By Sandy Nadeau
Waiting. Are you any good at it? I’m not, so why I became a writer I’ll never know. We seem to have to live by that word.
We wait to be inspired with ideas, we wait for scenes to form in our brain-we call it thinking or plotting, we wait for acceptance by the right agent.
Then the much hoped for day arrives and we finally get word of a contract, then we wait some more. Then we get our edits and wait. Then we get our galleys…and we wait. Then we wait for the book to be printed. Then the book comes out and we wait for more sales. Am I helping yet? Just wait.
What do we learn by all this? Patience. That dreaded P word. If you want to learn how to be a patient person, then becoming a writer is the job for you! You will have endless lessons to learn it.
A few things that might help are to remember what the Bible says about waiting. Within the pages, there are over 129 references to waiting, depending on which version you’re reading.
Psalm 27:14 says: “Wait for the Lord, be strong and take heart and wait for the Lord.”
Noah did a lot of waiting. To get a job done in time, then wait for those waters to recede.
Moses. He waited a lot to hear from the Lord before guiding the people.
I know. That doesn’t make it easier, right?
But my favorite: Isaiah 40:31 “But those who wait on the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings like eagles, they shall run and not be weary, they shall walk and not faint.”
Whew. I can do this!
We get frustrated waiting for the next step in our writing. But God knows what that is. He has a plan. And He knows the plan He has for you and your writing.
I want to encourage you to wait on God’s perfect timing. He knows far more than we do. He knows when your words need to be out there and who they need to reach. Trust Him and trust His timing. When you feel impatient and anxious for word about your manuscript, wonder if your royalty check will have anything in it, stop, take a deep breath, and remember God’s got this! Build on your faith trusting that He will work out all those things.
I love this quote from Flannery O’Conner: “When a book leaves your hands, it belongs to God. He may use it to save a few souls or to try a few others, but I think that for the writer to worry is to take over God’s business.”
Sandy Nadeau loves to go on adventures, photograph them and equally loves to write about them. She and her husband have done a lot of four-wheeling in the back country of Colorado and share those experiences with others by taking them up in the mountains. Sandy wrote a column about her community for a local newspaper for twelve years, she also has had several magazine articles published. She loves to write novels about adventure, mystery, romance, but most importantly sharing God’s love. Her first novel, Red Gold, released in March of 2014. She is now waiting for the release of her second, Rescue Me, due out early 2016. She is currently a member of the American Christian Fiction Writers and of the ACFW South Denver Chapter. Married for 38 years, she and her husband are loving life as grandparents to their two grandchildren and planning yet another adventure of moving to Texas to be closer to them. Travel is their favorite thing to do and they don’t get to do it as often as they’d like. Adventure awaits around every corner, over every hill and mountain.
Mandy Phillips loves life with her husband running an adventure ranch in the Colorado mountains, but when Mr. Shonee, their crotchety old neighbor, tries to stop them from building a kid-size old west town their dreams of expansion are crushed.
Is Shonee just being a difficult neighbor, or is something more sinister going on? A discovery on the property of Colorado's state mineral leads to more mysteries for the ranch, and then a teenage guest finds herself thrust head first into danger.