I’m busy working on a book that has a FAST approaching deadline — like I’m talking bullet train fast and this writer isn’t ready!
The book is A (sorta) Secret Serenade, sequel to my Christmas novella, A (kinda) Country Christmas.
I’m at that moment in the book when I’m scared to death.
Scared I’m spending all this time for nothing.
Scared I might be the only one who likes it.
Scared that you, my readers, won’t appreciate my slightly sarcastic sense of humor.
What if you don’t like my heroine — that person who has just enough of ME in her voice that it be a little sad to know people didn’t like her?
What if you don’t like my hero — a guy who I personally thing is a fabulous match for my heroine?
What if you find typos that, despite all the editing in the world, I didn’t find?
What if you think it’s too slow paced?
What if you think it’s rushed?
What if you think the story is just plain dumb?
I don’t think I’m the only author with these fears. We all have them.
The thing is, I think for most of us, all of those things come true. It’s a reality we have to grasp. Someone will snub our heroine and hero. Someone will yawn. Someone will find that ONE pesky comma we forgot.
No author is perfect. No book is perfect. And no story can please everyone.
When I’m at this stage, I take a moment to dwell in you, my sweet reader. I pray that God gives me the words to write a story you will enjoy. A story that will make you smile, which is one of the main reasons I write. (Because surely this world gives us enough to frown about!) A story that God might even use to speak to a situation in your life, or challenge you in some way. That is my hope and my prayer.
I know I won’t always please everyone. But I’ll try to please Jesus first— and then keep in mind ALL the things I know readers (like myself) like in a book, and try to deliver the best story I possibly can.
It’s all ANY of us can do, isn’t it? Our best?
So know today that you are thought about, even when we maybe miss the mark for you personally. And that you are prayed for, that God uses my meager offerings to do something bigger than I could ever imagine in YOUR life as you read.
How has God used a romance novel in your life? Have you been challenged or encouraged in a certain way? Have you ever thought of the idea of the author praying for you?