177 episodes

The author of five books, Nika Maples is a writer, speaker, and lupus and stroke survivor who loves to help Christian writers conquer what's holding them back so they can finish, publish, and market their amazing books. She started her career teaching high school English, and was named Texas Secondary Teacher of the Year in 2007. Nika loves her sunny life in Fort Worth.

The Keep Writing Podcast Nika Maples

    • Religion & Spirituality
    • 5.0 • 53 Ratings

The author of five books, Nika Maples is a writer, speaker, and lupus and stroke survivor who loves to help Christian writers conquer what's holding them back so they can finish, publish, and market their amazing books. She started her career teaching high school English, and was named Texas Secondary Teacher of the Year in 2007. Nika loves her sunny life in Fort Worth.

    178: Words, Words, for Better or Worse

    178: Words, Words, for Better or Worse

    The power of words is stronger than almost any weapon there is.

    Our words can either create life or destroy it.

    And the seeds we plant from the words we use in our lives will be the harvest that we reap up in the end.

    So if we aren’t careful, we will be reaping a harvest of death and destruction when we were expecting a harvest of abundance.

    Join Nika in the conversation about the power of words as she adds onto her series of “unpopular opinions” and shares her heart on why choosing our words carefully is so important for not only ourselves but those we interact with as well.

     

    Timestamp:

    0:00 - Intro

    1:33 - The Law of Reaping and Sowing

    3:21 - The Power of Words

    6:00 - Planting Seeds

    7:53 - The Heart of the Matter

    10:57 - What Bad Seeds Grow

    16:42 - Submit Your Words to the Lord

    22:33 - The Bag of Seed

    25:45 - Outro

     

    Grab the free Pray and Print publishing guide now! Learn all the ins and outs of both traditional and self-publishing, what you’ll need to get started, and how to set yourself up for success before you’ve even started your book.

    Subscribe to Nika’s YouTube Channel! You’ll find new videos there every week full of refreshment, encouragement, and practical advice for achieving your goals and advancing the kingdom in Jesus name!

    If you’d like to download a free sample of Nika’s latest book, Page One to Page Done, go to https://www.pageonetopagedone.com/book to download it today!

    Ready to finally write that book you've been dreaming about for so long? Nika’s 5-day challenge, the Bless Your Book Workshop, is the perfect place to start! Sign up now at blessyourbook.com.

    Want Nika to be your writing coach? Visit nikamaples.com/coaching today to learn more!

    • 26 min
    177: Bible “Characters” Are People, Too

    177: Bible “Characters” Are People, Too

    Bible characters are people, too.

    As a writer and speaker, your vocabulary is critical when trying to connect with your audience. 

    It determines whether your message lands appropriately or whether it completely misses the mark. 

    One term that is often misused, especially when referring to Biblical or historical figures, is the word “character.”

    A “character” is a figment of the author’s imagination; something or someone who is made up or exists only in the imagination.

    So why would we use that term to describe real people who walked this earth?

    In this latest installment of Nika’s “Unpopular Opinions” series, Nika dives into the importance of honoring the men and women who sacrificed so much to live for Christ.

    By the end of this episode, you’ll be re-thinking your own vocabulary in a way that places compassion and respect at the center.

     

    Timestamp:

    0:00 - Intro

    0:32 - Pray and Print: Your Guide to Navigating the Christian Publishing Process

    1:48 - Sharing an Unpopular Opinion

    3:49 - The Definition of “Character”

    5:05 - What’s Wrong with It

    8:19 - Using New Terms

    10:47 - They Were Real People & Their Stories Matter

    17:16 - Outro

     

    Grab the free Pray and Print publishing guide now! Learn all the ins and outs of both traditional and self-publishing, what you’ll need to get started, and how to set yourself up for success before you’ve even started your book.

    Subscribe to Nika’s YouTube Channel! You’ll find new videos there every week full of refreshment, encouragement, and practical advice for achieving your goals and advancing the kingdom in Jesus name!

    If you’d like to download a free sample of Nika’s latest book, Page One to Page Done, go to https://www.pageonetopagedone.com/book to download it today!

    Ready to finally write that book you've been dreaming about for so long? Nika’s 5-day challenge, the Bless Your Book Workshop, is the perfect place to start! Sign up now at blessyourbook.com.

    Want Nika to be your writing coach? Visit nikamaples.com/coaching today to learn more!

    • 17 min
    176: The Law of Measurement

    176: The Law of Measurement

    Is it the Law of Measurement or is it karma?

    The concept of karma has been a generally accepted truth in the world for quite some time. It has become popularized through the media, music, TV, and more.

    The idea that “what goes around comes around” or that we get back what we give to others is, in fact, true.

    However, the concept of karma, rooted in the idea of reincarnation, is simply a counterfeit of God’s truth.

    The Law of Measurement tells us that what we give, we will receive back. But it doesn’t always mean we will receive it the way we expected.

    Join Nika as she takes a deep dive into the concept of karma, its origins, the distractions of counterfeit, and the truth of God’s Word!

    And, if you’ve been feeling called to write your own book, but don’t know where to start, take the “What Type of Book Should I Write?” quiz today!

     

    Timestamp:

    0:00 - Intro

    1:59 - The Origins of Karma

    5:12 - The Distraction of Counterfeit

    8:18 - The Law of Measurement

    14:21 - An Exercise in Handling Your Own Judgments

    16:23 - The Truth About Karma

    18:03 - Surrendering to Jesus

    19:22 - Take the “What Type of Book Should I Write?” Quiz!

