I would love to write on my blog that the life of a novelist is one of glamor and fame. It may be for some, at least the fame part. And there are a few times in a writer’s life when she might get all gussied up in sequins and walk the red carpet, so to speak. But mostly, the writing life is sitting in front of a computer, sometimes still in PJs, sans makeup (for the gals), and putting down words, day in and day out. And for many writers, contracts and publication dates mean we are juggling several books in various stages at the same time.
While waiting to hear from my editor after turning in my contemporary novel, A Promise Kept, I proofed the typeset pages of Beloved (the last time I will see the book before it releases in September) and then I finished a major rewrite of a single-title historical novel, The Heart’s Pursuit, that I set aside several years ago so I could work on an historical series. Now the revision letter for A Promise Kept has arrived, so I am working on the contemporary again. And in the wings is another historical novella with a due date in June.
Is it any wonder I don’t know if I’m coming or going half the time?
A friend recently said, “I’d love to take the summer off.” What? People get to do that? LOL!
Another friend recently tweeted this Ken Kesey quote: “One of the dumbest things you were ever taught was to write what you know. Because what you know is usually dull.” I laughed over that one because, much of the time, my life is dull. I do the same thing, day after day. I get up, shower, exercise, read my Bible, write, eat, watch some TV or a movie, read something, fall into bed.
And yet, somewhere in my ordinary, dull-ish, book-juggling life, God continues to teach me and encourage me. He continues to give me stories to write, stories which I hope will honor and glorify Him. For me, writing is an act of worship and a step of obedience, and more than once I have turned in a book, thinking, Well, this is the worst thing ever written. And then it turns out to be many readers’ favorite book. That’s a God-thing, pure and simple.
Hope you have a great Memorial Day weekend, for those of you in the states. Don’t forget to take a moment to honor those who gave their lives so that we might enjoy the freedoms we have today.