I noticed two distinct seasons in a writer's life: the feast and the famine.
Yet...there is another side of the author's life that most people dream about, the time of abundant feasting. It's a time when you're writing one book, revising another, and going over copy edits for a third...and then you get to see the sneak peek of the cover design for a fourth. It's moments like that when you laugh and dance and you want to celebrate--because that's what you do during a feast. You celebrate the bountiful harvest that you're reaping because of all the hard work you sowed.
The past four months have been a feast time for me. Since January, I have signed two contracts, one for a Barbour novella collection I'm CRAZY-excited about (Seven Brides for Seven Texans, December 2016), as well as a three-book contract with Love Inspired Historical. I wrote the first book in the Love Inspired Historical Series (titled A Family Arrangement, December 2016) last November/December, and I received my revision notes in January. On the heels of finishing the revisions, I was sent the copy-edits for my stand-alone Love Inspired Historical (A Mother in the Making, September 2016). After finishing those edits, I then began writing my novella, First Comes Love, for the Seven Brides for Seven Texans collection. Two days ago, I submitted my novella to the editor at Barbour. And last night, I began to plot my next Love Inspired Historical novel, which will release in 2017.
As I revel in this feast-time, I thank God for the blessings and responsibilities of these stories. I pray it's just the beginning of many stories to come, but even if it's not, I trust God to continue to provide in times of feasting and in times of famine. I've seen his faithfulness in the lives of my writer-friends, and I know He'll be faithful to me, no matter what that looks like.
At this moment, I have several author-friends who are experiencing feasts, and several who are in the midst of a famine. I celebrate with the one, and I mourn with the other--but through it all, I know we all serve a God who has a plan and who is using all the words written for His kingdom purpose. In the end, that's why we pursue this dream.
Your Turn: Are you in the midst of a feast or a famine? What have you learned in each season of life?
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