Once a month I’ll be blogging as a contributing writer at Seriously Write, a website where Christian writers share encouragement and ideas with one another. We help each other, and you too, along this writing journey. The invitation to join their stable of contributors was an answer to prayer, and I am thrilled to be part of this group!
Today, you’ll find my blog over there, but you can begin here with my opening words:
Without a clue, I blasted into my season of writing. Words poured out of me. When I thought I had a story ready, I imagined myself as Jo from Little Women, tying her manuscript with string and sending it off to a publisher. I did the same.
My work was done, I thought. I could move on to the next novel. The publisher would take it from there and do all the work.
This is where we all throw our heads back and laugh. Silly, delusional girl!
Congrats, Melinda, on this great writing opportunity. I appreciated reading about your journey, and how it was intertwined with transparency and scripture. You are a great teacher and I’m so thankful that God opened this door for you! Happy New Year!
Thank you for your comment, Stacey! God brought this about! I had been praying for the Lord to bring me writing opportunities, because I didn’t have the energy to go out and find them. I was completely wiped out from a downward swing in my autoimmune disorder. Out of the blue, they invited me! Not only that, they pursued me when they didn’t get a response from their first attempt at contact through my temperamental Outlook-on-a-Mac email! They went to my Facebook author page and contacted me there!
When we connected, it was exactly the right time! God is so good to me! I’m glad to get to know the writers and readers there, and to share my messy story. I hope to encourage other writers! And you, by the way, are a great encouragement to me!
Melinda, THANK YOU for sharing this testimony! It’s such an encouragement. I love it when God does this! I love it when He brings us to a place where all we have is Him and then He opens the door. (He did something similar for me with writing which I wrote about last year: http://www.staceythureen.com/2014/01/07/an-answer/)
He is true in all of His promises.
He is! Teaching us to rely ONLY on him is a messy process, but I’m so glad for the deeper intimacy and the excitement of seeing him work!
What a joy to hear about this opportunity for you! It was fun to read the interaction between you and the other writers on Seriously Write. This will really be an encouragement for all of you to bond together and share your experience and help one another!