a vision for what we want our writing to be and do, and Writers’ Vision was made to come alongside you as you stretch toward those goals, to encourage, critique, and help you reach your goals!
Where do you see WV being in the next few years? What are your goals, both in this new year and long-term?
Wow, well…I hope to see it as a thriving community of close-knit writers, a family more or less. (Hopefully not lost in a forgotten corner of the internet…lol…) My goals this year are to get more guest posts on the blog, more interviews, overall just more useful material for writers and bloggers. Of course, I’d love to see more members; we are always looking to welcome more Visionaries to the site!
Long term, I just hope to continue serving writers, bloggers, and editors with the blog and community! To do whatever is God’s will for the community!
I love your blog title/tagline, “Writing to Awaken Hope”! What does that look like to you, and how can writers intentionally write to “awaken hope”?
Why, thank you! A dear friend of mine, named Grace, listened to me ramble on messenger and helped me come up with it. *winks*
For me, this looks like writing the stories God has placed on my heart. Stories where light sends darkness to flight, where the might of God is made clear. Where purpose and redemption shine forth. Stories that end on a hopeful note and not one of despair.
Writing to Awaken Hope is all about remembering Who you serve and what He did for you! God, through His Son Jesus, wrote the greatest story on hope ever to enter the earth. Purpose and redemption are on every page. The way I keep myself writing hopeful stories is that when I despair…I turn on some good Christian music or read my Bible and remind myself of the God I serve.
Stories of hope are so important because the world looks so bleak right now that it’s so easy to get blindsided and to forget the infinite and beautiful truths of our Saviour. But hope…that light at the end of the tunnel, that spark to set the fire to roaring…that is what we need. The world may look like nothing but ashes, but hope is an ember among those ashes, and we as storytellers have the power to fan that flame and bring back the fire the world so desperately needs.
And that got long…sorry…lol… Calling a preacher’s kid on that one…haha…
How does WV encourage and support young writers?
Well, first off our blog is full of interviews, encouragement posts, and helpful tips and resources for writers. We also offer book spotlights, cover reveals, and reviews to writers, even if they aren’t members—we just like to help out.
Our community is full of like-minded writers who are striving to serve God with their writing. Writers can receive feedback and ask questions about publishing, beta-reading, or anything else writing related they need help with. For feedback on writing we use the sandwich method so it’s praise, criticism, and more praise, that way we begin and end on the right foot and it seems to work well. So far we haven’t had any fights…lol…or anyone with hurt feelings.
How can writers, editors, and bloggers get involved with Writers’ Vision? Are there any avenues for them to help others through WV?
By joining the community they can interact directly with our members. Getting feedback or helping others. There are practically endless opportunities on WV for people to help out, whether in the community or on the blog.
Though the biggest avenue that I’d like to have help with is the blog. I’d love to have some bloggers and writers share their stories of success, tips, tricks, and how-to’s, and I’d love to have some editors talk about the importance of editing, how to edit best, and what to look for when editing a novel…etc.
What a blessing Writers’ Vision is and will continue to be! Thank you so much for coming on and sharing, Kayti! Before we go, could you tell us about you, your books, and how readers/fellow writers can connect with you?
Aww, thank you! And thank you so much for having me! I’ve enjoyed doing this interview with you!
Yeah, I can do that.
I’m a homeschooled graduate who longs to write the stories my Creator has placed on my heart which most often are of purpose, redemption, and always hope! I have a strong belief that words and stories are powerful and love to encourage others to take up their pen and fight. I’m a writer of many genres, but right now, I mainly write MG and YA Fantasy and Westerns—don’t ask how those go together, I don’t know. *shrugs*
Currently I have published one MG Fantasy World of Silence and one YA Fantasy Unfortunate Events (both available on Amazon). My current WIPs are Emberling, a YA Fantasy/Romance that I’m super excited about! And Rivals of Skyline, which is a Western that needs major edits.
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
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 - Interview
Writers’ Vision - Wrap-Up Post
What do you think of the tagline? Do you believe your stories awaken hope? Comment down below!