Wait Upon the Lord …
Authors have a maddening desire to get their words into print so that others can read them, even if our audience is a mother, a friend, maybe a group at church. Some of want, from the very start, for our words to be published and to have an impact on many. There’s nothing wrong with this desire, especially if God has placed it within you. God blesses us with talents, and He places things in our path that help us to further those skills.
From an early age, all I wanted to do was write. I was a lover of story before I knew how to put the alphabet into an arrangement that people could read. My imagination was vivid. I still dream in color. Of course, I wanted the world to read my stories.
In the beginning, the problem was, that much like the letters that are arranged so that folks can read them, story has elements that are essential, and they must be used and arranged in a way that will draw the reader in. Without them, if someone picked up my books, they wouldn’t read very far. When I became serious about my writing career, I delved into punctuation, grammar, and the elements of story. I joined a writer’s group. I signed on with a critique group … well, actually three. I made friends who had a like passion, and for a number of years I worked on my craft.
I learned that my impatience and my propensity to rush ahead of God can hurt me. That experience was a blessing. I learn some things the hard way, and the lessons I gleaned by galloping away from God’s plan for me are ones I will never forget.
That’s why I sorrow for those I see rushing ahead with their careers.
The atmosphere has changed from the early days when I was working on craft. Vanity press and self-publishing were in their infancy. Today, while I would warn everyone, from experience, to stay away from a press that charges to print an author’s work, the area’s of eBooks in self-publishing isn’t so cut and dry. However, for every author that I see venturing into the waters of self-publishing, who have studied craft and have written a story that is ready for publication, I see a dozen others who are not ready. The percentages are a little lower with traditional publishing, but in all truthfulness, not every traditionally published novel is ready for publication either.
When publishing in any venue, seeking God’s desire is most important, and one question that I can imagine God asking is, “What impression will your writing (story/skills) leave the reader with … of Me?”
If an author can’t say that his/her writing glorifies God in every way, it it probably time to work harder and to wait upon the Lord.
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.