It’s been far too long since I posted here. I apologize, and I appreciate all of you who have asked me how my book is going.
Things are going well, albeit very slowly.
After I went to the conference, I sort of lost my momentum. Even though I had a great time, learned a lot, and got good feedback, I had a hard time continuing with the book. It still burned in my heart to write this story, but I went through a time when I felt almost paralyzed by fear.
I was afraid of three things.
- I felt that the expectations on me were really high, higher than maybe I could live up to.
- I felt a lot of pressure to hurry up and finish the book because people were waiting on me.
- I realized how much I don’t know about writing a book, and I wasn’t sure I could ever learn it all.
These were all very good reasons to be afraid, but not reasons to quit altogether. I had to work through them and give them to God. And He has used these fears to help me grow. First, I don’t have to worry about living up to anyone’s expectations. God called me to write and He will equip me to do what He has called me to do. (Philippians 4:13)
Secondly, writing a book takes a long time, and I have a limited amount of time in which to work on it. This is my reality. God’s timing is always perfect, and when the book is ready, the opportunities will be there.
And finally, knowing how much I don’t know led me to delve into learning more about the craft of writing. I bought a couple of great books and signed up for a class on outlining. This class has been so helpful! I’ve been able to get further along with the book than I had before.
I’ll write more in the next few days about my class and what I’ve learned.
Thank you for continuing with me on this journey. It’s quite an adventure!