It’s November, which means it’s National Novel Writing Month! I’m working on a Christian fiction novel that I got the idea for back in eighth grade. I’ve tried to write it before, but have failed every time so I thought I’d try again. I’m behind on my word count for the month (the official goal is 50,000 words, but I set mine at 30,000 because it’s more realistic for me) but I know that it doesn’t matter so much how I start, but how I end. I still have *plenty* of time to catch up, right? I tried last year with the same goal of 30k, but finished short with only 15k. I’m determined to do better this year!
Anyway, I wanted to share with you guys why I’m doing NaNoWriMo. I’m participating because I feel that it’s a great motivator to sit down and write (even though it’s still been a struggle so far). I love writing, but there’s something about novel writing that’s very disheartening. It’s hard! But I know that God has called me to be a writer, so write I shall.
NaNoWriMo, for me, is a way of stepping into God’s calling for my life. Books don’t write themselves! (unfortunately). God never said the journey would be easy, but He said it would be worth it. Oh, just to hold a finished manuscript in my hands!!
I’ve been reading several of Mark Batterson’s books recently, and in Chase the Lion he has this one paragraph where he talks about writers. I’m not going to type out the whole thing, but basically he says that if you’re not called to write, then don’t waste your time. But if you are, then start writing! “Anything less is disobedience,” he says. It really made me stop and think: “If I’m so sure I’m called to write, then why am I not writing anything?”
And it doesn’t matter if my work is perfect. For one, it’s NaNoWriMo! For two, I need to start, as Mark Batterson says, writing for an audience of One. If God has called me to write, it doesn’t even matter if the world ever reads my stuff. I have to write simply because God told me to. Anything less is disobedience.
Whether we are writing fiction or nonfiction–faith stories or fantasies– we need to ask ourselves the question: are we doing what we do for an audience of One? And that can be applied to any career, not just writing. Colossians 3:23 says, “Whatever you do, do it enthusiastically, as something done for the Lord and not for men…” Do what you are called by God to do simply because God called you to do it. And the key word is enthusiastically!! (I’ve had to remind myself of that while doing geometry XD)
So for all of you Christian NaNoWriMo-ers, there’s an extra pep talk for you. 🙂
Until next time, y’all! God bless ❤