Since I get so many questions about writing books, I thought I’d take a few minutes today to discuss it.
Writing books is one of my favorite things in this world to do. I love it. I would write even if no one ever read anything else that I wrote. I’d write if I never earned money. I write because I love the process of writing.
Writing is hard. I have tons of manuscripts that will probably never be published. Sometimes I write for days and then delete it all. Other times I write not knowing where the story is going, but I allow myself to tell it anyway.
The first person I write for is me because God put a story in my heart to write. Some of the things I write are just for me. And sometimes God blesses me to share it with others.
Writing a book is hard for me because I have to go through and learn how to grow through my challenges before I can share them with others. Even when I write fiction, I must learn the lessons before I know how to share them.
One of the greatest lessons I have learned is to trust the process and God to give me what I need when I need it. When I write the story in my heart, God will use it to help others. Therefore, I don’t worry about what others deem good enough.
Not everyone will like my books, and that’s okay. I need to feel what I write and love it. And know why I wrote it. If I can do those things, I can be proud of my writing.
Sweet friends, if you feel led to write a book, write it from your heart. Permit yourself to write the story entirely without worrying if it’s good enough. Work on it until you feel good about it and know you have told the desired story. Then, you can accept feedback.
I have many experiences and messages from people who said my books and writing had helped them somehow. Even though one agent told me, my story didn’t have the ability to touch anyone’s heart. No one gets to tell you whether your book is worthy of publication. That’s something you and God need to decide.
When we do everything we should, God will do what we can’t do.
Keep writing, sweet friends. Someone needs the story only you can tell.
Have a beautiful day!