Let God Open the Door
So why are authors so rushed to get the message across? It’s as if they feel that God could have timed the acceptance of a novel or the release a little better. Really?
Romans 8:28 is my writer’s verse. I write stories that declare that God is always in the details. If He is, and if He is always working all things to my good–even my mistakes–can I not trust Him to know the timing of a contract or a book release? Can I not stay beside Him and let Him hold my hand as events unfold rather than running away from Him and looking back for Him to catch up with me.
I did that once or twice. The results were not what I wanted, and it took some time for me to realize that had I waited for God to open a door and had I not run through it without knowing what was on the other side, things would have gone much differently for me–and much better.
I truly believe that as in all ministry and other aspects of our lives, Christian writers have a responsibility to do their best for our Creator. The things that He allows us to create should be the best possible creation. Creating my best work might take me a little more or a little less time than another writer. I can’t measure my speed based on the abilities of another. I have to measure my pace based upon the doors God opens for me. A well-known author/speaker once taught on the elements of storytelling. He cautioned his audience that these elements are not learned overnight. In fact, he suggested that an author work on one or two a year. While concentrating on those areas, he claimed the others will grow naturally.
What that said to me is that the talents God gave to me were raw. I needed to work on them to perfect them, and in study and practice, I remain by God’s side, and when He feels that the time is right, He will open the door for me, and we will both walk through–together–to whatever He has for me.
Fay Lamb (The Tactical Editor) is an author, editor, and writing coach.
Her emotionally charged stories remind the reader that God is always in the details. Fay has contracted three series. Stalking Willow and Better than Revenge, Books 1 and 2 in the Amazing Grace romantic suspense series are currently available for purchase. Charisse and Libby the first two novels in her The Ties That Bind contemporary romance series have been released. Fay has also collaborated on three romance novellas: The Christmas Three Treasure Hunt, A Ruby Christmas, and the newest A Dozen Apologies. Her adventurous spirit has taken her into the realm of non-fiction with The Art of Characterization: How to Use the Elements of Storytelling to Connect Readers to an Unforgettable Cast.
Future releases from Fay are: Everybody’s Broken and Frozen Notes, Books 3 and 4 of Amazing Grace and Hope and Delilah, Books 3 and 4 from The Ties that Bind. Also, look for Book 1 in Fay’s Serenity Key series entitled Storms in Serenity.
Fay loves to meet readers, and you can find her on her personal Facebook page, her Facebook Author page, and at The Tactical Editor on Facebook. She’s also active on Twitter. Then there are her blogs: On the Ledge, Inner Source, and the Tactical Editor. And, yes, there’s one more: Goodreads.