My Book Is Still A Work In Progress | This Blog Changed Me

Sooo… yeah.

I shared in 2017 how I have been working on a book for what will become book one of my book series.

For those unfamiliar, in 2013 I had an idea that something I created as a child, I wanted to turn into a book series. From 2013 – 2017 I wrote three novels, which I referred to as “test novels”. Unfortunately, people misunderstood that and thought I didn’t write full-length novels simply because I had the word “test” in it. Even though, I had a completed story, character development, the whole enchilada.

It’s interesting how one word can cause so many assumptions. 

They were a “test” because I wanted to write a story that was very significant in my characters’ lives. I wrote three novels, each focusing on a character that will be the “main” focus in the following first three books of my series. But something happened in 2017 that changed a lot of my writing schedule. 

This blog.

And I want to take you through my journey to where I am currently so you have a better understanding of where I’ve been.

From an onlooker, I am getting closer to 2,000 followers right now. But in 2017, it was a completely different story. 

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I had about 36 followers on this blog. I only wrote about once to twice a week. 12 views a day, was a good day. I share this because when I get caught up in numbers now…wow, I need humility, and to be grateful for every single reader. For those of you who have grown, I don’t care how much or how “little” in your eyes, as a blogger, most of you know “the numbers” I speak of. How they can lurk in our thoughts. How we are tempted to try to compare ourselves to others or previous milestones or “averages” we’ve reached in the past.

At that time, I was struggling between figuring out what I was doing as a blogger and wondering about myself as a writer. I was 27 years old, going on 28. I had one test reader, a dear friend who was the one I initially told my idea to in the first place.

I was isolated. I didn’t always have this community.  

At the time, we lived in Florida, and the Lord provided a lot of growth, but as someone who is an introvert. I do not go out to mingle. I had no friends in Florida, and praise the Lord because I had adjusted to being a military wife…it sounds sad, I guess, but I was used to it.

The Lord provided friends for me in Little Rock.

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But in Florida, I was content waiting to see where He would lead me, friends, or not. In the meantime, I worked on the third test novel. Slowly, I wrote occasional posts between my two blogs. Internally, though, I fought against the lingering thoughts of being a writer. Yet, through the good and bad something truly amazing happened.

As a blogger, one of the first lessons God taught me was that I had to find myself in Him. To put everything before Him. The quietness of those days in Florida, I’m so thankful for. I truly felt Him despite oncoming fear. We didn’t know what would happen when my husband finished his term. He was going to get out of the military.

It was scary.

I wrote about it if you want to follow the journey.

It was so terrifying opening up about situations…we didn’t have answers to. I had to push myself to step out in faith and wait to see what God would do. It still twists my stomach remembering that fear. Yet, overwhelmed at the shower of love the Lord gave me against it.

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During that time, in May and June of 2017, when those posts were being written, God gave me the blogging community. This was only after, I had given my blog to the Lord. This post shares exactly what I did, and my plans moving forward, which in time, has changed.  Post | Additions to Inside Cup Blog Posts 

The community really changed a lot of things for me. In fact, the word for 2018 I felt God place on my heart was “community”. 2017 was about drawing close to God, so that once under Him, I could reach out to His people. 

Regarding my book series, I’m still at it. 🙂 SO THANKFUL that for this book I do have a few more test readers than simply one. In fact, unless they’ve given up on me, which I totally understand, haha 😉 . They are awaiting their next set of chapters. They are only up to Ch. 10, and I’ve been trying to get two installments ahead so the pressure of being behind is lessened.

I’m currently working on Ch. 18. I broke over 30,000 words. 

The book originally was the main priority, but then when I realized how the Lord has used the blog for a ministry, I did take it on the back burner a little bit…okay…quite a bit. I also think because I wrote for four straight years and whipped out three novels in that time, switching over to blogging consistently…it took an adjustment.

Or…rather taking me…to make an adjustment.

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I’m not pleased with myself when I tell people and have for OVER a year…that I’m working on finding a schedule and a balance between blogging and writing the book. 

I don’t usually talk about my book writing, partly out of shame I think, and that’s not good. In the silence of not talking about the book, I think I need to talk about some of the things I run away from. Book writing is one of them, and I hope by opening up this is a way to work on accountability.

