Wednesday, June 11, 2008

My Writing Update

The other day I finished a draft (the final?) of my second novel. Now I've given the story to one of my trusted first readers and will wait to see what she thinks. I'm sure there'll be another draft after I hear her suggestions.

If it were up to me, I'd have a third novel idea all ready and jump right in and start writing it. I have several snippets of ideas, but I'm still distilling them and contemplating which ones to pursue.

This is where trusting comes into play. I don't know about you, but I don't want to flounder around on my own. God knows what I'm supposed to write next. He knows the story I'm meant to tell, the one which will excite me and my future readers. He knows. That's encouraging. My thing is learning to rest and believe that.

I didn't do this last time around. When I was searching for an idea for my second novel, the one I just finished, I labored and spun my wheels and worried and did everything but trust God. I knew in my heart He was there and would help me, but boy it makes a difference to let go. That's my goal---to let go.

Trust in the Lord with all of your heart, lean not on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge him and he will make your paths straight.

So that's where I am in my writing, and perhaps it's why I've been a little silent here at this blog!

How about you, friends? I'd love to hear what you're doing (non-writers, don't be shy!). What are your summer plans? To-be-read lists?


C. said...

I applaud you for finishing up your second novel! I hope you find the time to reward yourself and give yourself a mental break with something fun and relaxing in between projects. Something you enjoy!

Adam Blumer said...

Congratulations on finishing that draft! (Reward yourself by doing something fun.) Oh, I so know how you feel. All authors like us struggle with these feelings of insecurity about what to write next. Trusting God is where we need to run first; He'll show us what to do in His time. I totally agree.