Me? A writer?
Writing has always been a very difficult and frustrating process for me. As a student, no matter how good I thought my story was, it would always come back dripping in red ink. I figured that I was not going to be a writer. Ever. In college, writing became less frustrating. I actually started to enjoy writing. One of my psychology professors looked me straight in the eye when he announced to the class that he wasn't accepting the final exam if we handed him anything over 15 pages long. I gave him 20 and got an A.That still gives me cause to laugh.
In grad school I wrote a lot, but it wasn't until I homeschooled my children that the idea of writing came into my mind. I was trying to get my daughter excited about reading and found that the books out there for girls were not meeting my standards. I was reminded that I like to create stories in my head. So, I sat down and started writing something. It was so much fun! A friend, who popped in for a visit read a bit and turned to me and said, "You're a writer."
I laughed at her!
Ten years later I finished the story. God nudged me to keep on writing, and not just any story but one that had been in my head for 30 plus years. I fought and fought. I didn't want to write it. In the end, I wrote and haven't regretted one moment. The best part of writing is that it's never about me! Writing, to me, is a collaboration of me sitting down, being still and listening to what God is trying to teach me. Because He always has a story through which to show me His beauty and goodness and mercy. I love that part of writing.
To those, who might want to write and don't think they're good enough... Don't let that stop you. I have no formal training, my essays always came back dripping with red ink, and yet God used my love of books and stories and people. He's the one, who inspires me, moves the story along and shows me what I'm to write about.
I encourage anyone, who has a story in their mind, to sit down and be still. It may be time to put it to paper, or it may not be.
God's timing is perfect.
If you came up to me and asked what I do, I'd have to tell you that I'm a wife, mother and teacher. A writer? you ask. Wow. Now that is something I never thought I'd be. But through God, all things are possible.