Sherry Kyle here, writing from my laptop in California.
“So, what are you working on now?” a friend asked me the other day.
“I’m tweaking something I wrote awhile ago,” I said, trying to sound more positive than I felt. During the past couple of weeks I had attempted to breath new life into an old manuscript.
“Cool. What’s it about?” she asked.
I wondered how much to say. Why was I so uncertain? Maybe it was the fact that this manuscript had yet to find a publishing home.
Do you ever feel like you’re writing on faith alone?
As writers, we have ideas that we hope make an interesting read, but until we have someone behind the project, we’re basically writing on faith.
Because even if . . .
- your agent gives you the thumbs-up, you still need an interested editor.
- an editor loves your idea, you need the rest of the publishing team to agree.
- you receive a contract, you still need to write the manuscript.
- your book ends up in the hands of readers, you’re not guaranteed how well it will be received.
It takes a lot of faith to be a writer, but as Christian authors we believe in a big God who can do immeasurably more than we can ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us (Ephesians 3:20).
Hebrews 11:1 says, “Now faith is being sure of what we hope for and certain of what we do not see.” When we go to God in prayer, we can be certain that He will be with us every step of the way.
Sherry Kyle is the author of The Christian Girl's Guide to Style, all about beauty, fashion, and character for girls 8-12.