I’ve been gone for a while. Admittedly, I’ve been lost, wandering in the wilderness of indecision.
This was due to a number of factors converging and culminating in a perfect storm of fatigue, burnout, and apathy. I’d had enough and needed a break from writing, and I had no idea how long that break would last. To be honest, even just a few weeks ago I was perfectly okay with the idea of never writing and publishing another book in my life.
And then I went to the Writer’s Advance Boot Camp and something changed. I was refreshed, refocused, revived. I was reminded why I write and over night my vision became clear. (I highly recommend this conference for 2014).
I write because I’ve been called to. I truly believe that. And I can’t abandon my calling.
And now I’m making my way back. I’m not ready to dive in yet but that day is on the horizon and near. I have some story ideas; my passion is returning. Slowly, I’m rebuilding and gaining momentum. But this time around I want to do it better. I want to have a plan, a true vision, and want to be focused on what’s important, on things that really matter, on things that will last for eternity.
This is why I do what I do, and this is why I must come back from this trek into the wilderness. I need to because it’s part of who I am, part of who I’m meant to be.
More on this return and rebuilding will come in the near future. I have some exciting things planned, and I hope you’ll join me.
After all, we have work to do, eternal work.
Well, I officially signed my contract for four more books with Realms, mailed it back to them, and got word today that they received it.
I was thinking about all this today and the remarkable journey God has led me on with my writing and how He’s taken me down roads I truly thought I’d never travel. When this most recent contract is up I will have published eight novels. Three years ago one novel was only a dream.
Oh me of little faith!
I was also thinking that I can’t ever–ever–take what He’s given me for granted. And I don’t.
Last week I came across a verse I’m sure I’ve read before, in fact I know I have, but for some reason never noticed . . . until this time (ever have that happen?).
1 Corinthians 15:10, But by the grace of God I am what I am.
Man, is that awesome or what? All that I am, all that has been accomplished, is by His grace alone. I am what I am and am where I am not because of anything I’ve done but because of His abundant grace. Period.
And for that reason I will continue to take my writing seriously and never, ever, take it for granted.
And if ever do or even sound like I do, please, someone give me the biggest karate chop to the solar plexus (you fans of 70’s and 80’s pro wrestling will know what that is) that’s ever been given to anyone walking on two legs. I’ll deserve it and then some.