    20:07 - Outro

     

    Subscribe to Nika’s YouTube Channel! You’ll find new videos there every week full of refreshment, encouragement, and practical advice for achieving your goals and advancing the kingdom in Jesus name!

    If you’d like to download a free sample of Nika’s latest book, Page One to Page Done, go to https://www.pageonetopagedone.com/book to download it today!

    Ready to finally write that book you've been dreaming about for so long? Nika’s 5-day challenge, the Bless Your Book Workshop, is the perfect place to start! Sign up now at blessyourbook.com.

    Want Nika to be your writing coach? Visit nikamaples.com/coaching today to learn more!

    • 20 min
    175: The Beauty of People-Pleasing

    175: The Beauty of People-Pleasing

    It’s a “universal” truth that people-pleasing is wrong and that being a people-pleaser is toxic to one’s mental and emotional health.

    But is it really?

    This may be an unpopular opinion, but people-pleasing is not only a good thing, it’s actually beautiful!

    As humans, we have embedded within us a desire to please others because God desires to delight and please us.

    Using our talents and gifts to bless others is an act of people-pleasing because that blessing is a pleasure to the receiver.

    In fact, when we make it a goal to people-please, we actually please God through our efforts.

    And, friend, He is the best One to please!

     

    Timestamp:

    0:00 - Intro

    1:39 - The Problem with People-Pleasing

    4:06 - Think About Your Thinking

    7:23 - Accepting Appropriate Appreciation

    10:01 - God is a People-Pleaser

    13:02 - The End Goal

    16:03 - How to Handle People-Pleasing

    20:04 - Outro

     

    Subscribe to Nika’s YouTube Channel! You’ll find new videos there every week full of refreshment, encouragement, and practical advice for achieving your goals and advancing the kingdom in Jesus name!

    If you’d like to download a free sample of Nika’s latest book, Page One to Page Done, go to https://www.pageonetopagedone.com/book to download it today!

    Ready to finally write that book you've been dreaming about for so long? Nika’s 5-day challenge, the Bless Your Book Workshop, is the perfect place to start! Sign up now at blessyourbook.com.

    Want Nika to be your writing coach? Visit nikamaples.com/coaching today to learn more!

    • 20 min
    174: Set Your Truth Milestones

    174: Set Your Truth Milestones

    Setting truth milestones for yourself along your writing journey is like setting guideposts along a 10-mile hike.

    They will tell you how far you have left to go and how far you’ve come at the same time.

    Truth milestones are important because they provide hope, encouragement, preparation, and an accurate measurement of your growth as you progress along your path to completion.

    But you have to know where you’re going and when you’d like to arrive before you can begin setting those milestones into place.

    Listen in as Nika discusses why these milestones are so important, what they really are, and how they help guide us towards completing the goal God has set within our hearts.

     

    Timestamp:

    0:00 - Intro

    1:01 - What Is a Milestone

    2:30 - Where to Find Your Truth Milestones

    3:36 - Getting Started

    4:25 - Creating Your Truth Milestones

    6:02 - Using Your Truth Milestones

    8:18 - Outro

     

    Subscribe to Nika’s YouTube Channel! You’ll find new videos there every week full of refreshment, encouragement, and practical advice for achieving your goals and advancing the kingdom in Jesus name!

    If you’d like to download a free sample of Nika’s latest book, Page One to Page Done, go to https://www.pageonetopagedone.com/book to download it today!

    Ready to finally write that book you've been dreaming about for so long? Nika’s 5-day challenge, the Bless Your Book Workshop, is the perfect place to start! Sign up now at blessyourbook.com.

    Want Nika to be your writing coach? Visit nikamaples.com/coaching today to learn more!

    • 8 min
    173: When God Says “No”

    173: When God Says “No”

    What do you do when God says “no” to your hopes and dreams?

    Well, the first thing you should do is ask yourself, “Did He really say no or is He using this opportunity to strengthen my faith?”

    You see, God isn’t necessarily saying “no” to you. He’s training you up in the way you should go!

    He’s stretching and strengthening your faith. 

    And when you choose to lean into faith instead of pulling back in fear, God will reward you for trusting Him even when you couldn’t see why.

    Listen in to learn how to determine whether God is telling you no and what to do when doubt starts creeping in!

     

    Timestamp:

    0:00 - Intro

    0:31 - God Must Be Saying “No”

    0:54 - What God is Really Doing

    2:19 - The Power of Faith

    4:13 - What to Do Instead

    4:57 - Outro

     

    Subscribe to Nika’s YouTube Channel! You’ll find new videos there every week full of refreshment, encouragement, and practical advice for achieving your goals and advancing the kingdom in Jesus name!

    If you’d like to download a free sample of Nika’s latest book, Page One to Page Done, go to https://www.pageonetopagedone.com/book to download it today!

    Ready to finally write that book you've been dreaming about for so long? Nika’s 5-day challenge, the Bless Your Book Workshop, is the perfect place to start! Sign up now at blessyourbook.com.

    Want Nika to be your writing coach? Visit nikamaples.com/coaching today to learn more!

    • 5 min

Customer Reviews

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53 Ratings

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Absolute Favorite Podcast

Nika’s Keep Writing Podcast is truly my favorite podcast. Even if I don’t get to listen to any of the others in my library I make sure to listen to hers. Even if you’re not a writer, the content is rich and full of truth and encouragement. LOVE this podcast!!

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Practical, deep and so encouraging!

Don’t miss out on this podcast if you feel like God has called you to do something for His Kingdom. Even if it’s not writing-related, this podcast will be what you need to recognize what’s holding you back and then propel you forward. You will love it!!

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