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.
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.
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.
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.
- Pt. 1- Prayer Left Me Exhausted But Relieved | My Life Update – Prayed Over House For God’s Assurance
- Pt. 2- God Will Use My Brokenness | Life Update– Days after prayer received panicking news
- Pt. 3 – Being Humbled To My Knees | Life Update– Remembering all the times God got me through before
- Pt. 4- God Has Answered Us | Life Update – God answering prayer ❤
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.
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.
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.
I’m behind on book writing, but I’m far more ahead than I could ever imagine ❤
Do you blog and write? What have you found that works for you?
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