The Writing Process I've Been Avoiding
Here it goes...
Here I am, taking my first leap of faith and I’m terrified. For those of you who follow me on social media, you know that I’ve been writing a new book. Well, I just finished the first draft. Hoorah! But now, it’s time to do the hard work.
Oh you thought, writing the book was the hard work? Nope! Not even close. That was child’s play for what comes next because that baby is not done.
- Now, it’s time to put in endless hours of editing and revisions.
- It’s time to fact check multiple sources.
- It’s time to share my book work a few editors, critical review partners, and beta readers.
- It’s time to surrender my pride to the endless critiques sandwiched between compliments that I’ll have to stomach, knowing they want the best for this book, too.
- It’s time to pray and prepare notes about what sets this book apart from every other book on the subject written to my target audience.
- It’s time to create my very first book proposal and query letter, and yet, this is the hardest, scariest step of all-at least, to me.
- It’s time to write about my subject.
Yep, that’s right. I’m releasing some of the content right here and I’m terrified. I’ve never done it before because I’ve always been afraid someone would plagiarize my work, take the credit, release it under their own name, and share my message with the world.
But the truth is...
It actually turns out that it’s not my message. It’s God’s. In fact, He already released it. In His great humility and faithfulness, He shared it with us freely, and I’m following my Daddy’s example. So here goes…
Over the next year, we are going to unpack the books of 1 and 2 Samuel, two books in the Bible that have forever changed my life. I hope the lessons I’ve learned change yours, too.
Thank you for holding my hand as I launch into this new journey afraid. I will always love you for that. Is there anything that you feel called to do in this season that’s making you afraid? Please comment down below and let me know I’m not crazy, shallow, or all by myself.