So much of our life is all about making decisions. Everyday, each of us have very simple choices that we have to make. What do I take for lunch? What do I wear to work? Did I already wear this shirt this week and will anyone notice?
While most decisions are simple, some carry a heavier weight and significance, and are therefore more difficult. I am currently wrestling with a decision on which book I should write in 2013. As most of you already know, my goal is to have a finished manuscript by my 50th birthday in September. I currently have two manuscripts in mind, and I’d like your feedback on which one you think I should write!
Why would I ask others for their opinion? Some of the most successful writers in the world work with teams of people, or at least ask for editorial feedback. One of the worst mistakes a writer can make is to keep it all to themselves, and then just put their work out there for people to like or dislike. A crucial rule for writers is to always write with the audience in mind. In fact, there are some writers who actually blog portions of their book while they are writing and look for feedback. They are looking to see if it is touching the hearts of their readers, or if it falling on deaf ears. Certainly, there may be one or two very famous writers who may not need any feedback, but for all of us who are just beginning, we should seek both content and editorial feedback as often as possible. There is always wisdom in the multitude of counselors.
- The first book theme deals with pushing past obstacles; my working title for it is Overcomer. The premise for this book is that we become like Christ through the act of overcoming. True joy rests in overcoming, and the truth found in James 1: 2-4: “Count it all joy, my brothers,[a] when you meet trials of various kinds, 3 for you know that the testing of your faith produces steadfastness. 4 And let steadfastness have its full effect, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing.”
One who overcomes is one who in time can experience what it is to be perfect and complete, lacking nothing. Can you imagine what life would be like to have perfect peace and confidence, even in the middle of trials? Imagine having a true genuine humility, and carrying only the desire to give of yourself because you are full, you are complete, lacking nothing.
I know what this feels like because there was a day that God allowed me to experience this within my soul. Although it only lasted for a day or two, it left an incredible life-changing impression upon me. In this book I will share that experience, and how we literally experience the Kingdom of Heaven when we overcome. Once we grasp this and we learn to trust God, then we can say with full confidence and total honesty that we count it all joy when we face a trial.
- The second book idea is a fictional story about two brothers who have never met. Through a unique set of circumstances, the brothers end up living two very different lives, but are reunited later in life without the knowledge that they are related. It is not until the brothers find themselves caught in the wake of a natural disaster that the truth behind their story begins to unravel and reveal itself. The working title for this book is The Family Tree.
This story has been in my heart for a long time. Part of the struggle in writing good fiction is figuring out how to write the story without giving everything away in the beginning. I really love this storyline, and like everyone else who writes fiction I can see it as a movie. This book will take longer to write than Overcomer because I will have to do a lot of historical research. I love the plot, and the way it twists and turns around in the end. I carry a deep familiarity with the characters and the subplots, but I will have to do a lot of writing to put flesh on the skeleton of this story.
Which book do you think I should write this year?
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