I’m so grateful for the Lord, who has always been near me when I didn’t have anyone. I’m so grateful that through God I have met an incredible community, and I’m even more grateful that through Christ using this community, I’ve found deeper friendships, sisterhoods, and family in Christ.

So, yeah…

I’m behind on book writing, but I’m far more ahead than I could ever imagine ❤


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30 thoughts on “My Book Is Still A Work In Progress | This Blog Changed Me

  1. Your story is truly amazing and I think you just continue rely on Him. For me, that phrase of Relying on God has for me been something I want to focus on this year but I’m still struggling with due to classes, projects and finding time to write and blog.

    However, it’s through this that I found that by relying on God more and giving everything I have to Him; I feel better.

    I actually do blog and am currently working on a book myself. 🤣. I found that when I first put aside my wants and give my writing and blogging to the Lord; the words come easier to me.

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    1. Amen!!! I agree the time I give it to Him first, it comes easier. Sometimes, I have to push myself to face the white screen.

      God will continue to teach and guide you! It will be exciting to see where He leads you.

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  2. Thanks for sharing this post. I believe God does take us through times of isolation to draw closer to Him. I have gone through something similar over the last few years, and ironically I live in Florida lol. Looking forward to reading the posts you linked.

    Congratulations on the book progress! 🎉💕🎉

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    1. And those times of isolation truly can be some of the most powerful and intimate times with the Lord. ❤ Yes!

      Haha, wow, that's awesome you live in Florida!

      🙂 thanks!! I hope the blog posts speak to you ❤

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  3. So great! It’s funny, but I’ve had to back off of blogging to focus on the writing opportunities and the kids right now. I have a writing job that actually pays (gasp!) and am needing to prioritize a book idea the Lord gave me through an agent – which will probably happen once school starts up again. It amazes me how He works through us each so differently! I’ve been blogging far longer than you but have only ever managed 1-2 posts per week at my best, and my numbers are nowhere near yours. I honestly think it’s because He knows I would focus on the wrong things if the “numbers” were there to tempt me!!

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    1. Oh, what a beautiful opportunity!!! I’m so glad to see how He has provided for you and your family!!! ❤

      Wow, Heather! Thanks for your encouragement to keep trusting the Lord and His plan for where He places each one of us!!!

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  4. You have been so blessed with your blog. I love the last line, “I’m behind on book writing, but I’m far more ahead than I could ever imagine” … That is great that you recognize that. I cannot tell you how much I truly enjoy and benefit from reading your blogs (most of them through email with leaving a response but every one of them that I read, I grow and I am encouraged… so thank you for your dedication and efforts here. Best wishes with getting your book completed!! Balancing most anything in life is a struggle. Esp for those of us who truly love the Lord and want to bring glory and honor to His name.

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    1. My heart is filled from your kind and uplifting response. I’ve been so thankful for readers, regardless of response and I’ve been working making sure I focus on every reader and God continues to convict me. I want to pray more for my readers and your comment just reminds me of why it is so important I give this community to God. This is His blog and I need to make right by Him, no matter what my flesh may want me to think. Thank you so much!

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  5. I, too, am wanting to write a book. I struggle with distraction and therefore my writing has suffered. I’m finally getting back into my blog, trying to write encouraging posts but with work and my health, sometimes I just don’t have the energy to write. My book is officially on the backburner as of now. But I WILL write it eventually. It’s just going to take some time.
    God will get me through this season of struggling. I just have to have patience. (which I am awful at waiting, lol. But aren’t we all?)

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    1. Oh, you are definitely not alone, Leigh! I’ve caught myself in impatience countless times. It can be so challenging to simply wait and be faithful with what God has blessed me with thus far.

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    1. Amen, this is true! 🙂 With this book, I’ve learned to slow down and to be thankful because God uses the time away to help me for chapter inspiration. It’s always to see how, something that gets written down would not have happened if I had pressed forward.

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  6. Bless you for writing a book while blogging! I post less than you yet struggle to juggle blogging stuff like writing posts, editing them, reading other blogs, making pictures, etc. Then again, I do also have a lot of church-related responsibilities. What a joy that God is using us in these new age avenues of ministry to bless others! ♥

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