If you’ve never jumped in a swimming pool, how do you know you can swim? Well, I guess you can waltz in by taking the steps and swim that way, but one of the most exhilarating feelings is jumping in a pool on a hot day.
You don’t have to worry about your back feeling the cold water and easing into the frigid temperature. You just jump in!
That is what I did with writing! Granted, I have a Journalism degree, but that only trained me to write short pieces of work. So, about five years ago, I decided to take the plunge.
I had a big incentive. I had been reading many Young Adult novels geared for teens and was horribly upset by the sexual content in many of the books. I knew there needed to be more safer options for teens to read.
Now, the only experience I had was from what I had read, so I started praying. Literally, as I wrote Dream Weaver, I prayed the whole way through it. It wasn’t easy, I will be honest. I got stuck, I got writer’s block, I couldn’t figure out how to write in a guy’s voice, many things sidelined my writing and I had to put it on the back burner, I got discouraged.
But, with the help of a lot of encouraging friends, and the Lord’s nudging, I finished the book!
All because I loved to read. And wanted to help give teens something safe they could read. If you are an avid reader, you may have a story in you! Think about it. Once you have an idea, get an outline written down of your story. Write out character descriptions, anything to help you get started.
Then, start writing!! Don’t allow fear to be your guide, pray like I did!! The Lord can help you through it. Be encouraged knowing if I did it, you can too.
Believe me, that’s saying something. Jump in, my friends, into the beautiful world of writing!