A couple of weeks ago I stumbled across a great blog by author Jody Hedlund www.jodyhedlund.blogspot.com and it has opened up a new world to me, a world of authors (both published and aspiring), agents, teachers and readers. People who love what I love and who understand where I am coming from. It's been a breath of fresh air.
Before, as I sat alone at my computer, I felt like I was the only person in the world with a dream, now I am surrounded by a sea of dreamers, who are willing to offer their time, knowledge and talents with others who have the same dream. Not only do they challenge me to push myself and go deeper, they have also offered me hope. Hope that I can gain the skills I need to take my talent and passion and weave an unforgettable story that will leave my readers begging for more (pause to imagine...). *Sigh*
I have also found these people to be helpful in finding resources. One book that was recommended was "A Novel Idea." It was written by many well-known, successful authors and I have been devouring it! The book is full of advice and tips on how to craft a novel. I've already put some of it into practice with editing my manuscript.
The introduction to the book spoke right to me and grabbed me by the heart, tugging at the dreams I've kept there for so many years, pulling them and urging me to keep going on this journey. The intro talks about the importance of telling a good story, of using metaphors and examples, drawing from our faith and our experiences, of weaving the Truth into the very fabric of our tales. God uses stories to relate the Truth throughout the Bible. Jesus was a master at telling Truth through parables and stories. It is an honor to be given that gift, but it is also a great responsibility. These words, by Amy Wallace, say it all: "When we as writers take our fears, beliefs, imaginations and research and offer them up for the Lord to use, we are changed, and our fiction carries the power of truth and the fingerprints of our God on every page."
I am so thankful I have found other people who I can relate to. A journey is always more fun to take with a friend.