Gina here: Occasionally guest bloggers stop in Inktropolis and share her/his thoughts on one of our themes. Today, I'm thrilled to introduce our first guest--Heartsong author Lynette Sowell. Take it away, Lynette!
Thank you, Gina, for the invitation to visit.
When was the last time you stayed up late because you couldn’t put down a nonfiction book? I stayed up too late the night I finished reading The Principle Of The Path by Andy Stanley (Thomas Nelson).
Most of us have some regrets—how’d this extra 50 pounds get on my body—why do I hate my job?—how did I end up in this relationship?—where did all this debt come from? I probably missed a few, but you get the picture.
The Principle of the Path isn’t a self-help book with generic, warm ‘n fluffy, positive self-talk, although I did come away encouraged. This book is Bible-based, referring to the lives of King David, King Solomon. It provides concrete examples of God’s principles and how they affect the paths we take. The solutions aren’t easy, either.
We need to pay attention to what we’re paying attention to. Because sometimes aren’t we often far better at knowing what to do than actually doing it? And sometimes we don’t realize the small choices we make are links in a long chain of events that make us end up…somewhere. This definitely applies to writing and other areas of our lives.
Writers follow a path, and while we’re on all a similar trail, our outcomes are often different. I do believe that applying the principles in this book will make us more productive, and effective, as writers. I’m not saying we’ll all be published. But self-discipline and self-evaluation go a long way to helping our writer’s journey.
For example, I would love to be a full-time writer. But my career path has definitely taken lots of twists and turns to bring me where I am now.
I originally wanted to be an artist. In fact, I earned a BA in Art. At the time I graduated, I didn’t take chances and pursue my art like I probably could have. I allowed myself to be sidetracked. Instead of seeking God, I drifted into education. I love teaching, but at the time I thought I wanted to be an elementary school teacher. So after earning a post-graduate teaching certificate, I tried teaching. It took me too long to realize that corralling a roomful of kids is NOT my calling.
Then I drifted into writing, all the while working a day job to help pay the bills. I still teach, but I teach adult Sunday School and love that. I’m thinking about taking up painting again, and seeing if I can get my work into some juried shows or possibly a gallery.
Long story short, looking back, every decision I made has brought me to where I am now. I’m still not fulfilling my dream of working full-time at my passion. I can’t go back. None of us have that opportunity for a do-over. But what can I do now? What can you do now?
I looked at this book as an encouragement to give me some re-direction. I probably will never have my New York loft and paint and show up at gallery openings, like I dreamed when I was a teenager. But that’s okay. I don’t know if I’ll ever become a full-time writer. I do know that I will keep working on my craft, keep stretching myself as a writer, and keep submitting my work.
Who’s with me?
Lynette Sowell is the author of four romance novellas as well as a three-book cozy mystery series published by Barbour Publishing.
All That Glitters is her first historical romance novel released through Heartsong Presents. She is a past secretary of American Christian Fiction Writers. Two of her novellas won first and third place in the Historical Novella Category of ACFW’s Book of the Year contest. Lynette lives in Texas with her husband, two teenagers, and five cats that have their humans well-trained.
All That Glitters (Barbour Publishing)
When Francesca Wallingford first meets Count Philippe de la Croix, he turns her head. But then an old friend, Alfred Finley, returns to the society that scorned him years ago. A summer in Newport, Rhode Island, with its sequence of balls and cotillions, pits both men in a quest for Francesca’s hand. But what role does love and honor play when Francesca’s mother has her own agenda for her daughter to become a countess.
All the Glitters can be ordered here or here or here.
Gina here again: In honor of Lynette being a Heartsong Presents author and for being our first guest blogger, I'm giving away a half-a-dozen Heartsong releases. If you’d like to be entered to win the entire six-pack, just leave a comment on this blog. Please leave an email address so we can contact you if you're the winner (include spaces or brackets around the "@" sign so Net spiders, etc, can't phish your address). We'll pick a winner at random on September 17th. Remember, all comments left today will also be entered in our grand prize drawing on November 1st.