Before I write about what’s currently going on in my writing life, I just want to share one of life’s curveballs. Sometimes I think I will never succeed in my writing because other life priorities keep eating my time. I know what you’re thinking because I’ve heard it before — “make time for your writing; make your writing a priority.” I know that’s important, but for me there are other things that are even more important, or I should say people who are more important — my husband, my children, my parents and in-laws — all of the people I love, and I am currently at that place in life where I am needed by my children and my parents and in-laws.
Recently, my mother needed open-heart surgery and in the beginning, we were on a roller coaster ride as she would have a good day followed by a day with a setback, then another good day followed by a worse setback. For three days I didn’t do much except cry and pray to ask God to heal my mother and not take her from me yet. Going through all of that, I couldn’t have written anything if I had really wanted to. My emotions and my brain were totally overwhelmed with Mom’s well-being.
I praise the Lord now that she is doing much better, though she is still in the hospital. She is no longer in I.C.U. and she continues to grow stronger and healthier each day, but she still has a long way to go, and she tires very easily, and she still gets discouraged. So I need to be there for her to encourage her, to pray for her, to be ready to care for her when she comes home, which I look forward to doing.
Therefore, if I continue to be missing from this site frequently, I hope you will understand. One thing that will make it easier is the fact that I now have a laptop of my very own, so I will be able to take it with me almost anywhere I go so that I can try to squeeze some writing in during short breaks in the days.
I’m still studying by reading as much as I can and attending any writers’ conferences, workshops and my local writers’ group as much as possible. I have my local writers’ group next Saturday and I’m looking into attending a one-day writers’ workshop in September and I will be attending one in October. I am also studying the Christian Writer’s Guide for 2014 to see where I might be able to submit some writing. I have been told, recently, that it’s a good idea to do some things like magazine articles, devotionals and short stories to submit to different publications to help generate a steady income, as writing books takes much more time until finished product and possible publication and pay.
Our last writers’ group taught us that we may want to consider publishing our own book because it’s very practical and affordable in today’s world with E-books and online publishing opportunities. It is best to have an agent if you are publishing for a royalty publishing house. The best way to get an agent is to meet them at a conference and pitch your book to them. It is very difficult to find and get an agent, and could take you the rest of your life, so don’t wait to write until you find an agent.