Several friends have asked about my writing lately. I wish I could say, "It's fabulous! I've gotten so much done, and I'm thrilled with my manuscripts." But I'm not known for lying. Instead, I have to say that I haven't worked on any of my picture books at all and that things are at a stand-still. Crummy news, but it is what it is. It's been months of frustration and prayers.
I've been asking God to somehow make a way. I've been stuck and haven't had a clue as to how to make the next step. It's been a bit of a downward spiral the last several months. Since I haven't been doing any writing or revising of my manuscripts, I also haven't been attending my critique group. Additionally, tight finances meant I couldn't attend the annual writing conference I've previously attended. However, as frustrating as it's been, I've also had peace, knowing that God would provide and answer in His time. Finally, this last week, He did!
I received an invitation for the opportunity to register for an online, six week workshop through Delve Writing called Revising and Re-imagining Your Picture Book. It is an answer to my prayers! It's exactly what I've been looking for, and I'm excited to finally feel hope and forward movement. The workshop starts in a couple weeks. I'm sure I'll feel as if I'm in over my head, but I trust it'll be a learning experience and one that will only help me improve as a writer.
Writing is an investment, but one that is well worth it. It's an investment of my time and resources, but I know that if this is what the LORD truly wants me to do, then He will also work out the details. I trust that He will develop the skills I have so that the words I write will be a return for His sake. In the meantime, I just need to keep a teachable spirit, patience, and perseverance. I'm invested and excited for the opportunities He gives!