The pressure is on to create as I’ve been promising readers more books this year–and that means new books, not just new editions of books that have been published before. Life changes, however, and I’m not the same person I used to be. I wrote thirteen unpublished novels in fourteen years–with the rejection letters to prove it–before finally seeing those manuscripts find homes at publishing houses. That’s a lot of determination, I realize, but I simply had more determination then. I was much younger.
So after more than 30 novels with traditional publishers, and several indie titles, I’m finding a new system to keep me moving forward and getting those words written every day. Jim Denney’s book, Writing in Overdrive, is a huge help to keep me moving forward. So thank you, Jim. You’re a true encourager. My husband, Mel, who provides research and editing for our books, is also a great encourager.
Something else I’ve found recently that has really helped me to keep producing is the buddy system with a long-time writing friend, Kristin Billerbeck. When you’re working with a publisher, you always have a deadline and an editor urging you on. When you’re publishing independently, I’ve found that it really helps to have another writer urging you on daily. So as Kristin and I hold one another accountable, we find that we have been able to move forward toward our goals. We both plan to have three new novels completed this year. Each. Yes, that’s a lot for us, but if we keep moving forward, I think we can do it.
Do you have your buddy system in place? Living the Christian life is not meant to be a solo venture. After moving for the second time in two years, Mel and I have discovered how much we miss having a church home. We’re still looking, but we have made some new Christian friends who are also actively seeking God’s will in their lives. That means a lot.
Do you have a small group, a Sunday school class, Christian friends you meet with weekly to discuss the Bible? Maybe, like me, you’ve found that you’ve “been there, done that,” and have slowed the forward push. Maybe you don’t read your Bible as often as you did when you were younger. Or maybe you’re reading it more. Good for you! Perhaps you could share some of the insights you’ve discovered with another Christian. Share the wealth.
Wherever your Christian walk is today, is there someone you could share it with? I’ve found that, as with writing, it’s much easier to grow when someone else is growing with you. It’s more fun to share.