In case you didn’t know, I’m working on my third novel. It’s (for now) called A CUP OF DUST and it’s (I hope) the first in a series about my character, Pearl Spence.
I just want you to know that I love this book. I love the characters…even the antagonist (the bad guy). I love writing this book.
This story is different. I don’t know if it’s because I’m a more mature writer (oh, good golly, Miss Molly, I hope I am) or if it’s because it’s an historical setting, but this book has had more trudging days than the other two.
What are trudging days? They’re the days when I keep my tuchus in the chair and fingers on the keys for hours with the result of accomplishing a page or two of edits/rewrites.
I should have gotten more done! I whine in my brain while pouring another cup of coffee. What is wrong? Am I losing my abilities? Were the other two books a fluke? Of course they were. Beginner’s Luck. And everyone who read them were just being polite and…and…blahdity blah blah….pity party…WAAAAAAAAH!
Have I ever told you that writers are neurotic? Because we are. All of us. Big time.
Regardless of acute neurosis (not cute at all, though), I kept punching away, tapping the keys. Every day. At least a little bit.
But it didn’t seem like enough.
Then, Saturday at church…
My pastor said the words, “Little by little. Slow and steady”. He said them again and again.
How do you give away $100,000? One dollar at a time. How do you build a marriage? One day at a time. How do you start a good habit or quit a bad one? How do you run a race or climb a mountain? How do you…well…how do you do ANYTHING?
Little by little. Slow and steady.
One foot in front of the other.
Moment by moment.
How is a novel written? One word at a time.
So that’s how I’m going to write today.
I don’t know what you’ve got going on right now. I do know that most of us face a challenge or two each day. That some days it’s enough just to get out of bed.
But I want to encourage you. You can do it. Whatever it is. Slow and steady. Little by little.
And we have not been left alone. We have a God who has good hearing and a loving heart.
Keep moving. Keep trying. One step at a time.
If you want a little encouragement, I’ve attached the link to the sermon titled “Slow and Steady” by Jeff Manion at Ada Bible Church. I hope it inspires you as much as it did me.