The book To the King has taken an interesting turn. I thought I was ready to have it published. I thought I was going to have an answer from a literary agent by now. But I was wrong on both of those points. Although I’ve been working on my book since I started this blog (yes, three years ago!) I’m still not ready to publish it.
And guess what? It’s OK with me.
You see, there’s a part about writing that I forgot to calculate. There’s an element of my story that’s missing. There’s a piece of the puzzle that I didn’t think was necessary, but without it, the picture would not make sense!
That oversight, that missing element, that piece of the puzzle…is you.
Over the past few weeks, I’ve excitedly entered into the world of social media. I’ve invested my time heavily into Facebook, Twitter (@writing_free1) and now Instagram (@writing_free1). Through these avenues, I’ve met so many interesting people, and I’ve seen how people like you think. I’ve seen the conversations that have been trending, the shows that people are watching, the blunders that “famous people” (let’s just call them that) have been making…and overall, it has shifted the way my book was headed.
For those of you who don’t know, during my last week of college (a few short days away from graduation), my friend gave me a parting gift: a journal. Actually, it was a group of my friends who signed it and blessed me with encouragement toward my writing. I made a decision to write my heart out in that journal, and when I would write on the last page…whatever I had written would be published.
Well, that plan started off as a great idea…but then I realized: if I wanted to write a book for me, this would work. But ultimately, my dream of writing a book is not simply about me. Especially this week, God put it on my heart that my true mission is to be a voice of hope, encouragement, and light in the midst of negativity, hopelessness, and darkness.
This week, I’ve seen celebrities and public figures misrepresented in the media.
This week, I’ve seen people my age post about how they’re “done” and how their lives are falling apart.
This week, I’ve seen people I follow on Twitter and Instagram deal with the same issues that I’ve dealt with in life…the very same issues that are highlighted in my book.
This week, I’ve been reminded of God’s redemptive work in my life: the work that took what was dead, broken, and hopeless and made it alive, free, and whole. I may not be able to fix the world, but through my writing, I can point people to the one who IS able to heal all broken hearts and unite us together in love.
In order to do that in my novel, my book needs a little bit of redemption as well. The book is not all garbage; as I said, it was just written to me. So now, I’m taking the time to write it thoroughly and with you in mind.
You, my audience, are what inspires me to keep writing. Stay tuned for my book to be finished. It may take longer, but if I do it this way, it will help more people. And THAT is why I write.
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