I was thinking about writing, because, well, I’m a writer. Right? It’s what I do it’s who God has designed me to be and I’m struggling to realize that this is not just a fun hobby – but an actual calling. I don’t have to feel guilty for enjoying my “work.” I don’t feel guilty doing ministry “work” (also unpaid) so why do I feel like I need an excuse to write, or that it is less important than say. . . doing the dishes? My writing is just as much of a ministry – or at least I hope it is. Sometimes the need to write almost becomes an obsession.
Still, three weeks into the school year I’m struggling to find ways to make time for writing. For this blog. For refining my craft. For revising my novel, writing queries, investigating potential agents and on and on and on. Also for setting up the names and characters for my next NaNoWriMo novel. That will be another Regency Historical Fiction, Lord Phillip’s Fate (working title, just go with it for now. . .) that picks up where The Virtuous Viscount left off. (Don’t worry, Pesto and Potholes will also have a sequel . . . eventually.)
If you ever felt like you had a story inside and want a challenge – I’m going to lay it out for you now. Join me in November for the adventure of a lifetime at National Novel Writing Month (www.nanowrimo.com). I’ll be tackling writing Lord Phillip’s Fate and expect to exceed the 50,000 words in 30 days. I know I can write a novel without this – however – it’s fun! So come along for the ride and who knows? Maybe you will reconnect with a friend from 25 years ago (like I did last year which lead to reconnecting with MORE friends!). Or maybe even just letting people read your attempt will bless them in some way too. Or maybe you will simply be able to say, “I did it! I’m a WINNER!” Let me know if you decide to come along for the ride so we could be writing buddies and cheer each other on!
Dishes are still calling. . .