Some people are born knowing they want to write. I was totally oblivious to this possibility. Still, I read books as if I would starve without them.
My sister and I had summer contests of who could read the most books. The list of chapter books topped over 100. If it had print and landed on the wholesome side of the bookshelf, we read it.
My grandmother belonged to several christian book clubs, so every time we went to her house we came home with a box full of books to read and exchanged the next time we visited.
One day after my twentieth birthday I woke up with a, “Duh” moment. I should try to write a book. So, I sat down at my computer and typed for three days. Book one was born. And died in the same day.
Why? Because it was absolutely awful and I knew it. I figured I’d never be a writer, but God often has plans we cannot see. He had a plan for me.
I taught in Minneapolis Public Schools and I begin to see the resilience of the children in my classroom. What they rose above everyday to reach for success.
Why was I so sure that I would never succeed? The pity party was over. No more, “I can’t.” It was time for “I can.” After all, how could I expect my students to work hard to overcome challenges and not be wiling to do it myself?
That year my first “real” novel began. And now I am combining what I love, teaching and writing, in my brand new book Idea Sparking: How to Brainstorm Conflict in Your Novel.
You have a dream to write. Whether you were born with a pen in your hand or were as oblivious as I, you now know your direction. God can use any moment to wake us up to His purpose for our lives. Sometimes that purpose even changes.
For today, celebrate the purpose He has given you and believe in the direction He plans to take it!
When did you start dreaming to be a writer or to do something else you love?