As if I don't have enough going on in my life...co-leading a women's small group Bible study, taking a Biblical Counseling class, partnering with Dave to lead a community group, three boys ages four and under, homemaking, exercising, blogging...I randomly decided last night that I think I want to write a book.
Well, maybe not totally randomly. I'm pretty sure I tried to write a few books when I was about 8 years old. I'm pretty sure I also tried my hand at writing original plays and adapting novels into plays. I'll have to dig them out and see if anyone thinks if they're publishable. Ha! Since I've been blogging, I have really enjoyed writing. Friends frequently shake their heads and say, "I don't know how you have time to write a blog!" Eh..it's like any other hobby or activity that anyone enjoys doing; if you want to do it, you make time for it. Those people who aren't writing a blog operate a home business, can their own fruits and vegetables and make their own spaghetti sauce. I don't know how they do that because that all sounds overwhelming to me. But that's them. Honestly, it doesn't take that much time because most of the time, I am writing posts in my head while doing other things. By the time I sit down to write them, they're almost done and I just have to type them. Many times I feel like my head will explode if I don't write them out. So, I think it might be a natural extension of blogging to attempt to write a book. Hey, even if it never gets published, it would feel good to finish something like that.
So here's my vague idea...a marriage book. Sort of an advice book from one young wife to another from an "in the trenches" perspective. Vignette style. Possibly expanding on some of the ideas that I've already blogged about. The idea of not being lazy in your marriage. Staying attractive for your husband. Acting like boyfriend and girlfriend. Sacrificing time to do things like make lunch for him. Accepting differences. Allowing marriage to change you for the better.
I don't really know how to get started. I mean, I know what the writing process entails, basically. I guess I need to write an outline and figure out where I'm going with it. Then start writing?
I think the biggest issue is going to be finding the time to write. And also prioritizing. Last night I tried to spend some time writing what was floating around in my head and I wound up really irritated at the boys for interrupting me. I'm going to have to remember that God has called me to be a wife first, a mom second and then maybe an author third. My responsibilities around the home need to come first. It's not really ok if I have a nice fancy book but my kids are terrors, my husband is lonely and my house is a disaster.
So, please pray for me. Pray that I can discern what exactly God wants me to do in this direction. If He wants me to do anything in that direction. And if He does want me to do this, that the words would come, that I would have direction for how to complete it and patience with myself and the process.
Any other words of advice?
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