This Writer’s Heart: Finished?

The Writer’s Heart: Finished?

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“O God, thou hast taught me from my youth:

and hitherto have I declared thy wondrous works.

Now also when I am old and grey-headed,

O God, forsake me not:

until I have shewed thy strength unto this generation,

and thy power to every one that is to come.”

Psalm 71:17,18, KJV

What is the hardest part of writing for you? My first experience receiving a publisher’s acceptance letter, filled me with surprise and joy. This experience happened twenty years ago when I started writing teen short stories for Sunday school publications. It was great. The publisher supplied a schedule, a topic, and already had a market in place.

I like schedules and topic direction but those come from many different avenues. A schedule keeps me from procrastinating. Topics present themselves in numerous places—the world around us, creation, people we know or observe, and the list goes on.

Beginning my first attempt writing a novel, I took the advice of others before me and wrote about what I know—the Bible. Please, don’t misunderstand. I am no scholar and still have much to learn, but studying the scriptures fulfills an ongoing desire to know God and make him known. This is where my novel, The Nazarene’s Price, was conceived—a Precept study on the book of Mark.

As I wrote the rich young ruler’s story, I enjoyed the research, creating the characters with their struggles and their triumphs. But in the recesses of my mind, one thing kept trying to strike fear in my heart—marketing.

As The Nazarene’s Price crept to the finish line, I began to realize publication did not end my work. The Lord used my editor to remind me of my purpose. She commented that she would recommend my book to her unsaved friends. My purpose in all my writing is found in, John 20:31, KJV.

“But these are written,

that ye might believe that

Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God;

and believing ye might have life through his name.”

In promoting my novel, I began to see myself promoting Jesus Christ. Suddenly, the task I feared became the one I embraced. It’s the work He has given me since being born into his kingdom when I was but ten. The Lord changed or added to the where and how I shared his story as I matured(a nicer word than grown older!).

The Nazarene’s Price is completed, published, and released. But my work is not done, it’s just begun. The marketing proves to be a new witnessing tool. Sharing my good news, gives me an easy way to share Jesus. My work won’t be done—

until I have shewed thy strength unto this generation,

and thy power to every one that is to come.”

Remember when faced with marketing—there is nothing to fear when our purpose is worthwhile. We don’t promote ourselves but the purpose. We plant the seed. God gives the increase. Happy writing!  Take courage and embrace the marketing tool.

What’s the most valuable lesson you have learned on your writing journey?


16 thoughts on “This Writer’s Heart: Finished?

  1. I’ve always fumbled with words and sometimes I speak backwards, 🙂 but that’s okay I’m used to it. I appreciate those like you and many others who have that gift of writing so well. I can only hope I could write as well, but the good thing is is that I can learn. I have a yearning to keep telling, ‘Jesus is coming soon’ -something I’ve felt all my life but didn’t know what to do with that.. in a nut shell. But because I’m not called to teach or anything, the Lord gave me the gift of photography and I use His Word simply to that best I can. 🙂 For Him. 🤍ㅤ

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  2. Twelve years ago, writing, sharing my heart in words, wasn’t something I say myself doing. But God, He was preparing my heart, filling my soul, with His words of love. Look back, I see the journey, the moulding of a writer heart. God’s love the ink, my heart the pen. Now, I see, hear words everywhere, I’m writing multiple stories at a time. Yes, this silent river, has the writer’s heart. The endless overflow, it’s His love!

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