Thank you, Chris. This is a lovely and fun book.
God is Amazing.
We know that. Yet it’s worth taking our time to think about the ways He has worked in our lives.
For example, a reporter recently asked me if my work experience was used in writing my novel, Falling Apart, Falling for You.
You bet it was! I recounted for him a few experiences that proved particularly helpful. In my first job, I worked as a secretary, where I learned how to type fast and accurately. A few years later, while living in Switzerland, I taught English by day and spoke French in public.
Back in the States, I started my own consulting business, which initially provided services such as training and speeches. In an effort to gain credibility and visibility, I wrote a Sunday newspaper column on careers and workplace issues—even hosted a talk radio show on those topics. I also self-published some nonfiction books relating to my work.
Later on, I narrowed my focus to just two areas: executive coaching and job search consulting. For the executives I coached, we often worked on their written communications. When I did job search consulting (called “outplacement” in corporate America), employers paid me to help a “terminated” employee write their resume, cover letters, and LinkedIn profiles, in addition to many other parts of their job search.
As you can imagine, all these efforts refined my writing skills.
Frankly, at this point in my life, I was feeling pretty puffed up about my writing ability—until the Lord led me to write a novel.
About that, I discovered, I knew nothing.
Such a humbling experience.
Perhaps you are questioning if your background is “enough” for writing a book or for any other new challenge. As you have seen by all the experience I listed above, I certainly had a strong writing background, yet it was not “enough” to write a novel. Only the Lord could provide what I needed to get that novel written. He gave me every idea, every word, every twist & turn, every laugh in the entire book. Then, He gave me a publisher—the very first one (and the only one) I queried.
Jehovah-Jirah certainly did provide. He will provide for you, too, if you trust in Him and not yourself.
He is Amazing.
You can count on Him.
Through all the trials, His Word spurred me on. Here is one of my favorite verses:
I am the Lord your God,
who brought you up out of Egypt.
Open wide your mouth and I will fill it.
I give Him all the glory.
Fits me well.ReplyDelete
I've a life of non-fiction writing and English teaching behind me. Tried writing fiction. Bleah! Last night I read a chapter in Madeleine L'Engle. Her descriptions are so full of life. Mine feel so skeletony.
Yes, I'd heard there's hope. And it's good to hear it from Chris.
Thank you, Kathy!
Dave, the more you read fiction, the more you learn what to do and what not to do, depending on what you like about the writing or not. It works. I consider every novel I read a teaching tool. :)Delete
(Sorry, can't figure out how to get my name to come up on this reply, but I'm Sharon K Connell.
Thank you, Dave. Thank you, Chris, for reminding us of hope.:)Delete
Blessings on you, Sharon!Delete
Yes, Kathy. We can always count on Him.ReplyDelete
Sharon K Connell
Thank you, Sharon.:)Delete
Loved this post!! It is soo true that writing is humbling. So thankful God gives wisdom, He's faithful, and He's merciful!!! Keep sharing the Good News!! Blessings!! :)ReplyDelete
I'll open my mouthReplyDelete