Storytelling is Simple, but Writing…

Recently, I sat at one of the dining tables in my friend’s cozy B&B carriageway to discuss my sequel. Afterwards, she asked about my writing process: if my stories are composed at the computer or primarily longhand and if I sit down and start writing. I glanced sideways for a split second, thinking about storytelling. Looking back into my friend’s curious eyes and beautiful smile, I replied, “I write at the computer.”

She nodded and we moved on to another subject.

When I got home, I thought about how simple the process must have sounded. Storytelling is simple, but writing…well,

there are no keyboard strokes, mouse clicks or cursive exercises to make writing easy.

But, there is prayer. No matter how difficult a scene or an awkward sentence stumps me, prayer calms the anxiety within so I can hear the Holy Spirit deliver a solution.

God cares about every aspect of our lives.

He wants us to be the best we can to glorify Him through our endeavors. It’s through those diverse avenues and hard work that our faith and skills are oftentimes stretched. And boy, have my writing skills (and faith) been stretched.

After learning much about proper grammar usage, punctuation, sentence and paragraph length, befuddled sentences or sections, clarification, theme, tightening, plotting, twists, pacing, timeline and organization, point of view, hooks, transitions, dialogue and emotional tags, internal monologue, narrative flow, conflict, element of mystery and surprise, character creation, consistency and believability, fresh descriptions, setting, symbolism, clichés and repetitive usage, backstories, showing and telling, research, proofreading, and attending writing classes, workshops, webinars, finding a compatible critique partner and/or group, beta readers, and an editor followed by more rewrites…the writing process—and this is the short list—is catching up with the ease of storytelling. But it still isn’t as simple as sitting down and just writing.

Likewise, living a life for God isn’t always simple. But, if we stay on the right path, He gives us plenty of past victories to revisit, to encourage and keep us moving forward, assured that:

In time, our endeavors will be less challenging. Maybe even simple.

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The Last Chapter

Writers oftentimes experience loss after they complete the first draft, and again after editing and rewrites when the work is print ready.DSC01688_edited-1

I am at phase one, approaching the last chapter of my sequel to Ashley’s Gift.

For months I have listened to my characters. We  have cried, yelled, laughed a little, planned and schemed, lied and dodged police, hoped and wished for the impossible, struggled at being poor, marveled at being rich, made new friends, and had our hearts broken. We have hated the ones we love and loved the ones we hate.

That is a lot of emotions.

Truthfully, I don’t want to write the last chapter because I can already feel the characters intense emotions. I want to procrastinate. But doing so while they yearn to be heard loud and clear in their final episode would be an act of betrayal. For now I will brave the journey, lock away the impending loss, listen closely to my characters, and take on their passionate finale. Then I will step away and weep, but only for a little while.

INSPIRATION for everyone who has a DREAM

Award winning author Laura Drake encourages others to never give up on themselves or their gifts by sharing an honest account of how she achieved her dream–and is still doing so.

The Difference Between Mistakes and Failure By Laura Drake

I am not an old soul. I am a klutz and a fairly slow learner. I bumble through life, making almost every mistake possible before finding the right way.  People (most notably, my long-suffering parents) tried to explain things to me. But that’s apparently not how I learn. And I don’t think I’m alone.

This used to make me feel like a failure. But it doesn’t anymore.

. . . click here to read the rest of Laura’s story