Recently I was talking about my writing (KJ specifically) with two people close to me, and after our conversation one of them looked at me and said, “What can we do to help?”
It took me a few days to come up with a three-part answer:
- respect my writing time (physical)
- affirm my calling (emotional)
- pray for me (spiritual).
But what does it look like to pray for a writer?
Here are some ideas adapted from my own prayer list for KJ. I pray
- for the discipline to write. It takes work to write a novel, and any big project requires discipline to put in the effort and get it done.
- for the ideas and words to come. Whether sitting down to write or brainstorming in bed at night, we can’t move forward without the “building materials” of our trade.
- for patience with the writing process. It’s a long, hard road to write a novel, and it’s easy to get overwhelmed or discouraged and want to throw in the towel. Or to just want the dumb thing done and published already.
- for joy in the writing process. Writing is a miracle. I never want to lose the joy of putting words on paper, having my characters surprise me, or watching a scene unfold beneath my fingers.
- for balance between writing and life. Whether it’s a steady balancing act or a choppy juggling act, there has to be some consistent give-and-take between writing and living. Routine is helpful. Discipline is needed.
- for the resources I need in my research. Any writer hoping to write realistically needs resources: books, people, websites, etc. God can provide the information we need to best write what we want to write.
- for emotional support. This is not a selfish request for attention. All workers (especially artists) appreciate knowing their craft is valued, even if it may not be fully understood. Morale goes a long way for motivation.
- for God to be glorified. This is the heartbeat of my writing and I know many others’ as well. We desire both a process and a product that will ultimately glorify the One who gave us our craft.
If you’re interested in KJ and of the praying sort, I would appreciate your investment of prayers with me in this project.
If you’re a writer, you can pray these things for yourself. I prayed a lot for Trust and Deception, and those three years provided some of my favorite “God stories” of my life (Jms 4:2, Eph 3:20, Is 55:8-9).
Are you a writer? What would you add to this list? No matter your craft, how can you pray for your projects?
Welcome to my Work In Progress, code name KJ. 😎
What is KJ?
I would love to share EVERYTHING with you, but I’m limited in what I can divulge. Two reasons:
- I want to leave some suspense for when you actually read the book. If I say too much now, I’ll spoil all the good parts. 😉
- Things change. In the writing process, the editing process, and the publishing process. So it doesn’t make sense to talk about something that may not exist next week or next draft.
But here’s what you CAN know:
- Four books
- Realistic medieval fantasy
- Flawed characters
- Themes and messages relevant to now
- Swords and bows and herbal remedies and castles and horses and all that good stuff 😁
(If that’s not enough, you can go check out one of their 12 Pinterest boards.)
How did KJ start?
To be honest, I don’t even remember. My very first draft of KJ dates from 2008, when I was twelve. And who knows what was going on in my head when I was twelve. 😜 Even though I’ve gone back and looked through my journals from that time, I can’t find any suggestion of what gave me the initial idea.
(I guess that makes them orphan books — no parents, no known birth date. Kinda like the main characters . . .)
I’ve started and stopped with this project many times over the years. Some elements have stayed the same, a lot have changed. Now I’m starting again, for what I pray is the last time!
When will KJ be published?
I wish I could say tomorrow. 🙂 My hope is to finish at least the rough draft of Book One by the end of this year.
I say “hope” because I have a few obstacles between me and writing, namely
- a wrist that currently doesn’t like typing (tendonitis)
- some chronic health struggles that include fatigue and occasional brain fog
- grad classes resuming in the fall.
BUT, I also have the power of prayer and lots of motivating factors to get these books written:
- You. 😊 Many of my friends have been asking about my next book. You all have been very patient! It’s my hope to put something in your waiting hands soon!
- Current events. Even before 2020 started, I planned to use the stories of KJ to explore themes and convey messages I’m passionate about. Recent events have reminded me how much these messages need to be heard.
- It’s time. Imagine living with an entire cast of characters (and their whole world) in your head for 12 years. I love them, I really do, but it’s getting a little crowded in here, and other books are asking to be written. Time to kick these guys out!
- The green light. Early this summer I agonized about whether I should start this four-book endeavor or not. God made it clear I need to just start. So I’m starting!
What are YOU working on? Any projects (writing or non-writing) you’d like to share? Let me know in the comments, I’d love to hear!