September 19, 2013 by Jen Cudmore
Writing a book is a personal journey that comes from within. When you follow that inspiration, the world will respond. If you’re like me, you believe God gave you the story and the dream, which means He’ll provide a way for them to be realized. But you still have to do your part.
Be sure you understand who you are as an individual and what you have to give to others:
+ Accept your differences. How does your family and your heritage affect who you are and what you’ll become? Because we are individuals, our approach to story will be unique. While there are practical formulas for structuring a manuscript, only you can know the process of sharing your story in a way that works for you. Find the method that suits you. Know your own rhythm and pace. Understand your strengths and weaknesses and learn to use them to your advantage.
+ Know what inspires you. What do you have an emotional connection to? In her book The Way of Story, Catherine Ann Jones said “Emotions derived from all we have lived and felt passionate about become a rich well which every good writers will draw from,” and “It’s the emotional power of your story that will ultimately determine its success.” It’s not what happens in your story, but how what happens affects and changes the main character, and ultimately the reader. Creativity has no boundaries, and bits of your story may come to you in many different ways.
+ Choose to work hard. Everyone who has achieved greatness had to earn it. Reaching the end doesn’t just happen; you must put in some effort. Dreams develop over time. Writing takes courage, and it’s not about overcoming fear but continuing in spite of it, fighting your way through the obstacles no matter what. Are you prepared to put in the time and effort necessary to accomplish each task that leads to the ultimate goal? Are you willing to work hard, or will you give up?
Understanding who you are gives you freedom and clarity. Once you have that, you can, as the saying goes, “spread your wings and fly”.