by Edie Melson
Now faith is confidence in what we hope for and assurance about what we do not see. Hebrews 11:1
This is one of the first verses I learned when I began memorizing scripture. But until today, I had never thought about applying it to my writing. This morning I was texting back and forth with a fellow writer, trying to encourage her to move forward and leave the result up to God.
You see, Novemberis National Novel Writing Month. Or in the vocabulary of writers, NaNoWriMo. The goal is to write 50,000 words in one month. It was started to help writers get a story down, BEFORE editing. A good idea, but it can carry a lot of pressure. That’s what my friend was dealing with.
So I texted that my friend should just sit down at the computer and write in faith. As I hit send, the words were highlighted, and it hit me like a message from God. I knew, in that moment, that I desperately needed to take my own advice.
Let me explain. To get ready for NaNoWriMo, I’ve been working hard at mapping out a fiction manuscript. I’ve gotten to know my characters, researched the location, even brainstormed the major plot points.
But still I was overcome with doubt and indecision every time I sat down to write.
I had forgotten that, prepared or not, the outcome of my writing is in God’s capable hands. Sure I need to be obedient and do my homework. But then, I have to leave the results up to him.
Even the SMALL results.
He’s in charge of how each scene turns out, as well as how the book turns out, and even whether it’s published or not. He cares about the people who will read and WHEN they read it.
My part is small, just obedience. I know, it’s NOT easy, but the big stuff is Gods. It’s not my place to think too far ahead in the process.
Today, I sat down and wrote with this in mind—and the joy returned
The pressure had disappeared and the fun of playing with the words returned. So join me, as I move forward with NaNoWriMo and—
Write in Faith!