So…as writers. Do we wish we’re published authors, sit back, and wait for God to make it all happen? Do we write an agent/editor and tell him or her that this is God’s story, and we’d better take it or we’ll have God to deal with?
Definitely at the top of the rejection list.
No, God isn’t doing it for you. He’ll inspire you, but you have to do the work. And what all does that mean?
You must: have an idea, take classes on writing, attend workshops, work with critique partners, attend conferences, read writing blogs, and take on any other activities that will help you hone your craft. Even if that means taking the most basic English book and relearning fifth grade grammar and punctuation. Very few individuals simply sit down one day and crank out a novel without a lot of prep work.
What?!!? That’s a lot of hard work! I’ll do the inspired part and find an agent or publisher who will polish the work for me. After all, it’s God’s story.
Okay, I shouldn’t say this, but I will. If it’s truly God’s story, then He is sometimes a terrible writer. And an even worse listener. Because I’ve made suggestions to folks who have told me that, and they’ve replied saying it’s just as God wants it. Hmmm….
I know that if I want to make a batch of brownies, I can count on Him to give me life. Life and choices. Then, I go out, earn the money, go to the store, bring the ingredients home, and bake the brownies. I don’t sit on my backside with my hand out waiting for God to turn the stove on and mix the chocolate. He gives me the inspiration (who isn’t inspired by the thought of brownies?), and then He expects me to do my part. The part that requires someone with skin on. Someone to take out the bowl and spoon and go to work. Yes, work. And if I don’t know how to make them, I open a cookbook and learn.
So when I say all things are possible with God, I mean it. He has given us life and the ability to learn, to experience, to go forward. We use all of the tools He’s blessed us with and create a chocolate masterpiece. Or we write a novel.
With God, all things are possible. So do your part. Try!