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Friday, March 8, 2013

"Wild wRide as a Writer" A few words from Lady Traveler


A Jennifer Richardson design


For Writer's only ... everyone else will be bored by the subject matter.

Writers don't have a whole lot of time to read for pleasure.  
They should.  



I'm a writer.  I write in my travel journal.  My personal journal.  
My writing journal.  My blog.  Guest blogs.  
I published my first novel last year 
(Lady and the Sea, incase you didn't know).  
I'm now rewriting my old manuscript, Lady on the Run.  
On and on.  



I spend lots of time researching about writing, 
editing, publishing, marketing.  
In books.  On the web.  On Facebook.  In between rewrites.  
Don't all writers?  You feel guilty if you don't.  
Now, I'm going to be real...  



Last week I grew bit weary of all the 
Reading, wRiting, and Research thing, so I prayed.  
Don't all writers pray?  
I told God,  I'm doing the best I can with what I have but 
I feel like I've hit a brick wall.  
I know Lady and the Sea is in Your Hands, 
so I'm looking forward to what You have up your sleeve.  
Well, something like that.



That same day I read this quote from author Mark Batterson's book, The Circle Maker:  
"I make the distinction between 
qualified and called with aspiring writers all the time.  
Too many authors worry about whether or not 
their book will get published.  
That isn't the question.  
The question is this: 
Are you called to write?  
That's the only question you need to answer.  
And if the answer is yes, then you need to 
write the book as an act of obedience.  
It doesn't matter whether anyone reads it or not."



What is your answer to Mark's question?  
Mine is yes, I am called to write.



I'm an older author.  
I call myself the almost-famous author.  
I published my first book last year.  
I'm pleased the way Lady and the Sea has been accepted and reviewed by those who have read it.  
I'm not looking for awards or making lots of money or fame.  
I wrote Lady and the Sea because 
I was compelled by God to write the true story of 
a WWII ship and the lady who loved her.  
Same with Lady on the Run-- another compell-ment from God.  Not going to push books today.  
I just wanted you to know that all writers go through stuff.

  
It's a big world of books out there.  
Don't get swallowed up in all the hoopla.  
Focus on your own personal journey.  
That way you'll have time to stop and smell the roses.  
Don't you love that old saying?


Now, after writing all my random thoughts, 
I must get back to my writing ... after I smell a few roses.



I Wish you smooth Writing and oceans of creative blessings on your Wild ride as a Writer!



p.s.  The day I prayed that prayer and read Mark's quote, I sold two books from my Facebook page!  Hey, it was my confirmation that I'm on the right path.  Prayer and obedience works.  As if  you didn't know.


Talking with my publisher way back when!
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1 comment:

Jennifer Richardson said...

it's such a personal
and unique journey,
what we do with our gifts.
i think of writing
as worship.
i would worship God
if no one ever listened
because it's not for their ears,
but his.
If i'm leading worship, i want them to join....i invite,
but my heart is set on expressing
itself to and for Him.
When i keep that peace of mind,
it helps me do what that little bite of art does: go free:):):)
thanks for using my stuff...i'm honored:)
-Jennifer